Full House

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Three men and three babies (er, girls).
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 176 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates family relationships of all kinds. Later seasons address sometimes-tricky issues like weight gain and jealousy, but a solution is always found, and there's always a positive take-away.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Overall the Tanners and their friends and family members offer strong examples of support and togetherness. When the girls misbehave, they learn that their choices have consequences (even if they're mild, sitcom-style consequences). And when they make mistakes, their dad and uncles are always there to help them figure things out.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Adult and teen characters date (and sometimes kiss), and there are a few references to a woman's "bod," but nothing too off-color.

Language

"Damn" is about the extent of it.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of this generally family-friendly series' humor may not be appropriate for the very youngest viewers. Sometimes the girls seem too eager to grow up too quickly, and issues like weight gain and envy are discussed by the preteen cast members. The family arrangement is non-traditional but, in typical sitcom fashion, there's still no problem the three guys can't solve in about 30 minutes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypickaler24 January 22, 2012

*Common Get This Show A Chance*

Full House is the best show a kid can watch. Every episode teaches a great lesson like not to lie, drink, or run away from home. The jokes are amazing. I can... Continue reading
Adult Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008

Great show for 6+! I've never heard them swear once.

This is a great show because it really relates to kids with a big family. If you have younger kids who want to watch it, make sure it's the early episodes.
Kid, 12 years old June 3, 2011

Full House!

Overall it's a good show but in the long run they do teach lessons about friends and life. But it's truly ment for comedic purposes
Kid, 11 years old May 14, 2014

Positive Messages, Great Role Models, Confusing Concepts for Young Children

Despite the opinions of other children my age, I love Full House. It is such a cute and humorous show! I sit down late at night and watch the Full House reruns... Continue reading

What's the story?

The premise of FULL HOUSE is cutesy enough: Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) is a widowed dad raising his three girls -- D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) -- with the help of two guys, uncles Jesse (John Stamos) and Joey (Dave Coulier). You'll see the Olsen twins take their first steps into superstardom, watch Stamos charm the ladies, laugh at Coulier's slapstick antics and (possibly) chuckle at Saget's deadpan jokes.

Is it any good?

Although Full House ran from 1987-1995, it maintains a distinctly 1980s feel. The male stars sport mullets, the girls wear make-up, and the humor is zany in that un-ironic '80s way. Yes, it's cheesy, and yes, it's amazing that it was on the air for eight years -- but it shouldn't be too surprising that it's back in syndication. After all, it's quickly paced, and the jokes are usually expertly executed. To top it off, beautiful shots of San Francisco are flashed like so much eye candy. And then there are those Olsen twins -- weren't they cute? My, how time flies. ...

Parents may want to watch a few episodes with their kids to make certain that the jokes are age-appropriate. But overall, with its canned laughter and silly antics, Full House is a rather benign trip into a more innocent era when Saget was considered the funniest guy on television. It's not fantastic television, but in retrospect, it wasn't that bad either.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issues raised in each episode. Are the situations that come up on the show still relevant to today's kids?

  • What do kids think it would be like to grow up in a family like the Tanners? What other types of non-traditional families are your kids familiar with? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to having a less-typical family unit?

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