Netflix has earned somewhat of a reputation in recent years for rescuing beloved television series from cancellation - either by continuing established shows or reviving the programs in other ways. Netflix helped extend Arrested Development for a fourth season, allowed Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino to wrap up the series with her famed final four words, and brought back Full House's Tanner family for a sequel series called Fuller House.
Full House ran for eight seasons in the late '80s, early '90s following Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) as he raised his three daughters with the help of his brother in law Jesse (John Stamos) and best friend Joey (Dave Coulier). Fuller House featured a similar premise, with Danny's eldest daughter D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure) raising her three sons with the help of her younger sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) - who has a daughter of her own, Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas), with ex-husband Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace). Now, the Tanner-Fuller-Gibbler clan will return for even more adventures in Fuller House.
Netflix announced on Twitter that Fuller House will return for a third season sometime in 2017. The first season of the series debuted on the streaming service in February 2016, with season 2 arriving earlier this month. An official premiere date for season 3 has yet to be confirmed. Take a look at Netflix's annoucement video:
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 25, 2016
The Fuller House renewal arrives shortly after season 2 premiered on Netflix, similar to the second season order arriving less than a week following the series premiere. Considering the amount of attention garnered by Fuller House when it initially debuted - earning praise from fans, though unenthusiastic reviews from critics - it seemed likely such a high profile series would continue on for a number of seasons. Additionally, the sitcom premise of the series allows it to continue indefinitely, unlike Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which was originally intended to be a one-off miniseries.
However, Fuller House's season 3 renewal is a somewhat longer timeframe between the premiere of a season and annoucement of another season order. Although Netflix has infamously chosen not to reveal ratings data publicly, Variety recently reported viewership of the Full House sequel series dropped 67 percent between the show's debut season to its sophomore outing per Symphony Advanced Media. It should be noted, though, that Netflix executives have previously stated Symphony's ratings are inaccurate.
Still, it seemed season 2 of Fuller House debuted to less fanfare than season 1, begging the question of whether as many viewers tuned in for the show's second outing. That said, though, Netflix bases its renewals on data atypical to broadcast television networks, so viewership numbers may not factor as heavily into their decision. No matter the ratings, with the annoucement of Fuller House season 3, fans that have been enjoying the Full House sequel series will get the chance to see even more Tanner-Fuller-Gibbler antics.
Fuller House seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix.