Who: “Fuller House,”an American family situation comedy and sequel to Full House, airing on the Netflix streaming service as an original series, which means, for the record, that it is available to Netflix subscribers exclusively, as it is Netflix produced original content.
What: The series centers around DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister and best friend—the mother to a teenage daughter—provide support in her sons’ upbringings by moving in with her and into DJ and her sister’s childhood home.
After the sudden death of DJ Tanner-Fuller’s (Bure) husband, Tommy, who was fulfilling his hazardous duties as a firefighter, DJ accepts the help of her sister, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and her best friend, Kimmy (Andrea Barber), as they move in to take part in raising DJ’s three sons: 13-year-old Jackson (Michael Campion), 7-year-old Max (Elias Harger), and baby Tommy Jr. (Dashiell and Fox Messitt). Kimmy’s teenage daughter, Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas), also moves in with DJ, Stephanie, Kimmy, and DJ’s children. Most of the Full House ensemble cast reprise their roles on Fuller House, either as regular cast members or in guest appearances, with the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who alternated in the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House.
When: Season Three was released to streaming service Netflix in two parts: nine episodes on September 22, 2017, and nine episodes on December 22, 2017, with a combined grand total of eighteen episodes on the season.
Where: The show is set in San Francisco, California.
Why: Listen to the podcast series for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Fuller House.
How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS
So many CPU! regulars, including frequent CPU! contributor and panelist Kristen, love Full House and were particular excited, at least initially, 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 fourth episode of our series covering the various versions of this sitcom, which we at CPU! are calling our “Full/er House” series. Listen to our previous episodes in this series, in which we Look Back at Full House and review and recap previous seasons of Fuller House, via embedded links below:
Full/er House Series, Episode One: Looking Back at “Full House”
Full/er House Series, Episode Two: “Fuller House,” Season One
Full/er House Series, Episode Three: “Fuller House,” Season Two
In addition, lacking the ability to fully appreciate Full House (and Fuller House) age-wise by a few years, the Chief CP steps aside from the moderating microphone once again, so that Kristen may serve as main moderator with the kind of enthusiasm this juggernaut of nostalgia deserves. Kristen is, in turn, rejoined by her fellow series panelists – however, sharks are beginning to circle this intrepid panel, as former panelists Amie and Jenn departed this group, deeming the series no longer watchable or a priority in their television-watching schedules – which does not bode well for our series or for Fuller House, in general. On the other hand, panelists Andrew and Leslie proved game to return for this fourth episode of our “Full/er House” series, in which we discuss our favorite and least favorite moments from the third season of the reboot. In sum, the panel generally felt that Season Three was a vast deterioration from previous seasons, as remaining panelists cite many more low-lights than high from this expanded, two-part, anniversary year set of episodes (the original series pilot aired on September 22, 1987; thirty years ago). Take a listen to the podcast episode if you have watched the full season and gauge whether you agree or disagree.
This podcast was recorded in April 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as we cover major plot points and comedic situations portrayed in the third season of Fuller House. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations
1) Will Michelle, aka Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, ever return to the show? (And why are they so snooty about it…it launched their careers, and the ability they had to start alleged fashion empire?)
ANSWER: Still a question, likely with a “no” answer, even as our panelists remain twelve percent hopeful. Yet, our panelists report that, at least, the show does not continue the off-putting jokes addressed to a broken fourth wall to call out the twins’ (and Michelle’s) absence.
2) Will we see any of Michelle’s friends?
ANSWER: Still a question, but without Michelle, why would anyone care about her friends?
3) Will the show tackle any issues, like teen suicide, LGBT+ acceptance, or other contemporary hot button issues in the future?
ANSWER: The show tackles surrogacy this season, as Stephanie (Sweetin) explores options for having children. Kimmy (Barber) volunteers to be her surrogate, and the “baby daddy” and “sperm donor” is Kimmy’s brother Jimmy (Adam Hagenbuch). The panel generally praised this story line as the best on the season because it was the most real.
4) Why did DJ become annoying, according to the panel?
ANSWER: I am not sure the panel sees an answer or even still considers this a question. They described the DJ character as “weird” this season, as the general campy atmosphere of the show seemed to be in a caricature-laden overdrive state in Season Three, as noted by panelist Andrew.
5) Will New Kids on the Block return every season?
ANSWER: They do not return this season. So, no.
6) Will we see any other past characters, like Vicki, Danny’s former girlfriend? For that matter, will we ever see the character’s actual wife again?
ANSWER: Vicki (Gayle Edwards) returns! Apparently. And Danny’s (Bob Saget) marriage seems to be on the rocks. Do that math, and the answer probably lurks in algebra step 2.
7) Will DJ end up with either Matt (Josh Brotherton) or Steve (Scott Weinger)?
ANSWER: It looks like Steve is going for a third try with his on again/off again soulmate. Maybe the third try will be the charm.
1) Will Stephanie and Jimmy get engaged?
2) Will everyone REALLY be moving back into the house – Danny, Jesse (John Stamos), Becky (Lori Loughlin), Joey (Dave Coulier), and all of their various offspring included? Will everyone REALLY be shuffled back into their old quarters in this San Francisco house that seems to become more like a TARDIS as time passes (it’s bigger on the inside)?
3) Will DJ and Steve finally stick?
4) Why are the Gibblers so weird?
5) Since there were three viable embryos from Stephanie’s surrogacy journey, will Kimmy be bearing multiple children for her?
6) Will the show get better? The panel feels that it fell far this year…what do you think, listener? And if you want to join our panel, contact us – we have three openings currently. 🙂
Fuller House is much more cautiously – and more reticently – recommended by the Full/er House panel; to the extent that they do recommend the show, they do so mainly for the nostalgic appeal and “turn your brain off” level of entertainment resulting from the perennially saccharine premise of this well-loved cast and the tongue-in-cheek presentation of its “aw, shucks” humor. Most of the panelists would hesitate to recommend the show to anyone who has not seen the original Full House series, though the panelists also believe that the core audience of Fuller House has been established and will likely not grow, given the show’s specific oeuvre and vastly uneven quality. In fact, the remaining panelists were much less impressed by the longer, divided third season, and with a change in show runners coming due to the discharge of original creator (of both Full House and Fuller House) Jeff Franklin, they question the long-term viability of the sequel. Still, our panelists estimate that a better environment on set will improve the product, which was described as “shaky,” “painful,” and “cringe-worthy” at various points during the panel’s discussion. They also feel that this sequel series and its ham and cheese on rye quality of humor remains easily binged and easily digested, with minimal heartburn or regret, even given its less well-received moments. As such, our panelists hope for an improved season four but are hard pressed to see a potential measure of recovery after the so-called “mess” of this third season.
Netflix renewed Fuller House for a fourth season of thirteen episodes, though no release date has yet been announced by the streaming service giant. CPU!’s next Full/er House episode, which will focus on this fourth season, will likely record and publish some time after the fourth season drops. Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the blog, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes in the Full/er House podcast series as well as of new episodes for all of our podcast panels! And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review (give us stars – many of them!). Thank you!🙂