Our turn back TV highlight this week is Full House, a television series that ran from 1987-1995. This show is one of our all-time favorites, and kids today love it as much as we did when we were their age. This is a warm, family comedy that teaches about the importance of kindness, honesty, teamwork, accountability, plus many other life lessons.
Full House showcases the life of widower Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and his best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) to help raise his three daughters, oldest D.J. (Candace Cameron), middle daughter Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and youngest daughter Michelle (played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) in his San Francisco home.
The living arrangements are definitely unconventional, but the show manages to get audiences to accept the family as is. One can only imagine the comedy and high jinks that ensue while watching a dad raise three daughters through each phase of life. Although the show is innocent in many ways, there are some occasional sexual innuendos that parents should take note of, and kids would probably miss, especially when the relationship between Jesse and Aunt Becky deepens. Aunt Becky is seen as an emphatic, endearing mother figure. There’s also the occasional “hell” and “damn” but this show is littered with positive messages and teaches about valuing family and friendships. The show deals with problems relevant to kids and teens today like bullying, peer pressure, teen dating, and death. Although the humor and jokes can get corny at times for adults, kids can definitely relate to this show. Overall, this series is a wholesome show that you can sit and enjoy as a family.
Because every parent is unique and kids’ sensibilities and maturity vary, we always recommend that parents or guardians do their own research before allowing kids to start a new TV show. What is acceptable for one parent or child may not be for another. Our age recommendation for Full House is 8+.
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