Why We Don't Need a Full House RevivalDresden Shumaker
“Whatever happened to predictability?” John Stamos crooned this question to us every week in the opening theme song of Full House. Almost 20 years since the final episode aired, we can finally answer him. Nothing. Predictability has been hanging out with its old buddies nostalgia and unoriginality for years. It’s responsible for Girl Meets World, the almost revamping of Murder She Wrote, TMNT, and Dallas. Predictability is set to bring us a comeback of Full House.
When I was a kid in the ’80s I had many (MANY) friends who adored this show. I liked the character DJ because we shared initials and she seemed very practical and direct. The rest of the show was a complete farce and silliness to me. The daughters on the show never felt like authentic characters; they were like cartoons of girls.
Full House aired in a year where there was a bizarre fantasy happening in Hollywood: Let’s imagine a world where we remove the women and the moms. The year 1987 saw the release of the hit film Three Men and a Baby and NBC’s debut of My Two Dads.
The backstories of the vanished moms were slightly different, but the theme of bumbling men attempting parenting were the same within all of the plots. It was disturbing that so many story lines in one year involved vanished moms, but it was also insulting to men to see them portrayed as idiots with baby bottles and diapers.
As a single mom I love (and depend) on the concept of having a village to help raise children. I lean on help from my own mother and family friends, and routinely help out other parents who are juggling busy schedules. Eventually Full House did settle down and evolve into a show about parenting, but so many of us who grew up with the show associate it with the silly antics of Uncle Jesse and goofy Joey.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Warner Brothers is in the “early stages of reviving” Full House. Almost all of the cast has agreed to be a part of the comeback: Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave Coulier), Jesse (John Stamos), D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) are involved. Noticeably absent is Michelle (played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen).
As much as I love reminiscing about the ’80s, I just don’t understand the appeal of reviving a show like this. Do we really want to see how Uncle Jesse has aged? Can we watch Dave Coulier in anything without thinking of Alanis Morissette? Sure, the character of Stephanie is perfectly preserved in our minds, but are we able to separate teenage Stephanie from the meth bombshells of Jodie Sweetin?
It would be one thing if these actors had continued performing and then returned to these roles, but for most of them they are only known as the characters they played on Full House. A revival show 20 years later is a lot of pressure. Is our generation obligated to tune in and watch? Will we let Kimmy down if we don’t?
If John Stamos is so eager to revisit his Uncle Jesse character, maybe Jesse could have his own show and we could just see the family during a very special holiday episode. Haven’t we all evolved from “you got it dude” shows?
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