Netflix Review: “Fuller House” modern nostalgia is exactly what you expect

The classic “you got it dude” pose from a young Mary Kate (or Ashley?) Olsen. Both twins starred in the show alternately. 

Maggie Curry

The time had come: a marathon of “Fuller House,” the entire first season now available on Netflix. It follows now-grown-up DJ and her three boys after the death of her husband. Her sister, Stephanie, and childhood friend, Kimmy, come to live with her.

The season follows DJ’s dating life, Stephanie’s role as an aunt, and Kimmy’s on-again-off-again marriage.

The intro:

It was cool how they used the photos to compare the cast members before to who they are now. Re-using the song was awesome. It helped me, a first time viewer, understand who was who.


Nobody aged… except Bob Saget and David Allen Coulier. John Stamos is 52 and looks amazing. (Not cool, bro.) I had issue with Joey (Coulier) saying his age is “55-ish” in the first episode. (Ish? ISH? What does that even mean???)

Interactions between kids and parents:

This was super icky for me. Kimmy Gibler and her daughter’s conversations are just not even remotely founded in reality. Interactions with the girls and Saget or Joey were painful. Nobody talks to their kids the way they all do. 

“Full House” references:

The show featured side-by-sides for certain scenes and one-liners that have been immortalized in GIF form were sprinkled everywhere. From what I understand, the funniest Full House moments came from the kids. They definitely use the baby and kids (and puppy) in this one to up the cute factor.

It was nice to see everyone back again, but the pilot was awkward just establishing everyone’s lives. It could have been done as a special instead of a season, really.

New characters (men!):

Some of the men came on WAY too strong. DJ’s high school boyfriend needs to get out. He was just constantly irritating. I do like one of the love interests, Matt (John Brotherton).

DJ’s kids were amazing. Max (Elias Harger) fills the Stephanie role from the original. His older brother Jackson (Michael Campion) is 13, so it felt a little like a Disney channel show within a show. Or Nickelodeon, since there was green slime.

‘No’ moments:

Steve. Steve, get out. UGH. Also, who is this show marketed towards? There was sexual innuendo and club scenes that seemed older, but then the kids were super Disney channel and Joey was doing fart jokes.

‘Yes’ moments:

I loved when in the pilot they sang “Forever.” And every mention of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen or Michelle (their character on the show) was priceless. When Kimmy buys her daughter one of their dresses and said “with these prices, no wonder they don’t need to act anymore.” That was brilliant.

‘Maybe’ moments:

Diversity. At one point in the show Kimmy’s daughter complains they have to live with ‘the whitest family in America.’ It was obvious the show tried harder to bring ethnic diversity into the rest of the cast, through Kimmy’s husband and daughter and in the school scenes. There were also cops in the school, which weirded me out.

Overall impression:

If you liked that kind of cheesiness in the original, you’d like it here. It was cute, but nothing I would die to see each week. It was smart to release it through Netflix. Personally, I would not do another season, however “Fuller House” was a good mix of modern references, like the Bachelor, with 90’s nostalgia.