Growing up geek, I wasn’t one to frequent many of the dances or games that my peers were at on Friday or Saturday nights. I’d usually be at home, excited to stay up late watching my favorite television programs of the 1990s. On Saturday, it was “Saturday Night Live.” I had Sandler, Farley, Spade, Myers, Carvey and Dennis Miller at the anchor desk. I felt like I was part of a team of insiders who got the joke. Laughter was a great escape from the week and “Saturday Night Live” really made that happen.
Fridays, on the other hand, were controlled by ABC’s primetime lineup, appropriately titled TGIF. It seems like everywhere you look now, we’re hearing of another resurrected TV show. With new episodes of “Arrested Development,” “Coach,” “X-Files,” “The Muppet Show,” “Twin Peaks” and “Duck Tales” announced, it seems like networks are getting reboot fever. We’ve even seen a continuing narrative for high school sweethearts Cory and Topanga Matthews on “Girl Meets World,” already renewed for its second season on the Disney Channel.
This week, after months of rumors, John Stamos announced we will be seeing the Tanner family reunited on Netflix with an hour-long special and 13 new episodes of “Fuller House.” As overly sweet and sappy as “Full House” was, I always had a soft spot for the three men raising three little ladies in the Bay area. I even wrote to the address listed for the cast in Tiger Beat and received a postcard wishing me “Best Greetings from the cast of Full House.”
I watched as baby Michelle turned into a catch-phrase making, marketing darling and Danny Tanner went from local sports anchor to the star of “Wake Up, San Franciso.” Being the exact same age as middle daughter Stephanie, I identified with her struggle to fit in as she started middle school. I envied D.J.’s immaculately coiffed and teased hair. At the end of the day, when the “lesson-learning” music began to play, you knew everything was going to be OK. The Tanners were always there for each other and that kept me coming back for more.
Over the years, I’ve watched as most of the “Full House” cast gathered for one event or another and kept hoping that we’d get to see the Tanners’ house full once again.
The new series takes us down a familiar road — D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure) is a recently widowed, pregnant veterinarian with two boys living in San Francisco. (Her deceased husband is not Steve, btw!) Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s longtime best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), who has a teenage daughter of her own, step in to help her. Stamos promised cameos from more original cast members — including Bob Sagat, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.
It’s easy to look back on the fond memories of our youth and connect them to television. That’s not a bad thing, though. With the turmoil of everyday life, a little escapism through nostalgia can keep us going. So, in the words of a famous uncle, “Have mercy!”