Blast from the Past: Fuller House Review

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The Tanners are back, in reverse. Thanks to Netflix and Jeff Franklin the beloved sitcom, Full House, is continued on through the now grown up DJ and Stephanie Tanner. For those who have never seen the original sitcom, Full House ran from 1987 to 1995. The series followed the recently widowed Danny Tanner and his three daughters, DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle, as they tried to cope without their wife/mother. Danny enlists the help of his comedian best friend, Joey, and his rocker brother in-law, Jesse, to help make the process easier for him and the girls. They are joined in later seasons by Jesse’s wife, Becky, and their twins Nicky and Alex. DJ’s quirky best friend, Kimmy Gibbler, also makes regular appearances throughout the series.

Fuller House picks up in 2016 to follow the now widowed DJ Fuller and her three boys, Jackson, Max, and Tommy. The show kicks off with a reunion episode detailing where all the old cast of characters are now. Danny has decided to move out of the old house for his job and, as a result, DJ is discovering just how hard it will be to raise the three boys on her own for the first time since her husband died. Stephanie and Kimmy, who has a daughter of her own, realize DJ is too stubborn to ask for help and both decide to move in. Danny forgoes selling the house so the women can live there until they all get on their feet. The series follows the three women as they each cope with their own struggles and changes in their lives.

On some points the show excels. They do a good job of bringing more diversity, dancing, and fresh humor to the show. While the traditional humor has been a breath of fresh air compared to most sitcoms on the air now, there are some aspects that have attracted criticism. A good majority of the first season has been a big shout out to the original series. While the guest stars have been enjoyable, most fans already know so much about the three females. There’s been a real lack of actually exploring the kid’s personalities outside of their technology and dance parties. There’s also a question of whether or not the show can actually be deemed family friendly due to all of the sexual innuendoes, several romance story lines, drinking, and curse words riddled throughout the series.

I give the series three stars because it really is an enjoyable blast from the past, but I can’t give the series more stars than that because I can’t call it family friendly in good conscience.

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