Who: “Full House,” a coming of age situation comedy that aired on ABC from 1987 to 1995.
What: Created by Jeff Franklin, the show chronicles a widowed father, Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), who enlists his brother-in-law and best friend to help raise his three daughters.
After his wife is killed in a car accident, news anchorman Danny Tanner (Saget) recruits his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos), a rock musician, and best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier), a stand-up comedian, to help raise his three young daughters: D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen) in his San Francisco home. Over time, the three men as well as the children bond and become closer to one another. Danny is subsequently reassigned from his duties as sports anchor by his television station to become co-host of a local morning television show, “Wake Up, San Francisco,” and is teamed up with Nebraska native Rebecca Donaldson (Lori Loughlin). Jesse and Becky eventually fall in love and get married. Becky later gives birth to twin sons, Nicky and Alex (Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit).
When: The show aired for eight seasons from 1987 to 1995 on ABC.
Where: The show is set in San Francisco, California.
Why: Listen to the podcast for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Full House.
How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!
So many CPU! regulars, including frequent CPU! contributor and panelist Kristen, love Full House and were particular excited by the Netflix revival of this long dormant sitcom, creating a brand new chapter for the series, which the streaming channel calls Fuller House. In fact, Kristen saw an opportunity for a new CPU! podcast series in which CPU! panelists look back at the program that started it all while looking forward “around the water cooler” as new seasons of the reboot are released. Thus, herein we offer the first episode of our series covering the various versions of this sitcom, which we at CPU! are calling our “Full/er House” series.
In addition, lacking the ability to fully appreciate Full House age-wise by a few years, the Chief CP steps aside from the moderating microphone, so that Kristen may serve as main moderator with the kind of enthusiasm this juggernaut of nostalgia deserves. Kristen is, in turn, joined by familiar panelists Andrew, Allie, and Amie and two new panelists, Leslie and Jenn. In this first episode of our “Full/er House” series, we discuss our favorite and least favorite moments from the original Full House, which became an influential television offering in the pantheon of shows immediately embraced by and made synonymous with American Millennials.
This podcast was recorded in December 2016, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as we cover major plot points and comedic situations throughout the Full House series. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, we’ll return to our Full/er House series “Around the Water Cooler” when our panel discusses the first season of the Netflix revival/reboot, Fuller House. Stay tuned!
Full House is recommended by the entire panel, though each panelist offers different reason(s) for his/her recommendation. All agreed that this sitcom offers plenty of nostalgia for decades gone by, honest humor to which people can easily relate, and a sense of “aw, shucks” adorableness in the way the situations were presented. Most of the panelists would hesitate to recommend it to any member of a generation older than Millennial, however, if said member had never seen it, as the panelists believe that the charms of Full House work best on those who grew up with and were children when the show first aired (or on those who are children of those former children).
Full House is not currently available at any of the streaming sites, due in large part to the fact that the show is heavily syndicated on cable television. In fact, blocks of episodes are aired nearly every night on Nick at Nite (Nickelodeon) starting at 9:00, 10:00, or 11:00 PM and Saturday mornings at 6:00 AM on TBS, so there are plenty of chances to catch up. As Kristen asks in the episode, though – is there anyone who has never seen Full House? Inquiring minds want to know…out of sheer morbid curiosity – let us know in the comments!