It’s the most anticipated sitcom of the year, and it just took on a whole new meaning in our hearts.
Fuller House, the Netflix spin-off to Full House, will bring back nearly all of the original cast (minus Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, of course). Just last week we got a sneak peak at the first photos to be released of the show, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Helping to spearhead the new series are fan favorites Bob Saget (as Danny Tanner), John Stamos (as Uncle Jesse), and Dave Coulier (as Joey). Even after all these years, the threesome are like brothers, remaining close after Full House went off the air in 1995.
But one of the most significant reasons why their friendship has been so special is more heartbreaking than you’d expect. In a recent PEOPLE cover story, Stamos explained: “It’s been beautiful because we’ve all had ups and downs. We’ve had divorces and deaths and we’ve all been there for each other like a real family.”
He’s referring largely to the year all three men lost their mothers — a tragic similarity that bonded them together. “There was just an instant support system,” Coulier explained. “I consider those guys my family. We’re just always there for each other. We really made some extraordinary friendships that will last forever.”
It’s because of this shared history that the men are honoring the most important women in their lives, their mothers, by dedicating the first episode to them. At the end of the pilot, there will be a message for Dolly Saget, Loretta Stamos (seen above), Arlen Coulier, and Carole Franklin (mother to series creator Jeff Franklin).
Though they are gone, the men say their mothers are always at the forefront of their minds. “I miss my parents being here,” says Stamos. “It would be fun if they were. My mom loved [the original show].”
We have no doubt that somewhere, somehow, Dolly, Loretta, Arlen, and Carole will be “tuning in” and laughing right alongside us come February 26.More On