Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. Set in San Francisco, California, the show chronicles widowed father Danny Tanner, who, after the death of his wife Pam, enlists his best friend Joey Gladstone and his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. It aired from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995, broadcasting 8 seasons and 192 episodes.

In August 2014, it was announced that plans were underway to reboot the series which would reunite most of the original cast.[1]

Plot summary Edit

After news reporter Danny Tanner's wife Pam is killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, he recruits his brother-in-law Jesse (an exterminator turned rock musician) and quirky best friend Joey (who works as a stand-up comedian) to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle, in his San Francisco home. Over time, the three men as well as the children bond and become closer to one another.

In season two, Danny is reassigned from his duties as sports anchor by his television station to become co-host of a local morning television show, Wake Up, San Francisco, and is teamed up with Nebraska native Rebecca Donaldson. Jesse and Rebecca eventually fall in love, and get married in season four. In season five, Rebecca gives birth to twin sons, Nicky and Alex.

Main cast and characters Edit

Main article: List of Full House characters

Actor Character(s)
John Stamos Jesse Katsopolis[note 1]
Bob Saget Danny Tanner
Dave Coulier Joey Gladstone
Candace Cameron D.J. Tanner
Jodie Sweetin Stephanie Tanner
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Michelle Tanner
Lori Loughlin Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis
Andrea Barber Kimmy Gibbler
Scott Weinger Steve Hale
Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit Nicky and Alex Katsopolis
  1. Jump up^ "Jesse Cochran" during season one

Production Edit

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Casting Edit

John Posey as Danny Tanner in the pilot (shown with Sweetin and Cameron as Stephanie and D.J.)

The producers' first choice to play the character of Danny Tanner was Bob Saget. However, Saget was not available to appear in the pilot due to his commitment as an on-air contributor to CBS's The Morning Program. The producers instead cast actor John Posey to play Danny. Posey only appeared in the unaired pilot (which is included on the DVD release of Season 1).

John Stamos' character was originally named Jesse Cochran; Stamos reportedly wanted his character to better reflect his Greek heritage so producers decided to change the character's surname to Katsopolis (beginning with season two).

To comply with child labor laws, twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were cast to alternate in the role of Michelle during tapings. The girls were jointly credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in seasons two through seven, because the producers did not want audiences to know that the Michelle character was played by twins (although the two were credited as "Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen" in the closing credits during the first season).[citation needed]

All six of the original cast members remained with the show through its entire eight-year run, with five characters added to the cast along the way. Kimmy Gibbler, a recurring character in seasons one through four, was upgraded to a regular in season five. Rebecca Donaldson (later Katsopolis) originally appeared for six episodes in season two as Danny's co-host on Wake Up, San Francisco; however, producers decided to expand her role and made her a regular the following season. Nicky and Alex Katsopolis, the twin sons of Jesse and Rebecca, made their debut in season five. The "baby versions" were played by Daniel and Kevin Renteria, and in season six, the roles of the twins were taken over by Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit. The last character added was Steve Hale, who was D.J.'s boyfriend in seasons six and seven. He returned in part two of the series finale after Kimmy set him up with D.J. to be her date for the senior prom.

Comet, the family dog, was played by a golden retriever named Buddy. Buddy later appeared in the original Air Bud (1997) before dying of lung cancer at the age of nine.[2]

Taping Edit

The series was created by Jeff Franklin and executive produced by Franklin, along with Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. The series was produced by Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions, in association with Lorimar-Telepictures (1987–88), Lorimar Television (1988–93), and then by Warner Bros. Television (1993–95; after Lorimar was folded into Warner Bros.'s existing television production division).

Although the series was set in San Francisco, the sitcom itself was taped at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Outside of certain excerpts in the opening title sequences, the only episode to have actually been taped in San Francisco was the first episode of season eight, "Comet's Excellent Adventure". There were also a few episodes which were filmed on-location elsewhere, most notably Hawaii in the season three premiere "Tanner's Island", and at Walt Disney World for the two-part sixth season finale "The House Meets the Mouse".

The series experienced heavy turnover with its writing staff throughout its run, the first season in particular had at least three writing staff changes with Lenny Ripps (who remained with the show until the early part of the fourth season, by then serving as a creative consultant) and Russell Marcus being the only writers surviving the changes through the entire season. Show creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin was the only writer to remain with the series throughout its entire eight-season run (Franklin also wrote and directed several episodes during the first five seasons). Marc Warren and Dennis Rinsler joined the series' writing staff in the second season as producers and remained with the show until its 1995 cancellation; Warren and Rinsler took over as head writers by season five and assumed showrunning duties as executive producers for the sixth season to allow Franklin to focus on Hangin' With Mr. Cooper (Full House served as Cooper's lead-in when the former moved to Tuesday nights during the 1992–93 season).

Theme song Edit

The show's theme song, "Everywhere You Look", was performed by Jesse Frederick, who co-wrote the song with writing partner Bennett Salvay and series creator Jeff Franklin. Various instrumental versions of the theme song were used in the closing credits; the version used during seasons three through eight was also used in the opening credits in some early syndication runs, although the song was almost always truncated to the chorus for broadcast. Seasons one through five used a longer version of the theme song. However, insyndicated airings, the line "you miss your old familiar friends, but waiting just around the bend" replaced the lines starting with "how did I get delivered here, somebody tell me please..." (after ABC Family acquired the series in 2003, it became the first television outlet to air the long versions of the theme since the series' ABC run, which were included only in select episodes from the first five seasons, whereas the full version was used in most episodes during those seasons).

Broadcast history Edit

Main article: List of Full House episodes

Full House originally aired on Fridays from September 1987 to August 1991, which spanned the show's first four seasons, and later became the flagship program of ABC's newly launched TGIF block in September 1989. However, the show was briefly moved to Tuesdays during the 1987–88 season, and then aired twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays for a few months in order to help the series build an audience. It remained on Fridays permanently for the next three seasons, as the show's ratings became more respectable. Full Housewas moved to Tuesdays full-time for season five, and remained there until the series ended in 1995. While the show's first season was not very successful, mostly because it was a new series placed in an 8 p.m. Eastern timeslot (most freshman series start out in protected time slots preceded by successful lead-ins), the show quickly became popular during its second season as it was placed immediately following the established hit show Perfect Strangers (which was also produced by Tom Miller and Bob Boyett). From season three onwards, it was ranked among Nielsen's Top 30 shows (a ratings increase which allowed the series to move back to Fridays at 8 p.m.).[3] By the fourth season, the series jumped to the Top 20 and remained there until the seventh season (the series peaked at the top ten during seasons five and six).[4]

Ratings Edit

In 1995, despite the fact the show was still rated in the top 25, ABC announced that it was canceling the show after eight seasons due to the increasing costs of producing the series. Upstart network The WB wanted to pick up the show, but John Stamos announced that season eight would be his last (he was mainly upset about Full House defecting from one of the "big four" networks to a network which had not yet received full national distribution; at the time, The WB's distribution outside of some large and mid-sized markets came primarily from the superstation feed of WGN-TV in Chicago).[citation needed] Eventually, the other actors announced they were also ready to move on to other projects, thus ending the show's run after eight years. The one-hour series finale was watched by 24.3 million viewers, ranking No. 7 for the week and attracting a 14.6 household rating and a 25 percent audience share.

Season Original air dates Nielsen ratings
Season premiere Season finale Ranking Households (in millions)
1 September 22, 1987 May 6, 1988 #53 9.6324
2 October 14, 1988 May 5, 1989 #27 11.8758
3 September 22, 1989 May 4, 1990 #23 14.0913
4 September 24, 1990 May 3, 1991 #15 14.8029
5 September 17, 1991 May 12, 1992 #8 15.99777
6 September 22, 1992 May 18, 1993 #10 14.7098
7 September 14, 1993 May 17, 1994 #12 13.3764
8 September 27, 1994 May 23, 1995 #24 11.8296

U.S. syndication Edit

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Currently, Warner Bros. Television Distribution handles the domestic and international syndication rights to the series. Since its 1995 finale, Full House has gained even more popularity among newer generations of family audiences through syndicated reruns. During the summer of 1991, reruns of the early seasons began airing in a daily daytime strip on NBC.[5] Starting in September 1991, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution began distributing Full House for broadcast in off-network syndication and was syndicated on various local stations nationwide until 2003. In 1998, Atlanta-based cable superstation TBS (which became a general entertainment cable channel in October 2007) and Chicago-based superstation WGN (which carried the series locally in the Chicago market via WGN-TV) obtained cable rights to the series and aired the show every weekday until 2002, when it was dropped from the schedules of both networks; the series returned to TBS on December 9, 2013.

In September 2003, ABC Family acquired the series; as a result, ABC Family became the first network since ABC to air the original extended version of the theme song, featured in select episodes of the first five seasons; by the time ABC Family's rights to the series expired in December 2013, the channel ran the closing credits over the last 30 seconds of the final scene, albeit at the bottom of the screen (it was previously played over the channel's genericized credit sequence design). In other broadcast and cable syndication runs (as well as most other episodes aired on ABC Family), a shortened version of the main theme with alternate lyrics is used for all episodes of the first five seasons; however, an altered version of the opening credits for seasons six and seven is used, removing the lyric "Whatever happened to predictability; the milkman, the paperboy, evenin' TV" that was kept in the long version of the theme during those seasons (the season eight title sequence airs as is).

Nick at Nite acquired the series in 2003, and aired it from October 6 of that year until April 10, 2009; several months later on August 31, 2009, it moved to sister channel The N and continued to air on that channel after its September 28, 2009 rebrand as TeenNick, where it remained until October 24, 2010. The following day on October 25, the series returned to Nick at Nite after a one-year absence, airing in the hour leading into the start of Nickelodeon's broadcast day. Soon after, though, it was dropped from Nick at Nite again, returning to TeenNick until September 2012, where it was then transferred back to Nick at Nite.

Reunions Edit

During Bob Saget's final season as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, six other Full House cast alumni (John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Lori Loughin) reunited on the May 9, 1997 episode (the episode which preceded Saget's final episode as host of that series).[6]

In a December 2008 news story,[7] it was reported that John Stamos was planning a reunion movie.[8] Reports, however, indicate that this idea was quickly withdrawn, because most of the cast was not interested.[9] In 2009, Stamos announced that a feature film based on the show is still on. Stamos told The New York Daily News, "I'm working on a movie idea, but it wouldn't be us playing us. I'm not 100% sure, but it would probably take place in the first few years." Stamos posited Steve Carell and Tracy Morgan for the roles of Danny and Joey respectively.[10]

In 2012, eight of the Full House cast members reunited in Los Angeles for their 25th anniversary. Publicists for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen said that they "weren't able to attend, given their work schedules."[11]

On July 19, 2013, the original Jesse and the Rippers (the band which Jesse Katsopolis served as frontman until he was voted out in the season 8) reunited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The group performed a medley of covers including the Beach Boys' "Forever," Elvis Presley's "Little Sister," "Hippy Hippy Shake" and ending with the Full House theme "Everywhere You Look". Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin made cameo appearances.[12]

In January 2014, Saget, Stamos, and Coulier appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They each reprised their characters, while Fallon dressed in child's pajamas in a bed framed by four gigantic pencils, similar to Michelle Tanner's bed from the show. Saget, Stamos, and Coulier said some of their famous catchphrases from the show, as well as singing "The Teddy Bear" song.[13] Stamos, Saget and Coulier also appeared together in a 2014 commercial for Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt (for which Stamos serves as spokesperson) that debuted during Super Bowl XLVIII, days after their appearance on Late Night.[14]

Potential revival series Edit

In August 2014, reports circulated that Warner Bros. Television is considering a series reboot. John Stamos, who has an ownership stake in the show, headed up the attempt to get the series back into production. Original executive producer Bob Boyett and creator Jeff Franklin (who is reportedly writing the new version) are said to be actively involved. Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber are all interested in returning to the series. The ratings for the show in syndication have never been better. In 2014, episodes have averaged 1.5 million viewers on Nick at Nite, which is up 7 percent from 2013 and a 0.4 rating in the key 18–49 demographic, up 8 percent from 2013.[15]

In 2013, attempts to revive the series fell through. The idea was that (in the same vein as the Anger Management series) the network that airs it must pick up a 90-episode slate (produced at an accelerated pace) if the initial ten episodes hit a certain rating.[15]

Other media Edit

DVD releases Edit

Full House: The Complete Series DVD packaging

Warner Home Video released all eight seasons of the series on DVD in Region 1 between 2005 and 2007.[16] A complete series box-set containing all 192 episodes was released on November 6, 2007. The complete series set is now out of print and can only be bought by sellers on website retailers such as Amazon and eBay. It is unknown if another complete series set will be released.[17] The first four seasons were also released on DVD in Region 2 and Region 4.[18]

Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season 1 February 8, 2005 2007 November 16, 2005
Season 2 December 6, 2005 2007 April 5, 2006
Season 3 April 4, 2006 2007 August 9, 2006
Season 4 August 15, 2006 2007 September 5, 2007
Season 5 December 12, 2006 N/A N/A
Season 6 March 27, 2007 N/A N/A
Season 7 August 7, 2007 N/A N/A
Season 8 November 6, 2007 N/A N/A
The Complete Series November 6, 2007 N/A N/A

Book series Edit

Books based on Full House are geared toward children primarily between the ages of 8 and 14. Warner Bros., which holds the rights to Full House and its associated characters, would not permit others to use their characters, and selected who could write books based on the television series. As such, the books are generally considered canon, but take place in a separate continuity or fictional universe known to fans as the Book Universe.

The series includes the following:

  • Full House Stephanie: These 33 books were written from the point of view of the Tanners' middle daughter, Stephanie Tanner. They take place with Stephanie in a different middle school, likely because of a slightly different redistricting plan compared to the one mentioned in season seven's "Fast Friends". She has different best friends as well, Allie Taylor and Darcy Powell. Though these are book creations, she has known Allie since kindergarten, and there are several places in the first five seasons of Full House where fans think an unnamed extra could be Allie. The first ten of these books overlap with seasons seven and eight of the television series; besides the differences in the school Stephanie attends, there are a number of differences regarding the Tanners from the series.[citation needed] This series begins with Stephanie being pressured to join a clique called the Flamingos, by completing a series of dares. She almost does the last one, though she is not sure if she wants to, before D.J. catches her trying to steal Danny's phone card. Stephanie explains tearfully what was happening, and D.J. helps her to understand what the Flamingos were really up to: they wanted to use the phone card to call their boyfriends. Stephanie and the Flamingos become fierce rivals, though not all books surround this rivalry or even show the Flamingos.
  • Full House Michelle: These 41 stories are told from Michelle's point of view. The first 27 feature more of her, and the other Tanners', home life than others, though some focus on events at school, whereas the last 14, the "Michelle and Friends" series, focuses mostly on Michelle and her classmates. Unlike Stephanie, Michelle goes to the same elementary school, but is in a different class. The first four books in the Michelle series overlap with the continuity of the season eight of Full House, though these, too, take place in this Book Universe. Two stories were translated and published in Japan in February 2007.
  • Full House Sisters: These 14 books focus on Michelle and Stephanie's friendship and comical situations that occur between them. The sisters often alternate points of view in the story.
  • Full House: Dear Michelle: These four books were published several years after the others stopped being produced. They take place with Michelle in the third grade, where she writes an advice column for her class paper. It is a different third grade class from either the first four books or the TV universe, though the class contains several of the same friends as in the other books.

Awards and nominations Edit

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
Year Award Result
1994 Favorite Television Actress – Candace Cameron Won
1995 Favorite Animal Star – "Comet" Nominated
TV Land Awards
Year Award Result
2004 Quintessential Non-Traditional Family – cast Nominated
2007 Favorite Elvis Impersonation – John Stamos Won
Young Artist Awards
Year Award Result
1989 Best Young Actress Under Ten Years of Age in Television or Motion Pictures – Jodie Sweetin Nominated
The Most Promising New Fall Television Series Nominated
1990 Best Young Actor/Actress Under Five Years of Age – Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen Won
Best Family Television Series Nominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Comedy Series – Candace Cameron Nominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Comedy Series – Jodie Sweetin Nominated
1991 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Jodie Sweetin Nominated
Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series – Andrea Barber Won
Outstanding Performance by an Actress Under Nine Years of Age – Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen Won
Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Candace Cameron Nominated
1992 Best Young Actress Supporting or Recurring Role for a TV Series – Andrea Barber Won
Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Candace Cameron Nominated
Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – Jodie Sweetin Nominated
1993 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten – Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen Won
Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series – Andrea Barber Nominated
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under Ten – Tahj Mowry Nominated
Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series Nominated
1994 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Candace Cameron Nominated
Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – Jodie Sweetin Nominated
Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series – Andrea Barber Nominated
Best Young Actor Guest-starring in a Television Series – R. J. Williams Nominated
1995 Best Youth Actor Guest-starring in a Television Show – J. D. Daniels Nominated
1996 Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show – Andrea Barber Nominated

References Edit

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