I am a huge fan of the series, Full House. And as a loyal Full House fanatic, I was enthralled when I saw John Stamos appear in one of the slides on the reel for this weeks 1980s sitcoms. I immediately looked up the show, You Again?
The first episode that popped up on Google for the show was “The Audition”. This episode consisted of John Stamos as a college kid who might have the chance to play with the Beach Boys at a concert at his school. I was immediately struck by the association of John Stamos with the Beach Boys.
Throughout the show, Full House, the Beach Boys seem to be ever-present, although in reality only appearing on a show or two. Uncle Jess, John Stamos, loves them and is always inspired by them in his own band on the show. During the series, he meets them and collaborates with them. I also have found out that one of the most popular songs on the show, “Forever”, Jesse and Becky’s wedding song, is actually a Beach Boys song.
I wanted to know more about this seeming connection between Stamos and the Beach Boys. Was it just a coincidence that Stamos ended up in two shows that incorporated them, or was there a reason?
It turns out that Stamos and the Beach Boys are actually close friends. He has played with them many a time over the last few decades, even joining them for reunion concerts. This made me think about how shows use the connections that actors within them already have with other celebrities and build them into the storyline. For example, If Stamos had not been on either of the two shows, would the Beach Boys have? I’m not so sure.