Netflix Is Bringing Back Your Favorite ’80s Sitcom

By  · Published on April 2nd, 2015

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If Full House isn’t your favorite ’80s sitcom, hold tight. Netflix will get to it (well, maybe not The Cosby Show). For now, though, the show about a mom who died and caused a lot of people to move into the same Victorian rowhouse in San Francisco is reportedly returning to the airwaves. Or, I guess not airwaves but the internet streaming deluge, as it were. Now is your chance to take your pick of many Full House catch phrases and direct them at the company bent on rebooting every property it can: “Cut. It. Out!” “How rude!” “No way, Jose!” “Aw, nuts!” “You’re in big trouble, Mister!” and “Have mercy!”

According to TVLine, the return will be titled Fuller House and start off with 13 new episodes. The focus would reportedly be on best friends D.J. Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler, with Candace Cameron Burre and Andrea Barber reprising their roles. But we’ll see guest appearances from other former cast members, including Dave Coulier, Bob Saget and John Stamos, who is apparently a producer on the new series along with the original’s creator, Jeff Franklin. Don’t hold your breath for the Olsen Twins, though. Or for this thing in general. A Netflix rep told Variety it’s just a rumor.

Still, it wouldn’t be shocking, and not just because of recent announcements about the returns of The X-Files, Twin Peaks and Coach. Variety reported last year that talks were happening for a Full House revival. And anyway it’s not like this is a brand new trend.

Here’s where I start to feel really old: when I was a kid, in addition to watching Full House, I watched The New Leave It to Beaver, a revival of Leave It to Beaver, of course, which I also watched reruns of on cable. That original sitcom ran when my parents were kids, 1957–1963. The sequel series, featuring the surviving original cast members, kicked off 20 years later just in time for my generation to enjoy. The original Full House ran 1987–1995. Now we’re hearing about a sequel series kicking off 20 years later. I guess it’s not for me so much as it’s for my own kids.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.