Fuller House Season 5 Pt. 1

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t watched Fuller House at all, or haven’t caught up, this is your warning that this review will be filled with spoilers.

The Tanner children are all grown up and following the template that was laid out for them when they were little. DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) are living in one house raising kids together. The previous season ends with the birth of Stephanie and Jimmy’s (Adam Hagenbuch) child, with Kimmy acting as surrogate. Now, in the first part of the finale season, Stephanie is a new mother and with being a new mother comes a whole new set of responsibilities. Not to mention that Steve (Scott Weinger), Jimmy and Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) all go into a business venture together having bought out Uncle Monty’s sandwich shop.

In this season, we see a lot of familiar faces. We get Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), Uncle Jessie (John Stamos), Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier), as well as Matt (John Brotherton) and his WIFE Gia (Marla Sokoloff). As for the children, we see Ramona (Soni Bringas) and her new love interest Ethan (Noah Alexander Gerry), we get Jackson (Michael Campion) get back together with Rocki (Landry Bender) and Max (Elias Harger) being Max. They’ve all grown a lot since season 1, and while this first part of the season focused on the adults more, the children had their own interesting storylines.

Jackson, has shown a lot of maturity in this season so far, even helping Max understand that while Stephanie’s time isn’t as free, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t still love her nephews. He’s also growing up which means that he isn’t always comfortable talking to his mom about his feelings, so when DJ works to get closer to him, she accidentally becomes his video game partner in a competition and they bond while also respecting the new boundaries and having a better understanding of their constantly evolving relationship.

Times That the Show Got Very Meta

  • Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure’s brother, guest starred as himself, and the entire time he did, they made jokes about how he was Jason Bateman, with DJ even calling him so at one point. There was another moment where she says something along the lines of “I never understood what was the big deal about Kirk Cameron.”
  • Matt, when dealing with the influence of a tranquilizer, begins singing the theme song and when asked by DJ what he is singing, he says “I don’t know, but it makes me feel happy inside.”
  • Jackson, Ramona and Max are in the attic looking for a baby naming dress when they start rifling through all the different items up there. Max, goes on to explain what different things are and informing the others that the family had eight years of meticulously curated home videos, i.e the original show Full House.
  • In the final episode of this first part, Danny Tanner looks at Kimmy, DJ, and Stephanie and says “It feels so good to have three daughters again.” This isn’t the first time that the show has not-so-subtly addressed the absence of the youngest Tanner child; Michelle (Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen).

While these references can be seen as fodder, meant to be nothing more than fan service, I ask, what is wrong with that? It’s the shows final season and with no sight of a sequel happening, I just see it as the writers keeping the new story lines active, while also giving nods to the past and what led them to even being able to do this show in the first place. I enjoyed this season so far, having even shed a few tears when Steve finally proposed to DJ because c’mon, this has been a long time coming to finally see this couple get engaged, it was a lot to take in. Granted, I should have seen the proposal coming because there was no way that the last episode of this first part was going to be focused on Kimmy and Fernando getting engaged, AGAIN.

It’s a cute show, that while it misses the mark that Full House hit when it comes to showing various life lessons throughout the episodes, hits the mark of being sentimental and feel good. The final end of this season will come some time this year, and I am looking forward to it. Even if it seems like it will have a chaotic journey considering there is going to be a wedding for three couples involved.

Have you guys watched Fuller House? A better question being, have you guys watched the original Full House? What did you guys think of this installment so far? What is your opinion on fan service? Let me know down below!