After much promotion and heavy anticipation Netflix has finally released the entire first season of ‘Fuller House’ for your viewing pleasure. As if the show never ended the original stars return for the season premier, much to the delight of fans of the original series. Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, and Lori Loughlin all fill the familiar San Francisco home. The first episode not only sets up what viewers can expect from the series, but also hits you in the face as an unabridged tribute to the original. The cast fits back into their roles as if they were only on hiatus, and there is a genuine enjoyment in returning that you can see on their faces they do not attempt to hide. Not only do the actors deliver their famous lines that they repeated in the first series, but they fill you in on what their character’s have been doing and what they will be doing. They even take a very obvious and precise stab at the Olsen twins who refused not to be on the show.
A hand off to the next generation, ‘Fuller House’ now focuses on grown widow and mother DJ Tanner-Fuller, played by Candace Cameron Bure, as she attempts to navigate personal life, her veterinary career, and raising her three boys. Joining her at her hour of need are her sister Stephanie, Jodee Sweetin, and best friend Kimmy Gibbler, played by Andrea Barber, who move into the old Tanner home. The three ladies are entertaining in their roles, and convincing enough to the audience that career wise, these roles are exactly how the characters would end up. Cameron Bure, Sweetin, and Barber deliver every line, every action and reaction precisely as expected. Michael Campion as the oldest son Jackson Fuller, performs effectively as a teen boy forced into a tight family, and Sonia Bringas, who plays Kimmy Gibbler’s daughter Ramona, acts perfectly like a young teenage girl, and also brings a bit of racial mixture to the show. The actor that steals the show would be Elias Harger who plays DJ’s middle son Max. Elias has the unique ability to deliver quick witted hilarious lines and reactions while still convincing the audience he’s just a smart little boy.
While the cast of ‘Fuller House’ tries hard, the show is far from great, but it’s not quite awful either. The over all acting and plots are surrounded with corniness and most of the jokes feel very forced. Nearly every time a character delivers a comedic line, there is an actual pause to allow both the viewer, and the annoying laugh track to react. Like the jokes, Kimmy Gibbler’s relationship with her soon to be ex husband Fernando, played stereotypically by Juan Pablo Di Pace, feels insincere and often awkward. ‘Fuller House’ reminds you a lot like the cheesy overacted teen shows on Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel, only for adults. The sets feel very fake and stage like, and there is no qualms about it. The show holds onto it’s foundations and delivers sentimental moments, often mocking itself.
While ‘Fuller House’ is definitely not for everyone, it’s an entertaining show although not necessarily something to rush out and view, unless you are a hardcore fan of the original. The cast and plots don’t take itself too seriously and viewers should know they are getting exactly what they expect. The adult stars from the previous series delight viewers by returning periodically to help tell the new tales of the family may of us grew up watching. At best it’s a fun show, full of cheesiness, over acting, and familiarity backed with a laugh track and sentimentality. ‘Fuller House’ returns you to the late eighties and mid nineties and back to secretly loved entertainment you enjoyed watching with your family.