Written by Muchacha Motorista
Remember TGIF on ABC back in the late '80s and early '90s? You had Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and for most of those years, it was kicked off by Full House. Now, I should admit right off the bat that I was a big Full House fan back in the day. It was in fact my #1 favorite show for many years. And when I got the First Season on DVD last year as a gift, it was a welcome bit of nostalgia for me. Even as Sombrero Grande (who I dragged into watching it with me) rolled his eyes from under that big orange hat, I didn’t mind the cheesiness. It was good, clean fun.
So did I find myself continuing to defend the show while watching Full House: The Complete Eighth Season, or was I rolling my eyes right along side Sombrero? Well, there were some episodes that withstood the test of time--especially the final two episodes, which were touching--but otherwise, eh…this season was mostly the latter. For one, it didn’t hold the same nostalgia, and I think by this point (1994) in the series I caught an episode here and there, but I’d moved on to Beverly Hills 90210, so I couldn’t automatically overlook some of the cheesiness. And there is a heck of a lot of cheese in this season, such as the episode “Comet’s Excellent Adventure” when the golden retriever Comet hooks up with a saucy Collie and spends a day riding the trolleys and taking in the view from Coit Tower. Oh, and when Kareem-Abdul Jabbar helps Uncle Jessie learn how to play basketball so he can impress his kids and win the big game (in “Air Jesse”).
Then there is the repetition. I was in serious danger of developing a bad twitch when Uncle Jesse sang the Three’s Company theme song for the 30th time to keep Shorty, Michelle’s donkey, quiet for the night (in “You Pet It, You Bought It”). Yikes.