Happy Birthday Full House!
Words cannot even begin to describe the emotions felt when the above family reunion/cast photo of the Tanner crew hit Twitter last weekend. To see Kimmy, D.J., Danny, Uncle Jesse, Aunt Becky, Stephanie, Uncle Joey and Steve laughing and smiling together, 12 years after the show ended, healed my broken heart that fell apart after the series finale on May 23, 1995.
Stars of the show, Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Scott Weigner, gathered last weekend at the house of Full House creator, Jeff Franklin, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hit sitcom.
As is true of all family reunions, there was much story swapping, photo taking, cake eating, and drinking to be had. And wouldn’t you guess it, Miss Kimmy Gibbler herself played the role of the tipsy/drunk cousin. The now 36-year-old joined her TV BFF, Candace Cameron Bure, for a lip syncing performance of 90′s boy band hotness, New Kids On The Block. Check out the video below of the two.
Noticeably absent from the reunion were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played youngest daughter Michelle Tanner. The Olsen twins have experienced the greatest success post-Full House, most notably their hugely popular fashion lines. The fashionistas were probably busy with business obligations, so I’m not going to take their absence personally; but still, it would have been nice to see the entire family. Even throw in Nicky and Alex Katsopolis to complete the family tree.
The smiling face that melted my heart, Scott Weigner. Weigner, now 36, played DJ’s boyfriend turned just-friend Steve in the later half of the series. He is now a writer for the CW show 90210 and these days is rocking a more mature handsome, with just a glint of silver in his hair. I like to pretend that Steve and D.J. rekindled their romance following prom and eventually married. They now have a family of their own and live in a newly added fourth floor of the Tanner abode. The house resembles Wayside School, tilting from the weight of too many stories, but the abundance of love keeps the structure solid.
Many of the cast members remain great friends, and it is evident from the pictures that the on-screen chemistry we loved so much between the characters, is just as present in real life. Sweetin, Coulier and Loughlin each spoke with Huffington Post recently to share memories from the show and even discuss where they see their characters today.
Sweetin told Huffington Post that she believes the music and dance loving Stephanie Tanner pursued her dreams and “went to college and then opened a dance studio and has a couple daughters in dance. That was always what I imagined, like, ‘Oh, Stephanie moved on and had a cute little life.’” As for the attic dwelling Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky, Loughlin thinks they have stayed put “I think they’d still be living in that house and she’d probably have grand-kids. It’d be the ‘Over-Full House.’” A fifth floor was added for the grandchildren!
The stars have nothing but happy memories to share from the show and insist that they all keep in touch. Coulier hinted that, although he talks to everybody, he is speaking more frequently with Loughlin because “we have a series idea that we’re hoping to sell where we’re both on it. But that’s such secret agent information.” Dear Television gods, please let said series happen and please grant every former Full House cast member a cameo appearance.
Cameron Bure and Barber also keep in steady contact, the lifelong fans of New Kids On The Block even hit up the NKOTBSB concert last year. They brought that teeny bopper vibe to the reunion and even got Uncle Jesse in the mix. John Stamos, who tours with the Beach Boys when he isn’t staring on Broadway, joined the duo and tweeted “my contribution to #FullHouse25Years a drunk gibbler, me and deej singing step by step yfrog.com/7e1rzlzpwkorxn…”
The teeny bopping did not end with just one song though, there were multiple performances! As Cameron-Bure explained on her blog, “Andrea and I are big New Kids On The Block fans…Needless to say, we have no shame in our love Joey, Donnie, Jordan, Jon and Danny. And to prove it…”
And we have no shame in supporting that love and encouraging even more recorded proof of this love.