TV and City contributor Ezra Jacobs is a Full House super-fan. Anticipating the revival Fuller House for months, he came off his binge a little disappointed. Take a look:
Now that you’ve had time to fill the empty void in your heart left by Full House with a 7-hour binge, maybe you should take a look back on Fuller House‘s first season. You will realize that void hasn’t been filled. Honestly, when sitting down to write this review, I struggled finding something that I actually liked in the new show.
One of the many underwhelming aspects was the acting. When they first cast Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber in the original, they were child actors. But just because they were good as toddlers and teens doesn’t mean they stayed that way. Frankly they were just plain bad, and as the show went on it only got worse. I struggled watching the show because of the wretched performances. The only thing that kept me watching were guest appearances of the old stars like Bob Saget, John Stamos or Dave Coulier. Which brings me to my next point:
They were missing the old cast… desperately.
Almost anytime they were on screen I found myself enjoying the show and feeling some of that nostalgic magic. However, as soon as the old cast left, my excitment level would go straight down. The first episode was very well done. But once again, I primarily enjoyed it because it featured all the original characters and had a very similar feel to Full House. As the episodes went on and the ‘legends’ faded out, it became a chore to watch. None of the new cast have a good comical or acting background, which left Fuller House rather bland and unsatisfactory.
One last gripe I had with the show was that there was barely a ‘family aspect’. In Full House you were almost able to feel the characters’ love for each other. While in Fuller House there was no chemistry between the parents and kids. Remember the days of Uncle Joey and Jesse? They would spend quality time with the Tanner girls and be there for every moment. Episodes would always end with the fathers sitting on one of the girls’ bed giving a talk about how everything would be okay. In this revival not once do you see that sort of connection. The closest thing to it is when *surprise* Uncle Joey takes away all the technology.
Ending on a positive note there were some parts I enjoyed watching. I liked the references and call-backs to the old show. Whether a catchphrase or recreating a scene, it was all nice. I also loved when they broke the fourth wall, taking quite a few shots at the Olsen twins for missing the show and keeping up with their fashion empire in New York. Now that I’ve actually seen Fuller House, I can’t say I blame them.
“I give Fuller House a C+”