It's doubtful that there will be a more painful 2016 TV episode than the "Fuller House" pilot, which takes an inexcusable 35 minutes to establish a plot that is just an inversion of the original "Full House" premise. Candace Cameron's D.J. is a newly widowed mother of a 13-year-old son (Michael Campion's Jackson), a 7-year-old son (Elias Harger's Max) and a baby (Dashiell and Fox Messitt as Tommy). Worried about how to cope, she enlists the help of prodigal sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best bud Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), a newly divorced mother of a 13-year-old girl (Soni Nicole Bringas' Ramona).
It's such a clean flip of the "Full House" formula that it's amazing the amount of bending over backwards it takes to justify the plot, even if that's secondary to slavish celebration of the original. One after another, "Fuller House" cast members appear onscreen and are greeted by extensive howling...
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