A popular TGIF series helped largely by a deluge of daily reruns in syndication that made it a part of more than one generation of kids’ adolescence, Full House is a show remembered more fondly if you can ignore its sappy shortcomings and surrender to the appeal of nostalgia. And so long as you’re willing to surrender to nostalgia, Netflix has a revamped series, Fuller House, that they’d like to sell you on starting February 26. Trouble is, after looking at the trailer, the worry is that they’re maybe too focused on courting nostalgiaphyles when the better idea might be to recognize the original’s failings and make a show for a 2016 audience that could use another broadly accessible family sitcom with ample heart. So, with that in mind, here are five things we really hope Fuller House did with its first season.
Acknowledge How Terrible D.J.’s Situation Is
Full House was never one to tackle the big subjects. Danny losing his wife was touched upon but rarely given much gravitas. In fact, every problem could be fixed with a pep talk, a hug or, more often than not, both. In Fuller House, D.J. loses her husband with three young boys to care for — an absurd only-on-TV turn of events that perfectly mirrors her father’s experience. In any other show, this would be an emotionally significant plot point. While it would be unwise to turn Fuller House into a bleak series about coping with grief, if the show wants to extend itself past catchphrases and cuteness, it might allow the characters some sad moments to deal with the loss.