Jeff Franklin, creator of the Full House and Fuller House TV series, says the new show, which dropped to Netflix, today, almost didn’t happen. Although the original ran for 192 episodes over the course of eight seasons, ABC cancelled it in 1995, and the last episode didn’t serve up much closure. Franklin decided to approach the Fuller House premiere as a Full House TV series finale.
Franklin tells Variety that he’s been trying since 2007 to get the sequel series off the ground. In his pitches he would point out that Full House were reruns wildly successful. The networks didn’t get it, but finally Netflix did. Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber star in the new series. John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin guest star.
Franklin tells MTV how his frustrations with the original Full House TV show’s end informs the new series, particularly the premiere:
Franklin left Full House in 1992 to develop Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper for ABC, a decision he still regrets to this day. Even though Full House continued for three seasons without Franklin at the helm, he didn’t agree with some of the creative decisions the producers made to the characters after his departure. In many ways, the premiere episode of Fuller House, titled “Our Very First Show, Again,” was his chance to right the wrongs of the past.
“There was no series finale of Full House,” Franklin said. “The show just kind of petered out and went off the air… It really bothered me, the way they ended the series. There was no attempt to do something special. So I look at the first episode of Fuller House as the last episode of Full House that then segues into Fuller House and we set up the new series — after that first episode, the new show begins. It’s a very atypical episode full of nods and winks and catchphrases. There was a lot of inside jokes, and we have a lot of fun knowing that everyone seems to be in on these jokes. That was a show for the fans.”
What do you think? Do you care if the Fuller House TV show is well received by critics? Have you started your Netflix Fuller House binge? How do you like this Full House sequel?