When Fuller House strutted onto the scene back in 2016, bringing with it (almost) the entire cast of the original Full House, who knew it would last five solid season that never once dipped in quality? Sadly, the series has run its course and the world of Full House has departed for the second time, leaving us with plenty of laughs and heartfelt moments to remember.
Fuller House has been the most feel-good show on Netflix for the last five years and that continues into this final season, which doesn’t miss a beat. As much as this farewell season is all about the goodbyes, it saves that for the very end, treating the rest of the season like another day in the lives of the Fuller/Tanner/Gibbler families. Each individual episode has its own arc that is always entertaining and brings plenty of opportunities for more of the cheesy humour that the series is known for. However, it’s the overarching plots that usually culminate in the final or midseason episodes that are the most engaging.
In each season there has been something, something that ties together all the episodes and leads towards an emotional climax. This season, especially the latter half is like a celebration of the characters that have graced our screens for the last 30 years. The build-up to the series finale is as emotional as it is exciting, really closing out every single character’s story in a way that illustrates how much they’ve grown.
The build-up to the finale is one thing, but the series finale itself is one of the best episodes of the series and one of the best finales put to screen. It’s packed full of heart, laughs and emotion and will have you smiling through the tears on more than one occasion. The reason why it’s so impactful is because of how much you can tell it means to the cast. This is a farewell for a cast who have played these characters for over 30 years and are once again saying goodbye. When the characters are crying, you can tell the tears are real, making the whole ending so much more emotionally heavy.
The humour is as good, as cheesy and as consistent as it has ever been. From callbacks to the original series to fourth wall-breaking moments referencing the absence of the Olsen twins, the comedic timing in here is on point. At this point, the show knows its audience and it doesn’t try to cater to anyone else with switches in the humour. Every episode has a good amount of comedic moments spread throughout, ensuring there isn’t a single dull moment. In early seasons, the comedy relied pretty heavily on the fan-favourite one-liners from the original series and although they’re funny, it could be a bit much. However, now that the show has created an identity of its own, it can reference its own classic lines and moments, adding much more variety to the humour.
I’ve said the same thing with every season and this is no exception here; the ensemble cast in this series is just incredible. From the original crew including Candace Cameron Bure (D.J), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) to the newbies Elias Harger (Max), Michael Campion (Jackson) and Soni Bringas (Ramona), everyone pulls their weight in the comedy department. The impact that each cast member had on the show is seen in the final episodes where you don’t want anyone to go. It’s a great ensemble cast as they really do make it feel like you’re being welcomed in to a home with one big family.
It’s sad to see such a brilliant show end, but there’s no better way I’d have rather seen it go out than what we got. This was a very fun and emotional farewell season that celebrated the characters and relationships that have been formed over the years that this show was on the air. The show may be over, but it’s the impact of Fuller House that will live on forever. Who knows if the show will get another sequel series in 20 years… the door is always open.