Netflix’s Fuller House: Nostalgia, Banter & Stephanie’s Boobs

D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is a vet and a mother of three boys. We see in this show that being a parent is a full-time job and family is more important than anything. We have twelve-year-old Jackson (Michael Campion), seven-year old Max (Elias Harger) and baby Tommy (twins Dashiell and Fox Messitt). D.J’s also a fresh widow. That grim morbid reality hangs over the family household on Girard Street which her father, Danny (Bob Saget) has put on the market. D.J needs all the help and love she can get at this time, and who can help more than her family? She gets this unconditionally when almost the whole gang return for this continuation of the hit 90s show. This includes her sister, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), the comedic Joey (Dave Coulier), Rebecca (Lori Loughlin) and the suave, charming and hopeless romantic Jesse (John Stamos). It looks like D.J’s wishes are about to come true.

We live in a time where the very word “reboot” comes with a negative stigma after which a colossal assault of abuse and hate threads on social media ensue. Full House started in 1987 and carried on through to 1995. It was loved by millions and had a cult following. It’s one of those classic American sitcoms like Happy Days, That 70s Show, Fraser, Friends and Everyone Loves Raymond. These sitcoms were so bad that there good, with their cringeworthy humour yet every episode has a moral to the story and clear message.I was born in the year Full House ended (1995) but I have watched quite a few seasons of the original 90s hit and I think the series matches up against it. This series is strictly for fans and I’d advise people to not read what the corporate critics had to say about. I suppose that’s really the only thing that matters when watching a film or television show. It doesn’t really matter what critics say, who are paid to write on behalf of a newspaper, magazine or media outlet. What really matters is what fans think, as we saw with the recent release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice that has divided fans and critics alike.

Left To Right: D.J Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber)

Left To Right: D.J Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) (Fuller House, Netflix)

This series was one of the most anticipated reboots in this reboot frenzy we are subject to in movies and television at the moment. Predominantly, reboots and continuations are receiving a lot of scorn before they reach our screens. On the big screen, Disney are remaking a lot of their animated movies in the live action form. There were rumours of a Mary Poppins movie. We’ve had Cinderella as well as new Beauty & Beast movie starring Emma Watson as Belle hitting our screens next year. We’ve had the notorious action flick Point Break with the classic Ben-Hur coming soon (I’m not happy) with Roald Dahl’s The BFG being remade by Steve Spielberg (starring Mark Rylance) and I recently saw the Dad’s Army reboot which wasn’t bad at all. Jungle Book, Legend Of Tarzan, Ghostbusters, King Arthur and the Magnificent Seven are coming too. On the small screen we have Limitless, Rush Hour, Minority Report, X-Files, Ash Vs Evil Dead, Heroes Reborn and Twin Peaks to name a few.

Fuller House retains the feel good vibe of the orignal series but at times I felt it was stuck in the nineties but at other times it adapted to the here and now, for example when there was gag about Donald Trump in the first ten minutes in episode one. As soon as they took the mick out of Trump, I was sold that I’d stay with this show until the end. There are so many ‘laugh out loud’ or ‘laugh whilst choking on your drink’ moments. The show consists of plenty of cringeworthy moments of comedy but a lot of the humour is physical comedy and down to timing of when certain characters do things. Parts are very slapstick but not to the effect of Laurel & Hardy. It’s corny but not to the point that it’s like any show on the CW. One of my favourite moments is when we find Danny Tanner sprawled out on the couch wearing a jacket made out of his couch’s material.

You what mate? A match made in heaven  (Fuller House, Netflix)

You what mate? A match made in heaven
(Fuller House, Netflix)

Despite my youthful eyes watching this show immediately after seeing the original, it felt good to see the cast return for the continuation series. For me it was an immediate jump but for many viewers it has been twenty years and the cast look really good after all this time. We had two different plotlines in this new series. One for the adults and one for the kids. The kids hit a home run with their performances and I really loved the little Max Fuller. As we progress through the series, D.J becomes a bit of player. She feels bad for dating after husband died. She feel guilty for having a life. Steve from the original series makes a comeback as one of her potential love interests and he’s what makes this show. He’s so bad that he’s good. The only thing I didn’t like about the adult story arcs was Kimmy’s ex-husband Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) who wasn’t on fleek at all. His character was corny and very unwatchable at times. All his lines were doubly the cringe than the rest of the cast and he’s very worthy of a CW drama.

Jodie Sweetin’s Stephanie Tanner had taken social media by storm due to her growing up and her boobs rivalling that of Scarlett Johansson. She was carrying her own fuller house and tweeters on Twitter didn’t hold back. She’s the party animal of our trio (Kimmy, DJ and Steph). Steph is the fun loving auntie who can’t take anything seriously but she soon gets attached to family life and her previous life seems like ancient history. Kimmy is weird, quirky and very ‘in your face’ and quite the extrovert. DJ’s story is predictable but very realistic. Her story is being stuck in between two men who she loves dearly. She’s drawn between her childhood sweatheart Steve and new interest, Matt.

It's impossible to not love Scott Weigner's Steve (Fuller House, Netflix)

It’s impossible to not love Scott Weigner’s Steve (Fuller House, Netflix)

Netflix is onto something special with their variety of original series. From the bloody and gritty Daredevil to historical dramas like Marco Polo or even the lighthearted Master Of None and most recently Fuller House. Netflix have shown they can produce quality shows and Fuller House is no different. The series is full of great writing, excellent performances (especially from the kids) and they’ve continued the original series really well. It keeps the feel good factor of Full House and it rarely feels like the 80s/90s series despite having the same cast, except for the kids. It throwbacks to its origins sparingly and I’m glad they’ve continued this series because now they can attract the nostalgic audience members back from the previous show but also creat a cult following of new fans from this current generation as well.

Fuller House has the ability fill the most grumpy of souls with joy and happiness