Netflix's 'Fuller House' will please fans of original

Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure in "Fuller House."


NEW YORK (AP) — If you like this kind of thing, odds are you'll want to cancel weekend plans and binge on "Fuller House."

Meanwhile, everyone else is strenuously cautioned against Netflix's spin-off of the 198795 sitcom "Full House," whose arrival has been awaited with unaccountable waves of excitement. "Fuller House" will be available — all 13 episodes — starting Friday.

The original "Full House" followed the adventures of widower Bob Saget after he recruited brother-in-law John Stamos and best friend Dave Coulier to share his San Francisco digs and help raise his three girls.

This go-around, Saget's widowed daughter D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), enlists her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and her best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber), a single mother with a sassy teenage daughter, to share that same house and help raise her three boys, ages 12, 7 and a newborn.

All this is established in the first episode, which sets the stage by reintroducing the three female characters along with reuniting Saget, Coulier and Stamos as well as Lori Loughlin, still happily wed to Stamos' character.

(Notably, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not participating in the spin-off. Their absence is pointedly addressed by Saget when informing the others that "Michelle sends her love, but she's busy in New York running her fashion empire.")

The dialogue again seems generated by a comic algorithm: "I'm having an acid flashback," says Kimmy, amazed to see everyone. "But I never dropped acid. I did take an antacid once. I must be having an ANTACID flashback." (Cue the laughter.)

"Fuller House" picks up predictably where "Full House" left off. Soon to be installed in the Netflix gallery, it beckons to all viewers who want a sugar fix.

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