The new trailer takes a turn from the relentlessly sentimental look at the new show revealed in the previous trailer — in which Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me pulled at viewer heartstrings to softly faded shots of the familiar Tanner house — to show the family piled together in the living room, engaged in the frantic activities of a, well, full house.
We don’t get a lot of insight, but we do get a very familiar vibe of the original series. A campy, multicamera sitcom, Full House seems the last thing that one would want to emulate to create a hit series in today’s world of single-camera meta comedy. But nostalgia, it seems, cannot be underestimated. And the 20- and 30-somethings that grew up with the Tanners in the original series seem almost transfixed by this new take on the staple of early ’90s family comedy. (Just imagine the response if Steve Urkel made his way back to the small screen.)
For those who haven’t been following the storyline, Fuller House jumps right back into the Tanner family’s lives in real time, decades after the original series went off the air. DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), the daughter of patriarch Danny Tanner, has a family of her own now, but her husband was recently killed in a car accident and she needs some help.
As such, she travels back home to get support from the whole fam, prompting most of the original characters to come back to the San Francisco home, including Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), DJ’s best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), as well as other staples of the original series who will guest star in Fuller House, including Danny Tanner (Bob Sagat), Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier), and John Stamos as Uncle Jesse (who is also producing the series). Notably, actors-turned-fashion-titans Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be returning to play little sister Michelle.
It’s unclear how regularly these guest stars will be appearing on the new show, who’s staying for how long, or just how the show can keep up the hype based on nostalgia alone. Will this really be the kind of series that the cynical viewers of today — who have been through multiple comedic evolutions since the golden days of ’90s multicamera camp humor — can sink their teeth into?
It’s hard to say. But what is clear is that Netflix had a plan when the company went back to the Full House well with Stamos and Co. When the series premieres on February 26, it should be extremely interesting to find out exactly what we’re in store for here. And while it’s hard to say exactly what mix of nostalgia, bewilderment, and sheer curiosity will bring us to the series, at least for the first episode, we’ll be watching.
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