What Fuller House's Critics Are Saying About The Netflix Show

Fuller House has been in development over at Netflix for quite some time, and this weekend, fans will be able to tune in at 12:01 a.m. on the dot (at least if you are on PST time) on Friday to catch the loveable nineties gang back in action. Fuller House is set to follow D.J. and Kimmy as single parents raising kids with a little help from Stephanie. Netflix has made the series available for critics to screen, and opinions differ wildly.

So what did they think? Check out a sampling below!

Unfortunately, if you were hoping for a modern take on the goofy, family-friendly nineties humor, you’ll definitely be getting a throwback sitcom and probably less from Uncle Jesse than you were hoping for. Collider’s Allison Keene says it’s a full on trainwreck and doesn’t even make good use of its adorable young cast.

Because of that, it wastes some genuine talent from the younger actors — particularly Campion and Harger — who are trapped in a series that confuses nostalgia with humor, terrible writing with throwback fun, and humiliation for ‘lesson learning.’

Not everyone is a full on hater of the new format, although Variety’s Maureen Ryan says fans will have to take the bad with the good.

Ideally, every reboot should prove its worth by offering substantial reasons for the program’s renewed existence. Despite Cameron-Bure’s charm and the occasional well-timed zinger, Fuller House doesn’t pass that test.

Currently, Fuller House is only running at a 43% over at Rotten Tomatoes and on Metacritic it's running at a 41, albeit with fewer reviews. What seems to work the best are the family dynamics in the first few episodes, when the adults from the original cast are back to help DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy to raise a new generation of young ones.

Here’s what TV Line’s Andy Swift has to say:

Once Danny, Jesse and the gang dissipate after the pilot, the show settles into its regular groove, which is comparable to that of average contemporary family sitcoms like Melissa & Joey or Last Man Standing.

Fuller House has never billed itself as anything but a return to the world Full House offered in the early nineties. A world that offered gentle moral lessons to its watchers. A world built upon comedy that was relaxing and enjoyable without forcing people to think too hard. That’s the world Netflix is seemingly giving fans the opportunity to return to.

Newsday’s Verne Gay probably sums it up perfectly.

A winner, strictly for fans.

You can tune in and decide for yourself on Friday, February 26 at 12:01 a.m. PT, only on Netflix. To find out what else the subscription streaming service has coming up, check out our Netflix TV premiere schedule.

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