Unless you’ve been living under a rock and/or avoiding all social media (in which case you probably wouldn’t find yourself here, thanks for stopping by!) you will have heard that last Friday Netflix released Season 1 of Fuller House. The new show that picks up with the Full House kids 20 or so years later has been much anticipated for months. Of course, I’ve watched the 13-episode season so I’m here to give you all my thoughts on the show. I’ve got a lot to cover so settle in and let’s get started!
As I watched the episodes and read some feedback online from Facebook friends and just from the general public, I jotted down some notes of my own of things I wanted to remember to touch upon in this post.
First, let me just get this out of the way – I really enjoyed the show. I was a big fan of the original back in the early 90s when I used to watch it every Friday night as part of ABC’s TGIF lineup.
I noticed that most people either loved the show or hated the show. Or refused to give it a chance in which case I’ll lump them with the hate the show group. I understand why people would dislike it – it’s not the original, it’s got some cheesy lines, etc. But, my feeling is you have to take it for what it is. I enjoyed it because it reminds me of the old show. Obviously, it’s not going to be a top notch award winning show. Take it for what it is – a fun comedy following beloved characters. Let me compare it to the Fast and the Furious movies for example. Are any of those things believable that happen in those movies like driving cars out of a plane with a parachute attached? No. But, we go see the movie knowing it’s not believable because it’s entertaining. So, agreed the show isn’t going to be winning any Emmys, but that’s irrelevant. Watch the show for what it is and don’t set unrealistic expectations.
Like the old show, there’s a cheese factor to the show, but that’s what makes it nostalgic. What’s different about this show is that it is definitely more adult geared. There are more grown-up jokes than the purely family friendly original. I can think of two reasons for this. One, times have changed and even family friendly shows are a little more risque than 20 years ago. Two, the main audience for this show is clearly the people that used to watch the original so naturally the main audience is older and would appreciate the grown-up jokes. I’ve seen a few critics of the show say they were shocked and disappointed that the show wasn’t as “family friendly” and was more adult than they had hoped. To that, I say this – this isn’t a reboot like Girl Meets World on the Disney Channel. Another show I loved when younger was Boy Meets World – another TGIF staple albeit a few years later. Girl Meets World is completely different than Fuller House in that it is a show centered around Cory & Topanga’s daughter. The parents are there but are not the main characters and so the show’s platform is the life of a middle school girl. It is meant for a younger audience. The only reason original fans watch Girl Meets World is to see cameos from the original cast. But, in the end, the show is made for a new generation. Fuller House‘s main characters are the kids from Full House but grown up so it makes sense for the show to be more grown up and feature more grown up content.
I’ve also read that some critics of the show, who were primarily more conservative religious viewers, didn’t like some of the revealing clothing, jokes, and that there are 2 same-sex kisses seen throughout season 1. In fact, I read an entire article about all the backlash the show and Candace Cameron-Bure received over this content with some people calling Candace un-Christian-like. Whatever your views are, we’re in 2016 now and many of us have more open-minded views on things so I feel like it’s normal for the show to include these things. If those things offend you, you don’t have to watch! I really don’t think it’s a big deal or that you have to make comments like saying someone isn’t a good Christian for taking part in a TV show that includes these things. But, that’s just my opinion and of course, to each their own.
On that note, I personally love the fashion on the show! It’s so trendy-casual and definitely the kind of wardrobe that the everyday, normal person could wear. I especially love DJ’s style as it’s definitely my style.
To wrap up this post, I definitely liked the show and I’m so happy to hear it will be back for a Season 2. Hopefully Michelle aka Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen will make some sort of appearance in the next season! The show still holds up well without them and I don’t hold it against them for not participating this season, but it would be nice for them to make a cameo at least next season. I think it’d be a great treat for viewers! If they could keep it a surprise that would be even more awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet, the first few episodes do have a few tearjerker moments, especially the first episode. I really did tear up during the premiere episode. Just a fair warning!
Have you watched the show? What did you think?