When Netflix announced a Full House reboot, the 90s kid in me could not wait. When it was finally released on Friday, Feb 26, I rushed home to take a trip down memory lane in a spaceship that would take me back to the Tanner House in San Francisco. Fuller House does not disappoint the original fans. I’ve read many reviews that bash the revival and all I can say is, what did you expect? Fuller House is exactly like Full House – wholesome cheesy family television. It’s an ode to the original fans and everything I would expect. Jesse singing Elvis songs, Danny obsessively cleaning the house, Stephanie dancing, Joey bringing out Mr. Woodchuck, Kimmy airing her smelly feet, Becky being the best wife to everyones uncle, and DJ struggling to be a single mom just like her dad had all these years before. I was finally home and it felt better than ever.
Of course, the season did come with some lows and I won’t ignore those just because I’m a die hard Fuller House fan.
Opening Sequence – Whoever thought of the opening sequence was straight up brilliant. Of course we want to see how all of these characters progressed. We’ve know DJ and Steph since they were toddlers – and now they’re grown women. As for the rest of the cast members, having them replicate their opening credits in the present was chock full of nostalgia. I’d lie if I didn’t share a tear or two.
Nostalgia – That was definitely present throughout the whole 13-episode run. Jesse singing “Forever” his wedding song for Becky, the family singing “Flinstones” to help Tommy go to sleep, just like they did with Michelle. Stephanie brining up her “husband” Harry Takayama and things so simple as the old sets and the cheesy catchphrases. Yes, I screamed a little when Jesse uttered “have mercy,” or when Steph said “how rude.” Even when DJ said her less famous “my lanta.”
Plot- The show begins with DJ Fuller living at the old Tanner house as her dad Danny helps her raise her kids after firefighter husband Tommy’s death. The whole family reunites before DJ realizes she’s on her own with these three boys. When she has a breakdown over the baby monitor, Stephanie and Kimmy step up to help, vowing to move in with DJ to hold the fort down, similar to when Jesse and Joey moved in to help Danny raise his 3 daughters after his wife died.
Kimmy/ Ramona/ Fernando- Kimmy, who by the way hasn’t changed a bit because she still wears ridiculous outfits and is stuck in the 90s, now has a daughter Ramona who is very reluctant to move in with the Fuller’s because they are the “whitest family on the block.” Overtime, she forms a nice bond with DJ’s boys Max and Jackson and eventually doesn’t want to move out of the house. Meanwhile Kimmy files for a divorce from her cheating yet seductive husband Fernando, only to fall back in love with him and get reengaged. When she walks down the aisle again, she gets cold feet and settles to be engaged for an unkown period of time. She realizes she like living with DJ and Steph (the wolfpack) way too much.
DJ & the kids – DJ works as a veteranarian while raising her 3 boys. She gladly accepts help from Kimmy and Steph who throw her back into the dating game. That game includes the her boss’s hot son Matt and her old high school sweetheart Steve, who will do ANYTHING to get back at her. After she’s caught making out with both of them, she has to choose one. The whole thing goes down like the bachelorette but in the end she picks herself. She’s clearly not ready to chose a guy and it’s understandable – she’s newly widowed. It was fun seeing DJ and Steve reunite and go back to their old high school romance but if I had to have DJ choose, I’d tell her to go with Matt. Sometimes, the past needs to be left in the past and Steve’s a bit of a clinger… you know?
Steph- Always the musical one in the family, Steph has traveled all over the world working on her music career. She puts that all aside to help her sister raise a family. Some of the best and worst moments happen with Stephs character! The best: we see her date 3 men at a time including a baseball player who seems to strike out because of his relationship with her. She’s also getting the hang of raising children and is broke as a joke (I feel ya girl) so she gets a job at Kimmy’s party planning company. The worst part – that dreaded Coachella episode. There is no way ANY of that would have happened. Would Steph, a lowkey artist, ever get to play the mainstage? No. Would she ever hear her phone when Max called? No! Would she really play his “trumpet” music to the crowd? HECK NO! I always give shows like this the benefit of the doubt, but even this was a stretch! Seriously guys?
We also find out Steph can’t have any kids, which is kind of a sad blow considering she comes from this big family. But DJ is the Danny of the group, Kimmy seems to be the Jesse, so Steph is definitely the Joey. Maybe that’s why we never heard anything about Joey’s family or kids?
The rest of the OG cast – Joey is still rocking pajamas at 55 and doing stand up comedy. It’s classic and I love how they stayed true to his character. Jesse hasn’t aged a bit, rocking his leather jacket and being completely in love with wife Becky, who he renewed his vows too. Their twins are also all grown up and in college – how wild is that? Danny still has OCD, I’m happy to hear, and he’s also settled down with a woman. His morning show is also still going strong… so strong that they just got hired nationally for Wake Up USA! Go Team! Throughout the 13 episodes, they all come back in some way to help DJ babysit and teach the kids some kind of lessons. You didn’t think we’d have a reboot without wholesome family value lessons and A LOT of group hugs right? That’s a staple in the Tanner/Fuller household!
Michelle Tanner – While Michelle didn’t make an appearance for Fuller House, her spirit was very much alive. Would she be happy about it? Well, that’s questionable. In the very first episode, the whole cast calls out the Olsen twins when explaining that Michelle couldn’t come home because she’s too busy working on her fashion line in New York. Cue the blank stare the TV screen. Savage! Later on in the season, Kimmy is buying Ramona a birthday dress and she says its from the Elizabeth Olsen collection by Mary Kate and Ashley. “With these prices, no wonder they don’t have to act anymore,” she explains. Savage x2! Another great nod – when Steph is changing Tommy’s diaper and she recalls changing Michelle’s so much, she could of sworn there was two of them. That was actually cute. And lastly, when the *she-wolf* pack got drunk during Kimmy’s bachelorette and called Michelle. Obviously they reached voicemail but that didn’t stop them from reciting all of Michelle’s catchphrases.
With all of that, I’m still not upset the twins didn’t reprise their role. Not that it wouldn’t be great to see Michelle back, but the show worked really well without her. She wasn’t needed. At one point – I forgot she was even part of the family. The trio dynamic of Kimmy, Steph and DJ worked really well, especially because it mimicked Danny, Jesse and Joey raising their own set of kids in the same exact household… a household that’s worth A LOT more nowadays then it used to be.
Overall, Fuller House managed to capture the same magic Full House did so many years ago. Somehow, the writers managed to make reference to things that made sense in the past, like the Spice Girls, but also incorporated the present – kids on their cellphones and the word fleek. If you ever wondered how the cast of the show would do in the future, now you know.
The season didn’t finish in a way that said “this is the end.” In fact, I think it ended with a “we’ll see you soon,” so I’m putting it out there – I am 100% down for another season of Fuller House. Bring it on – bring on several more seasons. The show proved that while from the past, it’s still relevant today so why not? I’ve seen comedies on network television that are way worse than this show, so I’m saying it now – I can’t wait for a second season of Fuller House – haters not welcome! The show may have been hoping for the nostalgia of the millenials but really, it was just giving us exactly what we wanted. What a time to be alive.
Mark Your Calendars – Here’s When Everything is Premiering on ABC This Fall
ABC’s fall 2022 TV schedule has landed!
Along with some beloved fan faves returning (we’re looking at you, Abbott Elementary), there’s a handful of newbies hoping to make a splash — like Hilary Swank’s Alaska Daily.
And we definitely can’t forget about Celebrity Jeopardy, Bachelor in Paradise, Big Sky, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Excited enough? Good, you should be. Now, get ready to mark those calendars because here are all the premiere dates:
Wednesday, September 21
8:00 p.m. “The Conners”
8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
9:00 p.m. “Abbott Elementary”
9:31 p.m. “Home Economics”
10:00 p.m. “Big Sky”
Friday, September 23
8:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9:01 p.m. “20/20”
Sunday, September 25
8:00 p.m. “Celebrity Jeopardy!”
9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”
10:00 p.m. “The Rookie”
Tuesday, September 27
8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise”
10:00 p.m. “The Rookie: Feds”
Sunday, October 2
7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Monday, October 3
8:00 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise”
10:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”
Thursday, October 6
8:00 p.m. “Station 19”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:01 p.m. “Alaska Daily”
WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF
‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.
If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series.
The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.
A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer.
Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin synopsis: Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.
WATCH: ‘Boo Bitch’ Trailer Starring Lana Condor & Zoe Colletti is Hauntingly Hilarious
If we were to give you only one reason why Boo Bitch needs to be on your radar this TV season, it would be the title alone. Name a better show title… I’ll wait.
A close second? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor takes the lead as a ghost… sort of.
But despite the name, the series is anything but scary. The eight-episode live-action YA limited series is actually a haunting comedy that follows Condor’s Eric Vu, a play-it-safe high school senior who decides the change things up the same night she gets hit by a truck and winds up, well, dead.
Erika wakes up and finds herself standing over her own body, she realizes she’s now part of the undead. From nerd to ghost, it’s quite the transition, I might add.
But she’s not a ghost in the typical fashion. For starters, she can’t walk through doors, everyone can see her, and she can touch people, though, she’s not entirely sure if you can get pregnant while being a ghost, which is a fair question when you’re in high school and crushing! Are ghost babies a thing? Again, valid question, and good on her for being responsible when the possibilities are endless when you’re neither living nor dead.
She realizes she’s landed upon a “loophole,” ie. “I can stick around if I’m more famous in death than in life.”
Can Erika find a way to make something of her second chance and convince the universe that she deserves to be alive?
The series also stars Zoe Margaret Colletti as Erika’s best friend Gia, who gives new meaning to the word “ride or die.”
Condor defintiely dominates the spotlight as Erika, and the role allows her to show off a more comedic side to her acting, but Colletti, who is newer to the screen, presents as a promising sidekick. Colletti’s credits include Annie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, City on a Hill, and Fear the Walking Dead.
Boo, Bitch will be available on Netflix starting July 8.
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