Jul 16, 2016

The 10 Hunks of "Fuller House"

I've never seen a single episode of the TGIF warmedy Full House (1987-1995).  I was usually busy on Friday nights, and when I wasn't, who wanted to see an aggressively gay-free series set in the gay mecca of San Francisco?  It was like setting a series in Israel and pretending that Jews don't exist.

But I understand that some gay men found subtexts in the story of three men raising a family together.

The premise: after his wife dies, TV journalist Danny (Bob Saget), asks two bros to move in and help raise his daughters: the wacky comedian Joey (Dave Coulier, left), and his cool but irresponsible brother-in-law, Jesse (heartthrob John Stamos).  The daughters, by the way, are D. J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson, who grew up to be media stars).

The sequel, Fuller House, appeared on Netflix in 2016.

Thirty years have passed, but a grown up DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) is still living in the same house, with apparently the same decor.  She has just been widowed (poor kid has led a tragic life, losing first her mother, then her husband).

 So she invites two gal pals to move in with her and help raise her sons: her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweeten) and best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber), plus Kimmy's daughter.  The three sons are Jackson, Max, and Tommy (a baby, played by twins).

See how the producers just switched all the genders?

The three Dads, older and fatter (except John Stamos, who hasn't aged), pop in from time to time.

The kids get only a few episodes amid the ladies' running into ex-husbands, getting secret admirers, getting engaged, and so on. They're more Golden Girls than TGIF.  

Unfortunately, after thirty years, it's still a gay-free San Francisco.  Conservative Christian Candace Cameron Bure says she is open to the possibility of exploring "gay issues."

She thinks it's an issue?  Does she anticipate an angst-ridden coming out episode?  Maybe a teen who's "confused about his sexuality"?

But with all that hetero cruising going on, there is a surprising amount of beefcake on Fuller House.  10 hunks in 13 episodes!

1. DJ works as a veterinarian, and crushes on coworker Matt (John Brotherton)

2. Juan Pablo Di Pace and his cigar (left) have a recurring role as Kimmy's hot ex-husband, who she starts dating again.

3. Meanwhile Stephanie dates Hunter Pence, a real-life baseball player for the San Francisco Giants.

4. And Steve Talley (I'd stick with Hunter)

5. And DJ dates Tyler (Ryan McPartin)

6.-7. Dancing with the Stars hunks Maxim Cherkowskiy and his brother Val go out dancing with DJ and Stephanie.

8-9. Blake and Dylan Tuomy Wilhoit, who played Uncle Jesse's twin sons in the original series, reprise their roles, all grown up, wacky entrepreneurs who plan to start a fish taco wagon and flex their biceps.

10.  Ok, this one is a little premature, but Michael Campion, who plays DJ's oldest son, is poised on the brink of teen idol hunkiness.  Give him a few years (if the hunk of the week format can last that long).

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