REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – SEASON 3

MAIN CAST

Candace Cameron Blue (Puppy Love)
Jodie Sweetin (Farce of The Penguins)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mammia Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)
Scott Weinger (The Family Man)
Adam Hagenbuch (Switched at Birth)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Ashley Liao (Bad Teacher TV)
Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal)
Marla Sokoloff (Dude, Where’s My Car?)
Landry Bender (The Sitter)
Mckenna Grace (Designated Survivor)
Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
John Stamos (Scream Queens)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Lori Loughlin (Birds of Prey)
Isaak Presley (A History of Radness)
John Aprea (New Jack CIty)
Tanner Buchanan (Game Shakers)
Logan Riley Hassel (Camp Tokota)
Gail Edwards (Blossom)

UntitledThe Tanner-Fuller Family is back for a third season. Fuller House is the proof that nostalgia never dies.  As the season kicks off, the theme is immediately revealed. Whereas Season 2 focused on various holidays throughout the year, this time out the episodes encompass summer vacation. It’s an odd choice to make for a series debuting just as summer comes to an end but gives the show some ideas to play with none the less, whether it’s Jackson (Michael Campion) being stuck in summer school thanks to his terrible grades, or Max (Elias Harger) joining forces with Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) to throw a pool party.UntitledNaturally, the bulk of the show’s storylines goes to the adults as they figure out their love lives and their futures while also raising a house full of kids. As with Season 2, DJ (Candace Cameron-Bure) is still caught between feelings she has for her boyfriend Matt (John Brotherton) and her ex Steve (Scott Weinger). Given that she’s in a committed relationship and Steve is engaged to another woman though, the flirtation between the two isn’t quite as honest and innocent as it once was. Given that the first half of the season ends on the cliffhanger of DJ accidently revealing her feelings to Steve en route to the latter’s wedding, this is clearly a story that’s not going to end anytime soon. UntitledIn an unconventional choice for the streaming site, Netflix chose to split up the third season of the warm and fuzzy 80s/90s reboot, debuting the first nine episodes of the season in September, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the debut of the original series, and dropping the back nine episodes just in time for the Christmas holidays. At the end of the first half the season, we were left with a bit of a cliffhanger, with the entire Fuller House party on their way to Japan for Steve and C.J.’s wedding. In a somewhat sleepy haze, D.J. – without realizing she’s talking to Steve instead of Kimmy – confesses to Steve that she had planned on picking him, because she truly feels like they were always soulmates and meant to be together. maxresdefaultWe pick up the second half of the season once the plane lands in Japan and the gang is off to explore this new country in a location-based episode that’s reminiscent of the Full House Disney World special. Steve, unsure what to do about this new information that D.J. may still have feelings for him, confides in Kimmy, and decides to talk to D.J. about it. However, before he’s able to discuss it with her, Matt proposes and she says yes while Steve overhears the entire proposal. Fuller-House-Season-3-Episode-11-11-2becGiving up, Steve and C.J. continue on with their wedding, until D.J. accidentally throws one of the wedding rings into the koi pond and has to chase down a famous koi fish to get it back. When she does so, it finally comes out that Steve overheard D.J. confess her true feelings to him, and that Steve might feel the same way.  So, Steve leaves C.J. at the alter, in a moment that feels reminiscent of every 90s romantic comedy ever, and when Matt gets up to announce his engagement to D.J., D.J. winds up breaking off their engagement. Thus ends a whirlwind trip to Japan and starts a new potential rekindled romance for Steve and D.J.fuller-house-season-3The show has also managed to build up characters we can certainly care about, even as we wade through all the terrible dancing and silly excuses to shove in Stephanie’s singing.  The end of season three brings us somewhat full circle, celebrating Full House’s 30th debut anniversary in a season finale that brings the whole family back together with a lot of big changes. First, Danny and Becky are ousted from their show when their contract is up for renewal. Becky is asked to come back as a host on a different show, but Danny is out of work now and announces to his daughters that he plans on moving back in with them. Second, Joey’s wife gets a comedy gig on a cruise ship circuit, and Jesse and Joey go in on buying a laundromat that they plan on turning into a club, so both Jesse and Joey plan on moving back to San Francisco.Third, Kimmy volunteers to be the surrogate for Stephanie and Jimmy’s baby, and the invitro process is successful, so Kimmy is now pregnant with Stephanie and Jimmy’s child. Fuller-House-Season-3-Episode-18-2-7a83Finally, Steve gets offered a position as the foot doctor for the LA Lakers, which would mean that he has to move to LA for six months, effectively putting D.J. and his relationship on hold once again. He decides to turn the position down, but D.J. tells him to go for it, as it’s a dream job for him. And so, once again, the universe – or, at least, the show writers – put a wedge between our two potential soulmates, with the promise that perhaps, in six months’ time, they might finally be together for good.Fuller-House-Season-3-Episode-16-17-3bd5Whether the show gets picked up for a fourth season or not, this season leaves us in a good place.

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CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES

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MAIN CAST

Candace Cameron Bure (Journey Back To Christmas)
Jodie Sweetin  (Redefining Love)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion  (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mammia Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)
Ashley Liao (Bad Teacher TV)
Scott Weinger (Shredder)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
John Stamos (Scream Queens)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Lori Loughlin (When Calls The Heart)
Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal)
David Lipper (Mutant X)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)
Hal Sparks (Dude, Where’s My Car?)
Anne Marie McEvoy  (Children of The Corn)

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2.11) DJ and Kimmy’s High School Reunion

DJ and Kimmy reunite with old flames and enemies at their high school reunion, leading DJ to wonder if she still has feelings for Steve, who reveals his intentions to proposing to CJ. Jackson creates a fake report card to make it appear he is a straight-A student, later telling Stephanie he feels like he’s the only family member that isn’t special.

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2.12) Nutcrackers

Lola is upset that Ramona’s performance of the Mouse King in “The Nutcracker” will interfere with her attending Lola’s Christmas Eve party. Max is happily introduced to CJ’s daughter, Rose, both of whom are smitten with each other. Jimmy tells Stephanie he loves her, leaving her speechless and confused, but after a talk with DJ does she realize she loves him too.Image result for fuller house season 2 happy new year]

2.13) Happy New Year Baby

Stephanie is forced to tell Jimmy of her infertility when he reveals his dreams of having kids with her. Steve asks for DJ’s help proposing to CJ, while DJ herself waits for Matt to come home from India for the New Year’s Eve party. When Jackson cooks up a scheme to rid himself, Ramona, Lola, and Popko of Max, Max and Rose work to get revenge. Jesse names Joey the godfather of his and Becky’s new adopted daughter, leading to an argument between the two and Danny. DJ reveals to Kimmy and Stephanie that when she had decided between Matt and Steve, she had picked Steve but is now happy with Matt and with Steve’s new engagement to CJ.

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I am so glad for Fuller House. It brings back happy memories of my childhood. It was nice for Fuller House to end the second season on a trilogy of festive episodes. that bring back fun times and remind you of the festive episodes of Full House. A Great trilogy of episodes from a great series

REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – SEASON 2

MAIN CAST

Candace Cameron Blue (Puppy Love)
Jodie Sweetin (Farce of The Penguins)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion  (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mammia Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)
Ashley Liao (Bad Teacher TV)
Scott Weinger (The Family Man)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Adam Hagenbuch (Switched at Birth)
Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal)
Gianna DiDonato (The Social Experiment)
Alan Thicke (How I Met Your Mother)
Lachlan Buchanan (Some Freaks)
Isaak Presley (A History of Radness)
John Stamos (Scream Queens)
Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Lori Loughlin (Birds of Prey)
Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management)
Marla Sokoloff (Sugar & Spice)
Hal Sparks (Dude, Where’s My Car?)
David Lipper (Non-Stop)
Scott Menville (Teen Titans)
Phil Morris (Smallville)
When I found out that they were making this I had mixed feelings of happy nostalgia and preemptive disappointment. While the child in me wants this to make it due to fond memories of watching the original, another part of me was sure it would be horrible. It turned out to be great after binge watching season 1 I was stoked for season 2 and once again it did not disappoint.  The episodes this season are

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2.1)  Welcome Back

DJ finally decides between Matt and Steve, but they throw her a curveball before her annual back-to-school barbecue. A homeless Fernando moves in, and Max is worried about what the world will become.

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2.2) Mom Interference

Jackson decides to join the football team to impress Lola much to DJ’s dismay. Matt and Steve bring their new girlfriends, Crystal and CJ respectively, to game night at the Fuller house and Stephanie realizes she likes Kimmy’s brother, Jimmy and her give the relationship a shot.

2.3) Ramona’s Not-So-Epic First Kiss

Ramona feels like she needs to have her first kiss already, leading her to kiss Popko. Afterward, she develops feelings for him and is crushed to learn he has a girlfriend. DJ and Stephanie crash a wedding for a girls’ night out. 2.4) The Curse of Tanner Manor

On Halloween, Jackson and Ramona decide to abandon their parents to go to a haunted house where Jimmy and Stephanie (working there as zombies) decide to teach them a lesson. Max’s friend Taylor becomes his enemy when he blogs negatively about the Fuller house’s Halloweens and DJ throws a party to impress Taylor while Kimmy and Fernando dress up as Lucy and Ricky and the former is upset when she is cut out of Fernando’s planned performance at the party.

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Matt and DJ operate on Cosmo, who was accidentally fed corn by Max, making Max wonder if he’s good enough to care for the dog. Ramona has an audition for a major dance coach and must clear away Max’s new chickens, three babies, and her parents. Matt breaks up with Crystal and begins dating DJ. 2.6) Fuller Thasnksgving

DJ wants Thanksgiving to be perfect for her family as well as Danny, Jesse, Becky, and the Katsopolis twins who are visiting; however, she is overwhelmed when Joey, his wife, and their four kids join in on the festivities. Meanwhile Becky wants to adopt a baby while Jesse is highly opposed and elsewhere, Danny undergoes a mid-life crisis.2.7) Girl Talk

Stephanie reunites with Gia when they attempt to get the band, “Girl Talk” back together and DJ and Gia still despise each other. Popko and his girlfriend break up and he advances on Ramona, who rejects him and makes him decide to make a vengeaful humiliating video of her.

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Stephanie writes a song for Jimmy, which he intends to make viral by creating a music video. DJ meets Taylor’s father and is more determined than ever for Max to beat Taylor on a school project. Jackson and Ramona pet-sit Lola’s tarantula, Spot and things go awry when Spot climbs out of his tank.ninjasteel_by_andiemasterson-da7z2lq2.9) Glazed & Confused

Stephanie, Kimmy, and Fernando go to Los Angeles, the former to perform her new song on Danny and Becky’s show, Kimmy to sneak her way into the spotlight, and Fernando to see the set of his favorite show. A woman from the adoption agency meets with Jesse and Becky to determine the legitimacy of their parenting skills. Joey brings doughnuts to the Fuller house, making everyone sick and ruining DJ and Matt’s weekend away.2.10) New Kids In The House

Kimmy buys concert tickets for New Kids on the Block for DJ’s 39th birthday, but when she and Stephanie discover that the tickets are counterfeit, they attempt to make it up to DJ by bringing the band to the house. Meanwhile all Fernando, Matt, Steve, and Max believe that each of their birthday presents for DJ outrank the others.

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DJ and Kimmy reunite with old flames and enemies at their high school reunion leading DJ to wonder if she still has feelings for Steve, who reveals his intentions to proposing to CJ. Jackson creates a fake report card to make it appear he is a straight-A student later telling Stephanie he feels like he’s the only family member that isn’t special.

2.12) Nutcrackers

Lola is upset that Ramona’s performance of the mouse king in “The Nutcracker” will interfere with her attending Lola’s Christmas Eve party. Max is happily introduced to CJ’s daughter, Rose, both of whom are smitten with each other. Jimmy tells Stephanie he loves her and only after a talk with DJ does she realize she loves him too.ninjasteel_by_andiemasterson-da7z2lq2.13) Happy New Year Baby

Stephanie is forced to tell Jimmy of her infertility when he reveals his dreams of having kids with her. Steve asks for DJ’s help proposing to CJ, while DJ herself waits for Matt for the New Years Eve party. When Jackson cooks up a scheme to rid himself, Ramona, Lola, and Popko of Max, Max and Rose work to get revenge. Also, Jesse names Joey the godfather of his and Becky’s new adopted daughter, an argument between the two and Danny emerges while DJ reveals to Kimmy and Stephanie that when she had decided between Matt and Steve, she had picked Steve but is now happy with Matt and with Steve’s new engagement to CJ.

If you’re looking for a Modern Family type of show, you will not find that in Fuller House, but if you’re missing the sitcoms of the 90s that you could comfortably watch with your whole family, you will love Fuller House.

REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – SEASON 1

MAIN CAST
Candace Cameron Blue (Puppy Love)
Jodie Sweetin (Farce of The Penguins)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion  (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS
John Stamos (ER)
Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Lori Loughlin (Birds of Prey)
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mammia Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)
Ashley Liao (Bad Teacher TV)
Isaak Presley (A History of Radness)
Scott Weinger (The Family Man)
Eva LaRue (Robocop 3)
Ryan McPartlin (Chuck)
Steve Talley (American Pie: The Naked Mile)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day)

Before I started watching Fuller House, I read a bunch of reviews and was so disappointed that it was getting ripped to shreds that I almost didn’t give it a chance, but curiosity got the best of me and I started watching. To echo some of the other reviewers, yes, the first episode is incredibly cheesy and feels more like an homage to the old cast than an introduction to a new show, but after just the main cast of Fuller House is left, I found it actually quite fantastic.  Some say that it’s just rehashing the original show and in a lot of ways, they have taken an extremely similar storyline, but beyond that it is totally its own. But what I absolutely love about it is that it feels like a 90s sitcom. I grew up watching Full House, Fuller House can stand on its own two legs without their Full House background and I have been very pleasantly surprised.

Nowadays there really isn’t much family friendly material on TV; there are very few shows that aren’t filled with innuendo, language, sex, and so on. But Fuller House stays true to the Full House values and while it may be cheesy at times, each episode has a moral to the story where someone learned something and is better for having learned it. It teaches the audience what’s really important in life and how much families really matter. If you’re looking for a Modern Family type of show, you will not find that in Fuller House, but if you’re missing the sitcoms of the 90s that you could comfortably watch with your whole family, you will love Fuller House.