Same plot, same setting and same characters, “Fuller House” premiered on Netflix on Feb. 26, recreating the magic of the classic “Full House,” which ran from 1987 to 1995 with the girls from “Full House” now grown and helping each other out.
After D.J. Tanner’s (Candace Cameron Bure) husband dies, she is left with 3 boys and is in need of help. Her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), her best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas) move into the Tanner’s childhood home to help with D.J.’s three sons.
While some fans love the idea of rebooting old shows, many others feel like writers can come up with some more original ideas that will also last a lifetime. “It says a lot about our generation’s creativity when we look to the past for good shows,” said Sean Tomlinson ‘19.
Others also feel like they are being forced to like “Fuller House” simply because they were fans of “Full House” as children. “It was funny the first time, I don’t know if it will be funny now,” said Julia Lam ‘19. She felt that it is unnecessary to continue a show that streamed that long ago and fears that the writing and jokes are bound to be repetitive.
With fan service in mind, the pilot episode brings back all the characters of “Full House” as guest stars to warm up the audience and take them down memory lane.
The sitcom is funny in a predictable kind of way with references to scenes from “Full House.” When D.J’s youngest son Tommy Fuller Jr. (Dashiell Messitt) cries in the pilot, the family gathers and sings the same song they sang for Michelle in “Full House.”
Although the plot is the same, there are few differences with “Fuller House,” such as how family time is spent with an increased use of technology. Kids in the show have smartphones or tablets and we see how they learn to spend time together without their devices.
Dave Coulier, reprising his role as Joey Gladstone, guest stars in “Funner House,” the third episode in the season, as a babysitter for the kids so that D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy can go out. Coulier manages to keep the kids off their devices in a game that he refers to as family-friendly violence, speaking against the overuse of electronics and encouraging family time, a lesson many need. Overall, just like “Full House,” the new show is family friendly, the acting is good and it is entertaining.
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