The 1980’s ABC family comedy Full House has been brought back by Netflix with a whole new look and feel. The online streaming media company has 13 ordered episodes of the brand new family comedy, Fuller House, already on deck. According to an announcement that was made on April 20 during the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, guest starring John Stamos, the spinoff series will be making its Netflix debut sometime in 2016. Up until now, Netflix has been doing pretty well with a lot of the older shows they offer, using the term older loosely. The shows that Netflix considers to be old have not exactly been gone for that long of time and a lot of them are the series that ended up getting cancelled by the network and forgotten about by most. The question is, what makes Netflix think that returning the family sitcom TV series Full House, with a twist, is even worthy of making a comeback?
The so-called old shows that have done fairly well when Netflix made them available to viewers are, for the most part, shows that happened to have been cancelled between the years 2010 and 2014. For example, the popular TV series that are currently streaming are shows such as Californication (2014), Dexter (2013), 30 Rock (2013) and Scrubs (2010). All of these shows are modern and they give the viewers characters that they can understand and relate to. The dates of all the TV shows that were just mentioned happened to have aired their final episode fairly recently, as in five years ago or less than five years ago.
Now, for the shows that should be considered more of the older type TV series available on Netflix, which also have proven to be doing quite well, are ones, which aired their final episode on network television in the early to mid nineties, like for example, A Different World (1993) and The Wonder Years (1993). The reason why A Different World is still a show of interest today is because truthfully, back then, there were very few shows that presented young adult viewers with a predominately black cast dealing with matters that were real issues in the Black community. For example, the series confronted the AIDS epidemic, the Gulf War and the Rodney King riots. What rang true in the show back then, still remains quite true now, thus allowing viewers to retain a good amount of interest.
As for The Wonder Years, this is a show that can say honestly claim that it offers viewers that element of nostalgia that keeps people coming back for more. Daniel Stern’s narration as the much older and much wiser Kevin Arnold gave every event that happened in the show a profound meaning. The series is also a period piece, successfully representing a particular period of time, for example, making a reference to the thriving career of Bo Jackson. Lastly, this was a show that was ahead of its time, so it is universal enough to not give away its age.
Netflix taking a chance and releasing this new version of Full House just does not seem to be the most logically sound or comeback worthy TV show choice they could have made. The streaming company stated that they are turning to nostalgia to rake in the viewers, but Full House does not offer anything for viewers to want to reminisce on or to sincerely take pleasure in watching again. It fails to offer any teachings of good moral choices or important life lessons to present that makes the show anything worth going back to. Full House was the type of family sitcom that told the kind of jokes that are repeated over and over again, making them less funny and more annoying each time they are told.
The current age of the kids who watched the Full House sitcom while it was on air is between 27 and 31. That average attention span of adults in that age bracket is about eight seconds or less. Nevertheless, with the help of Netflix, Full House will be making its return, but it must be said that the show does not seem worthy of making that comeback. The entertainment value does not seem to be there and considering the fact that Netflix is not even offering the original Full House series, but a spinoff version of the show, Fuller House, it can only make one wonder, is there really anybody out there who is truly and unapologetically interested in finding the time to sit down and watch an old family sitcom show spinoff?
Opinion by Kameron Hadley
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