The Tanner family is finally back at it again to teach us life lessons, the value of family and how to perfect the art of a group hug. The reboot all “Full House” fans have dreamed of is finally here (sort of).
Roughly 20 years after we last saw the Tanner Family, Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey and Danny have all moved on from San Francisco to pursue careers in other cities. Oldest sister DJ is left alone and widowed with two boys to raise. DJ’s younger sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy quickly move in to help her, and make all kinds of new trouble in the old family home.
Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard about all the hype surrounding the spin-off sitcom released this past Friday. Surprisingly a lot of this hype comes in the form of negative reviews and unmet expectations. What a lot of critics (and OG “Full House” fans) don’t understand is that this was not supposed to become an award-winning, stand alone show. The show was created to fulfill the nostalgic needs of the 80s and 90s kids who grew up watching the Tanner family’s shenanigans. “Fuller House” isn’t trying to be anything it’s not, and we give it mad respect for that.
A lot of the harsh reviews and comments about the reboot stem from the quality of the show itself. Vulture critic Margaret Lyons calls the first four minutes of the show “the most excruciating TV minutes ever broadcast; shrill, garish, unfunny.” No, the show is not top quality, the lines are not profound and the plotline is not the most exciting ever written; but it is funny and sweet. It allows the generation who grew up watching Full House re-experience the goofy, cheesy misadventures of DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy.
The show is targeted to a very specific, somewhat narrow audience. This audience has aged right alongside the actors and is primarily made up of college kids and adults. With this in mind, Fuller House throws in adult references to drugs, alcohol and sex. This doesn’t make it an abomination or far from the category of “family-friendly.” The producers have simply acknowledged that just like the cast, the viewers have grown up too. The occasional crude joke or cringe-worthy make out scene is relatable to the show’s target audience, and that’s what makes it fun! Some of the things you hear Kimmy say or see Stephanie do would have been shocking when you were eight watching the original “Full House,” but it is now age-appropriate and a great way to elicit laughs (or at the very least an uncomfortable chuckle).
Perhaps the best part about “Fuller House” is that it goes back to its roots. Bringing back old catchphrases like “oh my lanta!” and “how rude!” offers a jolt of nostalgia while making fun of itself at the same time. The cast is also seen breaking the fourth wall by calling out Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for refusing to come back to the show.
“Fuller House” is not the best show of the decade, or probably even the month, but it deserves way more credit than it has been given. It is a great show to binge watch (like we did), re-watch and remind you of simpler times. It does exactly what it was created to do: provide “Full House” fans with some laughs, show viewers how the cast is doing now and provide some closure about what happened to the Tanners. Don’t take it too seriously. Grab a pizza and lull yourself into a Fuller House-induced coma.
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