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Fuller House Review

The spinoff of the 1990s throwback sitcom, Full House needed to be revived for nostalgic purposes.

On Feb. 26 Netflix released the continuation of the family-friendly series called Fuller House. For a spinoff show, it wasn’t as bad as critics made it seem.

There was a perfect balance between incorporating the original plot with a new one.

In the opening credits there are side-by-side clips of what the cast looked like back then and what they look like now. The classic theme song of “Everywhere You Look” was re-recorded by Carly Rae Jepsen to give the show a modern vibe.

Although a majority of the main cast aren’t regulars, they appear as guest stars throughout the progression of the series. So we have to give the producers credit for actually using the original cast instead of replacing them or excluding their existence from the show entirely.

The youngest daughter, Michelle Tanner originally played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, chose not to be a part of the continuation. The producers subtly update us on Michelle’s life in the show as a fashion designer, which happens to be what Mary-Kate and Ashley are up to in real life. The irony is priceless.

Fuller House is literally a parallel universe from the original show, only this time the roles are reversed.

The eldest daughter, D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is a recent widow trying to manage raising three boys on her own. When her family sees her struggling, her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and annoying best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) predictably move in with her to help her out.

Full House actors, (from left) Andrea Barber (Kimmie) Jodie Sweden (Stephanie), and
Candice Cameron (DJ). /Variety.com

Not much has changed with the characters other than the fact that they got older. Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) is still obsessed with cleaning. Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) still has amazing hair. And Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) is still a kid at heart.

Popular catchphrases like “You got it dude” and “Have mercy” are still being used 29 years later, followed by the legendary laugh tracks.

It’s obvious that the original Full House is a half-hour of complete cheesiness. But the sitcom did go on for eight seasons, so maybe it’s safe to say that people actually like “cheesy”.

“We’re not going out there and trying to win an Emmy for Best Drama. We’re a family sitcom that fans absolutely love and adore, and we’re incredibly honored to get to bring that back,” Candace Cameron Bure said in an interview with E! News.

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