When I first heard that Netflix was releasing a sequel series to Full House known as Fuller House; I didn’t expect much. I imagined it would be a cheesy version of the original trying to live off the success of its predecessor. I was right in my assumption, but in a good way. While Fuller House does reference many things from Full House; Uncle Jesse’s love of Elvis, a golden retriever named Comet and Joey’s memorable comedy, the series is determined to be remembered for its own merits. Much has changed since Full House went off the air in 95; DJ is a veterinarian and single mother of three boys, Kimmy Gibbler has her own event planning company and daughter while Stephanie is a traveling DJ. At the same time much has remained the same; Kimmy still has many annoying quirks, Danny and Rebecca are still television host and it all takes place in the same house they grew up in.
Fuller House is a delightful surprise. Fuller House follows recent trends of shows from the 80s and 90s getting remade and/or revamped but the difference is former children in the shows are having kids and their offspring are the focus. This is evident with Disney’s Girl Meets World. Fuller House brings back the nostalgia we got from the original; lessons about being there for each other, learning from our mistakes and at the end of the day family is all you have. Like any show based on a successful predecessor, it is hard to stand on your own. Comparisons are always going to be made. There’s plenty of “errors” in Fuller House including the little jabs at Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen’s character (Michelle), the recycled storylines and constant references to the original. All in all through Netflix couldn’t stray too far from the original if Fuller House was going to be successful. The streaming conglomerate and other networks are simply following a formula that made Full House and Boy Meets World a success in its heyday . They even kept the original theme song, “Everywhere You Look” while simply updating it for a newer generation by having Carly Rae Jepsen sing the vocals. Fuller House delivers that wholesome family fun we grew up seeing from the original when it ran as part of TGIF. Is it unoriginal and cheesy at time, definitely, but it brings us back to simpler time of clean fun.