The Complete First Season
review by Bobby Blakey
There has been a big influx of old shows making a big comeback in various ways. The latest series Fuller House looked to capture the silly magic of the original series Full House that ran from 1987-1995 bringing back all of the original cast with the exception of the Olsen Twins including Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Bob Sagat, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit, and Dylan Tuomy-Wiljoit. Now fans of the series that couldn’t catch it on Netflix or just want to revisit the series can bring the first season home with Fuller House: The Complete First Season.
The series follows D.J. Tanner-Fuller who is a recently widowed mom to a 13-year-old named Jackson, 7-year-old named Max, and a newborn son named Tommy. After realizing she is unable to cope with the demands of holding a full time job as a veterinarian in addition to raising three kids, her sister Stephanie and childhood best friend Kimmy, who is also the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, offer to move in to bring up her children. While you have the established cast of characters there are plenty of new faces as the regulars including John Brotherton, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Michael Champion, Elias Harger, Soni Nicole Bringas, and Dashiell & Fox Messitt that round out the main cast with the original adult cast playing more of a supporting role.
The first episode does a fun job of kicking it off and giving fans all the nostalgia they could want packed into 30 minutes. They even make references to the absent Olson Twins to keep them in the loop for possible future appearances. Sadly the biggest issue with this series is that they can’t seem to let go of the original series. They seem to be trying really hard to be its own thing, but always feels the need to go back to the same old jokes. I was never a huge fan of the original series, but still watched it and found it fun so was looking forward to see what they did, but quickly found myself annoyed with its lack of originality. It looks like they are trying to make music and dance numbers a big part of the series with them including a lot of them for some reason.
There are funny moments, but I was just hoping that they would take these characters and let the adult versions of them be something new as opposed to really just the same silliness of the original younger versions of themselves. I do give them props for bringing back so many of the kid actors now as adults from the original series to interact with their lives even if it is just silly cameos. It does show a real effort to make a continuation like very few shows that attempt this have been able to pull off. I am sure that hardcore fans of the series will have some fun, but I just hope the series can find its own voice in future seasons.
Grab your copy of Fuller House: The Complete First Season when it hits DVD on February 28th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.