I find myself continuously looking for a good show or movie to watch when I need a break; a break from homework or a break from the drama surrounding this school … basically a quick break from reality. And when I do, I always finding myself watching old episodes of Full House. Aside from all of the actors and actresses that I love, the show’s family dynamic always drew my attention. Growing up my sister and I would watch Full House because we admired how the characters all lived together. It was like a big family reunion at all times, whereas my family lives around the country so we rarely get to see each other besides for holidays. My two sisters and I, in a way, lived through the fictional show because we always imagined ourselves as the three Tanner sisters.
Although I still adore the show, taking many media and television courses has molded my thinking. I now analyze shows from a different lens. For example, I do not admire the Tanner family for their corky jokes and family atmosphere like I so often used to. Instead, I realize Full House challenged social norms. Full House does not embody the traditional family dynamic where you have a mom and dad raising a family together. Instead, Danny (the girl’s father), Jessie (the girl’s uncle), and Joey (a family friend) help raise the three girls after a car accident took their mother’s life. This unconventional unit redefines family values, outweighing all previous reasons for liking the show so much.
Still from Full House. Image from [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3111429/Lifetime-announces-Unauthorized-House-Story-cast-releases-lookalike-photo.html].
Coincidentally, the reading for this week relates to Full House. In the chapter “Who Rules the Roost?” Judy Kutulas mentions a new genre that emerged: postmodern family sitcoms. Rather than the typical housewife, working man dynamic, postmodern family sitcoms allowed more independence. For example, the show Modern Family represents a fallible family. The sitcom does not intend to teach families how to or how not to act, instead it teaches families that it is okay to have difficulties and to be diverse. Although Modern Family is a fairly recent show, I think Full House was one of the first shows to stray from the happy-g0-lucky 195os family ideal. Instead, much like Modern Family, Full House blurs the lines of the customary family dynamic. Three men take on parental roles without a female figure. And since single-family homes are becoming more popular, Full House helps exemplify that family is possible, regardless what the parental imprint looks like. Family is everything.
-Jenna Romano (Blog #2)