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Clockwise, L to R: Jackson, Stephanie, DJ, Tommy, Kimmy, Ramona, Max.

Fuller House is a Gender Flipped Sequel Series to Full House, created by Jeff Franklin like the original. A Netflix original series, it premiered on February 26, 2016 and ran for five seasons (the third and fifth split into two halves), with the final episodes premiering on June 2, 2020.

Taking place some 20 years after the original, Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) is grown up with three kids of her own, with her last name now Fuller. Following the death of her husband while on the job as a firefighter, she moved back in with her dad in her old home to get her life back together.

Before the house is set to be sold and the family go their separate ways, a big family party is held where it's revealed that while D.J. has been putting on a strong front, she is secretly overwhelmed with the prospect of taking care of her family by herself. Her father Danny (Bob Saget) decides to offer the house to her, after which her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), who's had a storied career as a DJ living in England, decides to drop everything to help out her sister, and her best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) joins them with her daughter. Sound familiar?

Most of the lead cast from Full House return; aside from those aforementioned, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, and Scott Weinger. New additions to the cast include John Brotherton, Michael Campion, Adam Hagenbuch, Elias Harger, Dashiell and Fox Messitt, Ashley Liao, Soni Nicole Bringas, Landry Bender, and Juan Pablo di Pace.

Now has a Recap page and a Character Sheet in need of help.

Fuller House was the first series from Miller-Boyett Productions since the short-lived Olsen Twins vehicle Two of a Kind as well as effectively the company's last TV series due to executive producer Thomas L. Miller's death in April 2020.

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  • Accent Adaptation: In the Latin American Spanish dub of the first episode, Stephanie's English accent is changed to a European Spanish accent. In that adaptation, Stephanie was living in Spain instead of the UK.
  • Accidental Kiss: Steve and Matt end up officially announcing their rivalry for DJ and they both try to kiss her on the cheek at the same time. DJ instinctively backs away and they end up kissing each other.
  • Acting Unnatural: After Kimmy and Stephanie watch D.J. kissing Matt (she was originally supposed to break up with him), they see her coming in and frantically try to act normal but fail horribly; Stephanie ends up reading a magazine upside down, and Kimmy tries to pour coffee using an empty coffee server.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Uncle Jesse's new job is main composer for General Hospital. John Stamos started his acting career playing Blackie Parrish on that show. Lampshaded with Uncle Jesse complimenting the show on its choice of actors.
    • DJ states she learned to dance from Dancing with the Stars. Candace Cameron-Bure was a contestant on the show's 18th season. In fact, the guy she was dancing with was Maksim, who competed on the same season as her.
    • It might be coincidental, but Stephanie tells a story about being a drunken bridesmaid (at Kimmy's wedding). One well-known tabloid story involves Jodie Sweetin being quite drunk at Candace Cameron Bure's wedding.
      • Another potential coincidence is that Ashley Olsen's middle name is Fuller.
    • Michelle is said to be in New York building a fashion career; once Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen reached adulthood, they pulled away from acting to develop their own clothing line and attend New York University.
    • DJ says when choosing a show to watch, always go with The View. Candace Cameron-Bure was a host on The View from August 2015 to December 2016, the same week season 2 of Fuller House was released.
    • Nelson is not the first character played by Jason Marsden to be recast with Hal Sparks.
    • Fernando's mom commissions a mural for the baby's room that depicts her and says it will be like she's watching the baby like a hawk.
    • When Kimmy mentions that one of her "longest relationships" was with her Kirk Cameron poster, DJ mentions that she never understood his appeal.
  • Almost Kiss: Becky and Jesse at their vow-renewal ceremony in the season finale, cut off by Joey's whistle.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kimmy is this for Ramona, which is exactly what she would be. DJ has shades of this, but is more an Overprotective Mom.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Max will believe in a magic scarf that gives him the ability to play an instrument, but draws the line at wifi-transferred magic.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Season 2, Stephanie wants to get her old band "Girl Talk" back together, which requires getting her old friend Gia to play bass. D.J. objects because Gia was a bad influence on Steph—she tried to get her to smoke cigarettes, took her to a make-out party, and got her to wear her first crop top!
  • Artist and the Band: Jesse And The Rippers come back, and just like in Full House, they play a cover of The Beach Boys' "Forever".
  • Artistic License – Physics: In season 3, Max climbs out of his bedroom window in full view of the window by the front door. The architecture of the house clearly makes this impossible.
  • As Himself: Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure's brother, shows up in a restaurant as Kimmy's dream date. This of course runs into full on Celebrity Paradox in multiple ways, as he had a one episode role in the original show as DJ's cousin, making it also You Look Familiar.
    • Joey McIntyre shows up twice, since he was the first crush of all three main characters.
  • Audience Shift: The series seems to be primarily aimed towards adult fans who grew up with the original series. As such, one can expect a lot of more mature humor to come up. Hence why the series rating bumped up from a TV-G when it first debuted to a TV-PG later down the line.
  • Babies Ever After: the last episode of the show reveals Stephanie, who was barren before, is pregnant with Jimmy's baby.
  • Babies Make Everything Better:
    • As of "Fuller Thanksgiving," Jesse and Becky are adopting a baby.
    • Despite Stephanie initially being told she couldn't get pregnant (and she still can't), in Season 3 she finds out she is able to conceive with the aid of a surrogate as she does have a few viable eggs. As a woman usually has thousands of eggs, this still didn't give any chance of conceiving on her own.
    • The season 3 finale reveals that Stephanie's dream of having a child is coming true, as Kimmy is helping her carry Stephanie's child.
    • Stephanie wants to move into her own place in the last episode of the show. She then decides to keep living with DJ because she is pregnant and wants her children to grow up with their aunt and cousins.
  • Back for the Finale: Several reoccurring characters thought the show appears in the final episode as guests for the triple wedding. This also includes Gia, Vicky, Harry, Viper, Duane and Derek from the original show.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The basic relationship between Kimmy and her ex-husband Fernando.
    • Invoked with Jackson and Gia's daughter Rocki in Season 3.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gender Flipped with Steve and Matt, two guys interested in DJ. Steve is her childhood boyfriend and a goofball, evoking a Boy Next Door appeal. Matt is a bit more hunky and self-assured.
  • Big-Breast Pride: Kimmy accuses Stephanie of having this when she feels like Stephanie overshadows her in Ramona's eyes.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Tends to go around...
    • D.J. and Matt
    • D.J. and Steve
    • Fernando and Kimmy
    • Kimmy and Stephanie in a completely non-romantic example.
  • Big Eater:
    • Steve, still. It's a running gag that he usually has food with him.
    • Kimmy and Stephanie really love their cake.
  • Big Little Brother: Stephanie is the younger sister but has notably gained some height over D.J.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: A hungover Stephanie in need of antacid relief swaps catchphrases with D.J.
    D.J.: Aspirin?
    Stephanie: No - Mylanta.
    D.J.: Are you mocking me? How rude!
    • The girls also drunk-dial Michelle and quote all her catchphrases into her voicemail.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The series is very aware of the conventions of the original series, and is more than willing to make jokes reflecting the real world actors and cultural impact of the show.
    • A few minutes into "Our Very First Show, Again," Danny says that Michelle can't make the party because she is in New York running her fashion empire. Then everyone stops and looks into the camera.
    • In "Fuller Thanksgiving," D.J. laments that Michelle couldn't be there to make the family truly together, and Jesse leans back, looks straight into the camera and says, "Come on down. It'll be fun."
  • Brick Joke:
    • In "Funner House", when D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy go to the club, Stephanie meets two attractive brothers named Maks and Val that have a tendency to decide things through a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors that always goes on because each brother keeps picking scissors. Near the end of the episode, when the two are dancing together in the club's dance contest, they get into an argument over who gets to lead and try to settle things the same way they always do, but since they keep picking scissors, they get disqualified.
    • Two in one. Late in Season 4, while discussing whether or not to reveal the gender of Stephanie and Jimmy’s baby, Fernando claims that guessing a baby’s gender correctly is his gift. Stephanie points out that it’s a 50/50 chance, so not that impressive, but it’s enough for Jimmy to declare Fernando a witch. Four episodes later when the baby's born, Fernando hands Stephanie the card he wrote his guess on…and it says "girl" on one side, "boy" on the other. And it's still enough for Jimmy to think he’s a witch.
    • Twice in the shows run Kimmy's fallen down the living room stairs (well okay the second time she willingly threw herself down them). Both times Ramona is dumbfounded that Kimmy came out of it okay. In Season 5 Ramona falls down in a Kimmy-fashion and is likewise okay.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Joey and his wife Ginger have four of them—and they play the trope to the hilt. A later episode focuses on how even Joey can't stand them.
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: A number of jokes are made about the fact the original child actors have grown into attractive, voluptuous women, Stephanie in particular. Kimmy tries mocking Stephanie for having large breasts - that is why the younger girls flock to her. In another episode they reminisce about their brief middle school band "Girl Talk" and bring it back, and Kimmy says it is even better because they have boobs now.
  • Call-Back: Not counting many flashbacks to the original series:
    • When the cast sang the theme song for The Flintstones, the screen splits and shows the same cast doing it in Full House nearly three decades earlier, synced up.
    • Also, the use of the original opening at the start of the first episode.
    • And the Running Gag about Kimmy's bad foot odor.
    • Livestock in the kitchen.
    • DJ and Stephanie retelling the events of the Full House episode "The Hole In The Wall Gang" to two guys at a club.
    • In the Cold Open of "Fullers in the Fog", the penultimate episode of season 3, the old cast reunites again for a 30 year Dad-iversary. As part of it, there's a rented red convertible in front of the house, the same one seen in the original Full House opening. They all took their old seats, with Kimmy taking Michelle's spot.
    • In the season 4 episode "Girls Night Out" DJ uses a life preserver with S.S. Papouli written on it to catch an alleged jewel thief. Likely a reference to "The Last Dance" in which Danny buys a boat and names it after the girl's great-grandfather called Papouli who passed away earlier in the episode.
    • In a season 4 episode Jackson and Ramona go to the prom where Steve and DJ are chaperones. DJ and Steve's high school prom from the original series gets brought up multiple times and always ends up with "and Michelle recovered from her amnesia" which was a plot point in the original series that has nothing to do with this episode, to the point where they even say "I don't know why that is important".
    • "Cold Turkey" makes a blatant one to one of the original series most infamous moments. Stephanie angrily leaves the house to look for Danny, Joey, and Jesse. She can't find DJ's car keys, so she uses Joey's…for Rosie II… which is parked right in the backyard. Stephanie's first words after the crash echo what she said the first time she drove Joey's car into the kitchen.
    • "Our Very Last Show Again" features a quick cameo from Derek S. Boyd. And in case the audience couldn't recognize him, he leaves the Tanner-Fuller house singing Yankee Doodle.
  • Catchphrase: Holy chalupas, this thing runs on catchphrases. All of the old catchphrases ("How rude!" "O Mylanta!" "Cut it out!" "You got it, dude!") and a few new ones, including "Holy chalupas!" Jackson also says "J-Money, keeping it real" through season 1. Whenever someone rings the doorbell, someone will respond with "It's always open!"
    • This appears to be lampshaded in the first season finale when Stephanie, Kimmy, and DJ drunk dial Michelle and utter all her old catchphrases.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • Ramona mentions she bought her first designer dress for her birthday party. The designers? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. On top of that, Michelle is said to be running her own fashion empire in New York, making it likely she has interacted with them in the industry.
    • There is an allusion to the urban legend of Dave Coulier being the subject of the Alanis Morrissette song "You Oughta Know".
    • While at a club DJ mentions that she watches a lot of Dancing with the Stars. The guy she was dancing with, Maks Chmerkovskiy, was a standing performer for the show (along with his brother Val who was dancing with Stephanie). Candace Cameron Bure was also one of the celebrities participating in the show in Season 18 two years prior — coincidentally, Maks' then-last season on the show (eventually returning in season 23), which he won alongside ice dancer Meryl Davis. Shortly after Fuller House premiered, Jodie Sweetin was announced as part of the Season 22 lineup, and ended up dancing with Val for the seasonal America's Switch-Up Challenge. And Juan Pablo di Pace (Fernando) joined season 27 with pro partner Cheryl Burke.
    • Max and Ramona mention a Hallmark movie starring Dean Cain and Lori Loughlin, who plays Becky.
  • Character Aged with the Actor: Taking place (and premiering) 30 years after its predecessor, and with the entire cast reprising their roles, this was inevitable.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Joey still is. In the interim one of the things he did was invent a religion based on hockey.
    • Kimmy is still a downright bizarre woman in her methods and behavior, much like she was as a teenager, but she's competent enough to run a successful event planning company, and overall is more level-headed than she was in the first series.
    • Jimmy inherits some of this, being Kimmy's brother.
  • Commitment Issues: Stephanie has had a long history of short relationships, according to her 12 in 5 1/2 years. DJ suspects it stems from when their mom died, DJ stayed close to Dad while Stephanie retreated into herself and has always been independent.
  • Covered in Gunge: DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy end up like this by walking into the crossfire between the kids and Joey in an Escalating War.
  • Cry into Chest: A non-dramatic example. The Hallmark movie Max and Ramona talk about (see Celebrity Paradox above) drove both of them to tears, and talking about it again led to both of them crying and holding each other. It's Played for Laughs, as shown by Jackson's reaction and how they almost immediately pull out of it when the doorbell rings.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Steph is definitely the queen of this trope, spitting barbs at Kimmy and, when necessary, everyone else too.
  • Disappeared Dad: DJ's husband passed away while on duty as a firefighter prior to the series' start.
  • Distaff Counterpart: DJ, a single parent raising three children, is now one to her father Danny; Stephanie, who is a struggling musician with familial ties to DJ, is now one to Jesse; and Kimmy, a goofball friend who moves in to help raise the kids, is now one to Joey.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: Kimmy and Fernando are in the process of getting divorced, and decide to try being together again. Although it is done to the ultimate extreme, as Fernando ends up asking Kimmy to divorce him so that he could propose to her and get married again, having a blank slate. Subverted as she rejects him at the altar in the first season finale.
  • Double Entendre: The show uses it frequently.
  • Double-Meaning Title: While the title refers to the Tanner household getting "fuller" due to DJ having children of her own (and there being an extra child), it also refers to DJ's married name, Fuller, therefore making it the "Fuller house".
  • Dramatic Shattering: Stephanie driving Joey's car into the kitchen again in "Cold Turkey" is presented this way, complete with Overcrank filming (the same incident in the original series did not have as dramatic shattering.)
  • Drop-In Character: A long history of these characters are referenced. When Kimmy moves in, she said she always wanted to live in the Tanner house. They comment on how these random people keep walking into the house, including Kimmy's brother Jimmy.
  • Drunk on Milk: Played with when Chad invited people over to his party for "root beers". Air quotes were included.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy are all blonde now, leading to Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
  • Everyone Owns a Mac: Apple products are rampant in the show. But most notably, Macs are often seen in the show- with the fifth episode proudly showing Facetime running on a Macbook, and Stephanie's laptop being shown to be a Macbook with the signature glowing Apple logo on the back of the LCD panel.
    • Averted with Kimmy, using an Acer laptop to put DJ's dating profile online.
  • Expy: See also Gender Flip and Generation Xerox. DJ is very much like her dad, level-headed and devoted parent. Stephanie is like Jesse, talented musician who put their career on hold to help out. Kimmy is like Joey, goofy and a Cloud Cuckoolander. Stephanie and Kimmy end up working with each other like Jesse and Joey often did.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Ramona tells her mother that there is nothing she can do to make Ramona enter the house. Kimmy simply smiles and throws Ramona's cell phone inside.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Steve and Matt end up becoming very close friends while competing with each other for DJ. They even go out for a beer together at the end of the first season and find each other dates at the start of the second season.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe. DJ and Steve are equally confused if the musical number they had during a traffic jam actually happened.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Kimmy mentions early on she knew most people couldn't stand her, and loved DJ all the more for being her friend.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: A carry-over from the original show. It's acknowledged in the pilot that their home would be incredibly expensive in modern-day San Francisco. To clarify, the house is one of the "Painted Ladies", a series of pre-earthquake Victorians in SF, which are in what's considered a very desirable neighborhood and iconic part of the city in general (due to the legacy of the original show the real life house is considered an unofficial landmark). The painted ladies usually go for 3 million USD or more, Danny probably never could have afforded the house to begin with. But since in the Full House universe Danny does own the house, he offers it to DJ to raise her family. It's not clear exactly how this arrangement works, but it does address the trope.
    • In season 5 he reminds them that nobody in this house pays any rent when he drops by and the Fullers/Gibblers aren't excited.
  • Funny Background Event: While Jackson is complaining about Ramona ruining his 6th birthday, there's a brief shot in the background of Ramona walking by with a smug smile on her face.
  • Gender Flip: A complete flip of the previous generation. Where Danny Tanner (a man) raised three girls with help from his two pals (also men), in the new show, DJ Tanner (a woman) raises three boys with help from her sister and best friend (women).
  • Generation Xerox: As mentioned above, the Tanner girls and Kimmy grow up to live very similar lives to their predecessors.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: When Kimmy and Stephanie accidentally kiss in the penultimate episode of Season 1, DJ looks horrified. Steve, on the other hand, looks like he's enjoying the show.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Keeping with the spirit of the original show, there is not much swearing at all. But DJ specifically tends to be more of a dorky mom, once asking if she was a "floozy" for dating two men at once with Stephanie and Kimmy saying that it's unlikely because she used the term "floozy." Devout Christian Candace Cameron Bure asked that "Oh my God" not be used, and characters instead generally say "Oh My...lanta." or "OMG." Although Stephanie did say "Oh my God" in season one episode five and Ramona uttered a "Oh God" in season three episode twelve. "Damn" does appear occasionally, DJ herself called some Mexican wrestlers "damn, dirty chickens" (based on their costume theme) when coming to protect Jackson.
  • The Ghost:
    • The family frequently mentions Michelle, who is in New York building a Fashion career. She's the only one of the original cast to never make an appearance. note 
    • DJ's deceased husband is also mentioned. On occasion, he's seen in old photos but doesn't speak (through an old video) until season 4.
    • Steve's ex-wife. The most we get is that he regrets not getting a prenup.
  • Has a Type: In the second season Steve ends up dating CJ, a girl who looks and acts almost identical to DJ. She even has the nickname "Ceege", similar to how DJ is called "Deege." CJ naively even says he often mixes up their names.
  • History Repeats:
    • A widowed Tanner once again recruits their friends to help raise three kids. It even takes place in the same house.
    • One ep had Stephanie drive a car into the kitchen again!
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Danny Tanner experiences this in "Fuller Thanksgiving." He even gets (actually rents) a Mid Life Crisis Car.
  • Homoerotic Subtext:
    • Fernando tries singing a song to Kimmy declaring his love for her and finds himself too emotional to continue. He recruits Stephanie to finish the song, along with the romantic gestures. Kimmy is so turned on she plants a big kiss on Stephanie.
    • During Thanksgiving dinner, because the house was far more crowded than normal, Danny and Jesse ended up sharing a bed. They disagree on the exact details, but they both agree there was some spooning involved. Earlier in the same episode, Jesse was fantasizing about Danny hoverboarding naked.
    • In "Happy New Year Baby", Steve is trying to propose to CJ but completely blanks on the words. DJ is swapped in to recite the speech which Matt walks in on. She says yes, and there's a big hug, which just confuses people even more.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The Tanner girls have grown up nicely. The first episode has Stephanie in a low cut dress and lampshades how revealing it is.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: Ramona describes the Fullers as the "whitest family in America. They're albino polar bears... drinking milk... in a snowstorm... watching Frozen."
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A variant. DJ's husband, Tommy Fuller Sr. gave her a necklace, and note telling her that he wants her to be happy...just before his sudden death in a fire. Possibly played straight when DJ herself said that Tommy Sr. would have wanted her to be happy when she prepares to play the field again and removes her wedding ring.
    • The same thing happens with Matt in "Soul Sisters", after seeing DJ and Steve hug, he later mentions that it's her choice if she wanted Steve than a hunky person like him.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: "Golden-Toe Fuller" features Josh Peck as a hipster dad that Jesse meets at a Daddy & Me class. John Stamos and Peck previously played father and son on Fox's short-lived sitcom, Grandfathered.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Stephanie took DJ to crash a wedding in "Ramona's Not-So-Epic First Kiss" and get her out to meet some new guys. She does hit it off with one and while she went to get her phone to exchange numbers, Stephanie talked to him and found out he was gay. While it takes Stephanie several moments to process this, it turns out for the best because it takes the pressure off DJ as they both enjoyed the conversation.
  • KidAnova: Mankowski from season 3 repeatedly tries to flirt with DJ.
  • Latin Lover: Fernando fits the bill. Aside from being from Argentina, he uses all the usual kind of romantic gestures associated with the trope to win back his wife's heart.
  • Large Ham: Middle child Max is this. It may be Middle Child Syndrome (Stephanie was prone to this as well).
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Stephanie mentions that she changed Michelle's diapers so often, she thought there was two of them.
    • Ramona also buys a dress from Mary Kate and Ashley's collection and comments on the price, with Kimmy joking that maybe it's the reason they don't live on acting anymore.
    • Danny returning to town for the Wake Up, San Francisco reunion show leads to some Self-Deprecation.
    Kimmy: Isn't it kinda sad when they drag out the old cast for some lame reunion show?
    Danny: Not when the show is adored by millions and the stars are beloved cultural icons.
    • At one point Raven-Symoné is mentioned in conversation, dismissed by D.J. as merely being "a child actor".
    • Steve comments on the fall of Blockbuster Video, which had been eclipsed by Netflix (the service Fuller House airs from).
    • In the first episode of season 2, Max complains about how boring things have been since the wedding in the season 1 finale.
    • After Stephanie finishes reading Ariana Grande's biography, she says that it's happy to see that "things turned out fine for a former sitcom child actor."
    • The second half of season 5 opens with DJ, Kimmy, and Stephanie asking why "it" has to be over and how they just want to binge more of "it." They're actually talking about the ice cream they just had. But Ramona finishes the bit by declaring she's going to binge watch the final season of her favorite family sitcom.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Jackson and Ramona are about the same age and due to the living conditions start seeing each other as family rather than just their parents being friends. The writers also seem to lean on and invoke this trope in order to stifle interest in the Jamona pairing too.
  • Love Triangle: DJ is torn between two suitors: Steve and Matt.
  • Manchild: Joey is well into his 50s, and still wears Bugs Bunny pajamas. His idea of babysitting is to take away their cell phones and tablets and arm them with advanced squirt guns loaded with slime.
  • Meaningful Name: Joey and Ginger Gladstone named their kids Jerry, Lewis, Phyllis, and Joan, after famous comics (or the same famous comic in the case of the two boys).
  • Millennium Bug: Kimmy and Jimmy's parents moved into a bunker in the Everglades fearing this happened to the world. They're in no hurry to tell them the world didn't end.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Said by Stephanie to baby Tommy when he can't stop staring at her... assets through her low-cut top.
  • Nice Guy: Ethan, Ramona's love interest in Season 5. It's even acknowledged in-universe that he's one of the better guys she's dated in the show's run.
  • Noodle Implements: Whatever Kimmy was doing with a tub of mayonnaise, 100 oysters and a robot costume. It wasn't for one of her parties.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • DJ briefly mentions that her husband presumably died while firefighting.
    • Stephanie and Macy Gray got hammered in Thailand, escaped from police on an elephant, and woke up three days later in Cambodia.
    • Apparently, Stephanie partied with Prince William in Ibiza.
  • Not Me This Time: The cow in the kitchen was completely Stephine's idea, but it was such a Kimmy thing everyone assumes it's her cow.
  • Of Course I Smoke: In "Fuller Thanksgiving," Danny Tanner is going through a Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis, and as part of it, he is seen at one point smoking a cigar, but after a few puffs, he starts hacking and wheezing, just as he's coming to his senses on how he's been acting during his crisis.
  • Offscreen Inertia: The first episode plays with this, opening with the family gathering in the kitchen and dining area as though nothing is different from 20 years ago. Danny chatting with baby Tommy in the kitchen, Jesse coming down from the attic bedroom and making an Elvis reference, Joey coming up from the basement in Scooby-Doo pajamas. Through dialogue, it's established that this was a reunion of sorts before the family splits up and the house sold, and they had gone their separate ways years prior.
    • Max lampshades this in the season 2 premiere, saying that the summer was boring since all the exciting things stopped happening.
  • Once a Season:
    • A fourth-wall-breaking reference to Michelle's absence has been made once in each season so far.
      • Season 1, Episode 1 ("Our Very First Show, Again"): Stephanie asks where her sister is. Danny says that she's "busy in New York, running her fashion empire." This is followed by the whole cast turning to the camera for several seconds, to uproarious laughter and cheering.
      • Season 2, Episode 6 ("Fuller Thanksgiving"): D.J. says grace before the family eats dinner, saying that they miss Michelle and hope she'll be with them next year, followed by Jesse peaking out from the group and saying to the camera, "come, it'll be fun," to more cheers and laughter.
      • Season 5 holds off on this until the last possible moment.
    • Also, one episode in each season has been called "Ramona's Not-So-Epic X". In Season 1, it was "Ramona's Not-So-Epic Party". In Season 2, it was "Ramona's Not-So-Epic First Kiss".
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: At one point, Kimmy brings in a guy to be DJ's first date, but leaves him alone in the living room. DJ, meanwhile, thinks he's the plumber. This conversation goes on for quite a while.
  • One-Steve Limit: Parodied; Stephanie's DJ name is DJ Tanner, her sister's name.
    • Played with in regard to Stephanie and Jimmy's daughter. They named her Danielle after her grandfather Danny, and her middle name is Jo for DJ. So she can be another Danny Tanner or another DJ.
  • Parental Abandonment: The Gibbler parents left San Francisco 20 years before the start of the show to travel the world. Kimmy and Jimmy haven't seen them since. They don't even show up to their children's engagement parties.
  • Pixellation: Fernando was cooking breakfast in Kimmy's robe, much too small for him, and ends up bending over to pick something up and exposes himself to the rest of the family, complete with blurring.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Jackson ends up accidentally in a match with Mexican wrestlers in chicken costumes, DJ comes to the rescue and, while normally reserved with her language, she calls them "damn dirty chickens."
  • Product Placement: Macy Gray's appearance is little more than a plug for a new song and album. Additionally, Apple appears to be one of the biggest sponsors of the show: A classic Mac appears in the opening theme, everyone is shown owning an iPad or an iPhone, Uncle Jesse directly invokes Siri in the second episode, and a Macbook appears several times in the fifth. And it appears that VTech was a minor sponsor given their tweet about their baby monitor (with its logo intact) appearing in the show after it premiered. Not to mention the various products name-dropped throughout all the episodes that are too numerous to list.
    • Averted in the case of a Nintendo 2DS that Jackson plays in a couple of episodes. Although any fan of the platform will recognize it instantly, the show never refers to it by name, nor shows it prominently.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Juan Pablo Di Pace (Fernando) moved into the house in the second season, getting this treatment.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jodie Sweetin's broken leg put her in a cast for the majority of the first half of Season 3. The show got around it by having Stephanie suffer the same injury during a fun run with D.J. It might also have been a sense of déjà vu for Sweetin, who broke her arm during production of the original series' seventh season.
  • Really Gets Around: It's been mildly hinted that both Stephanie and Gia are this.
  • Rearrange the Song: As is inevitable with any revival, the iconic "Everywhere You Look" has been re-recorded, this time by Carly Rae Jepsen. Fitting, considering the original was sung by a man, and for this sequel series, is sung by a woman, matching the casts.
  • Reconstruction: Serves as one to the original series. It actually shows the living arrangements being set up, informing everyone up front what the others are sacrificing to help their sister and friend. The saccharine tone and Sentimental Music Cue is still present, but slightly less overt and far more likely to be lampshaded. And some of the darker backstory elements show up with more frequency (DJ is a widow, Kimmy is trying to raise her daughter through a divorce, Stephanie has a history of crazy parties and is unable to have kids of her own).
  • Replacement Goldfish: Subverted. DJ, a veterinarian, is quite up front that it's a different dog. However, Cosmo is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Comet of the original series...who apparently begat Comet Jr., who begat Steve's dog, Comet Jr. Jr. Another big difference is Comet Jr. Jr. is female while the original Comet was male.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: In the season 3 finale, as part of a lampshade of how things were staying the same, Vicki asks if The Rippers were going to be playing at the Smash Club. Danny denies they'll be there, claiming they were all dead by now. Sure enough, they show up at the laundromat that was the Smash Club 30 years ago.
  • Reunion Show: The debut episode primarily served as a nostalgia cavalcade of all the characters reuniting after so many years. An in-universe example of Wake Up San Francisco is discussed, but not shown, as a reason for Danny and Becky to be in San Francisco in later episodes.
    • Word of God have confirmed that this is intentional. The parent show got cancelled and the creators never had a chance to write a proper series finale for it. They seized the chance offered by the new series and written the pilot episode not only as the pilot of the new show, but also a proper Fully Absorbed Finale sending off the parent show.
  • Rule of Three: Ramona refers to Jesse, Danny, and Joey (respectively) as "Dreamy, Cleany, and Weenie" in the pilot.
  • Running Gag:
    • Becky is always left to carry the luggage up and down the stairs every time they visit the Fuller house. Jesse fails to notice her sarcasms about it.
    • DJ occasionally overexplains herself to whatever random character before she realizes what she's doing "Why am I explaining myself?"
      • Stephanine get's in on this in season 4.
    • In Season 4 DJ puts a spin on her Catchphrase, such as "my Santa," "my Fanta," "Mylanta Falcons," "my ninja," "magenta," "my land animal," "my labor".
    • While being Stephanie and Jimmy's surrogate Kimmy will always explain it as "I'm having my brother's baby."
  • Sex Equals Love: Though it isn't addressed in great detail given the show's family-friendly nature, Stephanie and Jimmy appear to have a very healthy sex life.
  • She's All Grown Up: While not necessarily used in the traditional way, the trope does come into play at various points considering the 20 year Time Skip. DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy sometimes comment on how things were different between now and being kids, one time saying "It's better now because we have boobs!"
    • Within this show the child actors have naturally started to grow up, also leading to some comments to that effect. Jackson now towers over DJ and she has him sit down to scold him because it's hard to be disciplinary when looking up at him. Ramona has also gotten taller and more voluptuous, leading to a few Kimmy moments talking to her about her changing body.
  • Sentimental Music Cue: As the original series became infamous for how much it used it, it's discussed and Lampshaded throughout the second episode. It is present in other episodes, but far more subtle and tends to slowly Fade In instead of kicking in during the heartwarming endings.
  • Sequel Episode: "Mom's Night Out" specifically recalls "Funner House" as the girls take Gia to the same club for dancing, only to find the club was a very sleepy bar now.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kimmy supports DJ and Steve while Stephanie is all for DJ getting with Matt, thought Stephanie later supports Steve after DJ chooses him.
  • Ship Sinking: DJ and Steve didn't last after Full House, and DJ ended up marrying Tommy Fuller. Steve also married someone else, and eventually divorce. However, since Steve tries to win DJ back during the course of the show, the ship is afloat again.
  • Short-Distance Phone Call: In "Ramona's Not-So-Epic First Kiss", Ramona, Jackson and Bobby Popko are sitting in the living room texting on their phones. Kimmy walks in and says, "Here's a crazy thought. You guys ever try interacting with each other?" Jackson replies, "Who do you think we're texting?"
  • Shout-Out: Lots of references to current icons and trends; some are more in touch than others.
    • In episode 6, after Jackson gets absolutely washed by Los Pollos Locos at Lucha Kaboom, he is unmasked, revealing his identity to DJ, who then says, "Take your hands off my son, you damn dirty chickens!"
    • In the season finale:
      • Kimmy sells the idea of being a ringbearer to Max as being akin to The Lord of the Rings, with Max as Frodo and Tommy as Sam.
      • DJ, Becky, Stephanie, and Kimmy all come back drunk from an "all-male Australian dance recital" singing "Wannabe".
      • DJ choosing between Matt and Steve is compared to The Bachelorette, and the moment itself is not too far away from something from the show.
  • Sweet Tooth: Kimmy and Stephanie, who managed to finish off more than one cake with ease.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Kimmy has a habit of explaining the pregnancy as her having her brother's baby as opposed to saying she's her brother's surrogate. This even disgusts Fernando in "Soul Sisters", claiming it's more weirder for the Gibbler family to do that.
  • Take That!:
    Max: I know the bad words: darn, booger, and Donald Trump.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: During "Surrogate City", Steph interviews a chain of horrible surrogates, including one woman who is already pregnant at the interview.
  • Through-the-Years Credits: The opening credits do this for cast members both old and new. For cast members who were on the original show, their sections are comprised of clips of the original show's credit sequence from the first season they appear in the credits, then the final season, and finally as they appear now. For the new cast members, the credits show younger pictures of them presumably from their actual family before showing them as they are now.
  • Title Drop: Inevitably while playing poker:
    Danny: Tens and queens - full house.
    Jackson: Kings and aces - fuller house.
  • Token Minority: Kimmy's daughter Ramona is half-Latin American, her father Fernando being Argentinian. Likely done so that the show isn't quite so much Monochrome Casting as the original, and lampshaded a few times by Ramona herself. Mitigated in the second season as Fernando joins the main cast.
  • Took a Third Option: In the season 1 finale, DJ chooses "herself" instead of Steve or Matt, meaning she wanted a little more time to recover over the loss of her husband.
  • Trauma Button: A heartbreaking one for Stephanie; because she was five when Pam died she has a harder time remembering her as well as DJ does. So she initially can't come up with an answer when Jimmy asks what her favorite memory of Pam is.
  • 24-Hour Party People: Both Ramona's birthday party and Dr. Harmon's retirement party have lots of people milling around, who appear to just be there for the parties.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Stephanie and Kimmy have elements of this, as there's still plenty of the tension they had as kids. This, of course, mimics the tension Jesse and Joey had in the original series.
    • Jackson and Rocki in season 3, where her snarky attitude makes her wonder why she's hanging around the Fuller family so much.
  • Vocal Evolution: The first episode of the second season pointed out Jackson's voice had deepened because of his actor hitting puberty.
  • Wallpaper Camouflage: Cosmo ended up chewing up the living room couch, to Danny's horror, and they got the couch reupholstered with the exact same design. As a gift to her dad, Stephanie had the original couch fabric made into a blazer. He blended in with the couch so well Jackson didn't see him at first.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: DJ rips her pants in a game of Twister.
  • Weddings for Everyone: The first half of Season 5 ends with Steve proposing to DJ and the realization that she, Stephanie, and Kimmy are all engaged at the same time makes them decide to do a triple wedding.
  • Wham Line: In "Save the Dates":
    Fernando: (gets down on one knee in front of Kimmy) Kimberly Louise Gibbler, will you make me the happiest man on Earth...and divorce me?
    • However, it turns out Fernando only wants to divorce Kimmy so he can remarry her as the man she deserves.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A rather egregious example since it occurs in the series finale, of all episodes. Uncle Jesse’s role in the finale is already small compared to Danny and Joey, who are featured prominently, but for unexplained reasons - he is completely absent from the very last scene.
  • I Will Wait for You: Averted. DJ told Steve and Matt she needed more time before committing to any relationship. After a few months she feels ready to say who she wants, and both have moved on. She realizes that even though she had a right to be selfish about her own life, she fumbled when it came to her relationship with both guys.
    • Then played straight with Steve calling off his wedding at the altar and DJ breaking off her engagement with Matt when the two of them find out they still have feelings for each other, and decide to wait a month before officially dating.


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Michelle in NY

The Full House family throws shade at Michelle for missing the reboot reunion.

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