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Full House
FullHouseLogo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byJeff Franklin
StarringJohn Stamos
Bob Saget
Dave Coulier
Candace Cameron
Jodie Sweetin
Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen

Lori Loughlin
Andrea Barber
Scott Weinger
Theme music composerJesse Frederick,
Bennett Salvay &
Jeff Franklin
Opening theme"Everywhere You Look",
performed by Jesse Frederick
Ending theme"Everywhere You Look" (instrumental)
Composer(s)Jesse Frederick
Bennett Salvay
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes192 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Franklin (1987–95)
Thomas L. Miller
Robert L. Boyett
(1987–95)
Dennis Rinsler (1988–95)
Marc Warren (1988–95)
Producer(s)Don Van Atta (1987–95)
James O'Keefe (1993–95)
Bonnie Bogard Maier (1994–95)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time21–25 minutes
Production company(s)Jeff Franklin Productions
Miller-Boyett Productions
Lorimar-Telepictures (1987–88)
Lorimar Television (1988–93)
Warner Bros. Television (1993–95)
DistributorLorimar Television (1988–93)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1993–present)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runSeptember 22, 1987 (1987-09-22) – May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)
 
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Full House
FullHouseLogo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byJeff Franklin
StarringJohn Stamos
Bob Saget
Dave Coulier
Candace Cameron
Jodie Sweetin
Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen

Lori Loughlin
Andrea Barber
Scott Weinger
Theme music composerJesse Frederick,
Bennett Salvay &
Jeff Franklin
Opening theme"Everywhere You Look",
performed by Jesse Frederick
Ending theme"Everywhere You Look" (instrumental)
Composer(s)Jesse Frederick
Bennett Salvay
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes192 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Franklin (1987–95)
Thomas L. Miller
Robert L. Boyett
(1987–95)
Dennis Rinsler (1988–95)
Marc Warren (1988–95)
Producer(s)Don Van Atta (1987–95)
James O'Keefe (1993–95)
Bonnie Bogard Maier (1994–95)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time21–25 minutes
Production company(s)Jeff Franklin Productions
Miller-Boyett Productions
Lorimar-Telepictures (1987–88)
Lorimar Television (1988–93)
Warner Bros. Television (1993–95)
DistributorLorimar Television (1988–93)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1993–present)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runSeptember 22, 1987 (1987-09-22) – May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)

Full House is an American sitcom television series, which originally aired on ABC from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995. Set in San Francisco, California, the show chronicles widowed father Danny Tanner, who, after the death of his wife Pam, enlists his best friend Joey Gladstone and his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. The series ran for 8 seasons and 192 episodes.

Plot summary[edit]

After news reporter Danny Tanner's wife Pam is killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, he recruits his brother-in-law Jesse (an exterminator turned rock musician) and quirky best friend Joey (who works as a stand-up comedian) to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle, in his San Francisco home. Over time, the three men as well as the children bond and become closer to one another.

In season two, Danny is reassigned from its duties as sports anchor by his television station to become co-host of a local morning television show, Wake Up, San Francisco, and is teamed up with Nebraska native Rebecca Donaldson. Jesse and Rebecca eventually fall in love, and get married in season four. In season five, Rebecca gives birth to twin sons, Nicky and Alex.

Main cast and characters[edit]

ActorCharacter(s)
John StamosJesse Katsopolis[note 1]
Bob SagetDanny Tanner
Dave CoulierJoey Gladstone
Candace CameronDonna Jo "D.J." Tanner
Jodie SweetinStephanie Tanner
Mary-Kate and Ashley OlsenMichelle Tanner
Lori LoughlinRebecca "Becky" Donaldson-Katsopolis
Andrea BarberKimmy Gibbler
Scott WeingerSteve Hale
Blake & Dylan Tuomy-WilhoitNicky & Alex Katsopolis (as toddlers)
  1. ^ "Jesse Cochran" during season one
John Posey as Danny Tanner in the pilot (shown with Sweetin and Cameron as Stephanie and D.J.)

The producers' first choice to play the character of Danny Tanner was Bob Saget. However, Saget was not available to appear in the pilot due to his commitment as an on-air contributor to CBS's The Morning Program. The producers instead cast actor John Posey to play Danny. Posey only appeared in the unaired pilot (which is included on the DVD release of Season 1).

John Stamos' character was originally named Jesse Cochran; Stamos reportedly wanted his character to better reflect his Greek heritage so producers decided to change the character's surname to Katsopolis (beginning with season two).

To comply with child labor laws, twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were cast to alternate in the role of Michelle during tapings. The girls were jointly credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in seasons two through seven, because the producers did not want audiences to know that the Michelle character was played by twins (although the two were credited as "Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen" in the closing credits during the first season).[citation needed]

All six of the original cast members remained with the show through its entire eight-year run. During the show's run, five main characters were added to the main cast. Kimmy Gibbler is a recurring role in seasons one through four, then was upgraded to a regular in season five. Rebecca Donaldson (later Katsopolis) originally appears as a recurring character for six episodes in season two as Danny's co-host on Wake Up, San Francisco, however, producers decided to expand the character's role and upgraded it to regular status in the season three.

Season five saw the debut of characters Nicky and Alex Katsopolis, who are the twin sons of Jesse and Rebecca. The "baby versions" are played by Daniel and Kevin Renteria. Beginning in season six, the roles are taken over by Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit.

The last main character added to the series was Steve Hale, who is D.J.'s boyfriend in seasons six and seven. He returns in part two of the series finale after Kimmy sets him up with D.J. to be her date for her senior prom.

Comet, the family dog, is played by a golden retriever named Buddy. Buddy later appears in the original Air Bud (1997) before dying of lung cancer at the age of nine.[1]

Filming[edit]

The series was created by Jeff Franklin and executive produced by Franklin, along with Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. The series was produced by Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions, in association with Lorimar-Telepictures (1987–88), Lorimar Television (1988–93), and then by Warner Bros. Television (1993–95; after Lorimar was absorbed into Warner Bros.'s existing television production division).

Although the series was set in San Francisco, the sitcom itself was taped at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Outside of certain excerpts in the opening title sequences, the only episode to have actually been taped in San Francisco was the first episode of season eight, "Comet's Excellent Adventure". There were also a few episodes which were filmed on-location elsewhere, most notably Hawaii in the season three premiere "Tanner's Island", and at Walt Disney World for the two-part sixth season finale "The House Meets the Mouse".

The series experienced heavy turnover with its writing staff throughout its run, the first season in particular had at least three writing staff changes with Lenny Ripps (who remained with the show until the early part of the fourth season, by then serving as a creative consultant) and Russell Marcus being the only writers surviving the changes through the entire season. Show creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin was the only writer to remain with the series throughout its entire eight-season run (Franklin also wrote and directed several episodes during the first five seasons). Marc Warren and Dennis Rinsler joined the series' writing staff in the second season as producers and remained with the show until its 1995 cancellation; Warren and Rinsler took over as head writers by season five and assumed showrunning duties as executive producers for the sixth season to allow Franklin to focus on Hangin' With Mr. Cooper (Full House served as Cooper's lead-in when the former moved to Tuesday nights during the 1992-93 season).

Theme song[edit]

The show's theme song, "Everywhere You Look", was performed by Jesse Frederick, who co-wrote the song with writing partner Bennett Salvay and series creator Jeff Franklin. Various instrumental versions of the theme song was used in the closing credits; the version used during the third through eight season was also used in the opening credits in some early syndication runs, although the song was almost always truncated to the chorus for broadcast. Seasons one through five used a longer version of the theme song. However in syndicated airings, the line "you miss your old familiar friends, but waiting just around the bend" replaced the lines starting with "how did I get delivered here, somebody tell me please..." (after ABC Family acquired the series in 2003, it became the first television outlet to air the long versions of the theme since the series' ABC run, which were included only in select episodes from the first five seasons, whereas the full version was used in most episodes during those seasons).

Broadcast[edit]

Full House originally aired on Fridays from September 1987 to August 1991, which spanned the show's first four seasons, and later became the flagship program of ABC's newly launched TGIF block in September 1989. However, the show was briefly moved to Tuesdays during the 1987–88 season, and then aired twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays for a few months in order to help the series build an audience. It remained on Fridays permanently for the next three seasons, as the show's ratings became more respectable. Full House was moved to Tuesdays full-time for season five, and remained there until the series ended in 1995. While the show's first season was not very successful, mostly because it was a new series placed in an 8 p.m. Eastern timeslot (most freshman series start out in protected time slots preceded by successful lead-ins), the show quickly became popular during its second season as it was placed immediately following the established hit show Perfect Strangers (which was also produced by Tom Miller and Bob Boyett). From season three onwards, it was ranked among Nielsen's Top 30 shows (a ratings increase which allowed the series to move back to Fridays at 8 p.m.).[2] By the fourth season, the series jumped to the Top 20 and remained there until the seventh season (the series peaked at the top ten during seasons five and six).[3]

Ratings[edit]

In 1995, despite the fact the show was still rated in the top 25, ABC announced that it was canceling the show after eight seasons due to the increasing costs of producing the series. Upstart network The WB wanted to pick up the show, but John Stamos announced that season eight would be his last (he was mainly upset about Full House defecting from one of the "big four" networks to a network which had not yet received full national distribution; at the time, The WB's distribution outside of some large and mid-sized markets came primarily from the superstation feed of WGN-TV in Chicago).[citation needed] Eventually, the other actors announced they were also ready to move on to other projects, thus ending the show's run after eight years. The one-hour series finale was watched by 24.3 million viewers, ranking No. 7 for the week and attracting a 14.6 household rating and a 25 percent audience share.

SeasonOriginal air datesNielsen ratings
Season premiereSeason finaleRankingHouseholds (in millions)
1September 22, 1987May 6, 1988#539.6324
2October 14, 1988May 5, 1989#2711.8758
3September 22, 1989May 4, 1990#2314.0913
4September 24, 1990May 3, 1991#1514.8029
5September 17, 1991May 12, 1992#815.99777
6September 22, 1992May 18, 1993#1014.7098
7September 14, 1993May 17, 1994#1213.3764
8September 27, 1994May 23, 1995#2411.8296

Syndication[edit]

U.S. syndication[edit]

Currently, Warner Bros. Television Distribution handles the domestic and international syndication rights to the series. Since its 1995 finale, Full House has gained even more popularity among newer generations of family audiences through syndicated reruns. During the summer of 1991, reruns of the early seasons began airing in a daily daytime strip on NBC.[4] Starting in September 1991, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution began distributing Full House for broadcast in off-network syndication and was syndicated on various local stations nationwide until 2003. In 1998, Atlanta-based cable superstation TBS (which became a general entertainment cable channel in October 2007) and Chicago-based superstation WGN (which carried the series locally in the Chicago market via WGN-TV) obtained cable rights to the series and aired the show every weekday until 2002, when it was dropped from the schedules of both networks; the series returned to TBS on December 9, 2013.

In September 2003, ABC Family acquired the series; as a result, ABC Family became the first network since ABC to air the original extended version of the theme song, featured in select episodes of the first five seasons; by the time ABC Family's rights to the series expired in December 2013, the channel ran the closing credits over the last 30 seconds of the final scene, albeit at the bottom of the screen (it was previously played over the channel's genericized credit sequence design). In other broadcast and cable syndication runs (as well as most other episodes aired on ABC Family), a shortened version of the main theme with alternate lyrics is used for all episodes of the first five seasons; however, an altered version of the opening credits for seasons six and seven is used, removing the lyric "Whatever happened to predictability; the milkman, the paperboy, evenin' TV" that was kept in the long version of the theme during those seasons (the season eight title sequence airs as is).

Nick at Nite acquired the series in 2003, and aired it from October 6 of that year until April 10, 2009; several months later on August 31, 2009, it moved to sister channel The N and continued to air on that channel after its September 28, 2009 rebrand as TeenNick, where it remained until October 24, 2010. The following day on October 25, the series returned to Nick at Nite after a one-year absence, airing in the hour leading into the start of Nickelodeon's broadcast day. Soon after, though, it was dropped from Nick at Nite again, returning to TeenNick until September 2012, where it was then transferred back to Nick at Nite.

Reunions[edit]

During Bob Saget's final season as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, six other Full House cast alumni (John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Lori Loughin) reunited on the May 9, 1997 episode (the episode which preceded Saget's final episode as host of that series).[5]

In a December 2008 news story,[6] it was reported that John Stamos was planning a reunion movie.[7] Reports, however, indicate that this idea was quickly withdrawn, because most of the cast was not interested.[8] In 2009, Stamos announced that a feature film based on the show is still on. Stamos told The New York Daily News, "I'm working on a movie idea, but it wouldn't be us playing us. I'm not 100% sure, but it would probably take place in the first few years." Stamos posited Steve Carell and Tracy Morgan for the roles of Danny and Joey respectively.[9]

In 2012, eight of the Full House cast members reunited in Los Angeles for their 25th anniversary. Publicists for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen said that they "weren't able to attend, given their work schedules."[10]

On July 19, 2013, the original Jesse and the Rippers (the band which Jesse Katsopolis served as frontman until he was voted out in the season 8) reunited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The group performed a medley of covers including the Beach Boys' "Forever," Elvis Presley's "Little Sister," "Hippy Hippy Shake" and ending with the Full House theme "Everywhere You Look". Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin made cameo appearances.[11]

In January 2014, Saget, Stamos, and Coulier appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They each reprised their characters, while Fallon dressed in child's pajamas in a bed framed by four gigantic pencils, similar to Michelle Tanner's bed from the show. Saget, Stamos, and Coulier said some of their famous catchphrases from the show, as well as singing "The Teddy Bear" song.[12] Stamos, Saget and Coulier also appeared together in a 2014 commercial for Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt (for which Stamos serves as spokesperson) that debuted during Super Bowl XLVIII, days after their appearance on Late Night.[13]

Other media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Full House: The Complete Series DVD packaging

Warner Home Video released all eight seasons of the series on DVD in Region 1 between 2005 and 2007.[14] A complete series box-set containing all 192 episodes was released on November 6, 2007. The complete series set is now out of print and can only be bought by sellers on website retailers such as Amazon and eBay. It is unknown if another complete series set will be released.[15] The first four seasons were also released on DVD in Region 2 and Region 4.[16]

TitleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
Season 1February 8, 20052007November 16, 2005
Season 2December 6, 20052007April 5, 2006
Season 3April 4, 20062007August 9, 2006
Season 4August 15, 20062007September 5, 2007
Season 5December 12, 2006N/AN/A
Season 6March 27, 2007N/AN/A
Season 7August 7, 2007N/AN/A
Season 8November 6, 2007N/AN/A
The Complete SeriesNovember 6, 2007N/AN/A

Book series[edit]

Books based on Full House are geared toward children primarily between the ages of 8 and 14. Warner Bros., which holds the rights to Full House and its associated characters, would not permit others to use their characters, and selected who could write books based on the television series. As such, the books are generally considered canon, but take place in a separate continuity or fictional universe known to fans as the Book Universe.

The series include the following:

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
YearAwardResult
1994Favorite Television Actress – Candace CameronWon
1995Favorite Animal Star – "Comet"Nominated
TV Land Awards
YearAwardResult
2004Quintessential Non-Traditional Family – castWon
2007Favorite Elvis Impersonation – John StamosWon
Young Artist Awards
YearAwardResult
1989Best Young Actress Under Ten Years of Age in Television or Motion Pictures – Jodie SweetinNominated
The Most Promising New Fall Television SeriesNominated
1990Best Young Actor/Actress Under Five Years of Age – Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley OlsenWon
Best Family Television SeriesNominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Comedy Series – Candace CameronNominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Comedy Series – Jodie SweetinNominated
1991Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Jodie SweetinNominated
Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series – Andrea BarberWon
Outstanding Performance by an Actress Under Nine Years of Age – Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley OlsenWon
Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Candace CameronNominated
1992Best Young Actress Supporting or Recurring Role for a TV Series – Andrea BarberWon
Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Candace CameronNominated
Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – Jodie SweetinNominated
1993Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten – Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley OlsenWon
Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series – Andrea BarberNominated
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under Ten – Tahj MowryNominated
Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television SeriesNominated
1994Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series – Candace CameronNominated
Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series – Jodie SweetinNominated
Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series – Andrea BarberNominated
Best Young Actor Guest-starring in a Television SeriesR. J. WilliamsNominated
1995Best Youth Actor Guest-starring in a Television ShowJ. D. DanielsNominated
1996Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show – Andrea BarberNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buddy the Dog: Comet". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Top Rated Programs - 1985-1990
  3. ^ Top Rated Programs - 1990-1995
  4. ^ NBC Daytime schedule history.
  5. ^ Full House invades America's Funniest Home Videos - 5/9/97
  6. ^ "John Stamos Planning A 'Full House' Remake?". starpulse.com. WENN. December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  7. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (2009-07-13). "A 'Full House' Remake, Original Recipe?" (XHTML). New York Post. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  8. ^ Kristin Dos Santos (2008-12-11). "Full House Remake "Completely Dead"". Watch with Kristin. E! Online. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  9. ^ "ROLL CALL: John Stamos Working On 'Full House' Movie". NBC Bay Area News (KNTV San Francisco). Access Hollywood. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  10. ^ Krumboltz, Mike. "A 'Full House' reunion". Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Jesse & The Rippers Reunite - YouTube
  12. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (January 30, 2014). "The Men Of “Full House” Reunited To Help Jimmy Fallon With His Nightmares". Buzzfeed. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ Super Bowl 2014 ads: “Full House” reunion for Dannon Oikos yogurt, The Washington Post, January 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "Full House (1987)". Releases for Full House. TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  15. ^ "Warner Home Video Releases Full House: The Complete Eighth Season and Full House: The Complete Series Collection on DVD November 6" (Press release). Warner Home Video. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  16. ^ "Best Matches". Results from the title search for "Full House". Australia: dvd orchard. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 

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