The 1980’s were a bridge in America and on television. The world was changing and the characters and plots were reflecting that change.
In Full House (1987-1995), Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) has just lost his wife. With three young daughters to raise, Danny enlists his brother-in-law, Jesse Katsoplis (John Stamos) and his best friend, Joey (Dave Coulier) to help with the parenting. Preteen DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) is a normal preteen girl. Elementary schooler Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) is not shy about sharing her opinions. Baby Michelle (played by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen) is an adorable baby who will become an iconic part of the television landscape of the 1980’s. Add in the nosy and annoying girl next door, Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and you have one hec of a television show.
Looking back, the show is pretty formulaic in terms of family sitcoms. But in having men in a role that is traditionally assigned to women was revolutionary in 1987. Two generations think it’s normal to see a father involved in their children’s lives and not just someone who comes home for dinner and pays the bills.
Two decades after the show’s ending, a sequel of sorts, Fuller House is set to debut a generation after Full House ended. DJ is now a widow with small children and enlists her younger sister and best friend to help with her own children as Jesse and Joey did a generation ago.
Do I recommend Full House? As someone who grew up watching it, I would say yes, for nostalgia’s sake. But my tastes in television are a little more sophisticated these days, so in that case I would say no.