In a continuation of the ’80s/’90s sitcom hit Full House, Netflix’s new sequel series, the aptly titled Fuller House, follows the next generation of the Tanner family led by D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure). She returns to her childhood home to raise her sons with help from her younger sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).
The majority of the original cast of Full House is returning for Netflix’s sitcom continuation, including Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis, and Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone. Now, a new featurette for Fuller House teases the return of everything fans enjoyed about Full House.
Netflix released the featurette (above), which highlights the cast talking about their return to their roles from Full House, the family atmosphere of Fuller House, and how fans helped revive the Tanners from TV cancellation. Speaking about whether the Netflix sequel series will be similar to its predecessor, Bure said, “Fuller House carries the same emotional, loving, family tone through the show that the original did.” Additionally, some of Full House’s most famous catchphrases can be heard in the featurette, including Jesse’s “Have mercy,” Stephanie’s “How rude,” and Michelle’s (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) “You got it, dude.”
In addition to those cast members returning, a new generation joins the family on Fuller House, including DJ’s sons Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger), and Tommy (Dashiell and Fox Messitt) along with Kimmy’s daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas). Despite rumors to the contrary, the Olsen twins are the only members of the original Full House cast to not return. According to Stamos’s most recent comments, though they were invited back, they declined because the twins didn’t want to return to acting.
All the promotional material for Fuller House up to this point has focused on the returning Full House cast or, in the case of the first teaser, an updated version of the San Francisco home featured in the original sitcom. The Netflix series even references Full House in its name and logo, and the theme song will be an updated version of the original. As a result, Fuller House seems to be banking heavily on nostalgia generated by those who watched Full House when it first aired or in syndicated reruns since the show’s series finale in 1995.
However, nostalgia can’t sustain a television series alone, especially if the returning adult generation from Full House isn’t as big a part of Fuller House as the new generation. Of course, all we have to go by at this point are the teasers, trailers, and other promos, which are likely appealing to fans of Full House because that is an established audience. Whether Fuller House will prove to stand on its own remains to be seen, but the promotional material may not be the best indication of whether it will.
Fuller House will premiere on Netflix on February 26th, 2016.