Table of Contents
- Was ‘Fuller House’ Canceled? Why the Show Will End After Season 5
- Why is Fuller House ending?
- Fans are disappointed
- When will Season 5 air?
- How popular was Fuller House?
- How to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies Online
- How to Watch Older Hallmark Christmas Movies
- Rent Your Hallmark Christmas Favorites on Amazon Prime
- Fuller House season 2 binge recap and study guide
- John Stamos Wants Another ‘Full House’ Spin-off (& He Already Knows What It Would Look Like)
- Candace Cameron Bure Says Goodbye to ‘Fuller House,’ But Hints There Could Be More to Come
- She says she feels ‘sick to my stomach’ about the end of ‘Fuller House’
- Is this really the end of ‘Fuller House’?
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.
Noooo. Season 4 was so good, though. Why’s @netflix cancelling all the shows I watch?
— Mitchellaneous (@Mama_Mitchell) January 31, 2019
@netflix Thank you for giving another season to #FullerHouse but WHY end now? It’s too good to end now. @candacecbure @LoriLoughlin @JohnStamos @JodieSweetin
— Elena Ladd Han (@ElenaLaddHan) January 31, 2019
Some hoped that it might find a new home on another network.
@JohnStamos Please pitch #FullerHouse to other networks! Fuller House deserves more than 5 short seasons!
— DJ Andy Drew (@drewhigdon) January 31, 2019
Please pitch it to @HallmarkChannel, @DisneyChannel @Nickelodeon, @UPtv @MeTV @CMT @iontv @FreeformTV @tvland @TheCW @nbc @ABCNetwork @CBS @wgnamerica or just start a whole new network with Fuller House being its first hit series. @fullerhouse
— DJ Andy Drew (@drewhigdon) January 31, 2019
One fan wondered why Netflix was willing to pay millions for old episodes of Friends but wasn’t up for supporting Fuller House.
If you can keep Friends on Netflix for $100M, you can afford to keep making Fuller House episodes!
— Amanda Nicole (@MANDArin0range_) January 31, 2019
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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John Stamos is hoping to play Uncle Jesse for many years to come, as he’s pitching an idea for a “Full House” prequel, according to E!.
The 55-year-old rose to fame starring as Jesse Katsopolis for eight seasons on the ABC series, before reprising the role on the Netflix reboot “Fuller House” in 2016.
But with “Fuller House” set to end its run with the upcoming fifth and final season, Stamos is hoping to keep the franchise going.
“I don’t think it’s done,” he told the news outlet. “I think there’s a play that we go backward, like what happened before?”
Stamos wants to show viewers what Jesse was like before he came to live with his brother-in-law Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) – and Danny’s best friend Joey (David Coulier) – to help raise his three nieces D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen).
“If you remember in the pilot of the show, my sister Pam dies, and that’s why it’s the three men raising the three girls, so I’d like to explore that,” Stamos added. “The brother/sister, maybe go back. We’ll see.”
Stamos didn’t give any more details as to the premise, but it would have to take place in the early ‘80s and would most likely not include his TV wife Lori Loughlin, as her character doesn’t meet Jesse until season two of the original series.
Loughlin also won’t appear in the final season of “Fuller House” as Netflix terminated her recurring role on the show in the wake of her involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal.
Although Stamos has yet to film any scenes for the final season of “Fuller House,” he recently broke his silence about Loughlin’s future with the series.
“I haven’t been on the show yet, and it hasn’t come up, so I’m going to talk to some people about it this week and see what’s going on,” he said to People. “I’m just going to wait a little longer before I talk about it.”
The final season of “Fuller House” will stream on Netflix at the end of the year.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas” are finally here, giving us 40 (!) brand-new movies from now through December a.k.a. the greatest gift of all.
Anyone with cable can easily tune in to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries every Thursday and Friday night at 9 .m. and Hallmark Channel every Saturday and Sunday night at 8 p.m. to see Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, and other “Queens of (Hallmark) Christmas” on the silver screen. As for everyone else? You’ll have to get creative to watch this year’s Hallmark Christmas movies without cable.
Since we know that you don’t want to miss out on what these movies have to offer — romance, winter magic, and Kellie Pickler’s rendition of classic carols — we’ve outlined the best ways to watch and stream ’em, so you can get in the festive spirit, stat.
How to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies Online
Good news: Even if you pulled the cable plug, you can still watch the all-new holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries from now through December. There are a number of streaming services that let you watch live TV and recordings anytime, anywhere at a fraction of the price.
All of these no-commitment streaming services are made with Hallmarkies in mind:
- Sling TV: For $15 a month, choose between the Sling Orange Service for 30 channels, and Sling Blue Service for 45 channels, or opt for a combination of the two for $15 a month. Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama aren’t a part of the regular package, which means you’ll have to pay an additional $5 a month for unlimited access. FYI, you’ll get Lifetime Movies and Oxygen, too!
- Philo: At a flat rate of $20 a month, get 58 channels including all three Hallmark channels, HGTV, and Lifetime. Just in time for “Countdown to Christmas,” test it out with a free seven-day trial.
- fuboTV: The standard package – 71 channels, 30 hours of DVR space, and screen sharing capabilities — starts at $54.99. Before you make the splurge, get a one-week free trial.
- Frndly TV: For a cheaper alternative, get 12 of cable’s top channels — All three Hallmark channels included — for just $5.99 a month. Sign on for a free seven-day trial and connect it with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast.
- Hallmark Channel Everywhere: Okay, Hallmark’s free streaming service typically requires a cable log-in, but during the holidays they unlock a few Christmas movies, so you can watch ’em without signing in. And if you’re still sticking with cable (or know someone who has it), you can use this service to stream live programming on your phone, tablet, or other compatible device.
A Christmas Love Story airs Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Brian Douglas
How to Watch Older Hallmark Christmas Movies
Since Hallmark movies aren’t on Netflix or Hulu (yet?), your options are pretty slim. Some of the Hallmark Christmas classics like Candace Cameron Bure’s A Christmas Detour and Danica McKeller’s Crown for Christmas are available to rent or buy on Amazon, you can get more bang for your buck with Hallmark Movies Now. Starting in November, Hallmark’s very own streaming platform will release popular movies like Engaging Father Christmas, Christmas Camp, and The Spruces & The Pines during their “Movies & Mistletoe” event. So, cancel your plans, get a 7-day free trial, and then pay a $5.99 monthly subscription to relive all of your Hallmark favorites during the holidays and beyond.
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Fuller House season 2 binge recap and study guide
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Netflix’s Fuller House is back with season 2 — and we recapped each episode. Read on for the best (and worst!) parts, the funniest lines, and each half-hour’s nostalgia score. (And need a refresher on the first season? Check it out here.)
EPISODE 1: “Welcome Back”
What happens: After spending her summer without any romantic distractions, DJ is ready to choose between Matt, the cute co-worker, and Steve, the high school sweetheart. The problem? While DJ was focusing on herself, Matt and Steve focused on getting new girlfriends. Stephanie’s having a bit more luck in the love department: Kimmy’s brother, Jimmy (who is basically an extra goofy version of Ashton Kutcher), finds her in the backyard singing a song and the two are soon making out. It looks like the house is about to get fuller — also because Fernando got evicted after forgetting to pay rent and is now trying to crash there, too.
The best part: Jimmy pretends to be DJ’s boyfriend so she can fit in with the other couples at her annual barbecue, but… they aren’t very convincing. Out of nowhere, he flatly says, “DJ and I love to scuba” and then calls her “big mama” in response to her calling him “big guy.” In other words, Stephanie does not have to worry about DJ stealing her new man.
The worst part: Every time they break out the Gibbler Gallop. We get it: The Gibblers are quirky. Now please make them stop dancing.
The best lines: “That’s so shellfish of him!” —Jimmy after finding out his uncle Andy still has a shrimp allergy
Nostalgia score: 4/10. Some catchphrases make their way in — Stephanie utters a “How rude!” a few minutes in, and DJ later lets out an “Oh, Mylanta!” — and there are plenty of references to Steve’s relationship with the Tanners’ fridge, but otherwise, it’s relatively tame on the nostalgia front.
Episode grade: B
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EPISODE 2: “Mom Interference”
What happens: Matt’s super-healthy, super-young new girlfriend, Crystal, feels bad that DJ is all alone — so she sets her up on a date… with her grandpa, played by Alan Thicke (who lovers of ‘80s family sitcoms will remember as Dr. Seaver on Growing Pains, Full House’s network sibling). The age difference is a bit of a turnoff, as is his habit of starting with “Mike here” each time he speaks. And anyway, DJ has bigger things to worry about: Jackson wants to start playing football to impress Lola, but his mom is worried that he’s going to hurt himself. This starts a little war between the two that ends with an aww-worthy resolution. Oh, and Tommy gets a haircut.
The best part: Each time Mike speaks. (Stephanie, who spends all of game night cracking up at the ridiculousness of the setup, would agree.)
The worst part: Stephanie refers to sex as a Happy Meal.
The best lines: Kimmy: “Max, you do know that bacon comes from pigs?” Max: “I don’t mean to embarrass you, but I believe you’re thinking of ham.”
Nostalgia score: 3/10. There’s talk of hugging it out — a Danny Tanner staple — and Thicke’s cameo is a fun throwback to ‘90s TV.
Episode grade: C
NEXT: Episodes 3 and 4
EPISODE 3: “Ramona’s Not-So-Epic First Kiss”
What happens: Ramona wants to get her first kiss over with, so she pecks Popko, Jackson’s friend, who she doesn’t like — until they lock lips. Her crush is cut short, though, when she finds out he’s dating someone else. Meanwhile, Stephanie and DJ decide to have a little Saturday fun and crash a wedding, where DJ meets a cute guy she immediately hits it off with. But her crush is also cut short, because it turns out this cute guy is gay. At least she got a new friend out of it?
The best part: At the wedding, Stephanie tells DJ to make up a fake name. So she does: “Sinead…” she stumbles. “O’Connor.”
The worst part: DJ’s attempt at an Irish accent.
The best lines: “Last week, there was this terrible screaming baby … Tommy, I should not have taken you to Captain America: Civil War.” —Fernando
Nostalgia score: 6/10. The episode ends with clips from Full House of Stephanie, DJ, and Kimmy’s first kisses.
Episode grade: C+
EPISODE 4: “Curse of Tanner Manor”
What happens: It’s Halloween in the Tanner house, but DJ is disappointed to learn that precocious neighborhood blogger Taylor has deemed their house the “lamest Halloween house in town.” To rehab her image, she decides to throw Max and his friends a big, spooky party. Unfortunately, the party is kind of lame, even with the help of Kimmy and Fernando, who try to bring some spunk to the fete in costume as Lucy and Ricky. Meanwhile, Jackson and Ramona, being the cool teenagers that they are, bail on the party in favor of a haunted house. This hurts DJ’s feelings, but Steph and Jimmy, who are working in the house as zombies, do their best to knock a little sense into the too-cool-to-admit-they’re-terrified pair.
The best part: Kimmy Gibbler makes a great Lucy Ricardo, and even the toughest cynic can probably admit they melted a little when Fernando serenaded her with the I Love Lucy theme song, just like Ricky does to Lucy in the episode “Lucy’s Last Birthday.”
The worst part: Ugh, can we never see Taylor again? Dude was annoying with a capital A. From barging into DJ’s house uninvited (it’s only okay when Kimmy does it!), to insulting every aspect of her party, someone needed to dismiss this kid with a classic, “How rude!”
The best line: “Let’s travel back to a terrifying time where TV was in black and white and there were only three channels.” –Fernando (dressed as Ricky Ricardo) tries to set the mood for his performance of “Babalu”
Nostalgia score: 2/10. “I can’t believe my son’s best friend is such a pain in the butt. Oh… now I know how my dad felt about you,” DJ says of Taylor in the beginning. That line provides the episode’s only dose of nostalgia. The rest is filled with multiple references to Uber, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and even vaping for goodness sake.
Episode grade: B-
NEXT: Episodes 5 and 6
EPISODE 5: Doggy Daddy
What happened: The Fuller house is even fuller than usual in this go-round: Ramona is preparing to audition for the famed dance coach Giuseppe Pignoli (guest star Bruno Tonioli), DJ has arranged a big play date for Tommy, and Max has added three chickens (aptly named Danny, Jesse, and Joey – chicken Becky flew out the car’s sunroof by accident) to the brood. Things go awry, however, when Cosmo accidentally swallows a corn on the cob and needs emergency surgery to remove it. Good thing DJ’s a vet, right? Stephanie’s lazy Sunday is interrupted as DJ leaves her in charge of the baby play date, and she and the boys take Cosmo to the clinic, where some unexpected sparks fly with Matt, who is already in a relationship.
The best part: This one’s a tie — there’s a warm and fuzzy brotherly love moment between Max and Jackson in the waiting room while Cosmo’s having surgery that gives us all the feels, but there’s ALSO a surprise steamy kiss between DJ and Matt, followed by Matt revealing his feelings for DJ. Ahhh!
The worst part: Kimmy and Fernando disrupting Ramon’s dance audition dressed in their finest DWTS garb was cringe-worthy. Leave your kid alone and let her do her thing!
The best line: “Wow, it is so nice to see things turn out so well for one of those child sitcom stars.” —Stephanie gets meta after finishing Ariana Grande’s book
Nostalgia score: 2/10. The few nostalgia points from this episode come from the fact that both Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin appeared on Dancing With the Stars and were judged by guest star Bruno Tonioli. But that’s about it.
EPISODE 6: Fuller Thanksgiving
What happened: The gang is reunited in full (no, these jokes will never end) for Thanksgiving, but of course, it wouldn’t be a Tanner/Fuller Thanksgiving without some bumps in the road: Danny’s having a mid-life (or is it two-thirds-life?) crisis, Jesse and Becky are fighting over whether or not they should adopt another baby, Joey’s four children are destructive demons, and for some reason someone invited Steve — who doesn’t seem to be quite over DJ — and his new girlfriend. Phew. DJ had the weekend calculated down to the minute and feels in over her head when nothing goes according to plan. But alas, in classic Full House fashion, the trials and tribulations are nothing a few heart-to-hearts can’t fix.
The best part: This episode’s plot wasn’t the strongest, but it didn’t matter — the sight of all those familiar faces sitting around the same table again was enough to make even casual Fuller House viewers thankful.
The worst part: Suuure Danny was supposed to be having some kind of near-death experience mid-life crisis thing. But hoverboards? Skinny dipping? Words like CRACK-A-LACKIN’?! No, thank you.
The best line: “Come on DJ, today is all about family. Don’t let our family ruin that.” —Stephanie
Nostalgia score: 11/10. Man, this one really sent the nostalgia meter off the charts. It featured every single family member (besides Michelle, but she did get a shout-out) together again, a few “cut it out”s courtesy of the whole Gladstone family, a father-daughter heart-to-heart, Jesse’s Elvis voice, and a “Have mercy” from Aunt Becky.
NEXT: Episodes 7 and 8
EPISODE 7: “Girl Talk”
What happened: They’re getting the band back together! If you recall, back in season 8 of Full House, Stephanie, Kimmy, and bad girl Gia (Marla Sokoloff) were in a little group called Girl Talk. Jesse was their coach, and they nailed their performance of “The Sign” until Steph knocked over a mic and ruined the whole thing. Now, they’re rebooting the band, which can only mean one thing… Gia’s back! Except now she’s a soccer mom! DJ still hasn’t forgiven her for being such a bad influence on Steph, and the two’s constant bickering causes tension for the band. Meanwhile, Fernando helps Max replant his garden after the chickens destroy it, and Ramona and Jackson deal with Jackson’s fedora-ed friend Popko, who creates and spreads a mean viral video of Ramona to the whole school.
The best part: Gia’s comeback was amazing, even if it did include her vaping (can we please stop with the vaping references in this show?). Some of the most memorable Full House episodes involved the resident bad girl, so her appearance was a fun throwback.
The worst part: Jackson’s friend Popko exacting his revenge on Ramona via viral video after she rejected him was harsh. He’s slimy and entitled ,and I hope Ramona kicks him to the curb for good.
The best line: “I’m not tech-savvy. I used to think Wi-Fi was a question!” —Jackson
Nostalgia score: 9/10. The episode references all of the classic Gia Full House episodes, like the one with the cigarettes, the infamous “makeout party,” and Steph’s first crop top. Stephanie also knocks over the microphone again like she did in the original Girl Talk episode. Also, Gia’s traded cigarettes for vapes because of course she has.
EPISODE 8: “A Tangled Web”
What happens: DJ goes to extreme lengths to help Max ace his school project and take home the “green ribbon” while Jackson and Ramona are thrilled to spend the night pet-sitting Lola’s dog, Spot — until they find out that Spot is actually a pet tarantula. Meanwhile, Stephanie and Jimmy suffer the consequences of being “that couple” when their music video for Stephanie’s new song isn’t as well-received as they hoped it would be.
The best part: After Stephanie’s music video tanks — we’re talking 41 views in 12 hours — Kimmy puts her skills to work and edits the entire video to clips of Tommy and Cosmo being adorable because nothing goes viral quite like the friendship between a dog and a toddler.
The worst part: Stephanie’s aforementioned music video.
The best line: “He loves being stroked on his fuzzy little thorax.” —Lola while giving Jackson and Ramona a few pet-sitting guidelines
Nostalgia score: 1/10. When giving his presentation, Max introduces his class to his free-range chickens: Jesse, Joey, Danny, and Becky. Other than that small reference, this episode was super chill on the nostalgia.
Episode grade: B+
NEXT: Episodes 9 and 10
EPISODE 9: “Glazed and Confused”
What happens: Stephanie, Kimmy, and Fernando head to Los Angeles for the day as Stephanie prepares to perform her song for the first time on Wake Up, USA. The day quickly turns sour when Fernando and the adoption agent that Jessie invited to the show convince Becky to give them a tour of the set of Police Mom. The gang makes an attempt to take a selfie from the jail cell on set when they (very predictably) get locked in, putting Stephanie’s performance in jeopardy and leaving Danny to host the show with Kimmy. Speaking of days going sour, Uncle Joey is summoned to the Fuller house — donuts in hand — to babysit the kids while DJ and Matt head to Napa Valley. But the couple ends up having to take a rain check on that vacay, as those donuts were the source of food poisoning for the entire house.
The best part: The adorable moment in which Matt takes a break from being the house nurse and snuggles with Tommy, Max, Jackson, and Cosmo.
The worst part: Kimmy being Kimmy.
The best line: “Never mind, I’m wearing it.” —Fernando when he realizes he forgot to pack his banana hammock
Nostalgia score: 7/10. The spark between Aunt Becky and Uncle Jessie is most definitely still alive while the time Kimmy spent being Danny’s co-host only proved that nothing about their love-hate relationship has changed. Also, Matt’s moment with Cosmo and the boys seems so similar to something that would’ve happened on the original show.
EPISODE 10: “New Kids in the House”
What happens: For DJ’s 39th birthday, Kimmy accidentally buys her a set of counterfeit tickets to a New Kids on the Block concert. To make it up to her, she and Stephanie finesse the band into making an appearance at the house right before the concert to privately wish DJ — who’s now doped up on pain medication after an emergency trip to the dentist — a happy birthday.
The best part: Steve upstages Matt in the gift-giving department when his pillow person turns out to be a way bigger hit than Matt’s his-and-hers tennis rackets. Noticing this, Steve pulls some strings and scores DJ and the girls three front row tickets to the real New Kids on the Block Concert and gives all the credit to Matt.
The worst part: Kimmy and Stephanie’s “meeting” with New Kids on the Block. Sneaking into a boy band’s limo in the middle of standstill traffic, hijacking it from the driver, and somehow still convincing said band to meet you at home later? These kinds of things just happen every day. (An honorable mention goes to the shameless plug for Donnie Wahlberg’s CBS drama, Blue Bloods.)
The best line: “We’ll be loving you forever.” —Jordan Knight as the band leaves the Fuller house
Nostalgia score: 4/10. This episode gets a four mainly because of the appearance of New Kids on the Block. But there was also one “How rude?” and a triple “Oh, Mylanta!”
NEXT: Episodes 11 and 12
EPISODE 11: “DJ and Kimmy’s High School Reunion”
What happens: DJ and Kimmy head to their high school reunion — and things don’t go so well for either of them. DJ runs into both of her high school exes, Nelson and Viper, but before she’s forced to spend too much time with them, Steve comes to the rescue and the pair dance to their song, “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” from their favorite movie, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This reminds DJ of how much she cared for Steve, but before she can bring up her new feelings, Steve tells her he’s going to ask CJ to marry him. When he asks if there’s any reason he shouldn’t, DJ says no. Elsewhere, Kimmy goes from one terrible accident to another. Back at home, Stephanie, Max, and Ramona try to cheer up Jackson because he doesn’t feel special.
The best part: Finding out “Whatever” Guy had gone to Harvard and went on to become a motivational speaker — and hearing him gush “whatever” at Kimmy’s kiss on the cheek.
The worst part: Kimmy’s dress ripping on the dance floor. Given the terrible night she was having and the fact that her dress had a long train, maybe she should have left her signature Gibbler dance moves at home.
The best line:
DJ: “It’s a high school reunion. Not a ‘90s theme party.”
Kimmy: “Our entire lives are a ‘90s theme party.”
Nostalgia score: 7/10. With a high school reunion episode, it’s hard not to tap into the nostalgia factor and Fuller House pulled out all the stops by bringing back Kimmy’s old prom dress, referencing Steve and DJ’s prom photo (that hair!) and, of course, bringing back DJ and Kimmy’s exes.
EPISODE 12: “Nutcrackers”
What happens: Love (of all kinds) is in the air. First, Stephanie can’t seem to tell Jimmy she loves him back until DJ makes her realize that her hesitation (and freak-outs) are about her commitment issues. Turns out, Stephanie doesn’t want to get hurt like she did when her mother died. So when Jimmy comes over the next morning, she tells him she loves him back. Meanwhile, Ramona doesn’t want to miss Lola’s Christmas party, so she skips the first act of her ballet to attend it. Predictably, she’s late getting back, and Kimmy takes her place as the Mouse King in the ballet. But when Kimmy injures a fellow dancer and makes everyone do the Gibbler Gallop, Ramona comes out as the Nutcracker and slays her… twice. Also, Max finds a girlfriend in CJ’s daughter Rose (who also happens to be a big Titanic fan).
The best part: Cosmo brings Jack the Rabbit a carrot.
The worst part: Two words: DJ rapping.
The best line:
Max: “Where have you been all my life?” ‘
Rose: “My mom’s house.”
Nostalgia score: 3/10. Is it really nostalgia if you do the Gibbler Gallop almost every episode?
Episode grade: C-
NEXT: Episode 13
EPISODE 13: “Happy New Year Baby”
What happens: Steve is having a hard time planning his proposal to CJ at DJ’s New Year’s Eve party, so he asks DJ to help. Later when they’re practicing, CJ walks in on them and gets mad, because she always suspected they had feelings for each other. However, DJ forces Steve to propose, but when he can’t, she gets down on one knee and pops the question instead… CJ says yes, just as Matt walks in. Even though they’re both with their respective partners, Steve and DJ glance at each other wistfully. Later, DJ admits to Stephanie and Kimmy that she’d planned to pick Steve, but that she’s genuinely happy with Matt now.
Meanwhile, Danny, Uncle Jesse, Aunt Becky, and Joey are also in town because Jesse and Becky are adopting a new baby, who they’re naming Pamela after the late Pamela Tanner. Elsewhere, Max gets really mad when Jackson dupes him into thinking that it’s midnight two hours early so that he doesn’t have to hang out with him. However, Danny, Jesse, and Joey are able to talk the kid out of his revenge plans and Max eventually forgives Jackson.
The best part: Stephanie and Becky’s talk about adoption.
The worst part: Mr. Woodchuck.
The best line: “There’s no way I’m wearing this! It’s way too big and bright and loud. And that’s coming from me.” – Kimmy does not approve of the Argentinian dress Fernando wants her to wear for a New Year’s Party.
Nostalgia score: 7/10. Having most of the Tanner household back together was pretty nice. Though is it really nostalgia if you’re actively trying to forget Mr. Woodchuck?
Famous from the age of six when she portrayed the original character of Carrie Brady (later portrayed by Christie Clark) on “Days of Our Lives,” Barber’s breakout role as D.J. Tanner’s pal “Kimmy Gibler” on ABC’s “Full House” made her a series favorite during the show’s eight-season run. When the show came to an end, Barber was ready for more of a normal life and began pursuing education, a passion that extended to helping others pursue theirs after she earned a master’s degree in Women’s Studies in York, England.
“I worked in International Education, helping American students find opportunities to study abroad,” Barber says. “I got married, had two kids, and became a stay-at-home mother for several years. I loved living a normal non-celebrity life.”
Not long after Barber’s youngest child was born, she began experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression which became crippling as the weeks went by. She couldn’t eat, she couldn’t sleep and says she was “pretty much unable to get of bed.” Her extremely concerned parents intervened on her behalf. She gives them credit for making that first phone call to ask her doctor for help.
“I called them in the middle of the night and said I can’t do this anymore, I don’t know how I’m going to get through the next minute, much less the next day,” she said.
Barber realizes how fortunate she was to have a great support system. Her parents had retired, and they insisted that Andrea, her husband and two children move into their home.
“They helped nurture me back to health and helped take care of my kids. I couldn’t be a mother to them because I was literally unable to function,” she said.
Over the last ten years, Barber says she has learned to manage her anxiety in a much healthier way, advocating therapy, medication and exercise.
“I’ve been in therapy for 10 years and I love, it’s so great,” she said. “I feel like everyone would benefit from it. Medication also helped – there’s no stigma about that with me – and running helped immensely. I discovered solace and therapy in my running.”
When Netflix gave the green light to “Fuller House” five years ago, most of the original cast expressed an interest in at least making guest appearances with Barber, Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure signing on as series regulars. Barber says the returning to the show she loved doing as a kid was a wonderful experience.
“We love the show, we love each other and we love these characters,” she said. “I love playing Kimmy Gibler so much and I just felt like there were more stories to tell. We’re sad that it’s over but we’re excited that fans are now getting to see the final season, and I can’t wait for them to see how we wrapped up the series when the final episodes become available on Netflix later this year.”
John Stamos Wants Another ‘Full House’ Spin-off (& He Already Knows What It Would Look Like)
Now that Fuller House is headed for its fifth (and final) season, John Stamos is already brainstorming ideas for another potential spin-off.
In a recent interview with E! News, the 55-year-old actor discussed the popular franchise and revealed that he’s interested in doing a Full House prequel. “I don’t think it’s done either,” he said. “I think there’s a play that we go backward. Like what happened before?”
Stamos went on to say that the answer lies in the very first episode of Full House, adding, “If you remember in the pilot of the show, my sister Pam dies, and that’s why it’s the three men raising the three girls.”
Although Pam’s death was never really addressed on the show, Stamos’s mindset is better late than never. “So, I’d like to explore that—the brother/sister, maybe go back,” he continued. “We’ll see.”
Of course, it’s important to note that it’s all a fabricated dream (at least for now). To top it off, there’s a good chance that Stamos wouldn’t play his now-famous role of Uncle Jesse, since his 20s are long behind him. Nevertheless, we’ve always wondered how the character’s iconic catchphrase—“Have mercy!”—came to be.
Full House originally premiered in 1987 on ABC and ran for eight successful seasons. In addition to Stamos, it starred Bob Saget (Danny), Dave Coulier (Joey), Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Michelle). The spin-off show, Fuller House, debuted on Netflix in 2016.
Your move, Netflix.
- Candace Cameron Bure told Access that she doesn’t believe Fuller House should be ending on Netflix after season 5.
- The Hallmark movie star also hinted to the outlet that there are “still so many more stories” that the Fuller House cast can tell and teased that they’ll maybe “be back.”
- Fuller House is coming back in late 2019, though an official date has yet to be set.
Ever since Netflix announced that Fuller House was coming to an end after season 5, fans have been dreading the thought of saying goodbye to the Tanners for good. But lo and behold all hope is not yet lost — Candace Cameron Bure recently hinted that the fifth season might not be the last chapter of the iconic family’s story, after all.
While speaking with Access at the Hallmark Channel premiere of her new movie A Christmas Love Story, the actress declared that the Full House spinoff “should not be ending.” She also implied that there may still be a shot at landing a season 6 or continuing the Fuller-Tanner story elsewhere beyond Netflix.
“It’s just beloved by millions and millions of people, and I think there are so many more stories that we could tell,” she explained. “So, we’re going to savor every moment that we have. I don’t know, maybe we’ll be back.”
In early June, about five months after Netflix announced that the show would be coming to a close, Candace told Entertainment Tonight that filming the final season of Fuller House was “emotionally really hard.” Several of the cast members — John Stamos, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin, Dave Coulier, and Bob Saget — have been together since the original comedy began airing in 1987.
“I’ve been a big crybaby the whole week, like every day,” Cameron revealed. “We’ve had such an amazing run on Fuller House and I work with my best friends every day, so knowing this our last season is quite bitter sweet.”
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So, why did Netflix decide to pull the plug on Fuller House? According to numbers Business Insider obtained from the analytics company Jumpshot, Fuller House viewership dropped by 52% from season one to season 2 in the first month of release. Though the drop was reportedly smaller between season 3 and 4 (only 10%), it may have not been enough to convince the streaming giant to continue with the series.
Netflix doesn’t regularly release viewership figures and didn’t respond to the outlet’s reported figures, so the real reason remains a mystery.
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Candace Cameron Bure Says Goodbye to ‘Fuller House,’ But Hints There Could Be More to Come
It’s time to shut the door on Fuller House. The Netflix reboot wrapped its fifth and final season on November 15, and cast member Candace Cameron Bure shared some emotional updates from the set. The 43-year-old actress took to Instagram to talk about how it feels now that the show is coming to an end.
She says she feels ‘sick to my stomach’ about the end of ‘Fuller House’
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Cameron Bure has spent a significant chunk of her career working on Full House and its spinoff Fuller House. From 1987 to 1995, she played DJ Tanner on the San Francisco-set sitcom. Since 2016, she’s played the same character on Fuller House. So when it came time to say goodbye to the character she’s spent more than a decade portraying, it was an emotional experience.
“I’m feeling happy and a little sick to my stomach,” the actress shared in her Instagram story on November 15.
“I’m not at tears yet, but I know I will be,” she added. “I have more butterflies, but so much gratitude.”
Later, the tears started to flow when she leafed through a scrapbook of memories from the show in her dressing room.
She also had an emotional reaction to co-star Andrea Barber’s Instagram post showing the Tanner family’s couch covered in plastic. “One more day,” Barber captioned the post.
“Kimmy, NO!!!!!!! Why you make me cry cry 😭?!!!!!” she responded, referring to Barber by her character’s first name.
Is this really the end of ‘Fuller House’?
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In February 2019, Netflix announced it was canceling Fuller House. Though the streaming service didn’t give an explanation for the decision, falling viewership may have been a reason.
While Netflix has pulled the plug on the Tanners, is there a possibility that the show could return? In an Instagram post from the last day of filming, Cameron Bure shared a photo of the cast sitting on the steps of the Tanner House with the caption “The door is always open…” That’s a reference to a commonly-said phrase on the show, but could it also mean that the door is open to future seasons? Never say never, Cameron Bure has said.
“It’s just beloved by millions and millions of people, and I think there are so many more stories that we could tell,” she told Access in an October 2019 interview. “So, we’re going to savor every moment that we have. I don’t know, maybe we’ll be back.”
In the past, the Hallmark channel actress has said she’d be happy to go on playing DJ Tanner for years.
“Oh my goodness, I would play DJ Tanner for the rest of my life,” she told E! News in 2018. “If the audience wanted it and the networks wanted it, I would do it forever. I love her.”
Netflix has not announced a specific release date for Fuller House Season 5 but says that it should arrive before the end of 2019.
Read more: When Will ‘Fuller House’ Season 5 Premiere On Netflix?
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