Fuller House’s re­tread tale won’t set the world on fire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - JEN­NIFER NIXON

What is it? Fuller House, Sea­son 1, 13 episodes on two discs from Warner Bros. Home En­ter­tain­ment

How much? $24.98

When? Tues­day

I’m as­sum­ing this is con­nected to that show from the 1980s and ’90s? You as­sume cor­rectly.

Full House, which ran 1987-1995, was a fam­ily friendly hit com­edy and a sta­ple of ABC’s TGIF lineup for four sea­sons (be­fore be­ing moved to Tues­days). Now, Net­flix has picked it up to rein­tro­duce the Tan­ner fam­ily.

More than 20 years have passed and the Tan­ner girls have all grown up. Now, old­est child D.J. (Can­dace Cameron) is a ve­teri­nar­ian and is the re­cently wi­d­owed mother of three young boys (Michael Cam­pion, Elias Harger and Dashiell and Fox Mes­sitt).

When her fa­ther Danny (Bob Saget) gets a job in Los An­ge­les, he leaves the fam­ily’s San Fran­cisco home to D.J. and her brood, and her younger sis­ter, par­ty­ing disc jockey Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), moves in to help out.

Not far be­hind is D.J.’s an­noy­ing best friend, Kimmy (Andrea Bar­ber), a party plan­ner who is re­cently di­vorced and rais­ing a teen daugh­ter (Soni Ni­cole Bringas).

The three women and col­lec­tive four chil­dren help each other and learn life lessons un­der the same roof. So, ba­si­cally it’s a gen­der-re­versed ver­sion of the orig­i­nal se­ries.

Is it good? Well, that de­pends on what you’re look­ing for. Fans who grew up on the orig­i­nal se­ries will prob­a­bly get warm fuzzies at see­ing the orig­i­nal cast back to­gether. Af­ter all, ev­ery­one but Mary Kate and Ash­ley Olsen (who played youngest Tan­ner sis­ter Michelle) makes at least one ap­pear­ance.

There’s a lot of hug­ging. A lot of fam­ily friendly jok­ing. A lot of heart-to-heart talks.

For those who don’t have quite the same nos­tal­gic feel­ing or taste for old-fash­ioned fam­ily sit­coms there’s not much to see or en­joy.

The stu­dio au­di­ence is over­ac­tive with the laughs, cheers, ahhs and oohs. The jokes range from flat to down­right bad, and the child ac­tors mug shame­lessly. Think Dis­ney Chan­nel.

It is harm­less, and the orig­i­nal cast mem­bers have good chem­istry and ob­vi­ous real af­fec­tion for each other, but it’s not the sort of se­ries that’s go­ing to set the world afire. So, if you want sim­ple, gen­tle com­edy, look no fur­ther. If you want smart, sharp and funny, pass on by.

Ex­tras? Nope

New this week: A Place to Call Home,

Sea­son 4

Next week: The Un­touch­ables, com­plete col­lec­tion (Blu-ray); The Amer­i­cans, Sea­son 4; DCI Banks, Sea­son 5; The Dick Van Dyke Show, in color; Kim’s Con­ve­nience, Sea­son 1; The Li­brar­i­ans, movie tril­ogy; Sus­pects, Sea­son 5; That ’70s Show, com­plete se­ries (Blu-ray); Went­worth, Sea­son 2; You Me Her, Sea­son 1.

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