Netflix gets nostalgic, reboots 1990s favorite with ‘Fuller House’

John Stamos, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget and Jodie Sweetin star in “Fuller House.”
John Stamos, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget and Jodie Sweetin star in “Fuller House.” TNS

I was just thinking about whatever happened to predictability. The milkman. The paperboy. Evening TV.

But while some things change, we should have known there would be another “Full House.”

Television producers have already shown if something was popular 20 to 30 years ago, there will be an effort to rekindle that loving feeling. “Knight Rider,” “Bionic Woman” and “Twin Peaks” have all been given second life.

Now there’s “Fuller House” on Netflix.

D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is a recently widowed veterinarian living in San Francisco. Filling the house are her younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (played by Andrea Barber), Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas) and D.J.’s three boys.

Toss in guest appearances by John Stamos (as Jesse Katsopolis), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis) and Scott Weinger (Steve Hale), and the show is diving deep into nostalgia.

The original show was often cheesier than a Gouda factory, featured uninspired plots, was filled with bad acting (especially from a set of twins who grew up to be business tycoons) and lame jokes. Despite all that, the actors predicted the show would return.

“I think we knew it was going to be great because for years and years no matter what we’ve done, everybody always asks about ‘Full House.’ Everyone has always talked about ‘Full House,’ especially through social media and how that’s grown, and we get to interact with everyone in the world,” Cameron Bure says. “So we knew the fan base has been so loyal, but I think the response is even greater than we expected, and we knew it would be great.

Sweetin is certain the show was popular because the characters were little more than their own personalities coming through. That will continue as the cast meets with the writers to share what has been happening all these years. All that will be incorporated into the new plots.

If Sweetin is correct, then the appeal of the show is that viewers see themselves in the show. It’s easier for a larger audience to relate to a single-parent family facing everyday problems than fully understand what its like to be an emergency room doctor, grizzled detective or astronaut.

And, “Full House” was on at a time when families were more apt to watch the show together. The show’s family-friendly tone made it easy for multiple generations to huddle around a TV.

Bob Boyett, who with Jeff Franklin and Thomas Miller are executive producers, predicts “Fuller House” will work because it wasn’t technological advancements that scattered families. The culprit was how programming changed.

“I think there’s an appetite for family programming again. One of the comments that we got a lot from adults about this show was ‘It’s one of the few family shows that I can stand to watch with my children,’ which we took as a real compliment,” Boyett says. “I think that, now, there has been a dearth of good, solid, family programming with great values but, at the same time, is entertaining, does comedy, does physical comedy.

“I think what’s unique about this show is that we never lost that human connection between these actors and characters,” he says. “I mean, this is a family of people who have stayed close all through the years, and that comes through on the screen,”

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Fuller House

  • 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Netflix