When thinking about popular sitcoms of the 1980s and 1990s, I can’t help but think about Full House. Even though this show was already off the air when I was born, I have still seen the series in full either through re-runs or DVDs. When they announced the Netflix series, Fuller House, I was excited even though I knew it would not live up to the original. This reunion series, however, was even worse than I expected.
Being a huge Mary Kate and Ashley fan as a child, I was disappointed that they were not part of the cast of Fuller House. After watching the series, however, I don’t even think my favorite twins could have made the show more tolerable. The premise of Fuller House is very similar to the original series, but gender reversed. DJ’s husband dies and she is left to raise her sons alone. Aunt Stephanie takes on Uncle Jesse’s role and Kimmy becomes like Joey. Even though using the role-reversal idea creates a sense of familiarity, I don’t think it worked. Every time I recognized a similar storyline or theme to Full House, all I could think is how they didn’t do it as well as the original.
Even though DJ, Stephanie, and Michele weren’t perfect children, I always thought they were generally well behave and respectful toward their parents. I find the kids in Fuller House, however, to be extremely irritating and bratty. I also don’t think DJ and Stephanie are responsible parents/parental figures. I found the plots to fall flat in most episodes, and the storyline about DJ being torn between two men annoying and overused.
When realizing these frustrations, I wonder if my age has anything to do with my perceptions of the two shows. If I had watched Full House now for the first time, would I have felt the same way about the kids and parents? If I was a child watching Fuller House would I relate to the kids instead of finding them obnoxious? While I think this would change my perceptions a little, I do think Full House is superior to Fuller House in many ways. I did, however, watch the whole first season of Fuller House and plan to watch the next one.