The end of a ‘full’ era

The ‘Full House’ spinoff series comes to an end

Jessica Simms, Managing Editor

Group hugs, funny catchphrases and heartwarming plotlines are some of what separated “Full House” and its spinoff series, “Fuller House,” from other television shows. After decades of sharing the life of the Tanner-Fuller family with the world, “Fuller House” just aired the remainder of its last season on Netflix on June 2.

The original sitcom, “Full House,” aired on ABC for eight seasons from 1987 to 1995. The series followed the life of Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), a widowed father, as he raised his three daughters. His goofy best friend Joey Gladstone (David Coulier) and brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) came to the rescue to help Danny raise the three girls.

After decades of familiar characters, ‘Fuller House’ on Netflix has come to an end. (From Twitter)

Fast forward about 30 years, “Fuller House,” which premiered in 2016, followed a similar plotline. DJ Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), the eldest Tanner daughter, became a widow and moved into her childhood home to raise her three sons. Soon enough, the middle Tanner daughter, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and DJ’s childhood best friend, Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), move in and to help DJ raise the three boys.

After five seasons, “Fuller House” has come to an end. Even though the conclusion of the series brought some closure to fans about the love life and future of DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy, some cast members were not happy to see the series come to an end.

“It shouldn’t be ending. I don’t know why it’s ending,” Bure said to Access in October 2019. “It’s beloved by millions and millions of people. And I think there’s so many more stories that we could tell.”

Other “Fuller House” stars were sad, but grateful for the devoted fans that have supported and loved the show.

“I hope each one of you reading this right now knows how much we love you, how much we appreciate you and just how eternally grateful we are for your support over the last five (or 32) years,” Barber wrote on Instagram. “You are forever part of our Fuller family.”

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While being a show with a different plot from the original series and having a cast of new characters, “Fuller House” incorporated some of what made fans fall in love with “Full House,” including adding in cameos of some of the biggest stars. Of course Danny, Joey and Jesse make frequent appearances throughout the five seasons, but other beloved “Full House” characters pop in and out to add a sense of nostalgia to the spinoff series. Many original “Full House” characters came for the final episode of the series.

The producers and writers of “Fuller House” had a long list of characters they wanted to try to bring back for the finale, and it was easy to get most people involved, according to Bure.

Gail Edwards came back as Danny’s ex-fiancee, Vicky, David Lipper appeared as DJ’s ex, Viper and Scott Menville, who originally played Kimmy’s ex-boyfriend, Duane, even was able to say a quick line during one of the final scenes.

“We wanted to bring back everyone who was willing to come back,” Bure said to Insider.

The youngest Tanner daughter, Michelle, who was played by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, never made an appearance during the spinoff series. The Olsen twins never seemed to want to come back, even after being invited multiple times. The twins, however, were never asked to come back for the final season.

“No. We didn’t try (to invite the Olsen twins), said Bure to Insider. “It was made very clear to us early on that they did not want to be a part of the show, so that ended.”

However, Uncle Jesse’s wife, Becky (Lori Loughlin), made multiple appearances in the show before Loughlin was arrested and charged for paying bribes to guarantee her daughters’ admittance to the University of Southern California.

Because of the arrest, Loughlin was fired from “Fuller House” in 2019, which meant that the writers had to come up with an excuse as to what happened to Becky for the remainder of the series. This ended up being that Becky went to Nebraska to help out her mother.

Sometimes good things have to come to an end and I believe “Fuller House” concluded when it needed to. ”

— Jessica Simms

Even though some past characters did not make an appearance in this heartwarming finale, the “Fuller House” actors felt as if the final episode gave themselves and their fans an appropriate goodbye.

“We were all excited for this closure and to really do this last episode and do it with such love but I think at the same time, we were also dreading that last scene because we all knew just the emotion that would be there,” Sweetin said to Digital Spy.

As an avid “Full House” fan, I believe the show concluded in the way I have always imagined — it was heartwarming. While appearances by some of my favorite characters, including Michelle, would have added more to the finale, I felt as if “Fuller House” ended at an appropriate time. Sometimes good things have to come to an end and I believe “Fuller House” concluded when it needed to.