Fans of "Full House" will enjoy Netflix's new "Fuller House"

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16 February 2016

NETFLIX, Feb. 26

By Jeff Pfeiffer

The television landscape is a vastly different place from where it was when the sitcom “Full House” debuted in 1987. The series entered a world in which there were only four main broadcast networks, a relatively small handful of cable nets, and certainly no means of  imagining the ablity to digitally stream a program on a PC.

Obviously that has all changed; and now, kicking back and relaxing with a Netflix show or movie is as common today as tuning in to a Friday night lineup of shows on ABC was back in the ’80s. But one thing that hasn't changed since “Full House” left the air in 1995 is peoples' passion for nostalgia over pop culture.

But one thing that hasn't changed since “Full House” left the air in 1995 is people’s passion for nostalgia. Indeed, interest in nostalgia is in full bloom, and it's being satisfied through reboots of, or sequels to, beloved shows and films -- and even a few new originals (see the TV Weekly cover story from last week as an example).

Given how popular “Full House” has remained over the years, at least in the eyes of a certain generation, it is not surprising that a sequel series, “Fuller House,” is making its debut. Old and new are again colliding, as the anticipated series will be streaming its 13 episodes on Net?ix, Friday, Feb. 26.

“Fuller House,” which, like the original, is set in San Francisco, will focus on the original characters D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) and her younger sister, Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin). D.J. is now a recently widowed veterinarian, while Stephanie is an aspiring musician. Stephanie, along with D.J.’s lifelong best friend and fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber, reprising her role) and Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas) all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys — rebellious 12-year-old Jackson (Michael Champion), neurotic 7-year-old Max (Elias Harger) and newborn baby Tommy Jr. (played by twins, which probably sounds familiar to fans of the original series).

Most of the other original cast will be on hand to some degree; they are billed as having “guest appearances.” John Stamos, who also is a producer for the series (and who is also currently busy on his FOX series “Grandfathered”), reprises his role as Jesse Katsopolis; Bob Saget is back as Danny Tanner; Dave Coulier picks up Joey Gladstone where he left off; and Lori Loughlin returns as Becky Katsopolis. Scott Weinger also makes guest appearances, reprising his role as Steve Hale (who was D.J.’s boyfriend in the original series, so perhaps a romantic reunion is in the cards?).

But sorry, fans, the show was unable to get Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (who originally tagteamed to play Michelle Tanner) for this new series, though Stamos told the “ Today” show that the actresses are “fully welcome, anytime.” You got it, dude.
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