Get ready to say “awwww”: After 20 years off the air, “Full House,” the cutest, cuddliest sitcom in the history of television, is back. John Stamos, a.k.a. Uncle Jesse, confirmed the news Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“It’s a labor of love, and we’ve been literally trying for years to do it right, and I think we finally got it perfect,” Stamos told Kimmel.
“Full House,” which aired from 1987 to 1995 on ABC, will return on Netflix for 13 episodes. After a reunion show, the Netflix run — called “Fuller House” — will focus on the grown-up adventures of D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure), sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and pal Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), who all shack up together in the house D.J. and Steph grew up in.
“The continued support of Full House fans of all ages for the last 28 years has been astounding,” the producers said in a statement, as ABC reported. “It is an honor and a thrill to catch up with these beloved characters and explore their lives today. The love you saw on the show was real. The cast has remained a loving family off screen all these years. We are as excited as our fans to finally bring Full House back to life.”
But when Kimmel asked Stamos, a producer of the show, if Bob Saget — a.k.a. Danny Tanner, the loving head of the Tanner clan — would be back, Stamos dodged the question.
“He better be,” Stamos said.
There’s no reason to think that Saget wouldn’t wish for a “Full House” reunion. The show turned him from just another stand-up comedian into a household name — the eventual host of “America’s Funnest Home Videos,” a pre-YouTube smash. He is close with Stamos and co-star Dave Coulier, a.k.a. Uncle Joey. And in his memoir, he wrote with affection — even nostalgia — about the saccharine show he helmed.
“Between the chop-people-up zombie TV shows and movies that get made and the reality shows that abort their way onto the air, we do seem to be getting farther and farther away from the purity and intended beauty of what Full House was,” Saget wrote. “Something you can actually watch with kids. Even the littlest of kids.”
But Saget’s presence on “Full House” was always a little bit jarring. Though he played a model dad on a sickly sweet sitcom aimed at children, this man is a very, very dirty comedian. The Philadelphia native doesn’t just work mildly blue. The title of his memoir, “Dirty Daddy,” says it all: Saget is Andrew Dice Clay dirty. Saget is Richard Pryor dirty. Saget is Redd Foxx dirty.
His rambling, scatological routines leave no taboo unbroken. Sex, genitalia and bodily functions get equal airtime. One representative routine unable to be quoted in a family newspaper: “Don’t F— a Goat.”
“It’s hard to imagine Danny Tanner wrapping up spousal and child abuse, incest, excrement, and semen in a single joke, as Saget did in the comedy documentary ‘The Aristocrats,'” Seattle Weekly wrote in 2007, “but that’s the comedian’s true nature; his work is actually filthy, disturbing, and sickly hilarious.”
Though he seems content to participate in mild “Full House” gags with the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Saget has also relentlessly made fun of the show onstage. One bit: “Danny Tanner Was Not Gay.” And Saget has been cagey about a “Full House” reunion in the past.
“Not everybody would want to do it. Maybe two-thirds of the cast would want to,” Saget told People last year. “John is such a good guy, and I think he would want it to happen in some way if it could. There’s some stuff going on.”
But, at least 25 years ago, the allure of being the devil in a room filled with angels proved irresistible.
“When we would go over the scripts together in the conference room with the producers and writers, we were all supposed to be taking notes but I’d be drawing penises on the scripts and showing them to Dave and John like I was in fifth grade,” Saget wrote. “ I couldn’t help it. The whole show for me was like a beautiful Jekyll and Hyde experience.”
It may not be encouraging for fans when a family sitcom’s star likens it to a Gothic horror novel. But Saget does seem to think “Full House” is good for America, even if he’s not yet confirmed his involvement in its next chapter.
“Just like there’s a place for a movie like The Aristocrats, there’s a place for a show like Full House,” he wrote. “FH was meant to be able to be watched by everyone. And it relieved some parents from having to actually bring up … their kids’ issues like bullying or drinking at prom. Seeing those subjects covered, however lightly, on FH gave them a point of entry.”
As he told UPI earlier this month: “We have a legacy to protect with Full House.”
Saget did not respond to a request for comment.