Yes, you read the title correctly. The first season for Fuller House is now currently available on Netflix, and after watching the first episode, I can confidently advise you all to go and watch .*Applause for all the Full House fans who wanted a noteworthy reboot*
Though I’ve only seen one episode, I can tell the style that the show is headed down, and it is exactly the same as the original. You’ve got the same cast making the same corny, cheesy jokes around the same setting, and it works.
The series starts off with the three men that we’ve all come to know and love: Danny, Jesse, and Joey. The “feels,” as I like to call them, immediately came back the second Danny Tanner entered the scene, even though it was not the prettiest of sights to see—aging could have suited him better. Nevertheless, the same nostalgic feeling came as each returning cast member entered the scene, with an even bigger applause with each successive character. Jesse and Rebecca’s twins are even back—and as actual characters this time around that do more than having shaggy blonde hair.
The producers also did a great job at actually acknowledging the past and not just starting in the middle of a brand-new story. When Jesse greets Danny in the first scene, the two of them smile, and it’s the kind of smile that is saying something like, “We’re back again” rather than, “Hi, good morning, the past 20 years never happened.” The same goes for the rest of the cast members as well—the beginning felt more like a reunion than a reboot, which I felt was necessary for the show to be believable and truly successful.
Though the show originally used to air on public television, under a network that likely had influence on how the show was made and must have placed some sort of restrictions under content, Netflix has taken that same style but has also made it noteworthy for a Netflix original series. What I mean by that is while Fuller House fosters the same “feel-good” style that made Full House was famous, there are little tidbits that make Fuller House appropriately deemed a Netflix series. Some of the jokes were raunchier, but not in a forced way. It almost felt like they should have been used in the original.
There’s also a moment in the pilot, arguably my favorite moment of the entire episode itself, that is the most “Netflix” thing I’ve ever seen—all of the characters, (Kimmy, DJ, Stephanie, Danny, Joey, the twins (who even remembers what their names were), Jesse and Rebecca) are all in the kitchen together when someone asks, “Where is Michelle?” and Danny promptly answers, “She’s in New York working on her fashion line,” which is immediately followed by every single returning member sassily staring right into the camera, just to further dig at the Olsen twins. The producers didn’t just make up some fancy story and try to brush over why Michelle was absent. They did the complete opposite, by notably addressing the issue with that pause, and let me tell you, the message was received because it lasted a good 30 seconds, and understandably so. I was glad to see the show be so up front with its audience, and actually recognize how great Full House was in the past, which I think will be indicative of how the rest of the series plays out.
All in all, I can’t wait to continue watching Fuller House. I’m excited to watch a reboot that is believable and still connects with the original, something which most reboots fail to accomplish. And again, while I have only seen the first episode, I can already tell the producers did something right when they decided to make a Full House reboot. I just need to pace myself with watching it, as Netflix has made it dangerously easy to watch 13 half-hour “ish” shows in a matter of a couple of weeks, or a single week, or even a few days.