Fuller House

(Netflix)

 

Summer vacation isn’t slowing anyone down at the Tanner house. Between summer school, impending weddings, potential affairs, and maturing relationships, D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy have their hands full.

 

Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber

Genre: Sitcom

Series Summary: Now a widow, D.J. and her three sons move back into her childhood home. Her sister, Stephanie, and best friend, Kimmy, join her as they navigate the big and small moments of life.

Show Title: Best Summer Ever

 

Viewer Appeal: Ages 12+

 

I’m obsessed with Full House. I love the signature 1990s way of dealing with tough issues while still remaining completely wholesome. So I jumped on the Fuller House train almost instantly when Season 1 released. And  while I somehow missed the announcement of the Season 3, I was pleasantly surprised when it showed up in my Netflix queue.

 

In true Fuller House fashion, season 3 begins with a whole lot of cheese. But while I’ll be the first to admit my love of cheesy shows, I was actually extremely apprehensive as the show opened in a musical number. I grit my teeth and said a quick prayer that this wasn’t an entire musical episode. Thankfully it only lasted a few minutes before settling back into the enjoyable family sitcom I know and love. 

 

What makes Fuller House stand out among today’s televisions shows is its purity. True to it’s 90s sitcom roots, each episode comes with a sticky situation, a half hour of trying to find the solution, and a heart-warming wrap up at the end, complete with a group hug and live audience “awh”s. It’s just so wholesome! But my absolute favorite part of this show is Candace Cameron Bure. She lights up the television screen with her joy and her character is the mom I dream of becoming. It’s a fantastic reminder that every family looks different, but love makes it perfect.

 

It’s the first day of summer vacation and nothing is turning at as planned. Jackson is sent to summer school. Both D.J. and Steph are having trouble finding the time and place to connect with their boyfriends. Steve, D.J.’s highschool sweetheart, and his finance C.J. want to get married in Japan. Plus, the Tanner sisters think Kimmy’s husband, Fernando, is cheating on her.

 

Now, I need to be completely honest. If you don’t like overly sweet sitcoms then you won’t like this show. I’m a huge fan of such shows and there were even parts for me that were too much. For instance, the musical number seemed gimmicky. But for me, nostalgia built into the show will always outweigh the cheesiness.

 

Parents, this is a great series to watch with the entire family. While there’s some sexual innuendo between adults on the show, it’s very mild and will most likely go over your kid’s head. I definitely recommend giving it a try in your family, especially if there are any Full House fans in your household.

 

Let's Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this TV show:

 

• Have you ever struggled in a class? What did you do to improve your grades?

• Would you enjoy living in such a full house? Why or why not?

• If you were in Stephanie’s position, how would you have handled thinking Fernando was lying to Kimmy?

 

--LV

 

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