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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In the episode with Stephanie's birthday party, there is a part where Stephanie and the guests break into a choreographed dance to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations". Why this happens and the purpose it serves, we will never know. If you look at the girls dancing, a lot of them are the same girls that were part of Stephanie’s dance team in a previous episode. While the sequence might still be random, them all knowing and doing the same choreography isn’t far-fetched.
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    • The first part of the Disney World special also had this short sequence where Joey visits one of the Animation Studios in the now closed "Magic of Disney Animation" attraction at the Disney MGM Studios park and draws a sketch of himself on a pad. The sketch suddenly becomes animated, and starts a conversation with Joey before bouncing around playing basketball. Afterwards, Joey leaves the studio to resume the special's actual plot. Soooo... money well spent on paying the Disney animators, guys?
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Quite a few fans have noticed how it seems like Michelle could get away with darn near anything and seldom face any consequences (and no discipline whatsoever from Danny).
      • One particular instance of Michelle actually being punished stands out: in the ''Silence is Not Golden'' dealing with a classmate of Stephanie's being abused by his father (thus causing Stephanie to develop new respect for Danny), Michelle is punished for calling a pay-per-minute joke phone line. While technically this may seem to be an aversion of Michelle's punishment-immunity, it loses impact because it only serves to give Stephanie a target for her rant about valuing your parents, etc. once Michelle gets upset at Danny for punishing her.
      • One of Joey's CMOA's comes from actually punishing Michelle when she acts up in a class he's substituting in.
      • Michelle getting a larger role in the plot was in response to the character's popularity throughout the show's run (Merchandise featuring Michelle outsold all other show merchandise, for example). However, the writers took it way too far to the point where she ruled the show and all of the other characters with an iron fist, turning her into a Scrappy for the ages. By season 8, the show focused so much on her to the point where she was practically the main character; many sarcastically started to call the show "The Michelle Show" because of this. Today, she is still hated by more than a few fans of the show.
      • Michelle becoming the Creator's Pet also lead in the shift of the show's tone to that of a kiddie show as opposed to a family-friendly sitcom.
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    • Rebecca also has shades of this. Go ahead. Find one argument she is involved in where she comes off wrong. If you see her on-screen, she is likely going to be solving a problem that had nothing to do with her or winning an argument after another character (usually a man) is forced into being a Straw Man (usually out of character). We never really see her bad traits, and is portrayed as inexplicably perfect.
  • Critical Dissonance: The show wasn't a critical favourite but it was consistently in the top 30 (season 2 onward) and gained even more popularity in syndicated reruns.
  • Ear Worm: Everywhere you look, everywhere is a heart...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Kimmy and Steve, the two best actors (and, coincidentally, least prone to Narm moments) on the series, were pretty popular.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In one episode, Jesse jokingly pretends to bite Joey's puppet Mr. Woodchuck's face after it tells an Incredibly Lame Pun. A couple years after the show ended, Dave Coulier's dog chewed up the original Mr. Woodchuck puppet's face.
    • When Michelle dresses like a punk to make a bad impression on Claire, who's just started dating Danny, she starts the conversation in a manner that's not so funny now that the Olsen twins, especially Mary Kate, have developed smoking habits since growing up:
      Michelle: "So, you must be the babe who's hittin' on my old man! Got a smoke?"
      Claire: "No, I'm sorry. I quit."
      Michelle: "Too bad. I'm trying to start."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show got a surprising cult following in Spain, known there as "Padres forzosos" ("Forced Fathers").note  To the point that Netflix advertised the sequel, Fuller House, as one of its stellar shows of the service, and even got back the vast majority of the voice actors from the original dub after 20 years. The only exceptions being Stephanie and Kimmy. And the former was because her voice actress had sadly passed away. And even ther, their replacements were A-List voice actresses Marta Barbará and Graciela Molina, respectively.
    • The show is also hugely popular in Japan.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The episode where Stephanie made friends with a girl who was a smoker and is pressured into trying cigarettes became this when Jodie Sweetin came out as a recovering meth addict.
    • The episode where D.J. stopped eating when you learn about Mary-Kate Olsen having similar problems. Candace Cameron herself also struggled with bulimia during production.
    • The main plot of the Grand Finale involves Michelle falling off a horse, suffering a concussion and memory loss. On May 27, 1995 — four days after the episode aired — Christopher Reeve was paralyzed below the neck after a horseback riding accident.
    • Uncle Jesse lecturing D.J. on drinking in "Just Say No Way" has become this after his actor John Stamos's DUI in June 2015.
    • The coddling that Aunt Becky learns to do with Michelle comes to bite Lori Loughlin in the butt in 2019 when she was one of many privileged parents who have been revealed in a scandal to have bribed Ivy League-level schools to accept their children as a students.
    • An unfortunate screenshot from "The Wedding" shows Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse on two sides of jail cell bars. In the episode, Becky is getting Jesse out of jail. In 2019...who knows if Jesse is going to help Becky?
      • To add more to it, what song was Jesse singing at the end of the episode during their wedding reception? What else but "Jailhouse Rock" of course!
      • A user on Twitter even used the episode "Be True to Your Preschool" as an example (where it was Uncle Jesse lying about the twins).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Danny is shown videotaping Michelle quite frequently in the early seasons. America's Funniest Home Videos launched during season 3.
    • Speaking of season 3, in "Fraternity Reunion", D.J. and Kimmy come up with a plan to bring the TV upstairs so they can watch two shows at the same time. Fast forward to the new tens where many people watch TV through handheld devices and computers while they have television in their rooms.
    • In "A Pox in Our House", Danny said Jesse's suit makes him look like he's spinning from a ceiling disco ball, which he does many seasons later in the grand opening of the Smash Club.
    • It's pretty funny how the Tanners ended up caring for a dog named Minnie years before they visited Disney World in "The House Meets the Mouse note ."
    • In one episode Jesse tries record The Beach Boys song forever as a rap song, and the chorus borrows from "The Streets of Cairo." Kesha would do this two decades later with "Take it Off."
    • In the sixth season there's a group of popular girls who are into fashion and all have the same name, that Stephanie tries to become friends with. A few years later on ABC we would get Recess, where there's a clique of girls with the same name Ashley that are into fashion and girly things.
    • In the season six episode Be True to Your Preschool, Becky is horrified to find out Jesse tried to embellish their story to get the twins into a prestigious preschool and tells the admissions team what happened. In March 2019, Becky’s actress, Lori Loughlin, got indicted on federal charges for allegedly bribing a University of Southern California crew coach with $500k to let her daughters (who’d never rowed) be athletic recruits to get into a school they wouldn’t otherwise be qualified to get into.
    • In "Secret Admirer", Kimmy thought Jesse gave her the love letter, and she briefly liked the idea of being his wife. Seasons later, in one episode Jesse had a nightmare where he's become a wash-up has-been working at a mechanic shop and married to Kimmy.
    • In "We Got the Beat", Jesse's first band was with "Little Ed, Big Ed, and... Regular-Sized Ed."
    • It's funny how in the later seasons, Stephanie expresses frustration over Michelle's bratty behavior. If you've seen the earliest episodes, you'll see Stephanie actually behaved the same way towards DJ.
    • In "Lust in the Dust", Stephanie tells DJ to put on the music from her dance class because "[her] name is DJ." Stephanie becomes a professional DJ — and took the professional name DJ Tanner — on Fuller House.
    • Danny says "Aw, Batman hugging the Joker. Now this is how the movie SHOULD have ended.", which is basically how The LEGO Batman Movie ends.
    • In "A House Divided", Mr. Bond calls Michelle's speech a "Hallmark moment." Years later, Full House would be added to the Hallmark channel; while three members of the show's cast; Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin and Jodie Sweetin have appeared in Hallmark movie productions - with the former two being network fixtures (Bure largely as part of the Aurora Teagarden film series and various Christmas films; Loughlin as part of the Garage Sale Mysteries film series as well as When Calls the Heart.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Candace Cameron was criticized for being too chubby and was pressured by the show to lose weight. Luckily, she didn't let it get to her, as she felt she didn't have a weight problem, and ended up losing a healthy amount of weight by the end of the show.
  • Ho Yay: Three guys living together raising kids in San Francisco... someone is bound to get ideas. Joey's and Jesse's boss in the advertising business, for one. Word of Saint Paul on the subject can be found here.
    • There's also slight Les Yay between Kimmy and DJ.
  • Hype Backlash: Michelle. Midway through the show's run she became the show's most popular character, with "Michelle" merchandise outselling all other show merchandise by a notable margin. This prompted the show's writers to give her a more prominent role in the series. However, they took it too far and she quickly became a Creator's Pet for the ages.
  • I Am Not Shazam: A lot of people refer to Dave Coulier's character as "Uncle Joey," even though no one on the show ever called him this (except for one time in the episode "Bachelor of the Month" where he called himself that), and he wasn't the girls' uncle in any case. It's also something of a Berserk Button for the shows fans.
  • Informed Wrongness: In "Fogged Inn" Jesse is treated as in the wrong for getting mad at DJ for accidentally writing over his tape. Never mind the fact she was in his room without his permission, had overwritten a jingle he was writing for a client, he had worked all night on it, and used equipment without his permission.
    • The series last Christmas special had Jesse being portrayed as a Scrooge for being bitter on Christmas Eve. Though considering what he went through that day: getting in a fight with 20 guys getting Santa costumes, being sold overpriced parsley instead of mistletoe, being practically held hostage in a store, being on the receiving of end of several annoying jokes, and nearly missing Christmas time with his family, it's pretty easy to see why he'd be pissed off.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kimmy is loud, obnoxious, and disrespectful, but she's also a big Butt-Monkey who is always being insulted and mistreated by the Tanners. Even the adults are unnecessarily mean to her.
  • Narm: While Jesse's "Forever" song (sung as a duet with Becky at their wedding and again sung to Nicky and Alex, which became a hit) is beautiful and touching, both of the videos for it (the first being an ill-advised Aladdin-inspired rap song and the other filled with your basic 90s videos' kitsch and embarrassing visuals) are this.
  • Never Live It Down: The entire cast, sans the Olsen Twins (who have their collection of 90s/early 2000s videos for that) has this show as their most notable pop cultural impact. Even though Bob Saget went on to narrate How I Met Your Mother, he and everyone else on the show have yet to top its success, individually or as a group.  
  • Periphery Demographic: For better or worse, the show is very popular among people who had abusive of otherwise difficult childhoods. What better escape from that could there be than a show where every conflict is, at worst, a minor inconvenience and can be easily solved in twenty minutes?
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Marla Sokoloff had a recurring role as Gia Mahan, Stephanie's best friend. Sokoloff is best known for playing Lucy Hatcher on The Practice.
    • Tahj Mowry also had a recurring role as Teddy, Michelle's best friend. Mowry is best known for playing T.J. Henderson on Smart Guy, for playing Tucker Dobbs on Baby Daddy, and for voicing Wade Load in Kim Possible.
    • Jurnee Smollett-Bell also had a recurring role as Denise Frazer, Michelle's best female friend. Smollett-Bell is best known for playing Jess Merriweather on Friday Night Lights and for playing Nicole Wright on True Blood.
    • Miko Hughes also had a recurring role as Aaron Bailey, Michelle's classmate. Hughes is best known for voicing Tommy Anderson in Life with Louie.
    • Jason Marsden also had a recurring role as Nelson Burkhard, one of D.J.'s love interests in the final season. Marsden is best known for playing A.J. Quartermaine on General Hospital and for playing Rich Halke on Step by Step. Nowadays he’s also known for his extensive voice acting career.
    • Scott Menville had a brief role as Duane. Like Marsden, he is best known for his voice acting.
    • Rich Correll directed four episodes. Correll is best known for co-creating Hannah Montana and for playing Richard Rickover on Leave It to Beaver.
    • Dennis Rinsler and Marc Warren wrote 33 episodes. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of Cory in the House.
    • Tom Burkhard wrote nine episodes. Burkhard is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of Zeke and Luther.
    • Rob Dames wrote eight episodes. Dames is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of Wipeout (1988).
    • Russell Marcus wrote seven episodes. Marcus is best known as creator and executive producer of Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.
    • Mark Fink wrote six episodes. Fink is best known as co-creator and executive producer of Hang Time.
    • Bob Fraser wrote five episodes. Fraser also served as co-creator and co-executive producer of Wipeout (1988).
    • Leslie Ray and David Steven Simon wrote four episodes. Both are best known for co-creating The Wayans Bros..
    • Scott Spencer Gordon wrote two episodes. Gordon is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of City Guys.
    • Arthur Silver wrote an episode. Silver is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of Unhappily Ever After.
    • Charles Pratt, Jr. also wrote an episode. Pratt is best known as developer and executive producer of The Lying Game and for co-creating Sunset Beach.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A lot of fans love Davey Chu, Stephanie's opponent in a spelling bee, because somebody finally beats a Tanner at something and he gets some good digs in at her.
  • The Scrappy: Michelle's whiny posse of friends fit this trope perhaps even more than Michelle herself.
  • Seasonal Rot: For plenty of reasons. To name a few problems, there was the flaw of Loads and Loads of Characters, heavy Flanderization of already relatively "safe" characters, and Michelle becoming the Creator's Pet. The moment where Jesse and Rebecca have kids of their own is a commonly considered this if it didn't suffer already. As The Nostalgia Critic described in his legendary review of the show:
    "Rather than, I don't know, move out of the house, Jesse and Becky stay together and give birth to twin boys. Yeah, because one pair of annoying, bad acting twins just wasn't enough."
  • Snark Bait: Between the abundant sentimentality, "safe" humor and flat characters, this is a very popular show to make fun of.
  • Special Effects Failure: Common in the final season (1994-1995):
    • In Dateless in San Francisco, the hot-air balloon flying over San Francisco is obviously a still image electronically being moved across the sky of a still of the city.
    • The storm in Up on the Roof has lightning flashing very slowly, almost looking like someone switching a light on and off at intervals. It doesn't help that some of the thunder Stock Sound Effects sounded like they were coming from a tape recorder!
    • All we see of Kimmy's pet ostrich in All Stood Up is just the head behind their fence, and it's clearly obvious it's a large hand puppet.
    • Perhaps the worst offender would be Michelle's feet-growing nightmare in My Left and Right Foot, with Michelle's growing feet obviously being still photos of said large feet superimposed onto Michelle being zoomed up. Then when the rest of the family is in the living room, one of the large feet sticking out the door appears to be a huge plastic prop.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: An increasingly common criticism.
    • On an interesting note, any moment on a show that is overly sappy (even if the show itself is not normally) is called a "Full House Moment" outside of TV Tropes.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The three Tanner girls come off as this, but particularly D.J. and Michelle.
    • D.J tends to look her nose down on anyone who meddles in her life or threatens her "coolness" through their "embarrassing antics" (especially Danny and Stephanie, and with Danny usually in comparison to what Jesse may be doing) while in reality, the other person may just be out of touch with what is "cool" or is just curious about her life as she spends more time with and tell her secrets to Kimmy or Steve. Also, while the show tries to portray her as just a typical teenager who's trying to find her way in the world, many times she comes off as a snooty bitch.
    • Michelle, meanwhile, constantly did whatever she wanted with little to no consequences for her actions, the adults virtually catering to her every whim and even her sisters were made to look wrong or insignificant in contrast to anything she did. This moreso happened between the time she was a baby and when she was just starting school. As she got older and had more instances of actual punishment, such as Jesse refusing to give her the lead in the school play and substitute teacher Joey disciplining her for acting up in class, she got very little sympathy from the audience, in spite of the show trying and failing at making her appear as undeserving of this.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: While Kimmy herself is fairly popular (she was Promoted To Opening Titles after all), nearly everyone (save DJ) seem to only tolerate her. It's implied that not even her parents like her much.
    • Likewise none of her family seemed particularly fond of her boyfriend Steve (who was nothing but the quintessential nice-boy-next-door) but fans loved him (being the voice behind Aladdin helped).
  • Values Resonance:
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • John Stamos, who had gotten his start a few years earlier on General Hospital, as a character who wasn't too dissimilar to Uncle Jesse, but was definitely darker.
    • Bob Saget. People who has seen his stand-up routine would be shocked. His comedy style is rather vulgar. And, for those who only knew him for portraying Danny Tanner would also be shocked. Below is a few shocked comments from YouTube users.
      "I will never watch Full House the same again"
      "He... he actually knows those words?"
      "My childhood is ruined."
      • He did say "hell" in one episode.


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