By Megan G. Razzetti
A family- friendly revival of an 80’s sitcom dedicated to bad jokes and nostalgia premiered Feb. 26.
Netflix’s “Fuller House,” the highly anticipated spin-off of the ABC sitcom ‘Full House’ brings back the Tanner family, only this time, the story revolves around DJ Tanner-Fuller, played by Candace Cameron Bure.
Set 29 years after the original show, the show includes the return of original characters Stephanie Tanner, played by Jodie Sweetin and Kimmy Gibbler, played by Andrea Barber.
DJ is a recently- widowed mother of three boys, ages 13, seven and a newborn, trying to make it on her own until her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy decide to move in with DJ to lend a helping hand.
Each character has their own personality except DJ, who comes off as boring no matter what happens. As she tries to get her life back to normal, she is pushed by Stephanie and Kimmy to get back out into the world.
One instance is by taking DJ out to a nightclub where numerous old- mom jokes are poorly delivered. During one of the nightclub scenes, DJ credits her dance skills to watching “Dancing with the Stars,” a show in which Bure competed.
Along with bad jokes, the show tries too hard to make it a point that the cast is in present time.
The over use of references to smartphones, texts, selfies and Facebook kills the whole point of the original characters incorporating them in their lives today. The references are so deliberate that it becomes distracting at times.
Perhaps the writing was intentionally made to be bad as a reflection of how cheesy the original show was to begin with.
As hard as it is to get through the terrible jokes, one cannot look away.
The show also features guest appearances by original characters Danny Tanner, played by Bob Saget, Jesse Katsopolis, played by John Stamos and Joey Gladstone, played by Dave Coulier.
This original trio was the main focus of “Full House,” which revolved around them taking care of three little girls in a big house in San Francisco.
“Fuller House” is for those who enjoy the clean family friend humor often found in shows on the Disney Channel.
All 13 episodes are now streaming on Netflix.