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Why Full House Fans Argue That It's Not Just Cheesy, Feel-Good Sitcom

As a family-geared sitcom, it can't be denied that "Full House" has some pretty cheesy moments. The feel-good show centers on widower Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), who is raising three daughters with help from his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier). 

In fact, the show is so filled with feel-good moments that some of them can come across as borderline corny. From Jesse's devious cousin Stavros (also played by Stamos) visiting from Greece, to the entire family performing on stage with the Beach Boys, most of the situations that the characters find themselves in are rather over-the-top.

Nearly every episode also features a valuable life lesson. For example, when D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure) accidentally ruins an $80 sweater gifted to her by Danny for Valentine's Day, she tries to hide the evidence and buy a new one. Chaos ensues when she doesn't have enough money and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), under the impression she's using credit, steals it. Rather than get angry, Danny has a heart-to-heart with D.J. and assures her that she can come to him with any problem. The countless hugs and kisses can't be forgotten, nor can the slew of catchphrases, such as Michelle's (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) "you got it dude" and Jesse's "have mercy."

Despite all of this, many fans are arguing that there's much more to "Full House." In fact, underneath its feel-good nature, it actually covers some dark and serious topics.

Full House covers serious topics

On Reddit, a thread created by u/beekee404 saw many viewers in agreement that "Full House" isn't just "cheesy fluff." This user said, "Just because it's not as raunchy or dark-humored as shows like Roseanne, it doesn't mean it's all rainbows and sunshine." Over the course of the series' eight seasons, some serious, real-life issues are tackled. This is true from the premiere episode, which sees D.J. and Stephanie grapple with how much things are changing after the untimely death of their mother.

As "Full House" progresses, it covers a number of other heavy subjects. In Season 4, Episode 8 ("Shape Up"), eating disorders and body image are spotlighted as D.J. starves herself and over-exercises to look thin for an upcoming pool party. The show also touches on peer pressure, anxiety, grief, and teen pregnancy. But each time, the situation is thoroughly discussed and those involved usually come out stronger on the other side.

Many fans were in agreement that there is more depth to "Full House" than meets the eye. For example, u/mike126beatles said, "Yes, it could be corny at times, but it was a good clean show. It could make you genuinely laugh or cry. There were serious issues addressed and adult humor that was subtle and not over the top like modern shows." Similarly, u/AnkaBananka6 described the show as "well-rounded" and praised it for balancing serious subjects with wholesomeness.

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The Full House cast copes with heavy moments in a similar fashion

On January 9, 2022, the world mourned the death of Bob Saget, endearingly dubbed "America's Dad" for his portrayal of Danny Tanner. Saget's devastated former co-stars handled the situation in true "Full House" fashion. Just as Danny urges his girls to think of happy memories when they start to miss their mother, Candace Cameron Bure and her "Full House" family have been doing the same. 

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bure fondly reflected on how, like Danny, Saget gave the best hugs. "Bob never left a room without giving you a hug, and a meaningful hug, like nuzzle his head into your shoulder kind of hug," she said. Similar to his on-screen persona, Saget always worked to resolve tension between himself and those he cared about. Bure told Today that her final texts from Saget were him profusely apologizing for acting "cranky" toward her while dealing with a delayed flight.

Jodie Sweetin similarly praised Saget for finding humor in life despite experiencing so much loss. She told Entertainment Tonight, "One of the things I just remember him trying to joke and laugh and make those inappropriate jokes at some of the darker things ... otherwise, how do you deal with it?" 

Of course, some "Full House" viewers will always find the show cheesy. Even Saget admitted to Vanity Fair, "It was just ridiculous that three men and three girls were dancing in a house together." Still, props must be given to a show that can make someone laugh, cry and learn a valuable life lesson, all in the span of 20 minutes.