by Elizabeth Foster on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Although “Full House” came to a close nearly 20 years ago, the beloved sitcom has not yet come to an end. Starring big name actors such as John Stamos, Bob Saget, and the Olsen twins, Full House aired for a solid eight seasons, running from September 1987 to May 1995. On April 20th, John Stamos appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to confirm the rumors that had been swirling for almost a year: America’s favorite Tanner family will return. The spin-off sequel, entitled Fuller House, is blocked for 13 episodes and is set to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2016. Plenty of mystery has surrounded which of the original cast members will return to the Tanner household, but, as of now, the confirmed list includes: John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Bob Saget. Anything could be subject to change though. Several rumored sources and stories claim that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, two notable absentees from the list, had “no idea” the show was even happening, while others believe that the twins will be back to reprise their popular role as youngest sister Michelle Tanner. One year before Fuller House debuts, many of the program’s details are still up in the air. Despite these rumors, the show’s plot has been confirmed: the show will be based on the now widowed D.J. Tanner raising her two children, with a third on the way. She’s not alone, though, as she receives assistance from her sister Stephanie and her best friend, the infamous Kimmy Gibler.
“Full House” was one of the most popular shows of the 90’s, so I have high hopes for Fuller House’s success. Netflix has become an increasingly popular way to broadcast television with shows such as “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” receiving positive reviews and garnering impressive ratings. Nostalgia will most likely be a major factor in the success of the show, as those who grew up with the Tanner family on their televisions can watch this sequel and feel as if they are reliving their childhood. Although “Fuller House” could attract a new audience, I believe the majority of the audience will be those who watched “Full House” during its original run. “Fuller House” will make its debut in 2016, and I wait with great anticipation for the return of the Tanners, their friends, and the famed Painted Ladies of San Francisco.
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