Shattered Illusions

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My favorite childhood television show was recreated with the newly released Netflix show, “Fuller House.” The series is a spinoff of the much adored “Full House,” only set about 29 years later. D.J. is a widow with three sons. Stephanie is a goofy party girl. Kimmy is actually likable, yet still very “Gibbler.”

I remember watching “Full House” every weekend as a child, hopelessly in love with Uncle Jesse. I can even partly credit Uncle Jesse for my obsession with Elvis Presley. 

Needless to say, I was excited to see my favorite characters all grown up and see where their lives have taken them.

“Fuller House” is a show dependent on nostalgia—or at least the first four episodes that I watched are. 

The first episode, which sets up the basic plot, makes constant references to its predecessor “Full House.” I doubt someone who did not watch “Full House” would get many of the jokes and references used throughout. They likely would not even find the show very entertaining. “Fuller House” is a show created for “Full House” fans. “Fuller House” opens with all of the “Full House” characters meeting again in their old home (minus Michelle, played by the Olsen twins). The characters use their famous catch phrases including “cut it out,” “have mercy” and “how rude!” 

Even some of the scenes were recreated where the past shot was shown next to the new one. 

The basic plot is even a recreation of the old plot. Instead of three men raising three girls, three women raise three boys. 

For those who loved “Full House,” this was nostalgia heaven. It was so enjoyable seeing something I love in a new, yet old way. I won’t be surprised, however, if the show discontinues after the nostalgia runs its course. 

Basically, the show is pretty simple and one-dimensional. It is not as good as “Full House” since it relies so much on the old show to make it. As far as I have seen in the series, “Fuller House” does not dig too deep into the bigger issues. It simply glosses over the dramatics to create the lighthearted comedy, which I suppose is what some are after. 

I recall “Full House” often found a great balance between the two however. For example, one episode focused on D.J. dealing with anorexia as a teen. 

“Fuller House” is both really lame and cute. It is a family-friendly show, despite the adult jokes embedded throughout. 

Due to the unimpressive level of acting, I get the impression that many of the actors haven’t done much since their reign on “Full House,” although they do occasionally make references to their outside jobs such as John Stamos’ role in “General Hospital.” The show plays on the idea that it is a show, even breaking the fourth wall in the premier to make a jab at the Olsen’s for not taking part in the show.

“Fuller House” is good. It is something I may want to watch when I don’t want to think about anything too serious, but it is not something I will likely devote too much time too. If you watched “Full House,” I recommend you watch at least the first episode for kicks and giggles. If you did not watch “Full House,” do.