With critics and fans mixed in their reactions to the Full House reboot, Fuller House, that invaded Netflix a couple of weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before the juiciest barbs hit the ears of the cast.
Perfectly coiffed, ageless vampire John Stamos, who reprised his role as Jesse Katsopolis in the new series, sat down with Seth Meyers on March 3 to read the most critical lines aloud, and the actor appeared genuinely shocked at a few. Some reviews compared the reboot to necrophilia (Washington Post), a “porn parody without the porn” (The A.V. Club), and my favorite: a “maudlin reminder of the ceaseless march of time and your inevitable demise” (New York Times).
Full House always provided more than the expected spoonful of sugar that subsequent TGIF shows like Family Matters and Step By Step dolloped over their weekly episodes, each one featuring a honed catchphrase and A Lesson To Be Learned scene accompanied by sombre music. It was comforting in its sticky-sweet predictability, and I’m going to confess that, while everyone thought Uncle Jesse was super cute (agreed), I joined next-door neighbor Kimmy Gibler in her total crush on Danny Tanner because he drove a convertible and loved to CLEAN. I’ve only seen four episodes of Fuller House, and I’ll agree that the pilot was painfully cheesy and self-referential, but the next three episodes steadily improve by small increments. This is a show designed for older fans who, even as kids and teens, caught onto the schmaltz and loved it anyway. It’s also fun to watch Bob Saget and Jodie Sweetin play their old, cutesy characters -- sometimes it looks so hard for them. Andrea Barber, as always, is the irrepressible Kimmy.
Despite the reviews, Stamos thanked the fans of the show for their support and reminded the audience that, after only five days on Netflix, Fuller House had already been renewed for a second season.