Friday, June 9, 2017

What's On Netflix?: FULLER HOUSE - Season 1

Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick a series or film currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans. This week's selection is the first season of the heartwarming Netflix Original series, FULLER HOUSE.

If you came of age in the late 80's/early 90's, then you are most likely very familiar with a little show called Full House that aired from 1987 to 1995 on ABC. It was the reason that I watched television on Friday nights and an important part of my childhood.

The premise of the show was a single father, Danny Tanner, trying to raise his three young daughters after his wife passed. He implores the help of his brother-in-law Jesse and his best friend Joey in parenting. This decision made for some hilarious and heartwarming television.

Many fans of the show were excited to learn that Full House was getting a reboot on Netflix, especially since the majority of the original cast was returning. The first season of Fuller House aired in February of 2016, and even though most of the original cast members did return to either starring roles or for guest appearances, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who portrayed the adorable Michelle Tanner were noticeably absent from the series.

I was so excited about this series, that I ended up binge watching the entire first season. The premise of the show sounds quite familiar. It has Candace Cameron-Bure reprising her role as D.J. Tanner. In the first episode we learn that D.J.'s husband has died and that she is raising three sons on her own. Her sister and best friend move in to help her with her parenting responsibilities. Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber both reprise their roles as Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibler.

Yes, both Full House and Fuller House have essentially the same plots. However, I think Fuller House is a more adult version of its predecessor. Some parents have complained that it's not family friendly because of its references to sex and inappropriate language. However, it's possible to find anything wrong with a show if you look hard enough, and this new generation of television has grown more adult as opposed to those show from 25-30 years ago, like Full House.

Watching this show was like getting my childhood back. An innocent time where I had no cares in the world. I think most of the fans of this show grew up watching the original in the '80s. It has a nostalgic quality to it. One of the best parts of Season 1 was seeing D.J. reconnect with her old high school boyfriend, Steve. However, he was not the only man vying for her affections. There is also Matt, D.J.'s co-worker at the veterinary office. Who does she choose or does she choose anyone at all?

When this series premiered, it didn't get much love from the critics. Season 1 received a 32% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Most of the people who reviewed the show for the site said that after the magic of the nostalgia is gone, Fuller House has very little to offer to anyone expect its most ardent fans.

So maybe this show won't win an Emmy anytime soon. However, it does appeal to audience members because of its connection with Full House. It also has some really cute kids mugging for the camera. As you can see, Fuller House does have something to offer after all.

Watching this show was like remembering a precious memory from one's childhood. If you are feeling down and out, then watch a few episodes of Fuller House. I guarantee you will feel much better.

Lisa's Score: 8.5/10

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