Full House, the famous American sitcom starring John Stamos, Bob Saget and Candace Cameron Bure, returns to TV as Fuller House. But did the creators miss an important opportunity to reflect what family really looks like today?
“You got it dude!” Michelle Tanner’s famous line rings through my head as I think about the return of Full House, or should I say Fuller House, to Netflix. Growing up I loved this show, 3 men raising 3 young girls in a house full of fun, dysfunction and most importantly, love. Each character had their own storyline that intertwined with the others and, in the end, they’d all come together to resolve any issues. When I heard that this ’90’s classic was coming back with all the original characters reprising their roles, minus the Olsen twins, I got really excited. I missed Stephanie’s sassy comments, Danny’s dad jokes and, of course, Uncle Jesse.
When the plot for Fuller House was finally announced I’m sad to say I was slightly disappointed. D.J., the oldest Tanner daughter, is now a mother of three boys and recently widowed. She returns to her childhood home where her sister and best friend, Kimmy, move in to help her raise her kids. Ring a bell? It should because it is the exact same plot as Full House. I understand that this is just a TV show and in TV land this is completely possible. But this reboot could have been a chance to explore new, modern issues while keeping the same wholesome sense of humour. My fear is that the show will be far too predictable and unoriginal, just simply reverting back to the Full House episode storylines. There is nothing wrong with using the familiar main plot, especially since there will be a whole new generation of people tuning in, but what about introducing a new type of family? Instead of being a widow, D.J. could have been divorced. Stephanie could bring home a girlfriend. Kimmy could be dealing with infertility. Uncle Joey could be grappling with mental illness. Maybe one of Uncle Jesse’s twin sons could have been recently diagnosed with ADHD. There is an infinite list of possibilities when it comes to family situations, and this show had the opportunity to explore these ideas.
I have not had the chance yet to check out the show so I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but I can’t help thinking about the many directions the show could have taken. One thing that made the show so popular was that it was light, an easy watch, nothing too serious and it put a smile on your face. That’s probably the same goal the creators of Fuller House have today. I am sure that it will still be wonderful because, in the end, it all boils down to a family coming together to support each other.
Let us know what you think about Fuller House. You can watch all 13 episodes on Netflix now.