REVIEW: Fuller House – Season One (2016)

The following is a review of the first season of Fuller House.

This television generation has a tough time letting things go. Fans are constantly begging Netflix, Amazon, Yahoo, and Hulu to revive their favorite shows. Sometimes it makes sense, like when Yahoo revived Community while it was still relevant, and sometimes it may be too late to truly recapture what was great about the old show, like with Netflix’s revival of Arrested Development or with the, at best, mediocre six-episode tenth season of The X-Files. With Netflix’s revival of Full House, now titled Fuller House, we may have met the very worst show revival yet. Maybe this can stop the trend. 

Nostalgia is a great thing, and it’s the reason why people return to shows that don’t necessarily ‘hold up’ to current standards. Show revivals try hard to recapture the standard of the old show, but all too often in the process only makes sure to duplicate the content in a less than pleasing manner. And while I’m all for homages and such, this show honestly bugged me only 33 minutes into the very first exposition-laden episode.

They recreate what they’ve done before, by having the family sing the Flintstones-theme for the smallest member of the family. This could all work quite well, and have us be reminded of how much fans loved Full House, but they absolutely ruined the scene. How, you ask? Well, they play the exact scene they’re referencing next to their current scene, almost as if to desperately point out to the viewer that: “Hey! Look we did that thing you liked again! Appreciate it!”

The first episode also gives you a very condescending scene almost at the outset. The entire cast turns to the camera and calls out the Olsen-twins for not being available to appear on the show. Look we all wanted them to be a part of the revival, but when the show isn’t even about Saget, Stamos, or Coulier anymore, then this attitude just seems straight up ridiculous. Self-referential jokes can be really good when executed properly, but as demonstrated they aren’t all that clever in Fuller House. It’s really great to see the old cast, but without Saget, Stamos, and Coulier as part of the main cast through the entirety of the first season, Fuller House has lost three of the best parts of the original ABC comedy.

Most of the humor is borderline Disney Channel-sitcom quality, and that’s definitely not a good thing when you’re reviving one of the most memorable late 80s to early 90s ABC sitcoms. Similarly, while the child actors in Full House were delightful, I didn’t connect with the new child cast the way I should’ve. Also, it’s painfully clear that the three adult members of the main cast aren’t capable of holding down the fort, as it were, when they bring in, at times, only one member of the original male trio to try to steady the ship. This show left a lot to be desired. It saddens me to say that Fuller House is a huge unamusing disappointment.

D

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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