Disclaimer: This post has some spoilers from the show. So, if you plan on watching it, you may want to skip this blog post, until after you have watched the full first season. (That is, if you plan on watching it. If not, then carry on. :))
As a child growing up watching the Full House series and having memorized the theme song word-for-word, I was more than thrilled when I learned that the show was back, with the full cast (except for Michelle’s character, played by the lovely Olsen twins).
I was about eight or nine years old when I first got introduced to the show, back when I lived in Saudi Arabia. The show would usually come on in the early evenings, right after I’d taken my afternoon nap and completed (or at times partially completed) my homework. However, it wasn’t until I was 11 or 12 years old when I really got into the show, ensuring that I didn’t miss a single episode. As a matter of fact, I was so obsessed with the show that I literally cried tears of joy when I found out that a book series had started on the show. Those of my fellow diehard fans know clearly well about the series of books, which were pretty much based on each of the individual characters on the show. My favourite character was Stephanie Tanner (simply because I felt like I could relate to her the most since we were both pretty close in age), so I practically owned almost all of the books based on that character. They were some good stuff, I tell ya. Here’s what they looked like, for those who read them as a kid as well. Ah, sweet, sweet nostalgia, eh? 🙂
Anyway, being so busy with the kids, school, and just life in general, I had no idea that a reboot of the show was in the works, and had already started airing (it started on February 26th, 2016, for those who are interested to know). As a matter of fact, I found out about Fuller House when I saw a friend share a status on her Facebook page — you know those statuses where you have the option to show everyone on your friend’s list what you are watching at that very moment. So, yes, this friend was “watching” Fuller House, and I was lying in bed at the time, having just put both my babies to sleep, only to jerk right out of bed, make a beeline towards my laptop and Google ways I could watch the show. I was so thrilled I could barely contain myself. I was desperate to find out what new and creative ways the show might have changed since I last watched it almost two decades ago. Mind you, most of the main characters in the show, at the time, were little kids — babies, pretty much. And they grew up in the show as the years progressed. However, in the reboot, the theme of the show hasn’t changed much, except this time all the characters are grown up — more specifically, grown successful women with not only great careers but also kids of their own!
Of course, it would make sense to focus Fuller House on what would be the second generation of kids, but here’s the twist; instead of a single (newly widowed) dad taking care of three little girls on his own, with the help of his brother-in-law and best friend, the new show is focused on Deejay as the newly widowed single mom, who has to take care of three little boys, of which one is just an infant. At first, I thought the twist was a little tired and uncreative. I mean it’s basically history repeating itself. What are the odds that Deejay would grow up, have three boys and then suddenly lose her husband — similar to her father’s situation just a mere two decades ago? The answer: very unlikely! But, as I watched more episodes, up till the last episode, I absolutely LOVED it. Well, to say I loved it would be an understatement, but my readers know what I mean. I’d marry the show if I could!
So, what’s so great about it? One word (okay, maybe two): The women. And boy are they depicted as being super duper awesome! Actually, come to think of it, Full House has always been about challenging gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality. This is the one thing that I’ve always loved about the show; the way it has always depicted both the women and men on the show, promoting equality between the sexes. For example, in Full House, three grown men take on the responsibility of taking care of three little girls. Although the role of caretakers for the girls is suddenly forced on them, and is not something that they wanted to do willingly, they end up being pretty fantastic at it; from cooking to cleaning to changing diapers, the men end up doing it all. And those who know me know how uber happy it makes me feel when men take care of babies, especially the diaper-changing bit. Yup, too much awesomeness right there! And let’s not forget the way the girls are raised too; they are constantly encouraged to pursue their dreams and told they are beautiful, no matter what others think or say. Aunt Becky — the super beautiful and ambitious woman — that Uncle Jessie marries also serves as the perfect role model for the girls. She’s both a mother to two little twin boys and a successful career woman. The way she balances both is nothing short of perfection.
As for Fuller House, like I mentioned earlier, the roles are reversed and this time we see three women — educated and pretty successful women, I may add — who suddenly take on the responsibility of taking care of three young boys, while at the same time, juggling careers and taking care of their own children. Similar to Danny Tanner’s situation in the first Full House show, Deejay Tanner has her younger sister, Stephanie, and her best friend, Kimmy, move in with her in order to take care of the boys. The only little difference is that Kimmy has a kid too — a daughter — who also moves in as well. And all three women are successful in their own special and unique ways. Deejay is a successful veterinarian, who later in the show ends up actually owning half of the clinic where she works, making her an actual business owner (Booyah!); Stephanie is an aspiring singer, and while she hasn’t really made it quite big yet, she gets great gigs from time to time, and most importantly of all, she is independent and knows exactly what she wants to do with her life; and then there’s perky, adorable Kimmy who runs her own business planning parties and events “Gibbler Style”!
Although I am very cautious about the term “feminist,” and some peeps are aware that I personally do not associate with the label for reasons that are lengthy enough to fill a whole book; yet, I decided to include the word in the title of my blog post, simply because when you Google the word “feminist,” this is the definition that pops up:
“Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.” — Source.
The key word here is women. And, by this definition (okay, yeah, we know there are billions of different definitions and types of feminism out there, which is one of the reasons why I’ve shrugged off the label), Fuller House definitely has its awesomely feminist-y moments. All three women on the show are beautifully empowered, fiercely independent, and don’t need to rely on a man to make them feel “whole” or “complete.” (Not to say that men are horrible and that we women are better off without them, because some men can be pretty awesome and empowering too. However, my argument is that women shouldn’t have to depend on a man, simply because she is perfectly capable of taking care of her own self, mentally, emotionally and financially.)
Although, Deejay starts dating again, and more than halfway into the first season, she actually dates two guys at once — one is the cute vet she works with, who also happens to be her boss’s son, and the second guy is her old flame from high school: Steve. Aww, remember Steve? He’s just as adorable now as he was gorgeous back when he was Deejay’s boyfriend in Full House.) I am not one to be an advocate or in support of people dating two guys (or girls, if you are a guy) at once, because for me monogamy is where it’s at, but it seems the two guys Deejay is dating know about each other and are actually okay with it. As a matter of fact, they seem to even hit it off and become drink buddies in the last episode, which I found pretty cute.
Stephanie is single too, and doesn’t care much about finding a guy and settling down. She does date from time to time, but she doesn’t make it her priority. Though one thing we do find out about her, half way into the series, is that she can’t have kids. Although sad and devastating, I felt that it would have been better if the writers of the show made it so that she not having any children was by choice, and not because she couldn’t have them. I feel it would have given her character more hegemony, and even made her the perfect millennial — who are amazing, talented, educated and super successful women who don’t make marriage and kids their priority or goal. But, regardless, I cried when I watched that scene. No doubt the most heart-breaking scene in the series. </3
Then there is Kimmy and her on and off relationship with her ridiculously good looking (and uber hilarious) latino ex-husband, Fernando. In the last episode she even comes pretty close to marrying him again, only to back off from it last minute and give it some more thought and time. (Here’s hoping she never re-marries him; once a dog always a dog!)
Fuller House has proved to be a pretty awesome show. It’s not only about the importance of love, family, and relationships, but it’s also about women who support and stand by each other, through thick and thin. This is perfectly depicted in the second or third episode, where the three women go to a club for a night out. And while Stephanie is dancing with a guy she clearly finds very attractive, she ends up ditching him to save Kimmy from her annoying and highly competitive ex-husband, Fernando, who also shows up unexpectedly at the club with his “girlfriend.” And, mind you, Stephanie doesn’t even like Kimmy all that much, so she going to her aid goes to show just how important women supporting other women could be.
Okay, so looks like I’ve given ya’ll quite an extensive summary of the show. I could add a bit more, but I wouldn’t want this blogpost to get any longer than it already has, so I’ll end it with this: Girl power FTW, and I absolutely, simply cannot wait for Season 2!