Fuller House (TV series)

Fuller House
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jeff Franklin
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Everywhere You Look"
performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Jesse Frederick
  • Bennett Salvay
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jeff Franklin
  • Thomas L. Miller
  • Robert L. Boyett
Producer(s) John Stamos
Cinematography Gregg Heschong
Running time 25–36 minutes
Production company(s) Jeff Franklin Productions
Miller-Boyett Productions[1]
Distributor Warner Horizon Television[2]
Original network Netflix[2][3]
Picture format 4K (Ultra HD)[4]
Original release February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) – present (present)
Preceded by Full House (1987–95)
External links
Production website

Fuller House is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–95 television series Full House, airing as a Netflix original series. It was created by Jeff Franklin, and is produced by Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. The series centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister and best friendthe mother to a teenage daughterprovide support in her sons' upbringings by moving in with her.

Most of the original series ensemble cast have reprised their roles on Fuller House, either as regular cast members or in guest appearances, with the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who alternated in the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House.

Netflix ordered an initial 13 episodes which were released on February 26, 2016 worldwide. On March 2, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, and production for the second season began on May 5, 2016. Thirteen new episodes were ordered and will be released on December 9, 2016.[5][6]


Like the original series, the show is set in the same house in San Francisco, California.[7] Recently widowed D.J. Tanner-Fuller is a veterinarian and the mother of three young boys. After the sudden death of her husband, Tommy, who was following his hazardous duties as a firefighter, D.J. accepts the help of her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy to move in and take part in raising her three sons, 13-year-old Jackson, 7-year-old Max, and baby Tommy Jr. Kimmy's teenage daughter Ramona also moves in.[3]




Guest stars



In August 2014, reports circulated that Warner Bros. Television was considering a series reboot. John Stamos, who had an ownership stake in the show, headed up the attempt to get the series back into production. Creator Jeff Franklin returned as executive producer and showrunner with the collaboration of original executive producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett under their Miller-Boyett Productions label.[25]

In April 2015, it was reported that Netflix was close to closing a deal to produce a 13-episode sequel series tentatively titled Fuller House. A representative for Netflix said that the report was "just a rumor."[25][26] In response to the report, Bure tweeted, "While you all ponder over whether the Fuller House show is true or is an April Fools joke, check out [link to her upcoming TV movie]", and Stamos tweeted, "Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see."[27] On April 20, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, confirming the spin-off series had been green-lit by Netflix.

In a parallel to the original series, Fuller House focuses on D.J., who is a recently widowed mother of three boys, with her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy moving in to help raise the boys. The series starts off with a special episode featuring a Tanner family reunion.[28][29] On April 21, Netflix confirmed the series was in development.[30] Filming of the series began in July 2015 and lasted until November 2015.[3][31] In December 2015, the series' release date was revealed as February 26, 2016.[12] Later in the month, Carly Rae Jepsen revealed she and Butch Walker recreated the Full House theme song, "Everywhere You Look" (which was originally performed by Jesse Frederick, who co-wrote the song with Bennett Salvay), for the series as its opening theme.[32]


In addition to Cameron Bure, Sweetin, and Barber reprising their roles, the other main roles went to Michael Campion, Elias Harger, and Soni Bringas, as their children: Jackson and Max Fuller, and Ramona Gibbler, respectively.[14] It was disclosed that John Stamos would have a recurring role as Jesse Katsopolis and would also be producing.[20] Other original main cast members who would be reprising their roles periodically are Lori Loughlin as Becky Katsopolis, Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, and Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone.[21][22][33][34] Dylan and Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit also make an appearance reprising their roles as Nicky and Alex Katsopolis, respectively.[23] On April 19, 2016, it was announced Ashley Liao, who plays Ramona's best friend, had been upgraded to a series regular.[15]

Additional cast members recurring regularly throughout the series include Juan Pablo Di Pace, playing Kimmy's ex-husband, Fernando, and Scott Weinger, reprising the role of Steve Hale, D.J.'s high school boyfriend.[19][35] Eva LaRue portrays Danny's wife Teri,[23] and Michael Sun Lee makes an appearance as the adult version of Nathan Nishiguchi's character, Harry Takayama, who was Stephanie's childhood friend.[17][24]

Shortly after announcing the spin-off series, it was uncertain whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle Tanner, would choose to participate.[36] The Olsen twins ultimately rejected the offer because Ashley has not acted in years with no intentions to restart, and Mary-Kate initially considered the part but later declined as it was not feasible with her fashion career at the time.[24][31][37][38][39] Subsequently, the producers decided to have Michelle reside in New York City, where she is highly focused on her fashion enterprise.[40] By January 2016, they asked the Olsen twins' younger sister, Elizabeth, if she had any ambitions to take the part of Michelle, but she ultimately declined as well.[41] Nonetheless, the producers are still prodding the Olsen twins to return and are confident that one of the twins will decide to reappear during the second season.[42][43] In September 2016, it was announced that the character Nelson will re-appear on Fuller House, with the character recast to be portrayed by Hal Sparks, who previously replaced Nelson's original portrayer, Jason Marsden, in Tak and the Power of Juju.[44]


Netflix ordered an initial 13 episodes which were released on February 26, 2016. Shortly following the premiere, the series was renewed for a second season on March 2.[45] The first episode of season 2 is titled "Welcome Back".[46][47] Dave Coulier is slated to direct an episode in season 2, marking his directorial debut.[48]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
11"Our Very First Show, Again"Mark CendrowskiJeff FranklinFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7051
The Tanner and Katsopolis families reunite for the final time before the family home is sold. However, when they realize that newly-widowed D.J. is struggling to cope with the demands of raising three boys and holding down a full-time job as a veterinarian, Stephanie and Kimmy offer to move in with her.
22"Moving Day"Mark CendrowskiJeff FranklinFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7052
Ramona and Kimmy move into the Tanner-Fuller house. D.J. rearranges the bedrooms so Ramona does not have to live in a closet that was converted into a bedroom. Jackson is dissatisfied that he is losing his room and cannot accept the fact that he has to move in with his younger brother, Max. After Stephanie tells Jackson about a similar encounter that happened between her and his mother when they were little girls, revealing that D.J. secretly ran away by moving her bedroom into the garage, Jackson decides to flee as well by hiding in great Uncle Jesse's car as he drives down to Los Angeles. During their first 'family meeting', D.J. assures Jackson that he will get accustomed to sharing a bedroom with Max the same way she and Stephanie did.
33"Funner House"Katy GarretsonAmy Engelberg & Wendy EngelbergFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7053
Stephanie and Kimmy decide to take D.J. on a girls' night out where they have an unwanted reunion with Kimmy's husband, Fernando. Meanwhile, Joey takes away the kids' electronics, and instead has the kids involved in some mischievous, messy fun.
44"The Not-So Great Escape"Katy GarretsonAndrew GottliebFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7054
Ramona is upset about moving schools and convinces Jackson to help her escape. However, when Jackson is caught purposefully causing the fire alarm to go off and Ramona is caught escaping, both are suspended from school for three days. D.J. punishes Jackson and disagrees with Kimmy's lack of authoritative parenting style so D.J. convinces Kimmy to punish Ramona as well. Meanwhile, Stephanie is left to monitor the vet clinic and she and Max have an unfortunate encounter with a skunk.
55"Mad Max"Rich CorrellBoyd HaleFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7055
When an old friend whisks her away for a concert and after-hours fun, Stephanie realizes just how much her nephews mean to her. Meanwhile, Kimmy finds D.J. a date and Ramona babysits Tommy, which includes a botched attempt she makes in disposing Tommy's diaper. It is revealed that Stephanie cannot have children.
66"The Legend of El Explosivo"Rich CorrellJulie Thacker ScullyFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7056
D.J. punishes Jackson, causing him to miss his favorite Mexican wrestling league, Lucha Kaboom. But that only leads to more action for the fans.
77"Ramona's Not-So-Epic Party"Rich CorrellBryan Behar & Steve BaldikoskiFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7057
Steve tries setting up D.J.'s handsome coworker with Kimmy, and Ramona's much-anticipated 13th birthday party doesn't turn out as planned for anyone.
88"Secrets, Lies and Firetrucks"Joel ZwickBob Keyes & Doug KeyesFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7058
When Max learns to lie, he also learns that lies can backfire. Meanwhile, the ladies of the house fall in love with secrets.
99"War of the Roses"Rich CorrellPolina Diaz & Joe VargasFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7059
When a thousand roses are delivered to the house, D.J., Kimmy, and Stephanie try to figure out which one of their admirers sent it. Meanwhile, the new family dog begins to hoard items from the house, including the note that was delivered with the flowers.
1010"A Giant Leap"Rob SchillerStory by: Amy Engelberg & Wendy Engelberg
Teleplay by: Julie Thacker Scully & Andrew Gottlieb
February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7060
Things get out of hand when Stephanie's new boyfriend, Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants, invites everyone to one of his baseball games. Stephanie is revealed to the "mystery blond" who appears to be the source of Hunter's worsening batting streak. Realizing she cannot handle the pressure of dating a famous athlete, she dumps him in front of the stadium. Max tries to catch a foul ball for show-and-tell at school. D.J. reluctantly kisses Matt for the kiss cam only hours after kissing Steve at the house. Jackson uses Dr. Harmon's credit card to buy for an autographed baseball shirt for Lola.
1111"Partnerships in the Night"Katy GarretsonStory by: Boyd Hale
Teleplay by: Bryan Behar & Steve Baldikoski & Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes
February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7061
Dr. Harmon is retiring from the pet clinic, leaving D.J. convinced that she will be taking over the business soon. Kimmy, who is planning the doctor's retirement party, hires Stephanie as a partner to help her with the workload. Ramona and Jackson borrow $50 from Max after downloading a virus-infected pirated movie and are at Max's mercy until the loan is paid off.
1212"Save the Dates"Jeff FranklinBrian McAuleyFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7062
D.J. has a date with her past that catches her off guard, and Kimmy's date with Fernando is nothing but surprises. In the end, Fernando signs the divorce papers, only to repropose to Kimmy. She happily accepts.
1313"Love Is in the Air"Joel ZwickJeff FranklinFebruary 26, 2016 (2016-02-26)2M7063
When Jesse and Becky return to renew their vows, Kimmy and Fernando join in on the wedding. A bachelorette party leads to trouble for D.J., who has to decide between Matt and Steve once and for all. When Kimmy sees how sad Ramona is having to leave the Fuller house, she gets cold feet. In the end she chooses to stay engaged to Fernando, but not marry him, so that she and Ramona can stay with the Fullers. D.J. makes a decision, she decides to choose herself, feeling as though she is not prepared to fully commit to someone yet. The girls gladly celebrate the "she-wolf pack" being back and greater than ever.



Fuller House initially received generally negative reviews, with most noting the series was very derivative of its source material and was oriented toward fans of the original show. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a rating of 33%, based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "After the initial dose of nostalgia, Fuller House has little to offer to anyone except the original series' most diehard fans."[49] On Metacritic the series has an average score of 35 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[50]

Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter panned the show, calling it "a mawkish, grating, broadly played chip off the Full House block." He also added that "It's doubtful that there will be a more painful 2016 TV episode than the Fuller House pilot, which takes an inexcusable 35 minutes to establish a plot that is just an inversion of the original Full House premise."[51] David Weigand of the San Francisco Chronicle reacted similarly, writing: "The episodes are predictable because they’re unoriginal and the writing is painful. The canned laughter is perhaps the greatest reminder of the 'good old days'. If only all those recorded voices had something legitimate to laugh at."[52] Maureen Ryan of Variety wrote that the show "continually goes to the well of having cute kids mug for the camera as they practically yell their lines, and just a little of its self-congratulatory, blaring obviousness goes a long way."[53]

Parents have complained that the reboot is not family friendly unlike its predecessor because it includes cursing and references to sex and drugs.[54]

In a more positive review, Verne Gay from Newsday wrote that the show is like "Full House 2.0" and that while it has the "same premise, same vibe, mostly same cast", it is "a winner, strictly for fans."[55]


Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy Fuller House Won [56]
Choice TV Actress: Comedy Candace Cameron Bure Won
Choice TV: Chemistry Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber Nominated [57]

Other media

DVD releases

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the first season of the series on DVD in Region 1 on February 28, 2017.[58]


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