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Fuller House 411: “Our Very First Show, Again.”

Breaking down the best & worst of the premiere

 

Believe it or not, Full House aired on ABC, September 22nd, 1987.  It’s been 29 years since “Our Very First Show” introduced us to the unconventional family of Danny, DJ, Stephanie and Michelle Tanner, Danny’s brother-in-law, Jesse Katsopolis, and their best friend, Joey Gladstone. While critics were largely unkind, the show had a large fan following until its demise in 1995. It nearly got a 9th season on the CW, before John Stamos and Candace Cameron Bure nixed the switch. The show later found a new generation of fans with frequent airings on Nickelodeon (and all its iterations) from 2003 to the present. Now the much-anticipated revival, Fuller House, has premiered on Netflix with all thirteen episodes of season 1 ready for binging. The new show pulls a gender-switch with a widowed DJ Tanner needing the help of her sister, Steph, and bestie, Kimmy, in raising her three boys.

Knowing you can read countless, full-length reviews and recaps, we thought we’d do something a little different: a quick snapshot of each episode. We’ll give you the best and worst moments, track the throwbacks and keep you up-to-date on Fuller House news.

So…here is the 411 for S1E1 “Our Very First Show, Again.”

Who are they now?

DJ: Runs a pet clinic and is a widowed mother to 3 boys—Max, Jackson & Timmy.

Danny & Becky: Talk show co-hosts of the new, Wake Up, USA

Jesse: Music composer for General Hospital

Joey: Comic with his own Las Vegas show at the Venetian

Nicky & Alex: In their sixth year of college.

Kimmy: Event planner and single mother to daughter, Ramona.

Stephanie: Now goes by DJ Tanner, seeing as how she’s a deejay.

Steve: Food obsessed podiatrist who dog Comet Junior Junior just gave birth to another litter.

Best Moments

  • Carly Rae Jepsen’s update of the theme song.
  • DJ, Steph, Becky, Kimmy and daughter Ramona dance to New Kids on the Block’s “Right Stuff,” while the boys, Danny, Jesse, Joey, Max and Jackson prove they could never be a boy band.
  • When Stephanie and Kimmy tell DJ they’re moving in.
  • The split screen of Danny, Jesse, Joey, DJ and Steph singing the Flintstone theme song to the baby, just as they did in the premiere episode of Full House.
  • Special mention to Elias Harger. He completely steals the show as DJ’s middle son, Max.

Worst Moment

  • They really gloss over DJ’s past with her husband. All we know is she’s been widowed for a year and he died firefighting.

Throwbacks

  • Jesse’s love of Elvis
  • Joey’s Bullwinkle impression
  • “How rude”
  • “Have mercy”
  • Woodchuck
  • Danny’s clean fetish (inherited by grandson Max)
  • The Rippers
  • Steve’s love for food
  • Comet
  • Jesse’s song “Forever”
  • Danny’s bad rendition of “Wild Thing”
  • Fried chicken
  • “Cut it out”
  • Flintstone’s theme song.

Forgive us if we missed any, there were so many to catch!

Best Line

“Michelle sends her love, but she’s busy in NY running her fashion empire.” Replete with a killer, fourth-wall break!

Fun Fact

Fuller House was picked up for season 2! You can also see Jodie Sweetin in the 22nd season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

What was your impression of the premiere? Share your thoughts about episode 1 and hope for the series below.

Written by Terri Clark

Terri Clark is an award-winning young adult author, entertainment writer, TV addict and pop culture geek. She loves the access Twitter has given her to the people behind her favorite TV shows. TV isn’t just a static sport anymore. (Yes, sport! Watching as much as she does requires commitment, dedication and endurance.) She writes for Talk Nerdy With Us and Entertainment Weekly Community. You can find info on her YA books at TerriClarkBooks.com. Please follow her at terriclarkbooks on Facebook and Twitter.

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