Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Fuller House" Season One Debuts on Netflix

I have been hearing about Netflix's latest original series, "Fuller House," for over a year. I rarely watched ABC's "Full House," which is the 1987-95 sitcom that featured all of the adult members of this new program's cast. In my defense, I was in high school and college when "Full House" originally aired, plus it was very cheesy. Which can be a good thing. But I wasn't into cheesy so much back in the late 80s!

Here was the original concept. Danny Tanner's wife was killed and he was struggling to raise his three daughters (DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle) on his own. So he invited his brother-in-law Jesse and his best friend Joey to move into his house and assist him with raising the girls. The show eventually introduced a woman named Rebecca to the program and she ended up marrying Jesse and having twins boys. Lastly, the show featured an obnoxious neighbor girl named Kimmy Gibbler, who loved the Tanner household just as much as they were annoyed by her.

29 years later... DJ Fuller recently lost her husband and now finds herself raising three sons (Jackson, Max, and Tommy). Her sister Stephanie and her best friend Kimmy move back into the family home (along with Kimmy's daughter Ramona) to assist her with raising the boys. Danny, Jesse, Joey, and Rebecca are still around -- just not very often. They all live in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but enjoy coming back to visit every few episodes!

I was actually surprised by how much I really wanted to watch this series last night. I watched about five episode before crashing. The pilot episode was a reunion -- both for the characters and for the fans of the program. This was problematic because I wasn't familiar with several of the lesser known characters. But I quickly caught up.

Subsequent programs fell into a familiar pattern of sitcom cheesiness. Jackson and Ramona fighting over bedrooms. Joey teaching the kids how to play without electronic devices. Stephanie posing as a single mom in order to score dates with cute guys. Max getting sprayed by a skunk. Plus, a guest appearance by Macy Gray of all people!!

Frankly, it was a lot of fun!

One major complain! "Fuller House" needs some male eye candy. I was particularly disappointed to realize that Jesse's twin boys, Nicky and Alex, aren't on the program more than once (apparently). They're very easy on the eyes and their absence is a major pity. I might need to start an online campaign to get them back regularly during season 2!

Lastly, there were two people from the original program who outright refused to participate (even as a one-time special guest) on "Fuller House:" Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played the childhood role of Michelle Tanner.

Keep in mind that Ashley hasn't acted in over a decade and has no interest in returning. I get that. But the official explanation is that they were busy designing clothing, which prompted this pointed joke by the entire cast:

The cast skeptically mugged at the camera for nearly sixty seconds while the studio audience roared. I thought it was funny...

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