Fuller House – Season 1
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.