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?
I love new show! Fuller House is a great sequel the original Full House. I’m really hoping get another season on netflix and hope also add original Series to line . Love way included Mary-Kate and Ashley as Michelle without the character there. It left the option open for them possibly one day being on the show. Really hope Mary-Kate decides appear on at least one episode since was the one that mind cameras. Ashley even as a baby never liked them. That’s why I only mentioned Mary-Kate. Hoping for another season because you tell the writer’s are setting stage… Read more »
I absolutely loved watching fuller house it brought back so many fond memories of my child watching full house. I’m sure alot of people are going to flame it, but I am already sold awaiting new episodes! Thanks for recognizing an amazing show with the best people (you don’t need to bring back the olsens I believe that would taint the series).
I am so excited about Fuller House!!! I wasn’t even alive when the show began, but I became very familiar with it. I love it and I’m very into Fuller House. I binge watched all of the 13 episodes in one day. I was awake until 3am! Please bring us more seasons, PLEASE!!!
I was pleasantly surprised by the series. I remember loving the show initially (thought the final seasons got a little slow so didn’t watch them much). The girls look amazing. The corny humor of those 80s and early 90s sitcoms was so good to see again. I especially like how they still did have some adult humor, but was so subtle, you don’t have to explan anything to your kid’s. The only thing that bothered me is the middle son did annoy me in most of his scenes. I understand his age is part of the problem, but I really… Read more »
I was pleasantly pleased with the entire season of Fuller House! I am looking forward to the second season. Sure, there may be some obvious cheesiness, but that was the same with the original Full House. We connected to a dysfunctional family that was also wholesome. It’s a refreshing reminder that entertainment can do without so much sex, violence, drugs, and other vulgarities. I loved this show and hope that Netflix will start streaming the original Full House in the USA AND produce a second season of Fuller House. I can watch with my young daughter and hubby with smiles.
Loved the entire season. The 1st few episodes were cheesy but cute. Then the series got funnier as it went along. I actually laughed out loud at a few scenes and I tarely laugh at tv shows. Can’t wait for a second season
I’m just now watching the first episode of Fuller House with my mom. We love the original series and still watch the reruns all the time. We absolutely love this episode. The memories, nostalgia, even the corny jokes are so great! Brought tears of joy to my eyes.
That’s nice to read, Nancy. Thank you for your comment. My kids watched this first Fuller House without me, while I was working. I still have to settle down and watch it.
Just finished the whole season, I was a fan of the original growing up and was pleasantly surprised with the new batch. Already hoping for a 2nd season!
That’s nice to hear, Tommy. I’m waiting to watch with my kids. The still watch Full House reruns from time to time. Thanks for reading and commenting.