Was ‘Fuller House’ Canceled? Why the Show Will End After Season 5
Get ready to say goodbye to the Tanner family. Netflix is pulling the plug on Fuller House. The streaming service revealed Thursday that the show, a reboot of the popular sitcom Full House, will end after Season 5.
“We’re saving the best for last,” star Candace Cameron Bure says in the farewell announcement video from Netflix.
Why is Fuller House ending?
Netflix didn’t give a reason for why it’s decided to cancel Fuller House. The show has been one of its most-watched originals, according to Variety. But there has been some trouble behind the scenes. Showrunner Jeff Franklin was fired in May 2018 after complaints about his “verbally abusive” behavior on set. Last fall, there were rumors the series wouldn’t make it past Season 4.
While Netflix appeared to be on the fence about renewing Fuller House, Cameron Bure said she had no desire to quit playing DJ Tanner.
“Oh my goodness, I would play DJ Tanner for the rest of my life,” the actress told E! News. “If the audience wanted it and the networks wanted it, I would do it forever. I love her. I love our Fuller House family, and we really are family off screen. The more I get to be with them every day, whether it’s working or just in everyday life friendship. It’s just incredible, so keep watching! Give us a season five!”
Fans are disappointed
On social media, Fuller House fans were happy that the show would return for a fifth season, but also disappointed that Netflix had decided to cancel the show.
Some hoped that it might find a new home on another network.
One fan wondered why Netflix was willing to pay millions for old episodes of Friends but wasn’t up for supporting Fuller House.
When will Season 5 air?
Netflix hasn’t announced a specific premiere date for Season 5 of Fuller House. So far, we just know the last season will be available sometime in the fall of 2019. Season 4 of the show, which stars Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber in addition to Cameron Bure, dropped on Netflix on December 14.
How popular was Fuller House?
Netflix is notoriously cagey about releasing viewership numbers. However, Nielsen estimated that the Season 3 premiere of Fuller House brought in roughly 4.6 million U.S. viewers. The show was also a big success internationally, Forbes reported.
While Fuller House was popular, especially in its early seasons, it faced stiff competition from other programs on the streaming service. When Recode revealed a list of the 20 most-viewed shows on Netflix in December, Fuller House didn’t make the list. The list, which includes both Netflix originals and licensed content, was dominated by shows like The Office, Friends, and Parks and Recreation. Originals like BoJack Horseman, Orange Is the New Black, and 13 Reasons Why were also popular
The original Full House ran for eight seasons between 1987 and 1995, on ABC. The show was part of the network’s TGIF programming block that also included shows like Step by Step, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and Boy Meets World. All eight seasons of Full House are streaming on Hulu.
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