Fuller House centered on DJ’s tragic struggles, but while it wasn’t clear at first, her tragedy became her sister Stephanie’s biggest blessing.
DJ’s (Candace Cameron-Bure) worst nightmare in Fuller House turned out to be Stephanie’s (Jodie Sweetin) biggest blessing. The Netflix spin-off opted to bank on nostalgia instead of carving an entirely new narrative. It essentially just re-used Full House‘s premise with DJ’s arc mirroring her father Danny Tanner’s (Bob Saget). Both were abruptly widowed, leaving her to raise three kids on her own. Meanwhile, Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) moved in with her — exactly what Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) did in the original ’80s/’90s sitcom for the Tanner patriarch.
Full House was an ensemble show as every main character got ample screen time, not to mention their respective arcs. Fuller House, however, had a clear true lead — DJ. Much of its story centered on her arc, particularly her love life, which forced other players on the sidelines. While Fuller House started as a tragedy for the eldest Tanner sister, the death of her husband, Tommy Fuller Sr., played by Jesse Wilson and Dan Thiel was the catalyst for Stephanie to finally chase after the life she truly wanted.
When Stephanie came back home in Fuller House, it wasn’t supposed to be permanent. She only returned to offer DJ support and then after a while, she was meant to go back to her globe-trotting life as a disc jockey. However, all that changed when she started to realize that it was never really the kind of life that she wanted. After spending time with her nephews, she slowly thought about having her own family. A medical condition would make it nearly impossible for her to get pregnant, which was one of the main reasons why she buried her desire to settle down. That’s until she came home and met Jimmy (Adam Hagenbuch). The pair started a relationship and through Kimmy’s surrogacy, Stephanie had her daughter, Fuller House‘s Danielle. All of this wouldn’t have happened if DJ’s first husband didn’t die, as it wouldn’t have given Stephanie any real motivation to return to San Francisco.
At the end of Fuller House, both DJ and Stephanie got married to their respective partners, as well as, Kimmy. The finale was emotionally satisfying for everyone involved despite the absence of Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Now, however, there’s ongoing chatter that another Full House spin-off may be in the works. This is despite Bob Saget’s untimely death back in January. If this ever comes to fruition, the Fuller House follow-up should be more focused on Stephanie. DJ’s story has been pretty much done; the new offshoot could continue to feature DJ and her relationship with Steve (Scott Weinger), but the bulk of the series should be about Stephanie as she navigates being a mom and an aspiring singer.
Whether or not another Full House spin-off happens is uncertain at this point. While several members of the Fuller House cast are on board with it, there are a lot of other factors to consider when getting a project off the ground. If it actually comes to fruition, one of the few ways it could be compelling is if it delves even deeper into Stephanie’s story.
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