I’m a little disheartened to be writing this review. I grew up watching reruns of Full House on ABC Family and Nick at Nite like many others. Full House might not have been an award-winning drama, but the sense of family and lessons learned on the show melted hearts across the nation. The bromances between Danny, Jesse, and Joey can never be replicated and their love for Danny’s children is inthe most three-men-and-babies fashion. You rooted for the family and you grew up as you watched the Tanner children grow. Of course there were lots of laughs. The over-imposing neighbor Kimmy Gibler reminded us of our friends that sometimes hung around too much. The dimwitted boyfriends D.J. brought to the house showed us that romance frequents mistakes and that’s okay. Stephanie provided the perspective of growing up in the middle of a large family and Michelle was the youth needed to tell us that life’s problems shouldn’t consume us.
While the recurring lessons at the end of every episode does become highly repetitive to the point where you definitely need to take a break from the show, it’s an easy watch for children and adults, alike. If I were reviewing Full House I’d probably put it in the Watch or Check It categories, but alas Full House has become fuller and is not the target of this review. Hence the reason why Forget It is the category this show has ended up in.The show originally ended in 1995, reran in 2003,and now it’s creators teamed up with Netflix to bring the show back to our screens. With lots of buildup and excitement the show finally aired last year and has since returned for a second season that can be streamed currently. Although I have become relatively distant from the series I was quite excited for it and etched out a time to watch the first episode and perhaps further if I enjoyed it. The first thing to note is that mostly everyone from the original series returns, besides the obvious absence of Michele, played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, which they successfully address.
However, the show cannot help but be superficial. I just felt robbed of the original feelings I had for the original show. I did enjoy the flashbacks in the first episode and the reunion of everyone, but it should have ended there. They should have went with a single episode special or a feature film, but going with an actual written show was their mistake. For hardcore fans you have to see it for yourself, but for those that just liked the show or those that are newcomers, keep searching for something else. I enjoyed seeing the current status of each of the character of the show and how their lives have changed. I also enjoyed the sweet flashback of Danny, Jesse, Joey with help of D.J. and Stephanie singing ‘Meet the Flintstones’ to the crying Michelle side-by-side with them singing the same song to D.J.’s baby. It nearly brought tears to see how old the show has really become and to remember how much it really had an impact on all of our lives. However that impact becomes null and void when Fuller House literally mimics the original show. They recreate a similar plot line in the same Tanner household, except without the proper ingredients. It lacks purpose and the magic of the bromance that Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier (Danny, Jesse, & Joey) created. While putting Candace Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber (D.J., Stephanie, & Kimmy) in their place seems like a good idea it all falls flat. The series is now being exploited and the acting does not hold up. Fans might not want to believe this, but Full House was always full and should have never become fuller.