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Fuller House…Empty Heart


Whatever happened to the Tanner Family? Nearly 21 years ago, the famous “Full House” family disappeared from nearly 16 million television watchers’ screens. Now, they’re back on TV. The moment I heard the “Full House” cast was getting back together to make a new show, I was psyched because I love “Full House”. But the reboot, “Fuller House,” was flat out horrible. All of the built up excitement had been for nothing.

Growing up, I watched the reruns all the time. When I was channel surfing, I would immediately stop if I saw the ‘62 Oldsmobile convertible full of the Tanner family. Now I don’t have to channel surf, I can just flip on Netflix. Less than thirty seconds into the first episode of “Fuller House,” cheesy laugh tracks began to run in the background after the aged-face of Danny Tanner, played by Bob Saget, appeared from behind the kitchen counter. Already, I was beginning to pull my hair out listening to the corny jokes.

The 13-episode first season follows the same plot as the original “Full House” series. Two friends help one widowed parent raise her three kids. The family lives in the same house, with the same problems and the same catch phrases, but the catch phrases are only funny for cute seven year olds, not 30 year olds. Take “Full House,” switch out the male and female roles…and you have “Fuller House.”

The problems start when the Tanner-Katsopolis-Gladstone family moves from the iconic red-doored house, leaving behind the oldest daughter, D.J. Tanner, played by Candace Cameron-Bure. She soon realizes without the help of her family, she won’t be able to take on the job of a single mother. The same as Danny’s wife in “Full House,” D.J.’s husband dies just before the “Fuller House’s” first episode.

The show became hard to watch after the first episode. Every joke seemed forced. For example, the three women visit a club, where Kimmy Gibbler claims she lives – one where she kept a toothbrush and a clean bra behind the cash register. It’s just not funny. The plot line was the same as the original, but they portrayed everything in a much more half-witted way.

Even though I was excited for the reboot, throughout the entire show I found myself wondering why anyone thought it would be a dandy idea to create a reboot of the legendary “Full House.” The only decently positive comments I have for “Fuller House” are D.J.’s baby son, Tommy and the dirty jokes hidden.

“Fuller House” reminds me of the new Disney shows. The show aimed for the hearts of ‘80s and ‘90s kids, but it fits in more with today’s young generation. The creators missed the target audience. Many people had high expectations for the show, but they didn’t reach that bar.

Overall, I despised “Fuller House.” Nothing about the show lived up to expectations. Immediately after finishing the almost eternal 13 episodes, I wanted to gouge my eyes out. I couldn’t handle the stupidity. The show was a waste of seven hours of my life.

The show was like finding your favorite childhood toy and being overwhelmed to have it back, just to realize it doesn’t work. It’s just not the same.

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