The Tanners Return

By Madelyn Adams

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Nineties children rejoice: America’s favorite San Francisco family has returned after over twenty years. That’s right — Netflix introduced “Fuller House” on Feb. 26 with thirteen episodes perfect for a binge watch.

This time around, everyone is all grown up. DJ Fuller (formerly Tanner) is a recently widowed mother of three, Stephanie is a world traveling, hard partying disc jockey (who, funnily enough, goes by the stage name “DJ Tanner”), and Kimmy is an event planner, separated mother, and as eccentric as ever. The series revolved around these three and their children, as Stephanie and Kimmy moved in with DJ to help her with raising her boys — ring a bell?

The first episode of the series heavily relied on nostalgia, as expected. Uncle Jesse is just as hunky and hair obsessed as he was twenty years ago, Joey is still an absolute goofball, Nicky and Alex are grown up and want to open a fish taco truck in Los Angeles, and Rebecca and Danny are preparing to move to L.A. to host the national morning show Wake Up America. My favorite cast return? Scott Weinger, who played Steve, DJ’s ex-boyfriend and high school sweetheart, made an appearance, and looks almost as if he hasn’t aged a day.

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen were the only members of the main cast who skipped out on the reunion, and the Fuller House cast poked fun at this of course, it can’t go unmentioned. In this particular scene, Danny mentions that Michelle is busy “running her fashion empire in New York”. The cast then stares straight-face into the camera for a moment too long, breaking the fourth wall.

Sentimentality was the backbone of the series. The opening theme is basically the same as the original, and features opening the shots used throughout Full House. The old Tanner house is now the Fuller house, and the first episode ended with Danny, Jesse, Joey, DJ and Stephanie singing The Flintstones theme song to DJ’s baby Tommy, similar to how they sang to Michelle as a baby.

Despite all of the oddly fulfilling nostalgic nods, the rest of the series is “meh”. Fuller House reminds me of a slightly dirty Disney Channel sitcom. This is a common critique of the series, as the show’s writers seem confused as to who their audience is– is it meant to be watched by children or adults? Besides that, the series isn’t particularly funny, and I wonder if Full House was this unfunny and I’m looking at it with rose-tinted glasses, or if Full House actually was funny and Fuller House pales in comparison.

However, despite its inconsistencies, I suggest giving Fuller House a watch. Even though it isn’t the best series Netflix has dropped, it will definitely give you a warm, fuzzy feeling on the inside and the occasional smile as you are reunited with the family who got you through your childhood.

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