Full House: Still charming in the 2020s

Full House aired from September 22, 1987, to May 23, 1995. The show spanned eight seasons and 192 episodes. It was created by Jeff Franklin and co-produced by Richard Correll and Bonnie Bogard Maier.

The show follows the life and times of the Tanner family. Recently widowed father of three daughters Danny Tanner, played by Bob Saget, takes on the help of his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis, played by John Stamos, and his best friend Joey Gladstone, played by Dave Coulier. Together, they try to raise DJ, Stephanie and Michelle in Danny’s San Francisco home.

Full House is quirky, and while the jokes might not translate quite the way they did when the sitcom first aired, they are still relevant and relatable. A fine example would be the first time Danny is gone to work at his sports anchor job and both Jesse and Joey are left to change Michelle’s soiled diaper. The pair resort to placing Michelle in a roasting pan with a roasting rack. They are both far out of their element, but they give viewers a good laugh.

Growing up, I watched a bit of Full House with my brothers, but it wasn’t until my first date with my wife that I really started to enjoy the old-school charm of the sitcom and its corny jokes. After going back and forth about what classic shows to watch, both my wife and I decided on Full House, as we had enjoyed Bob Saget’s personality during his time as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Growing up close to our own families, we enjoyed the Tanner family brigade.

It seems the show’s goal was to provide nostalgia to viewers along with laughs when the children make a situation seem much worse than it actually is. Because the kids are so loved, their parents, aunts and uncles will go above and beyond to solve “problems.” For my wife and I, the silly situations during each episode prevented the sitcom from ever being boring and stale.

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