Netflix just uploaded the teaser trailer to its revival series Fuller House, the sequel to the 1990s sitcom Full House that ran on ABC, which will premiere exclusively on the streaming service on February 26, 2016.
With its sentimental acoustic guitar, courtesy of Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me”, stock footage of San Francisco, and off-camera voiceovers that include many of the show’s catch-phrases, we can’t help but think this trailer makes the new series look like a rushed joke by the guys who did Too Many Cooks. The nostalgia is almost unbearable.
It makes us wonder what a throwback sitcom like this has to offer in 2015. The Big Bang Theory does the whole multi-camera laugh track thing and is one of the most popular shows on TV, so maybe Netflix is just trying its hand at the sitcom game with the added bonus of name recognition.
But it seems other sitcoms heavily influenced by the [TGIF 1990s aesthetic](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TGIF_(ABC), like the recently cancelled Mulaney, just don’t work in a TV landscape where overtly cinematic shows like Homeland and Breaking Bad rule.
We expect Netflix to experiment with the medium, not look back and pluck a random show you watched as a kid out of nowhere for a revival no one asked for. Arrested Development did alright, but that’s an anti-sitcom that continued to push boundaries in its new binge-able context. Perhaps Fuller House will do the same, but with nothing but meticulously reconstructed sets and a golden retriever to go by, it’s hard to say.
Does the world really need to know about the Tanner family 20 years later? We’ll see when Fuller House premieres early next year.