This Friday (February 26), Netflix is releasing all 13 episodes of the highly anticipated Full House reboot, Fuller House. For what seems like years, this project has been in development, and since it was first announced, we've hung onto every update like our lives depended on it.
I grew up watching and rewatching Full House and own the complete series on DVD. For me, the show is synonymous with the '90s and my childhood, so learning every OG cast member was returning (except the Olsen Twins) made me unsarcastically think, "What a time to be alive."
Then, the reviews started pouring in — and they weren't kind whatsoever. (Cue Stephanie's "How rude!" catchphrase.) Personally, I hate reading reviews about anything; I prefer to make my own opinions, thanks. But I did glance at some of them and reached a sad conclusion: It seems like every critic entirely missed the point of Fuller House.
They appeared to be under the misconception the show was rebooted to be something completely updated and new from its '90s counterpart. But in all honesty, why would you want it to be?
I've seen some of Fuller House and loved it, because it did exactly what I wanted it to do. It took me back to the '90s, a time I absolutely adored. The Internet as a whole is obsessed with this time period and we're constantly grasping at anything and everything that might give us the nostalgia we crave. And now that it's fallen into our laps, we suddenly don't want it anymore?
Yes, Fuller House reuses the same plots, phrases, and tactics from Full House, and it would've been nice if they tried some new angles, but was that really the reason fans wanted the reboot to happen? Or, was it more so we could see what the cast looked like now (especially Nicky and Alex) and find out what they've been up to for the past 21 years?
We haven't heard John Stamos say, "Have mercy" in the Tanner house since 1995, nor have we seen Bob Saget obsess over cleaning. We haven't witnessed Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure arguing about something only sisters would get mad over. Andrea Barber hasn't burst through the doors shouting, "Hola, Tannerinos" and Scott Weinger hasn't given that doe-eyed look to Bure in a long, long time. Plus, Dave Coulier's been Mr. Woodchuck-less and Lori Loughlin hasn't uttered, "Wake up, San Francisco."
These are the things I wanted to see in a Full House reboot — and that's exactly what Fuller House gave me.
We asked for the '90s to return to us, and people listened. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reunited, Surge became available again, and now this show everyone loved got the full reboot treatment in the best way possible. Let's face it, it's the fans who've driven this demand for nostalgia, and it's the fans who ultimately make it happen.
Fuller House was made for fans, case closed. People who enjoyed Full House will love the reboot Netflix has crafted. You'll laugh, you'll tear up, you'll feel like a '90s kid again. And really, that's all we ever wanted.