“Have mercy!” Full House was on for eight seasons between 1987 and 1994. It was so popular that, decades later, it was rebooted as Fuller House. The Tanner family: Danny (Bob Saget), DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (the Olsen twins) — plus best friend Joey (Dave Coulier), brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos), and mother figure Rebecca (Lori Loughlin) were the wholesome, lesson-teaching reason so many tuned in each Friday night.
Things have changed in the past 25 years, though, mostly due to technology and more pointedly, social media. Although the gang might still be close in 2021, the antics they engaged in and predicaments they found themselves in would probably not be an issue nowadays.
10 How Do You Feel?
From the first episode, it was established that overwhelmed, single dad Danny needed help raising his pre-teen girls. As kind as it was for Joey and Jesse to move in to lend a hand, these two single guys didn’t know what they were doing either.
Perhaps back in 1987, there was shame in the therapy game, but today, the whole family would sit down together at least once a week, as well as individually, with a therapist or counselor to discuss how to cope with the loss of their wife/mom. Danny would also belong to a Parents Without Partners-type of Facebook group.
9 There’s No Biz, Like Show Biz
Joey was a stand-up comedian and Uncle Jesse was a musician, music producer, and lead singer of his own band, who even played with the Beach Boys when the family took a multi-episode vacay to Hawaii. Yet the struggle was always real for both of them as they couldn’t seem to get a real break in show biz.
Today, especially with their good looks, both Joey and Jesse would put their respective talents out on YouTube and TikTok, as well as other social media. Plus, if Jesse couldn’t get signed by a record label, he could upload his tunes on Apple Music, etc.
8 Swiping Right
Although none of the three men on the show were ever hurting for the companionship of women, the way they met them was always rather random in a too-convenient sitcom way, which was unrealistic even back then. None of the women were ever put off by the fact that the guys had the added responsibility of three little girls.
Today, all three men would be on dating apps, especially Danny, who as a safeguard would want to know that anyone he was getting involved with liked children and knew that they’d be in a relationship with his girls, as well.
7 You Gotta Have Friends
Although it’s still plausible today that long-time neighbors, DJ and Kimmy, would be BFFs, they wouldn’t be each other’s only friends. Even though when DJ had a party other kids from school showed up, it seemed that the two girls only really had each other, with Kimmy more as a sidekick who DJ tolerated more than liked.
Now, their friend bases would be larger, thanks to FB and IG, and because of social media, they’d join groups specific to their interests and find friends who were more suited to them and not just a convenience because they lived next door.
6 Going It Alone
Then, as would be the case now, Danny’s initial anxieties about single parenting would be valid. However, after a year or two, he and the girls would inevitably find a new normal, and having these other two guys hanging around the house would be unnecessary.
Today, Joey and Jesse would have never lived in the house as long as they did back then. Once Jesse met Rebecca, they’d probably move in together and Joey would want his own place, not just a room in another man’s home. Now, their living arrangement, although a good thing if it were temporary to help a pal, for the long-term, seems somewhat infantilizing.
5 Higher Learning
Jesse was often self-conscious about his lack of education, especially after he met Rebecca. Next to her, he felt uncultured and not smart enough to keep up with her and her friends. In season 6, it’s revealed that he’s a high school dropout, and goes back only to be tormented by the teacher who intimidated him the first go-round. He stays in night school but misses graduation because he’s stuck on the subway.
Today, with online learning not only available but seen as legitimate as in-person learning, Jesse could have gotten not only his GED but a college degree as well. It also would have not taken him away from his family at night and saved on commuting time.
4 Podcast Mania
Back then, Jesse and Joey had a radio show from which they eventually were fired. They were hired originally though because of their entertaining on-air banter.
Today, they’d join the podcast movement and use it to get notoriety for their respective creative projects. They both have always been entrepreneurs of sorts, and a podcast would give them the creative freedom they thrive on. It would also fit right into their array of entertainment jobs they’ve had over the years. Aside from comedy and music, Joey auditioned for TV pilots and was a kid show as well as a game show host, while Jesse’s owned the Smash club.
3 Beauty Standards
During the years the show aired, it was the era of the supermodels. DJ, as a high school teen, had episodes revolve around dieting, embarrassment over wearing glasses, and her clothes not being cool as per the standards of some other girls.
Today, body shaming is out and shaming of all kinds is unacceptable. While society still has a long way to go and levels of acceptance vary from country to country, we are slowly moving towards a more inclusive “you be you” world, where different body types and ways of dressing are celebrated and things like glasses are considered fashion accessories.
2 Equal Partners
There was something very sexist about Jesse and Rebecca’s relationship, especially after she became pregnant with twins, Nicky and Alex. In season 5 episode 8, Rebecca has to con Jesse into attending her baby shower, which he deemed a “woman thing.” Today, they’d have a joint gender-reveal party.
Also, after the babies are born, the couple — who didn’t know any other families like theirs, argues about how to raise the identical boys and agonizes over their “double troubles.” Today, they’d belong to an online group devoted to parents of twins and find answers to their travails from others who’ve been there. Also, of note: when Jesse has to watch the boys it’s called “babysitting.” When Rebecca does it, it’s called parenting. This just doesn’t fly today.
1 Little Cyber Footprints Everywhere
DJ, Stephanie and Michelle (as well as the adults) often got into mostly benign mischief. By the time the show ended, Stephanie had driven the family car into the side of the house, the girls had gotten lost in an airport and ended up stowaways on a plane, DJ had skipped school to go to the mall to get an autograph from her favorite singer and Stephanie went ahead and touched Uncle Jesse’s expensive electronic equipment, even after she was warned not to.
Today the girls would each have their own smartphones, as well as other devices they’d be hard-pressed to look up from, let alone put down, to engage in the capers fans were used to seeing them in. The appearance of Kimmy just showing up, much to the annoyance of the adult family members, would not be an issue now, as the girls would be non-stop texting.
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