Will Netflix’s ‘Full House’ Remake Measure Up?

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The rumors of a Netflix revival of the beloved sitcom Full House have been confirmed by both the streaming service and one of the show’s original stars. John Stamos spoke about the upcoming Netflix revival of the show, which will be titled Fuller House, in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Netflix later released a statement confirming the news. It looks like Full House will be getting the Arrested Development treatment as Netflix revives another much-loved TV show that has been cancelled.

TVLine reported that Full House would be getting a revival on Netflix earlier this month, but at the time the streaming service dismissed the news as a rumor. Now Netflix has confirmed that the show is returning for 13 episodes in 2016. Fuller House will follow Candace Cameron-Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who is now a pregnant and recently widowed veterinarian. D.J.’s younger sister, the aspiring musician Stephanie, moves in, along with D.J.’s childhood best friend Kimmy Gibbler and Gibbler’s own teenage daughter, to help with D.J.’s two sons and the baby on the way.

Cameron-Bure, Jodi Sweetin, and Andrea Barber will star, while Stamos is executive producing and will make guest appearances as his character Uncle Jesse. Netflix said in a press release that discussions regarding appearances from the original show’s other stars — including Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — “are ongoing.”

Full House aired from 1987 to 1995 and followed the struggles of Saget’s character, Danny Tanner, as he raised his large family in the wake of his wife’s death. The Olsen twins famously got their start here taking turns playing the child Michelle. “It’s a labor of love,” Stamos said of the revival to Jimmy Kimmel. “We’ve been literally trying for so many years to do it right, and I think we’ve finally got it perfect.”

The chances for success here are greater than with a traditional network, as Netflix affords more creative freedom away from the ball and chain of ratings. The show’s creators will be able to gear the show toward Full House’s biggest fans and capitalize on lots of ’90s nostalgia without having to worry about appealing to the biggest common denominator, like network TV shows do.

Arrested Development’s revival for its fourth season seven years after the show was cancelled was quite successful for the series, and working on Netflix allowed the show’s creators to take a lot of creative risks that a traditional network probably wouldn’t have gone for. The fourth season used some unusual narrative techniques and earned warm reviews from critics with a 72 Metascore.

It also pleased fans of the show’s unusual humor and hilarious ensemble cast who were disappointed in the show’s cancellation after three seasons on Fox. It was recently announced that the show will be getting a fifth season on Netflix, though the release date is not yet known.

Fuller House could have similar success on the streaming platform. Much of that will likely depend on how many members of the original cast the show can entice to come back for as many episodes as possible, as the chemistry between the family members is what fans of the original loved.

Fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up about the Olsen twins, as the pair are now fashion magnates more than actors anymore, but their cast mates could entice them to make a return appearance. “If we can’t get the Olsen twins, we’re going to dress you up,” Stamos joked to Kimmel.

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