by Kaylyn Sweitzer
‘90s babies rejoiced upon the release of the Netflix Original series Fuller House in 2016, a Full House spinoff. It was well received with a high rating of 7.1 on IMDb. The original show followed Danny Tanner, widowed father of three daughters; his brother-in-law Jesse and best friend Joey move in to help take care of the girls. Throughout the 8 seasons, this hodge-podge of a family experiences some of life’s greatest lessons, while each episode is firmly built on strong family values and its fair share of cheesy lesson-learning moments. In the reboot, most of the familiar faces make a return with the exception of Michelle Tanner, Danny’s youngest daughter and formerly played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The two older sisters, D.J. and Stephanie, along with D.J.’s best friend Kimmy, have all grown up and now face their own challenges of adulthood.
Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber are among the original Full House cast members that gathered for this reunion series. The show primarily circles around D.J. Tanner’s love triangle between former high school boyfriend Steve and her veterinarian co-worker Matt. It also follows the newly widowed D.J. as she raises three sons while living in her childhood home alongside her sister Stephanie and former neighbor/lifelong friend Kimmy Gibbler. These three powerhouse women – aka the “She-Wolves” as they fondly call themselves – go through life, romances, holidays, and the ups and downs of parenting.
Netflix recently released the first half of season three of this popular, American sitcom. Full disclosure: This article will definitely include spoilers of the first two seasons. The new season opens with summer vacation. Steve and his fiancé, C.J., are making wedding plans while D.J. signs up her oldest son, Jackson, for summer school. This season touches on the 4th of July, a broken leg, Fernando and Kimmy competing for their daughter’s affection, a blast from the past in the form of an old “friend’s” daughter, a shot at motherhood, and a dramatic flight to Japan. Fans of the show will be excited to hear that this season features the guest appearances of Uncle Jesse, Aunt Becky, Joey, and the host of Wake Up, San Francisco himself, Danny Tanner.
Fuller House excels at being a family-friendly sitcom that is equal parts heartwarming and cheesy, but it doesn’t even come close to the original show, which intentionally focused on life lessons, meaningful conversations, and the overall relevance of it all. This new spinoff was clearly designed to appeal to millennials and the generations to follow. Fuller House still addresses the underlining issues, but at the same time, it has over the top theatrics when it doesn’t need them. Most fans of the show were disappointed by the emphasis on D.J.’s love life and Michelle’s disappearance. It’s still a good family-friendly sitcom, but I think most of the entertainment stems from the depth of nostalgia. Based on viewers’ comments on Netflix, people prefer the original show but still enjoyed the producers’ valiant efforts to recapture the magic while drawing it into the 21st century. I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to the second half of season three, as the first half finale left me sitting on a pile of questions as high as Jesse’s hair.