Fuller House is too inside the box

The first snow hit the ground yesterday which makes me want to curl up in a blanket with some hot chocolate and binge watch Netflix.  So in going along with that feeling, today I’ll be reviewing Fuller House which came out last week on Netflix.

In the interest of honesty, I’ll let you know that I wasn’t particularly fond of the first season.  It felt a little flat and forced compared to the original.  I even went back and watched the entire original series to see if I could put my finger on what was missing.  The best I can say is that there isn’t much that’s fresh about the new installment.  The original pushed boundaries, while Fuller House seems a little by the numbers.  They took the formula that worked so well for years and tried to fit new characters into that mold.  It has resulted in something that is a little awkward to watch with jokes that just don’t quite land.

I still maintain that Steph is far out of character from who she was in the original series and she’s just been placed into the Uncle Jesse archetype. The newest addition to the family, Kimmy’s brother, just seems like a complete rip-off of Kelso from that 70s show.   Max, who seemed adorable last season comes off as more of a maniacal brat this time around.  The only real constant in this series is Kimmy Gibbler whose mannerisms and character haven’t changed since her first appearance.  The show would have been stronger as a whole if they’d let the characters behave more organically instead of trying to fit them into the personas of their predecessors.

It’s like the whole thing is just a mish-mash of what has tested well and has a very network TV feel.  There were moments when I sat back and thought “really guys?” at some of the stereotypes that ring in the writing.  It reminded me of TV from eras past, but not in a good way.  Amongst a lineup of A+ original content, this one seems really out of place.  The first season, though weak, got by warming my heart with the nostalgia factor.  This second season, that charm has worn off and what’s left is a great idea that doesn’t really work well in practice.  Or with these writers anyway.

2/5 Stars:  There were some pretty good moments but ultimately I ended every episode a little disappointed.

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