Friday, May 27, 2011

Dear Danny Tanner,

Do you remember this show?

Who am I kidding?  Of course you do. A single dad fighting his way in the world with his 3 daughters.  All with the help of the lovable Uncles Joey and Jesse.  Mann.  I loved Full House. I grew up in a family where my parents had no idea of what TV I watched (which was awesome) and I don't think they would have any idea how much I loved this show.  The, perhaps, more embarrassing thing is that I loved it well into syndication (which if you do the math means I was a 16 year-old who still watched Full House when it came on in the afternoons--right before dinner time). My only consolation is that I watched it with my brother who is 3 years older than I am and he was well into his hippy phase.

Looking back on it, I can't believe that Full House lasted for 8 seasons (for those of you who are curious, it is still syndicated).  One of the tricks they used, which I believe was part of their lasting success, was what they lacked in serious content and good writing they made up for in kids doing funny things.  Remember this face?

I do.  I thought it was hilarious.  At age 8 (okay, ages 8-16), that was brilliant television.

I thought about that yesterday as I posted all of those adorable pictures of Claire.  I thought about it this morning when I snapped a picture of these beauties (in this picture I am holding her hand because she is trying to pull them out.  The piggies lasted....oh...10 minutes).

Sometimes what I lack in serious content and good writing I make up for in pictures of my kid doing funny, adorable things. I don't think I can change that. Maybe I don't want to change that. It worked for Full House right? Have a reasonably good plot line, some mediocre actors, tackle issues that deal with families and you get 8 seasons of television that shaped a generation (that might be a stretch but I dare you to find any girl aged 30-35 who did not have a crush on one of the two uncles).

I'm going to continue to have posts where Claire steals the show (look at those piggies! How could she not?) but I'll also make sure that the characters are lovable, that we tackle some issues, that we have a reasonably good plot line and acting is at least mediocre.


  1. OK, I'm sorry to admit it here, but I did not have a crush on either of the uncles. In fact I didn't like that show. I didn't like Saved by the Bell or 90210 either. I know, the shows that shaped my generation, and I hated them all.

  2. Ahhhh proven wrong with the first comment! So what shows were your favorite? My so Called Life? Dukes of Hazard? Were there any shows that changed you?

  3. I loved this show and still watch it occasionally in reruns. Good post.

  4. I totally watched that show too although I didn't love it at all. I just watched it because it was on. In fact, I think I watched every show on television from that era. I watched Dukes of Hazard too. Name any show and I've watched at least a few episodes of it. Sad to say, but I was raised on television.

  5. " of the two uncles"?!?! Ummm, did anyone ever anywhere have a crush on Uncle Joey when steamy Uncle Jesse was clearly the front-runner in crush-worthyness? I think not. :)

  6. I grew up without a TV in my house, but I'm pretty sure I had a leetle thing for Jesse whenever I watched it at a friend's house (okay, I still do. Don't tell Chris). The tall blonde guy from Saved by the Bell was my ideal man for a while, I think. I don't know if that speaks to the strengths of those shows or to the weird sense of style that becomes trendy and that, as kids, we can't distinguish from timeless awesomeness. (BUT Uncle Jesse's awesomeness is pretty much timeless.)