Fuller House star John Stamos held nothing back in a recent interview on late-night television, reading off reviews of the show that were less than stellar and responding with expletives.
The actor told Seth Meyers that he was worried initially about how the show would be received once it hit Netflix, due to the fact that the original series was such a hit and has held such nostalgia for fans over the years. And while he made a point to say he doesn’t hold it against critics for not loving the reboot, he does want them to keep in mind that there are plenty more episodes after the pilot. In fact, it’s been picked up for a second season.
“I was so nervous about doing this again, because it’s so beloved, as you say, and I didn’t want to disappoint people. I thought it turned out well and people seemed to like it. I read a couple nice reviews, but then there were these crazy ones. These were so wacky, and they’re real… you’ll love episode 2, Daniel! It’s the pilot! I mean, how f**king rude, right?” Stamos said, referencing a review by the Hollywood Reporter‘s Daniel Flenberg.
Stamos also went after a Washington Post reviewer who wrote, “There’s a point where nostalgia becomes more like necrophilia, and Fuller House immediately crosses that line.”
“Is necrophilia if you get screwed by a dead magazine?” Stamos asked the audience cheekily.
Like any form of entertainment based on another incarnation, Fuller House has earned mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, with the nicest thing some can find to say about it being the nostalgia element. And while that’s certainly in abundance with the series–which follows the former child stars of Full House as they navigate life as grown-ups–the new version has garnered criticism from Christian groups who tuned in due to the presence of Candace Cameron-Bure and were disappointed in the storylines and what they deemed to be revealing outfits.
“Disappointed, only because I definitely can not watch it with my children. Clothing, drinking, it is just too much for us,” one viewer wrote on Facebook.
Candace Cameron-Bure wrote a blog post about the criticism she’s received in the past from Christian groups, saying she’s often compared to her brother, Kirk Cameron.
“‘I’m too religious, I’m not Godly enough, I’m too thin now, I’m not very humble, I’ve had too much plastic surgery, My brother Kirk is a better Christian than me, I’m too worldly, I’m too conservative, I’m not modest enough, I’m a show-off.’ Those are just a few of the types of comments I get no matter what I share, what photo I post or what I say,” Bure wrote.
It’s admittedly a bit difficult to decipher who the show is really for. Fans of the original might be put off by the fact that Michelle–played on Full House by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who didn’t return for the reboot–is nowhere to be found, and younger viewers will not understand the show’s references to the original unless they are very familiar with reruns. However, the Netflix original does stay true to the formula that worked in the ’90s–single parent trying to come to terms with grief gets help from good friends, who move in to help raise the kids–and brings back a lot of familiar faces for those who were fans of the TGIF hit back in the day.
Candace Cameron-Bure and John Stamos are joined by Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, and Bob Saget for Fuller House, which is on Netflix now in its entirety.
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