Magic of ‘Full House’ re-kicked with a modern twist

Sam Shirk
A&E Editor

Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, “Fuller House’s” long awaited premiere is posted there. The magic of “Full House” has been re-kicked with a modern twist and a gender-swapped edge. If you loved “Full House,” you’re going to love “Fuller House” because it’s exactly what fans loved before– heart-filled, cheesy family television with amazingly cute kid characters. It is a definite ode to fans everywhere, after all, if it’s not broke don’t be rude and fix it!

Fuller House” follows young D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) who is now a veterinarian and mother to three sons. Life seems to be good for D.J. However, things change when D.J. finds herself widowed after her husband, Tommy Fuller, is killed during his firefighting duties. Feeling frazzled by everything being on her suddenly, D.J. moves back to her childhood San Francisco home and enlists the help of her sister, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and her best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) to raise her boys.

Netflix’s new original series seems to be doing everything right so far. After the hype surrounding the show, 13 episodes were released on Feb. 26 for streaming.  The pilot was one that will definitely bring a tear to your eye. What makes “Fuller House” so great, if done right, are the character ties, the acting and the nostalgia factor. It’s hard to successfully pull off a show such as this one because viewers often have a lot of high expectations. If you change too much, then everyone is up in arms and, if you change too little, then people will feel like they have seen it all before and become bored. A show like this one makes me feel like it needs shout-outs to the original series, and it’s those little moments of repetition that pulls at our heart strings. The classic “You got it, dude!” and “How rude!” never gets old, in fact, we expect to hear them in a show such as this one. It’s the corny feelings that so many people loved about “Full House,” it was felt beautifully throughout the first 13 episodes of the new sequel series.

maxresdefault1A nice treat I felt really enhanced that nostalgia feeling and made it all the more perfect was the opening sequence. For starters, it’s the same song – well, almost. “Everywhere You Look” is always heard in someone’s mind when you mention the classic 1980’s sitcom. It’s as iconic as the catchphrases! “Fuller House’s” theme is the same song but covered by Carly Rae Jepsen, and she brought so many feelings as she sang the famous words, “Everywhere you look, everywhere you go/There’s a heart (There’s a heart), a hand to hold onto.” I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I had chills running down my arms as I listened to it. Also, what makes the opening sequence even better is we see a few snapshots of how our favorite characters have changed over the years. All us Tanner family fans feel like we grew up with those characters, so to see them compared to their younger selves is just brilliant. I think the opening sequence can be filed under nostalgia-overload; it was amazing.

The pilot episode is probably one of the most nostalgic episodes of the series. Every single person who confirmed they’d reprise their roles made it into the episode and the family ties are felt so strongly throughout the episode. Strewn throughout the pilot are memories from the past and each quirky character plays an equal role in making the magic happen. When Jesse started singing his wedding song “Forever” to his wife Becky, I squealed; when the family started singing the Flintstones and then the editor beautifully combined the past shot of the family doing this, I cried. It was so wonderfully done it was hard to handle. Plus the plot of the first episode makes the viewer emotional because the family is about to leave DJ on her own and it’s clear she can’t handle all the responsibilities suddenly put on her. Especially since her father, Danny, makes it clear that the house is on the market to be sold. The viewer begins to wonder what’s going to happen and how DJ is going to make it without everyone’s help. Thankfully Stephanie and Kimmy opt to help her in the end. This plot is a very strong beginning to a show that’s heavily centered around family ties and connections, which means acting is an even bigger part of the formula for a successful show.

The acting for “Fuller House” was phenomenal because each character is portrayed perfectly, especially for the large time passage between the two series. It’s almost as if we never really left the family to begin with. Nothing is awkward and no one is different. Jesse is still everyone’s favorite Uncle, Danny is still everyone’s lovable clean-freak, Joey is still– well Joey and the girls are absolutely the same, with a few grown-up quirks thrown into the mix.

“Fuller House” is the perfect beginning for another generation of Tanners to make their footprint on modern television, despite there being many other family-centered sitcoms on TV today. This cast is unique and everything that makes “Fuller House” magical is unique to it; “Modern Family” comes close but it’s not the same. I’m looking forward to the second season. It’s time to enjoy all the shenanigans this family will find itself in. “Fuller House” is definitely a strong follow-up to the original. It should be very interesting.


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