The upcoming fourth season of Netflix's Fuller House may be its last, effectively cutting short the television return of the Tanner family. This potentially short-lived revival was based on the beloved sitcom, Full House, which aired on ABC from 1987 to 1995, but was then brought back in 2014. At the time, Netflix penned a deal for a 13-episode series in order to reprise the '90s sitcom.
This new iteration focused on the younger generation of the Tanner family, along with their pesky next-door neighbor, Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). Sisters D.J. Fuller (Candace Cameron) and Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweeten) reunited in their childhood home to raise D.J.'s three sons after the tragic loss of her husband, a firefighter killed in the line of duty, though neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley Olsen chose to reprise their shared role of youngest sister, Michelle Tanner. The series swapped the initial setup of the original show, with three women raising three boys instead of three men raising three girls, and though the revival managed to find an audience early on, its upcoming fourth season may be its last.
TV Line reported that Fuller House may be coming to an end after four seasons, though its cancellation has yet to be confirmed by Netflix. In fact, TV Line essentially redacted their own statement in the following lines of the article with comments from a Netflix spokesperson stating, "No decision has been made about the future of Fuller House; we’re looking forward to the premiere of Season 4 later this year." However, it's rather standard operating procedure for studios to deny any and all rumors and reports regarding their properties.
This past February, Fuller House showrunner Jeff Franklin was fired from the show following complaints of vulgar behavior and language within the writer's room, as well as reportedly offering roles to women with whom he was romantically involved. However, it's unclear whether or not his removal from the series has any correlation to the show's reported cancellation.
Though Fuller House has been accused of relying too heavily on self-referential comedy, breaking the fourth wall, and overabundant cameos, the sequel quickly became one of Netflix's longer lasting series. Racking up four seasons in quick succession, Fuller House showed potential to go on as long as its predecessor (which is still possible). That said, if season four does mark the end of Fuller House, there is still plenty of time for Mary-Kate and Ashley to finally make their long-awaited return.
Fuller House season 4 will be available for streaming on Netflix in 2019.
Source: TV Line