If you came of age in the ’80s and ’90s, it’s likely you were a fan of Full House, the beloved sitcom that ran from 1987 to 1995, for eight seasons and 192 episodes. The charming show about a widowed father raising his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and best friend introduced Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to the world, as they both played the adorable youngest child, Michelle Tanner; it also provided memorable showcases for the late, great comedian Bob Saget as the responsible dad Danny Tanner and heartthrob John Stamos as the cool-dude uncle, Jesse Katsopolis.
In a recent interview with US Weekly, Stamos revealed that his four-year-old son, Billy, is a fan of the show, and has even started saying Michelle Tanner’s catchphrase, “You got it, dude!” It’s something of a full circle moment, proving the sitcom’s staying power — and it also seems like Full House has been back in the cultural conversation as of late. The show, which debuted on September 22, 1987, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary (if you can believe it), and Stamos shared a sweet previously-unseen video clip from behind the scenes.
The Instagram tributes have been pouring in over the past week. Full House creator Jeff Franklin also shared an anniversary message, posting an image of himself with the cast from Fuller House, the reboot of the show he created for Netflix, which ran five seasons from 2016 to 2020.
Dave Coulier, who played Danny’s best friend, Joey Gladstone, on the show, shared behind-the-scenes shots from Fuller House as well, as did Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie, the middle daughter in the Tanner family.
Candace Cameron Bure, who played D.J. Tanner, the eldest daughter, posted a series of nostalgic shots from the original show, including a sweet black-and-white photo of her and her young co-stars playing with their TV dad while all wearing some oh-so-’90s denim.
These tributes all express a sense of warmth and genuine appreciation for the show, and it’s obvious that Saget, who tragically passed away earlier this year at age 65, is greatly missed. Any reunion show would obviously have to contend with his absence, and while Saget may be irreplaceable, in an interview in May, Coulier revealed his plans for how the cast could keep the actor’s presence at the forefront if a reunion happens. “What I would love to do is bring all the original cast back, where we are older now and we talk about our lives, and we can reflect and tell stories about Danny Tanner and keep his character alive, because he’s very much alive in spirit with all of us,” he said. “We miss him dearly.”
“We talk all the time about how much we would love to do a show again,” said Coulier. “We just love working and we love our fans so much and we love the whole process. We just love what the show is and what it means to people. We’re always raring to go. Hey, ABC, come on, let’s do another one.”
It’s clear that most of the onscreen Full House family remains close in real life. In March, some members of the cast reunited at ’90s Con, a convention celebrating ’90s pop culture. In a TV interview, they spoke about how healing it’s been to come together and share their memories of Saget.
While a Full House reunion show hasn’t been officially confirmed (at least not yet), ’90s reunions are certainly having a moment right now. Last year, the cast of Friends came together for a reunion special on HBO Max, and the ultra-nostalgic ’90s Con also featured a reunion for another of the decade’s favorites, Boy Meets World. And while it’s not exactly a Full House reunion, Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibler, will be starring in the recently announced holiday movie Candace Cameron Bure Presents: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, which is produced by her former co-star.
With all the ongoing bad news and uncertainty in the world, the simplicity and gentle humor of ’90s sitcoms feels like something we could all use more of. Full House, with its bright colors, lovable characters, and themes of family and friendship, offers comfort and escapism, and judging by the way the original cast has spoken about the show recently, it seems they’d like to return to this world too.