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I grew up watching Full House as a part of the TGIF lineup. My whole family looked forward to it, and we literally watched the cast grow up on the show. Throughout my adult years I would catch reruns here and there and find comfort in enjoying the family-friendly sitcom that I remembered from my childhood. When I heard that there would be a new series I was excited – and when I heard it would be a Netflix Original I was even more excited!
My husband and I have determined that Netflix really knows what they are doing. We thoroughly enjoy all the Netflix Original shows they produce and love having the ability to binge watch a series. Fuller House was no exception – we LOVED it!
The first episode is a little longer than the others, because they take time to introduce all the characters and fill in the gaps as to what they have been doing since we last saw them. I enjoyed the ways in which the producers developed the stories of my favorite characters, and laughed out loud when the original cast broke their acting for a moment after a joke directed at Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (who played Michelle) and opted not to be involved with the new series. It was also fun to meet the new cast members, most notably DJ's children and Kimmy's daughter. It's clear to me that DJ's son Max will continue to provide the comic relief (similar to Michelle in Full House) – he is cute and funny, and probably my favorite character so far!
The nostalgia is “on fleek” – everything from the iconic couch and our favorite pup (well, Comet Junior Junior), down to the phrases we know and love (Have mercy… How rude… and You got it dude!”). One of my favorite nostalgic moments was when they split the screen for one scene in which the main characters sing the Flinstone's theme song to DJ's baby – perfectly recreated from an original scene from the 90s where the same characters sung to Michelle – and both scenes were shown concurrently.
They also have done an outstanding job of modernizing the show. There are a lot of references and jokes tied into current events: including Donald Trump, Cameron Bure's role on The View, and jokes tied to modern day lingo (like the above mentioned “on fleek”). I loved watching the jokes of the past meet the jokes of today. The series also includes cameo appearances from current icons like singer Macy Gray, San Francisco Giants baseball player Hunter Pence, and the Chmerkovskiy brothers from Dancing with the Stars.
We almost always watch new shows (Fuller House included) after the kids go to bed – not because we don't want them to see it, but because we really want to watch and enjoy it the first time around (without distractions from the kids). It also gives us an opportunity to screen the show to determine if it's appropriate for the kids. The show is written for those of us who grew up with Full House, and the focus is slightly more adult than Full House was. In Fuller House you will hear words like “sexy,” references to butts and boobs, etc. The show walks a fine line – one that my husband and I are personally comfortable allowing our children to watch, but I also know many parents who felt it was inappropriate for their child's eyes. Having said that, there are many instances when I watch a movie or TV show that I enjoyed as a child and when I see it through my “mommy goggles” I am astonished at some of the innuendos and content – but children really are ignorant to many of those hidden messages – it's entirely possible that this is one of those instances.
Overall I think Fuller House does an amazing job modernizing the sitcom feel I remember from Full House. I laughed, I cried, and I thoroughly enjoyed every episode of Fuller House – as did my 8 year old. I am thrilled to hear that they WILL be producing a second season!
Have you watched Fuller House? I'd love to hear your opinion – and just for fun, are you Team Steve? Or Team Matt?