So you might be aware that the cast of the original Full House (sans Mary Kate and Ashley) got together to produce a sequel earlier this year. I was meant to post this months ago, but typically I never got round to it! So here’s my review of Fuller House!
If you were around during the early nineties, you might remember the American sitcom Full House. Starring Lori Loughlin and the Olsen twins, Full House focused on the Tanner family, following the death of the mother. Brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and childhood friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) move in with Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) and his three daughters D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Michelle (who is portrayed by both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Though Full House wasn’t quite as popular here in the U.K., it was adored by fans from all over the U.S., so much so that Jeff Franklin decided to do a reboot on Netflix.
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The Original Cast, Photo Credit: Kutv
At the start of this year, the Tanner family (sans Michelle) returned to our screens in the show Fuller House. It is set around 20 years later and has a similar premise: Stephanie and friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) move in with D.J. after her husband passes away. Both D.J. and Kimmy now have children of their own. As with Full House, the reboot sees the three adults trying to keep control over the children. However, whereas in Full House there were only three kids, this time there are four – D.J’s Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger) and Tommy Fuller Junior (Dashiell and Fox Messitt), and Kimmy’s Ramona (Sona Bringas).
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It is evident that the original kids have grown up a lot in Fuller House. Stephanie is now a famous DJ, torn between helping her older sister and fulfilling her dream, while D.J. is a vet, and Kimmy has her own party-planning business. Throughout the series, she has an on-off relationship with her soon-to-be-ex husband Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace). Jackson tries to win the heart of Ramona’s friend Lola, while Ramona has to deal with living in a household of seven people. D.J. has a couple of love interests too – Matt Harmon (Josh Brotherton) and Steve Hale (Scott Weinger).
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Having not previously watched Full House, I was unsure of what to expect when I started Fuller House. However, the trailer made it seem like the kind of show that I would enjoy. And I was right. Jeff Franklin has created a sweet and charming series that will have you hooked from the very beginning, and you’ll be laughing for hours on end. When watching Fuller House, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the youngest kids Max and Tommy – they are so adorable! Kimmy is also hilarious and her daughter is just as cheeky. Like any successful show, Fuller House has its catchphrases – ‘How rude!’ and ‘Holy chalupas!’ are two of my favourites – and memorable theme tune, ‘Everywhere you look’, which is also in the original series. ‘Everywhere you look’ is sung by Carly Rae Jepsen in Fuller House, updating it to a modern audience – it was originally performed by Jesse Frederick.
Although I enjoyed Fuller House, I was disappointed that the Olsen twins did not make an appearance – they were a big part of my childhood. I am sure that fans of the original series would feel the same. Danny, Jesse, Joey and Rebecca are also only on the show a few times. I found myself a bit lost with some of the characters and their relation to the protagonists. I’d recommend watching Full House first – it is clear that Fuller House was created for fans of the original show. Nevertheless, Fuller House has been renewed for a second series. Let’s hope that the original characters are more involved this time.
Have you watched Fuller House? What did you think of it? Do you think they should recast Michelle for Season 2 or cut her out completely? Let me know in the comments!