“Fuller House” carries us home

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Everywhere you look, everywhere you go there is something to remind you of the time-honored “Full House.” And with a reboot of the classic ‘90s show, the door is reopened to the familiar 1882 Girard Street Victorian row house, but now it is much fuller.

The beginning of “Fuller House” reintroduces the familiar cast of “Full House” at the Tanner household, bringing them all round the table once again for a family meal. Moments like these are often and sentimental, and left me feeling like I was part of the frequent group hugs.

The family is brought together by the death of DJ Tanner-Fuller’s (Candace Cameron-Bure) husband with the goal to rebuild her broken family of a widowed mom with three children. Sound familiar? The plot itself is practically identical to the original show, except now Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) move into the house to help out DJ. The first episode concluded exactly the same as the original did, adults and children singing around the baby in the crib, and as the screen was split to see both, I knew the reboot was going to be a success. The similarities don’t end with the plot, though. The original blue and white couch is recycled along with well-known punchlines.

Some of those punchlines (“You’re in big trouble, mister!” and “You got it, dude.”) were delivered by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen originally, who were surprisingly not in the reboot at all. The absence is felt without the third sister but addressed by the cast with a humorous touch, including when Kimmy’s daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas) got a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen designer dress and the joke was made that “at prices like these, no wonder they don’t need to act anymore.”

Even though the makeup of the show hasn’t changed, the times certainly have. The family members now have cell phones and all rush to answer a text, even when only one phone vibrated. Social media is a thing in the Tanner-Fuller household and the number of ‘selfies’ taken is practically limitless. Although this adjustment is justified in a modern-day setting, it is strange to see the beloved family members distracted by screens and not family game night.

Overall, the show is heartwarming and nostalgic. From the title sequence with parallel pictures as the characters have grown up, to a revised theme song viewers who watched “Full House” will be satisfied. The reboot is produced by Netflix, and has good quality while still keeping to the prototype.


  • sentimental qualities
  • humor is nostalgic
  • original cast is showcased, and returns throughout the show


  • a little too similar to original