Before the initial release of Netflix’s Fuller House we speculated whether or not music would play as big of a role in the story line as it did in Full House. After finishing the first season of Fuller House I now have the answer: Yes! It absolutely does. If you have not made it through at least the first two episodes of the show then you may want to proceed with caution as this may contain spoilers. If you are like me, though, and finished the whole first season in one day (because it is that good!) then please read on.
The first episode of Fuller House is chock full of nostalgic moments and several of them are related to music from the original show. The Full House theme song is included in the opening credits and has been modernized by Carly Rae Jepsen. While it has a new feel it still remains true to the original theme of the show. Uncle Jesse, of course, sings his version of The Beach Boys song “Forever”. It was easily one of the most memorable songs of the original series so I’m glad that they were able to work it in to Fuller House. At one point the whole gang gets together to dance to New Kids on The Block’s classic hit ” You Got It (The Right Stuff)”. And Danny Tanner even gets in on the singing with a bit of an homage to the time when he sang The Who’s “My Generation”. There is plenty of nineties nostalgia that will bring back memories for the original show’s fans.
One of the sweeter moments of the show is a moment where there is a split screen showing the cast from back in the day singing the theme song from The Flintstones. You may remember this moment from the early days of Full House when Danny, Uncle Joey, and Uncle Jesse show Stephanie and DJ how singing this song would calm down their baby sister, Michelle. In Fuller House, the whole family sings the song together as a way to calm down DJ’s baby, Tommy. Why is this one musical moment from Fuller House so important? Well, after they sing the song together Danny, Uncle Jesse, and Uncle Joey say their goodbyes and leave DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy to help raise DJ’s kids. After they leave, the three girls sing the song together without the rest of the family. This is when it really sinks in that DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy are on their own to raise the family much like Danny, Uncle Jesse, and Uncle Joey were in Full House. It was the perfect transitional moment leading in to the new journey of the Tanner, Fuller, and Gibler families.
There were many moments in Fuller House that paid homage to some of our favorite musical moments from Full House. However, it is clear that Fuller House will have many brand new musical moments of its own, completely separate from the original series. One aspect of Fuller House where music will play a huge role is the fact that Stephanie has grown to become a dj going by the name “DJ Tanner” (much to the original DJ Tanner’s dismay). This brought on several fun moments in Fuller House where they were able to use elements from today’s music scene such as Stephanie being the DJ at Coachella. Another way that modern music was used in Fuller House is through guest appearances by artists like Macy Gray. Stephanie also mentions knowing Rihanna and having run ins with Iggy Azalea so one can only hope that the show’s creators will use her character’s ties to the music world as a way to work in other musicians making appearances on the series.
Overall, Fuller House is a great series and I am excited to see what happens with the characters in the second season. As a fan of Full House from the early days I think that it is every bit as good if not better than I had hoped. Every episode featured some kind of a musical number whether it be from the original series or something completely new. I don’t see that being any different in the second season. I believe that music has played a huge role with the show from the very beginning and its clear that it will continue to be a central part of Fuller House as the show moves forward.