A gem of cheesy 80's television, anyone who's in their late teens or twenties these days will likely have at least somewhat fond memories of growing up watching "Full House" during its run from 1987 to 1995. The show, for those not familiar, revolved around Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), a sports broadcaster turned morning show host who tried to take care of his three young daughters (Candance Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and Ashley/Mary-Kate Olsen) with the help of his brother-in-law (John Stamos) and their comedian friend (Dave Coulier.)
The show seems somewhat dated now, but it's still a cute series that offered comfortable family comedy/drama. The lines are a little silly and the plots are the kind of sitcom fluff where everyone's problems are wrapped up by the end of thirty minutes, but the characters are memorable and the cast works great together. Those interested in what could have been would be advised to check out the first season set, which offers the show's original pilot that has a different actor in Saget's role (Saget became available after the original pilot was shot), and the episode doesn't work as well.
The third season of the show does show some improvement over the prior seasons, as things change, characters develop further and the actors seem more comfortable in their roles. The biggest changes occur with the child actors, such as the fact that DJ (Candace Cameron) starts junior high, which causes a new set of worries for Joey, Jesse and Danny. The show's writing also settles in, offering a nicer balance of snap and sap than prior seasons. Even the corny special first episode ("Tanner's Island", which has the cast getting stranded on a Hawaiian island that doesn't contain a mysterious hatch) is more fun than the usual sitcom "field trip" episode. Overall, this set should prove to be quite a bit of fun for fans who grew up with the series.
Season 3 Episodes:
3- 1 22 Sep 89 Tanner's Island
3- 2 29 Sep 89 Back to School Blues
3- 3 6 Oct 89 Breaking up is Hard to Do (in 22 Minutes)
3- 4 13 Oct 89 Nerd for a Day
3- 5 20 Oct 89 Granny Tanny
3- 6 3 Nov 89 Star Search
3- 7 10 Nov 89 And They Call It Puppy Love
3- 8 17 Nov 89 Divorce Court
3- 9 24 Nov 89 Dr. Dare Rides Again
3-10 1 Dec 89 The Greatest Birthday on Earth
3-11 8 Dec 89 Aftershocks
3-12 15 Dec 89 Joey & Stacy and ... Oh, Yeah, Jesse
3-13 5 Jan 90 No More Mr. Dumb Guy
3-14 12 Jan 90 Misadventures in Baby-Sitting
3-15 26 Jan 90 Lust in the Dust
3-16 2 Feb 90 Bye, Bye Birdie
3-17 9 Feb 90 13 Candles
3-18 16 Feb 90 Mr. Egghead
3-19 23 Feb 90 Those Better Not be the Days
3-20 9 Mar 90 Honey, I Broke the House
3-21 30 Mar 90 Just Say No Way
3-22 13 Apr 90 Three Men and Another Baby
3-23 27 Apr 90 Fraternity Reunion
3-24 4 May 90 Our Very First Telethon
VIDEO: "Full House" is presented in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio on this first season set. The show, which was shot on tape, looks fine here, if not great. Sharpness and detail look a bit better here than the episodes that came before, as clarity and detail looked subtly improved and more consistent.
Some minor moments of shimmer were spotted at times, but no edge enhancement was seen and only a couple of brief moments of pixelation were spotted. No visible wear or damage was seen on the elements used. Colors looked bright and nicely saturated, with no smearing or other concerns.
SOUND: "Full House" is presented in stereo. The audio seemed perfectly fine, with clear dialogue, crisp music and an overly aggressive laugh track.
Final Thoughts: The third season of "Full House" shows improvements, as it offers some additional changes and character developments. The writing and performances also improve here, as well. The DVD edition doesn't have any supplemental features, but it does offer fine audio/video quality. Recommended for fans.