Who: “Fuller House,” an American family situation comedy and sequel to Full House, which airs 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: Netflix released Season 4 on December 14, 2018, with total of 13 episodes.
Where: The show is set in San Francisco, California.
Why: Listen to the podcast series, via the embedded links below, 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 fifth episode of said CPU! 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:
Episode One: Looking Back at “Full House”
Episode Two: “Fuller House,” Season 1
Episode Three: “Fuller House,” Season 2
Episode Four: “Fuller House,” Season 3
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, Andrew and Leslie, who proved game to return for this fifth episode of our “Full/er House” series. They are, in turn, newly and more fully joined by one panelist new to the panel but not to the podcast, namely Samantha (currently involved in the Grace and Frankie and The Crown panels, among others), and by a brand new panelist, embarking upon his CPU! journey for the first time – Jared!
In this latest CPU! Fuller House episode, the panel discusses their favorite and least favorite moments from the fourth, and now officially penultimate, season of the reboot. In sum, the panel’s reactions to Season 4 prove more widely mixed and, in essence, more difficult to pinpoint, in terms of an average rating, compared to previous seasons. Some of our panelists struggled through the nuanced changes in the show following the involuntary departure of creator and Executive Producer Jeff Franklin, including the evolving tonal quality of the show following the move to Netflix (and given the time period that has elapsed since the original series ended), while other panelists continued to enjoy what they have always enjoyed about the series, the heart and soul of the Full House banner, and to take that entertainment value for what it’s worth. Listen to this latest podcast episode in our Series, if you have watched through Season 4, and gauge whether you agree or disagree with the plethora of opinions offered herein.
This podcast was recorded in June 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as we cover major plot points and comedic situations portrayed in the fourth 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) REPEAT QUESTION: 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 their alleged fashion empire?)
TWEAKED ANSWER: Still a question, likely with a “no” answer, even as our panelists remain twelve percent hopeful. Unfortunately, our panelists report that the show resumed the off-putting jokes addressed to a broken fourth wall to call out the twins’ (and Michelle’s) absence.
2) REPEAT QUESTION: Will we see any of Michelle’s friends?
REPEAT ANSWER: Still a question, but without Michelle, why would anyone care about her friends?
3) Will Stephanie (Sweetin) and Jimmy (Adam Hagenbuch) get engaged?
ANSWER: Yes! In the Season 4 finale, after Kimmy (Barber) delivers Stephanie and Jimmy’s new baby via surrogacy, Jimmy proposes to Stephanie, and she answers, “Yes!”
4) Will everyone REALLY be moving back into the house – Danny (Bob Saget), 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)?
ANSWER: No. Only Danny moves in with his daughters, Kimmy, and their children temporarily while he explores the possibilities and potentialities related to retirement, but he moves out again once he finds his new post-retirement purpose with the help of Aunt Becky, specifically his old job at Wake Up, San Francisco. The other uncles and aunt simply make their usual visits.
5) Will DJ and Steve (Scott Weinger) finally stick?
ANSWER: They are officially official in Season 4 and so far, so good.
6) Why are the Gibblers so weird?
ANSWER: Some questions can only be answered thus: “TV Magic.”
7) Since there were three viable embryos from Stephanie’s surrogacy journey, will Kimmy be bearing multiple children for her?
ANSWER: Kimmy, as a surrogate, gives birth to one baby girl for Stephanie.
8) Will the show get better?
ANSWER: New panelist Jared feels that the show has remained consistent and “good;” panelist Leslie feels that the show improved upon Season 3 in the fourth season; panelist Andrew thinks that the show improved in Season 4 but is still worse than Seasons 1 and 2; moderator Kristen and new panelist Samantha regard the whole kit and caboodle as all downhill from here.
1) Will DJ and Steve get married – finally?
2) What will Stephanie and Jimmy’s baby girl be named?
3) Will there be a double wedding, with DJ/Steve and Stephanie/Jimmy, or even a triple wedding, with Kimmy/Fernando?
4) But seriously, will Michelle return? Or, will Stephanie and Jimmy name their daughter “Michelle” as an homage to the never-seen youngest Tanner sister, off doing her fashion thing?
5) Will we see Joey’s kids again (the panel votes “no”)?
6) How will the show handle the departure of Lori Loughlin, who was caught up in the college admissions scandal of earlier this year and who is expected to go to trial related to charges for bribery, and others, after attempting to fix college admissions with financial incentives at prestigious schools on behalf of her daughter? Or, will Loughlin actually be allowed to make an appearance in this final season?
7) Will Kimmy and Fernando finally remarry, whether in the previously theorized triple wedding or not? What’s going on with them?
8) Will there be a happy ending? It’s Full(er) House, right? Will the show be able to make up for the lack of a satisfying ending, denied to the flagship series upon its abrupt 1995 cancellation?
9) Will the begrudging CPU! “Full/er House Series” panelists come around in the end?
10) How many panelists will there be at the last? Our panels are full at six or seven, and this panel has experienced quite the roller coaster in panel composition!
Our new panelists bring with them an offset cache of balanced fresh opinions. Panelist Jared enjoys and is entertained by the whole show, from start to finish, while panelist Samantha struggles along with some of her veteran compatriots on this panel. Some of the panelists readily recommend this reboot series to others who might enjoy the admittedly “cheesy” humor, while other panelists cannot imagine a world of people who might enjoy this show enough to warrant such a recommendation. To the extent that the panelists 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.
The panelists’ reactions to the fourth season, as above, proved to be vastly diverse, with some exhibiting effervescent enthusiasm for it while others claimed to be downright unable to finish watching it, either in light of or in spite of the change in show runners resulting from the involuntary departure/discharge of original creator (of both Full House and Fuller House) Jeff Franklin. Still, our panelists hope for a happy ending at the end of what was announced to be the fifth and final season and still, at times begrudgingly, admit 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 a Season 5 that ends with the proverbial bang and not the (mostly) expected whimper, even as but a segment of the panel continues to champion the series, while the rest of the panel sees fit only to round out the investment of time that they have devoted to this series, out of loyalty to CPU!, if nothing else (aw?). For the discerning viewer seeking direction on whether or not to pick up this series, then, one can obviously glean from the above that the general reaction “is what it is” and will be what it will be, which is probably not helpful in the end. In other words: watch it, and form your own judgment, because our panel is literally all over the very fuller map.
Netflix renewed Fuller House for a fifth and final season of eighteen episodes, which is expected to release later this year, 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 fifth and final season, will likely record and publish some time after the fifth 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!