Fuller House is coming to Netflix at the end of February, and several have already reviewed the highly-anticipated Full House reboot. Nearly all the original cast has returned to see what happened when everyone grew up. Even though Fuller House isn’t available on Netflix for another ten days, reviews for the revival are starting to trickle in. One thing most have in common is that they agree Fuller House is great for those who were a fan of the original show, according to Newsday. Now it’s up to parents to determine if the themes and jokes in the Netflix reboot of the 80s classic will be just as safe for young audiences than the original.
Fuller House picks up much later in the life of D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure). D.J. grows up to become a widowed veterinarian who turns to her sister, Stephanie (Jodi Sweetin), for help after having to put the family home up for sale. D.J. ends up needing help with her three kids, a 12-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a newborn. Naturally, the Tanner family comes to her rescue, and that is the basis for Fuller House.
— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) February 15, 2016
There has been some drama over Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen opting not to return to the reboot of the show that made them famous. That said, most of the cast is coming back in at least a guest appearance capacity. We are looking forward to seeing Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), Joey (Dave Coulier), Rebecca (Lori Loughlin), and Jesse (John Stamos).
Full House ran on ABC from 1987 to 1995, and was the TGIF mainstay for years. The original series was always good for a small challenge that one or some of the characters faced, and by the end of the 30-minute episode, there would be a solution and a feel-good moment where the Tanner family shows just how supportive they are of each other. Full House was the perfect sitcom for families who wanted to instill values and keep their kids from seeing violence and adult behavior on TV. That still stands true today, and many parents are opting to allow their children to enjoy old episodes of Full House with little worry of what they might see or learn.
— Mashable (@mashable) February 16, 2016
Is that going to be the same with the Netflix reboot of Fuller House? Some parents are concerned that when the characters grew up, the show might have grown up some, too. After all, one of the major themes for Fuller House and the reason everyone came back together was to deal with the death of D.J. Tanner’s husband. Death is a hard topic to cover, and certainly that has to be considered when deciding if this will be a kid’s show or if the also grown up fans of the ABC original are being catered to in a more grown up way.
According to Romper, Fuller House is being billed as a return to family TV. In recent years, prime time TV has not been kid friendly, definitely not to the extreme that Full House was. There have even been arguments made that the ABC hit ended up getting cancelled and replaced with edgier TV because that’s what brings the ratings. So, how will Fuller House fare with the kid-friendly approach? Considering that Candace Cameron-Bure is starring in the series, it’s a really safe bet that the Netflix reboot will be very family friendly and clean. Cameron Bure is super conservative, and never wavers from her Christian beliefs. If Fuller House was aiming to be edgier, Candace certainly wouldn’t be on it.
— Variety (@Variety) February 16, 2016
Netflix has definitely invested in the idea that kids who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s will enjoy seeing what happened to some of their favorite television characters. They are also banking on those fans being in their thirties with families of their own now. Of course, parents want their kids to watch good wholesome shows, and Full House was always safe. Even though there are some very adult topics, such as death and dying, we expect Fuller House to handle them in such a way that kids can understand and learn a lesson, just like the original series that so many know and love. Fuller House will be successful, simply because of nostalgia. Yes, TV has definitely evolved in the last 20 years, and evening programming has certainly become more adult. That doesn’t mean the simple laughs and feel-good family moments are unwanted, though, and that is where Netflix is filling a void.
Fuller House makes its debut on Netflix on February 26.