By Krista Dejulio and Casey Dibari – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff
On February 26, Netflix aired the highly anticipated “Fuller House,” a series focusing on D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure), now Fuller, trying to do what her dad did 28 years ago – raise three kids all by herself. Like her father be- fore her, D.J. is not alone.
Not only does she have the adults in her life, her father Danny (Bob Saget), her uncle Jesse (John Stamos), Joey (Dave Coulier), and her aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin), but she also has her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s daughter Ramona (Sony Bringas).
The show is a mirrored image of the original. DJ Fuller has her three boys, a full-time job as a vet- erinarian, and simply needs help. DJ mirrors Danny, whose husband has died a hero’s death. Kimmy Gibbler and Aunt Stephanie move in, filling in for Joey and Uncle Jesse, respectively.
Though the show is, overall, as good as a Disney Channel show, this is not necessar- ily a bad thing. It means people will watch it, at least. But while the original concept of the show stays intact, the revival is the exact op- posite of the original. There are no life lessons, no violins, and only one annoying catchphrase (“holy chalupas,” said by 7-year old Max, played by Elias Harger) .
The show is more about the women of the household than the children. Kimmy and Stephanie drink margaritas while watching the baby and tequila is mentioned more than once throughout the entire season (something we would never hear under Danny Tanner’s roof!). The show attempts to make middle son of DJ even cuter, by having puppies suffocate him with snuggles and cuddles (and it works, I found myself fawning over the puppy more than anything else). Gibbler is still Gibbler and that is probably the best part of the show.
Notably absent was Michelle Tanner, played by both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen back in the day. (There was media coverage on the controversy over why the twins turned down the possibility of reprising their breakout role.)
There are the subtle references to the old series a true fan will appreciate. Kimmy teaches Stephanie to change the baby’s diaper while Max watches; in the first episode of “Full House” Joey and Jesse teach each other to change Michelle’s diaper while Stephanie looks on. The power goes out at Ramona’s 13th birth- day party and Stephanie tells everyone to find a partner and start making out. Stephanie was invited to a make out party at a similar age. When Kimmy walks down the aisle for her remarriage to her ex-husband, we are reminiscent of Becky’s awkward walk down the aisle the first time she attempts to marry Jesse in Las Vegas.
The show isn’t perfect, of course. It’s cheesy, with lines that felt like they were cut out from the original series. The acting from the children, especially Max could be pretty dreadful at times. And the love triangle between D.J., her old boy- friend Steve Hale (Scott Weigner), and new love interest Matt Harmon ( John Brotherton) is a trope used all too often in shows. However, these issues didn’t stop the show from getting renewed, and if you were a big fan of the original series, you will love this.