True life: I don’t know how I feel about the Full House reboot

So, I’m a Full House fan. I mean, what Nineties kid wasn’t? I think my love of the show was only exacerbated by the fact that it contained the Olsen twins, with whom I was, well, let’s just say it, obsessed. I may or may not have been a member of their fan club.

And sure, Full House was a little cheesy, and not necessarily true to life – case in point: I love my little sister to the moon and back, but if she had stolen my brand new sweater (which required me to work my butt off at a new job just to have the mucho dinero to even afford it) before I even got to wear it, got mustard on it, and then shrunk it while trying to wash it… let’s just say I wouldn’t have so quickly been like, oh, that’s okay, I should share more! And quickly given her one of those hugs the Tanners love so much.

It’s true that I can’t really ever stay mad at her, but there would at least have been a few minutes of shouting. I mean, come on, D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure) hadn’t even gotten to wear it yet!

Anyway, despite the show’s supreme G rating, I couldn’t help but love it, as well as its ensemble cast, which was an all-around delight.

You couldn’t name a girl who didn’t have a crush on John Stamos’ Uncle Jesse, and everyone just thought Joey (Dave Coulier) was the funniest thing. I mean, cut. it. outtt.

I still use gifs of Stephanie Tanner’s (Jodie Sweetin) iconic “How rude” catchphrase whenever possible, and how else do you describe Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) but unforgettable?

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I’ll never forget when Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) taught D.J. how to use makeup, and whenever San Francisco gets mentioned, it is immediately followed, in my head, by the theme for Danny’s (Bob Saget) TV show, Wake Up, San Francisco. 

Although, I do have to admit, there did come a point where my favorite character on the show had to be D.J.’s boyfriend Steve (Scott Weinger) — I mean, come on, he’s the voice of Aladdin!

I spent a few months working at Disney World following my college graduation, as part of the Disney College program, and found myself at the Hollywood Studios Indiana Jones show quite a few times. And every show I felt I had to stop myself from jumping up and screaming “STEVE, NO!”

I’ve clearly established my love of the show. So, when rumors began circulating that there would be a reboot – which I honestly thought was an April Fools’ joke at first – shouldn’t I have been thrilled?

Deadline shared further details on Monday, officially confirming the reboot, along with who had signed on so far: Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber.

The reboot, titled Fuller House, will include 13 episodes, beginning with a one-hour special that’s effectively a reunion. John Stamos (on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live) said this revival of the show will focus on D.J. Tanner and her three sons, Stephanie Tanner, and the neighbor, Kimmy Gibler.

It seems the show will follow in the footsteps of Disney Channel’s recent (and popular) reboot of beloved series Boy Meets World – titled Girl Meets World – which follows the titular star’s daughter as she faces similar adventures, as the series flips the script, focusing on female characters as opposed to the original’s two young boys.

In a similar way, Fuller House will focus on veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller, who is pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco.

Her younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner and lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler, along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s two boys – the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max – and her soon-to-arrive baby.

It’s a very familiar story… and yet I’m skeptical. Could a show like the one that won over audiences beginning in 1987 have the same effect now, in 2015 (or, I guess, technically in 2016 when it hits Netflix)?

Or maybe I’m just worried they’re messing with a classic. I mean, I’m perfectly fine with just endlessly watching Full House reruns… do we really need new episodes?

And then again, it could just be the general onslaught of reboots lately. So many beloved classics are getting remade, and it just has to be asked… is this necessary? Are we really out of new ideas?

In recent months alone we’ve found out about TV reboots for Coach, The X-Files, The Muppet Show, Heroes, Twin Peaks (though this one’s future is currently in danger?), The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ScreamWet Hot American Summer, Rush Hour, and Uncle Buck.

On the one hand, it’s great that popular hits and cult classics alike will now have the opportunity to be brought to a new and wider audience. But at the same time, can’t people just revisit the originals?

It seems strange to have The Rocky Horror Picture show played out in multiple episodes… and without Tim Curry? And I can’t imagine Scream without Courteney Cox, David Arquette, or Neve Campbell.

Now, I’m sure I’ll end up watching all of them anyway, because hesitant or not, a fan’s a fan (I mean… I watched ABC Family’s 10 Things I Hate About You. #dedication)

But, what do you think? Are you excited for Fuller House, or do you think we should leave well enough alone?

The 13-episode reboot of Full HouseFuller House – will air on Netflix beginning in 2016.

Until next time,

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