A couple months ago, the highly-anticipated revival of Full House, “Fuller House,” was released on Netflix. A whole generation of Full House watchers dived right into the new show, ready to indulge in some nostalgia, hoping for some new, corny laughs. As a Full House lover myself, I am all for the nostalgia – John Stamos not aging is a whole other conversation – but if you’re looking for anything else vital to a TV show, like decent acting, look elsewhere. The cast may have aged well, but the show definitely did not.
It is honestly a wonder to many for why the show lived up so poorly to such high expectations; the entire cast returned (aside from the Olsen twins) and more. Surprisingly, I believe that we, the viewers, are more at blame than the sad execution of Fuller House. As more and more revivals are coming into production, we should really be asking if nostalgia is stumping the development of good television. Fuller House is not even the first of this modern group of TV remakes. Arrested Development was also picked up and revived by Netflix, Gilmore Girls is currently being produced for the streaming site, and other shows such as The X-Files and Twin Peaks are set to return for revivals within the next year. Do these shows really leave that much unfinished business? Or is our need for nostalgia arresting the development of contemporary film and television?
With the high expectations we hold for our favorite TV show comebacks, it makes sense to find ourselves in disappointment. But I think it’s less about the shows and more about the memories we share with them. We yearn for the time when Full House aired on Friday nights and our whole family would get together and “awwww” at the sappy but happy endings. The time when you couldn’t DVR X-Files; you had to watch it when it aired or you’d go without David Duchovny for another week. But that’s a void that can’t be filled with unnecessary revivals and bad remakes. It’s an emptiness that can only be fixed with a new show to binge watch on Netflix.