Desperate For Nostalgia: Why 'Fuller House' Will Be A Success
I first heard of the news through Andrea Barber’s Instagram profile.
I’ve followed her for a while now, mainly for running inspiration (she kills about 10 marathons or half-marathons a year), and was surprised to see a photo of a TV set chair and a script with the caption, “WE’RE BACK!”
I squealed when I saw that Netflix would be releasing a new season of "Full House," but when I told my friends, their response was, “It’s not like we still watch that show.Wait, you don’t still watch 'Full House,' do you?”
No, I don’t (frequently) watch reruns of the show, but that’s not the point.
This isn’t like "Arrested Development’s" new season or the next earth-shattering "House of Cards" release.
The 2016 launch of "Fuller House" will be a time for nostalgia.
We won’t watch the show because we love it or because we’re just dying to see whether or not DJ and Steve are married by now; we’ll watch it because it’ll remind us of all the Sunday mornings we spent as kids coughing up Lucky Charms every time Joey made us laugh.
"Fuller House" is one of Netflix’s best moves. The same mischievous devils who got us re-hooked on "Gilmore Girls" and made us attached to female prisoners are now giving us a time machine back to the 90s.
And 90s kids will eat this up.
We are a nostalgic generation. Every day, there’s a new “40 things every 90s kid will recognize,” or “34 foods every 90s kid misses” article on my Facebook News Feed.
We reflect on the better days of crimped hair and boy bands, and we would do anything to just eat some Gogurts and watch a new Disney Channel original movie past our bedtime.
We miss childhood; shows, foods and objects are the portals that bring us back to our glory days.
Reentering the world of the Tanner home, relearning their stories and revisiting all of the family drama Danny has to mend in every episode will make us feel like kids again.
From the first line of the theme song to the final group hug before the credits, we will be engulfed in a universe we used to know and love. We will be back on our parents’ couches, poking our siblings as mom yells to turn off the TV, and that’s a place we so desperately want to be.
The release of "Fuller House" will come at the perfect time. The kids who enjoyed the majority of the show and its reruns are now in their 20s.
Some of us are graduating from college and dealing with the fear of the unknown; some are getting married and starting new lives; some are bracing for their 30s, reflecting on younger years.
We are all in transitional periods, and these limbo times make us want to go back to when life was a lot simpler.
We are not just nostalgic for our own childhoods, though; we are forced into missing the 90s by older generations.
My parents, grandparents, professors and even the old guy at the Walmart cash register reflect on the pre-iPhone, pre-Kindle, pre-nobody-talks-to-each-other-in-person-anymore age.
They tell us we are “ruined” by the lack of interpersonal interaction caused by the popularity of things like Facebook and text messaging.
They guffaw when we send Snapchats and say Instagram ruins the excitement of getting printed, 4x6 photos.
They tell us the age we were born in -- the age of their youth -- is superior to this current digital world. They, too, want us to rewind the clock as far as possible.
So, from our own nostalgia and the nostalgia pushed upon us, 90s kids want the 90s back.
"Fuller House" is the time machine we’ve all been waiting for, and our binge-watching tendencies will prepare us to go ham on the 2016 season release.