Fuller House

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Nostalgia bolsters family-centric sequel of '80s sitcom.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 73 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 84 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Strong themes about families, especially nontraditional ones about love and loyalty. The show doesn't delve too heavily into the emotional side of characters' major life changes such as divorce and losing a parent/partner, but there are many heartwarming moments related to more day-to-day struggles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

DJ is a devoted mom and generous with the time she gives to her family. Stephanie is less practiced in being a role model to impressionable youngsters, but what she offers them comes from a real desire to help and guide. Kimmy doesn't always set the best example and can be unreliable, but a truer friend to DJ there never was.

Violence
Sex

Adult partners kiss and show physical affection, and they hint at sex with a surprising number of wink-wink comments. (A woman comments about being tired, and her husband replies, "From last night?") Passing references to Kama Sutra and certain characters' sex appeal.

Language

Rarely "damn" and "butt," as in "he's a pain in the butt."

Consumerism

The show is a sequel to the popular '80s series Full House, and there are many inside jokes that only fans of the original will get.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink champagne and mixed alcohol. Rare references to drugs, as when Kimmy mentions an acid flashback.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fuller House is a sequel to Full House, which was a fan favorite in the '80s and '90s. Fans of the original show will want to tune in for the nostalgia alone as a grown-up DJ Tanner (now Tanner-Fuller) raises her three kids (boys, this time) in her childhood home with the help of two somewhat clueless family/friend housemates (women, in this case). As with the original, there are passing hints at sex that mostly will go over kids' heads and some scenes in which adults drink alcohol, but all things considered, it's a wholesome (if exceedingly corny) series. With the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle in Full House, the entire core cast and a number of recurring roles make appearances here, which makes it a fun romp down memory lane for fans.

User Reviews

Adult Written bycarenh February 27, 2016

Shouldn't be rated G!

Netflix rates this a rated G but it was full of inappropriate content. It said "D---" multiple times, had constant sex jokes (thankfully they probabl... Continue reading
Adult Written byJaclynrich February 27, 2016

Not for young kids at all

This is really a disappointment. I loved Full House growing up and was excited to watch this with my family. The message in the show is great but it could be de... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBigcj77 March 1, 2016

Good and Bad

I think this is a good and a bad show. There are lot of sex related themes, including inappropriate dancing, lots of exposure from Stephanie and DJ, and Jessie... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDuckCommander13 March 25, 2016

Why does everyone think this is inappropriate???

I love the original Full House and I'm a huge fan of this show. I just have no clue why every parent is freaking out that it isn't family friendly!!!... Continue reading

What's the story?

FULLER HOUSE opens with DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) -- now a widowed mom raising three boys -- preparing to bid adieu to the extended family members who stepped up and helped her manage her first year as a single parent. With Danny (Bob Saget), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin), and Joey (Dave Coulier) bound for new career opportunities and younger sister, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), globe-trotting for music, DJ's feeling uneasy about managing everything on her own. So in a stroke of generosity, Stephanie offers to move in and help, and longtime BFF, Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), joins the fray as well. Much to the chagrin of the oldest Fuller boy, Jackson (Michael Campion), Kimmy adds her daughter, Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas), to the household, which also includes Max (Elias Harger) and baby Tommy (Dashiell and Fox Messitt).

Is it any good?

This sequel is neither clever nor groundbreaking, but it's charming, funny, and heartwarming, not to mention nostalgic. Of course, that's also the rub; it's clearly designed with Full House fans in mind, and a lot of the smarter humor will be entirely lost on viewers who didn't know and love the original's many running gags (Jesse's "Have mercy!", Stephanie's "How rude!", Joey's "Cut it out," etc.). If you're coming in cold, you can't fully appreciate the hilarity in Kimmy embracing the Tanner home as her own ("I've waited more than 20 years ... " she says), the invaluable coping mechanism of "hugging it out," or the irony of Max's cleaning obsession, for instance. Even so, as the series progresses, it relies less heavily on these references and focuses instead on the current cast and their issues, from sibling woes to hints of a new start for DJ and high school flame Steve (Scott Weinger).

For family viewing, Fuller House is a fine pick. If you grew up with the Tanners on TV, you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of watching how this show intentionally parallels the first, and your kids likely won't care that they're missing the inside jokes since the series is fairly amusing on its own merits. Like Full House, this series doesn't dwell on the serious issues it raises, most prominently the loss of a loved one and divorce, but it does leave that door open to work into the characters' experiences. Ultimately it's a decent watch that leaves a feel-good impression of what defines and binds a family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes for good comedy. Do shows like this one with very little edginess still manage to entertain? Are you ever surprised at the content in the shows or movies you watch? To what degree do the ratings help you gauge what to expect?

  • In general, do you find sitcom families relatable? What issues on this show have you experienced in your family or with friends? Do you ever learn anything from how characters on TV handle the predicaments they face?

  • The Tanner crew is famous for banding together in a crisis. Has your family ever had to do so? Are there friends in your life you consider to be family? Is there anything you wouldn't do for any of them?

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