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'full house' jumps aboard the 90s tv revival train

Following 'X Files' and 'Twin Peaks'’ reboots, the cult family friendly sitcom will see 13 new episodes hit Netflix next year.

by Emily Manning
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Apr 21 2015, 4:50pm

If you've made any kind of contact with the internet this morning, you're probably aware of the fact that Full House, the family (and scrunchie) friendly sitcom that dominated the early 90s airwaves, is being re-booted for Netflix. John Stamos—better known as his Huey Lewis and the News style-biting, subtly mulleted character Uncle Jesse—broke the news to Jimmy Kimmel last night that Fuller House will jump start with a one-hour reunion special before spinning off into 13 all new episodes.

Adapting the show's original plot of widower Danny Tanner raising his three girls along with his brother-in-law Jesse and basement-dwelling best friend Joey, Fuller House will follow his daughter DJ, now a widow (hold up: RIP Steve?), as she raises her own three tykes with the help of her sister Stephanie and ride or die homegirl, Kimmy Gibbler.

News of the revamp has been met with a similar elation that greeted The X Files and Twin Peaks upon recent announcements that both series would be brought up to speed. Fuller House has already spawned a chorus of "Have Mercys!" from a members of generation that were about as old as Michelle Tanner (or not born at all) during the original series' run from 87-95. So why are we flipping our shit? It's probably because Full House never really went off the air.

Since the show was cancelled after an eight season run, it's only become more popular through a heavy re-run rotation. Warner Brothers started distributing the show for off-network syndication back in 91, a full four years before ABC had even wrapped production. Since 2003, it's been a firm fixture on Nick at Nite's roster of mind-numbing marathons. That means for the past 23 years, Americans have, in some capacity, been tuned into all 192 episodes of the tight-knit Tanner clan's celebration of "predictability; the milkman, the paperboy, evenin' TV."

By ordering these re-boots, Netflix and networks alike have realized their power as full-circle nostalgia machines. We've proven how popular (and profitable) binge watching eight straight hours of FBI agents enjoying damn fine cups of coffee can really be. Naturally, the next step is to parlay a series' cult status into something brand new to chew on. Arrested Development's season four flop is easy for networks to ignore when "Full House reboot" is already yielding 14 million Google results.

So what'll be next: My So Called Life? Moesha? The Cosby Show? Better start dusting off that Cliff Huxtable sweater, because we're diving full steam into a TV time capsule. 

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