Fuller House. I've been waiting for this little gem to come out on Netflix for months. Yes, it will be cheesy and contrived but I don't really care. Why? The original Full House, while cheesy and contrived, was great light entertainment with a positive message for kids and we don't have enough of that on TV.
I didn't religiously watch Full House when it originally aired. I was in college and could have cared less about anything on television including a sit-com about a non-traditional family trying to raise three girls. I was busy studying and napping to get ready to go out for the night when it was on. But, then I grew up, got married and had a child of my own who stumbled across Full House when she was nine or ten. We bought the entire boxed set and watched the whole darn thing.
If you're not familiar with the show, Danny Tanner asks his brother-in-law Jesse and best friend, Joey, to help him with his daughters after his wife dies. There's D.J. who's ten, Stephanie 5, and baby Michelle. Over the course of eight years, we watched the girls grow up (and the guys too), navigate relationships and learn to live together. As a side note, the house in the opening sequence is included in trolley tours in San Francisco, so yes, the show really was a cult hit. (I may have even squealed a little when I saw the trailer….)
While you could predict as a kid everything that would happen on Full House, it was a great show for kids. If you think about it, D.J. Tanner was a great role model for tweens. She wasn't stick-thin and perfect. She was realistic. Her best friend Kimmy, was annoying as hell, but the complete opposite so she made a great foil. D.J.'s struggles growing up were the same as every other middle or high school girl with an annoying sister with a lisp. The only difference? She didn't have a mom. Today, you can't turn on the TV and see a program with an average kid. Check out the Disney channel line-up. It's not there.
My child learned a lot about life from watching Full House. She learned the importance of family and that not all families look alike. She learned lessons in friendship, love and broken hearts. She also learned that buying a horse and trying to keep it a secret is a bad idea and that you can raise a million dollars on a telethon as a kid. Full House had some insanely crazy shows.
It could also be annoying. The theme song. After season five, I couldn't stand it anymore. And, if I heard “You got it dude” or “Cut it out” one more time, I thought I would puke (interestingly, I could hear John Stamos say, “Have Mercy” all day long). Even more annoying? Rosie fell in love with the Olsen twins and we had to watch all of their movies when we were done with Full House.
Yes, Full House was pure kitsch. It was outrageous at times but it had the right message: Growing up is hard but it's easier when you have family by your side. That's an important one to learn and I can't wait to see how all the characters grew up.
So, yes, I plan to binge watch Fuller House this weekend with my teen. We'll smile, laugh and possibly remark about how silly the show actually is and we'll love every moment of it.