Fuller House – Season 1

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I grew up watching the original Full House (original Latino dub known as Tres por Tres), and had a recent throwback when Warner Channel was celebrating their 20 years of broadcast with reruns (alongside ER!). It was my first time watching it subtitled, and I was baffled considering the trend of cable broadcasters to show their content in Latino dub. To tell you that I received the news of the show being brought back to life with a surprise grunt and a snort is an understatement-

Fuller House (and they mean the pun) starts out with the same basic premise of the original~ DJ Fuller (née Tanner; Candace Cameron back in her Tannerinos’ shoes), a one-year-old widow and mother of three — teenage Jackson (Michael Campion), 7-year-old Max (Elias Harger), and baby Tommy (Dashiell & Fox Messitt) — is prepping for her dad’s, Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), goodbye party, which is being organized by longtime friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). The gang [Steph (Jodie Sweetin), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos, also a producer), Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin), Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier), the twins (Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit)] is all back for the bittersweet farewell party (and 90s cheese welcome) as they’re all supposed to be leaving for Los Angeles. Caving to single-mom pressure, Danny finally decides to leave their San Francisco home to DJ; Steph decides to move back from her DJing gigs, and Kimmy finally moves into the Tanner’s 90s iconic dwellings… with teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas).

See~ the house is “fuller” already.

The 13-episode series starts out with the fluff first episode, which is basically a big shout-out to the fans of the series, as they cheer when even the house makes its first on-stage appearance. After that, it’s cheers every single time an old character shows up. It gets a little bit embarrassing, but it’s something they fully embrace throughout. Fuller House retains the spirit of the original series in a way that longtime fans that have managed to move on with the times can fully appreciate– it’s still wholesome and moralistic; Uncle Joey teaches modern kids how to be kids, and DJ gets to teach Kimmy how to actually punish her daughter for her lack of teenage judgement; though having to fetch your mobile phone was a genius mom move. However, it’s Kimmy’s and Steph’s issues that set the Tanner universe in our times with one being a soon-to-be-divorcee of Latino womanizer Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace), and the other revealing that — spoiler — she can’t have children. It’s as serious as the show gets without having to fall into telenovela tropes like one-day amnesia attacks or earthquake PTSD; but if there’s ever a second season (ding!), I’m fully expecting after-school specials.

Overall, Fuller House is an easy binge-watch; though I have no idea how that system works for Netflix and their “family entertainment” line-up. After all, the success of Full House (and other family shows of the decade) is its reliance on syndication and reruns. Their list of episodes seem never-ending at times.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

amy

YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

9 Responses

  1. Rodrigo says:

    Since Netflix uploaded Full House in its entirety, I revisited the first season of FH out of curiosity just to see how it would compare to Fuller House. It makes the Netflix series look better and worse at the same time.

    • Amy says:

      Lol, so… just about the same then. xD

      • Rodrigo says:

        I think Fuller House might be better than Full House (whose first season might be the best of the entire series since it hasn’t fully submerged into the stuff that made it hard to watch later on) in some ways, but most of the cheesy shit and questionable things in it makes it hard to appreciate some of the good stuff Fuller House pulled off (not saying much since the bar isn’t set that high). Example: You can’t have the big Steph reveal from Ep05 happening moments after the show ruined the Coachella Festival while trying to help the little annoying kid who is a poor kid’s Jacob Tremblay.

        • Amy says:

          The thing is, though, Full House is cheesy. Hence, Fuller House cannot stop being cheesy, or it wouldn’t be Full House. I think most people who didn’t like it is because they were expecting something edgy from Netflix, but that’s a mistaken perception. I think it works because Netflix is also trying to expand its content from just cable-based subscribers who’d rather paid a centralized content streaming provider.

          Fuller House is exactly what a revamped version of Full House would be on Family Saturday nights on ABC if ABC spent the same budget on its family-oriented shows. Now they have the Disney Channel xD I haven’t seen the show, but it’s probably on par (or close to) Girl Meets World.

          • Rodrigo says:

            In the case of Netflix’s expansion, Fuller House (along with the Sandler films and The Ranch, I guess) is something that Netflix puts on for the broader audiences who wouldn’t watch their edgier content at all, and FH with the Kutcher show can compete against CBS sitcoms for technical awards that only they can be elegible for. It makes them more open to everyone unlike every single channel except for maybe BBC (whose several channels makes them open for all kinds of audiences). Also, they now have a talk-show with Chelsea Handler, so that it can also compete with the likes of John Oliver, Jimmy Fallon, etc.

            The closest thing Fuller House has to an edgy/dark character is Steve, who the series tries to pass off as a nostalgia act and love interest for D.J. Fuller-Tanner. However, dude comes across as a creepy asshole and nearly everyone (fans and haters) who aren’t pro-Steve noticed that right way.

            I’m thinking of either reviewing Full House Season 1, pointing out differences between both series, or fancast a darker episode side for Steve.

            Shit, the things that happen after being re-exposed to the original series. LOL.

        • amy says:

          When Warner was doing the rebroadcast for their anniversary, they showed the episode when Michelle and Steph somehow got on a plane and (I think) ended up on their way to Australia. LOL How does that even happen xD Anyway, you’re putting to much effort for something you supposedly didn’t care for~~~ lol

          • Rodrigo says:

            If Kevin McAllister got into a plane heading towards a different city, then so can Michelle. Speaking of ABC series and Australia, Modern Family pulled off an episode in Australia for their 5th season (saw it randomly while zapping). .

            When Warner Channel advertised their broadcast, I didn’t noticed Full House being advertised, but ER was heavily advertised and older WB cartoons did got advertisement, IIRC.

            I blame my FH focus on Netflix and depression. :(

        • amy says:

          When I need a mood-boost, I watch Mamamoo clips on YouTube lol

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