April 21, 2015


'Full House' Sequel Coming to Netflix, Where It'll Probably Be a Hit

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"Everywhere you look..."

Cue up that theme song; Full House is coming back. Netflix announced it will revive the beloved '90s sitcom for a 13-episode sequel season titled Fuller House

The new show will star original cast members Candance Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (D.J.'s younger sister Stephanie), Andrea Barber (D.J.'s best friend, the wacky Kimmy Gibler) and John Stamos (Uncle Jesse, of course). Netflix is looking into bringing back Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. (We would be shocked if the twins, now 28, sign up...but we'll keep our fingers crossed.)

In the new season, D.J. plays a veterinarian who's pregnant and recently widowed. Stephanie, now an aspiring musician, and Kimmy, a single mother with a teenage daughter, all move in to help D.J. with her two sons. There's a rebellious 12-year-old, J.D., and a neurotic 7-year-old Max, plus D.J.'s forthcoming baby. Sound familiar? Full House fans will recognize the premise—Danny Tanner had his best friend, Joey, and brother-in-law, Jesse, move in to help raise his three young daughters after his wife passed. (How many times can tragedy strike one family?!)

Fuller House is the latest in a slew of '90s nostalgia resulting in spinoff and sequel shows, but it feels like it has a better chance of connecting with its now-adult audience. Boy Meets World fans were over the moon to hear the show was coming back (with Corey and Topanga!), but wound up with the kiddie-themed Girl Meets World on Disney Channel, which opened to huge ratings (more than 5 million tuned in for its premiere), but lost a chunk quickly (its finale ended with 2.3 million). Fox also recently ordered a six-episode revival of The X Files, which feels a little too short to really get into.

Fuller House has a better chance to connect with a larger audience on Netflix, which brought back Arrested Development (it returned for a fourth season and is confirmed for a fifth). The streaming service also hosts other '90s classics like Clueless, Hook, The Addams Family and Melrose Place.

Fuller House premieres on Netflix in 2016.