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Can We Please Leave Full House In Our Childhood Where It Belongs?

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'Full House' Cast Portrait

Normally, I’m all about nostalgia. I’ve written before about my love for 1970’s parenting and my 1990’s childhood was a very happy one. No doubt, many of us are fond of the time we grew up in and it’s natural to want to revisit certain parts of it. The 1990’s were a great era for television sitcoms and I think we all remember sitting down on Friday nights to catch up with our beloved Tanner family on Full House. That said, just because I loved it then doesn’t mean I want it brought back now, unless it’s reruns of the original. I see no need to tarnish what was by doing what will undoubtedly be a mediocre reboot. We need to leave Full House where it belongs — in our childhood.

This new version of the show, called Fuller House, (I see what they did there) features an obviously grown-up DJ, a pregnant widow with two sons. She’s living with sister Stephanie and fellow single mom Kimmy Gibbler. Oh boy. From TvLine:

Confirming TVLine’s scoop dated April 2, Netflix has placed a 13-episode order for Fuller House, a multi-cam continuation of the ABC smash Full House.

Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are set to star, reprising their roles as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler, while John Stamos will serve as a producer and guest-star as Uncle Jesse.

Now, I love John Stamos as much as the next woman with a pulse but Uncle Jesse is now like, 50. I want to remember him as living in Michelle’s bedroom with the bunny wallpaper and his crazy hair trying to make it as a “musician” or whatever. I don’t understand why we can’t leave well enough alone. I mean, I do. Obviously, dollar bills are at play here and I’m sure many people will be happy to see this come back in any form but I guess I’m not one of them.

Of course, it’s not unheard of to revive a popular show from a previous generation. After all, there was a very successful reboot for The Brady Bunch with those hilarious movies when we were kids and maybe, our parents felt the same way about wanting it left alone. At the end of the day, it isn’t hurting anyone to re-do Full House but I think they got it right the first time and this is an obvious cash grab. The only possible reason to do this is for Netflix to make a bunch of money off those of us wanting to recapture that fun feeling we had as kids cozying up on the couch to watch TGIF. Only it won’t be the same and I’m sure many will be left thinking it isn’t as good as it was back then and they would be right. It never will be, not a chance.

I’ll probably give it a watch anyway out of curiousity but I hold no illusion of it being anything like the original. Going into it not expecting it to be as we remembered might be the only way to make it watchable. And the fact that John Stamos will be there can’t hurt either.

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