Seeds: In 1975, the Federal Communications Commission instituted the Family Viewing Hour. This policy mandated that every television network in the U.S. had the responsibility to air only family friendly television during the first hour of primetime, 8:00 to 9:00 PM. Despite the law’s overturn in 1977 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional, many major TV network’s continued to air family friendly television during this hour throughout the 90’s. This lead to a golden era of sitcoms that included the beloved TV show Full House. However, in our modern society where TV has become increasingly risky, dramatic, and unconventional, the art of the sitcom seems to have been lost.
Core: Today marks the premiere of the Full House reboot, Fuller House, on Netflix. Netflix’s production of Fuller House shows an attempt to revive the wholesome sitcom and recover the lost days when families would spend time together each night to watch an hour of pure and innocent television, instead of each person lying alone in their bedrooms, waiting for the sweet lullabies of Orange is the New Black to rock them to sleep.
Skin: Reviews of the show have been mixed to say the least. While the syrupy sweetness of the show seemed to be an attractive feature in the late 80’s, in the present day it seems to simply be seen as cliche. Also, the nostalgia on which the series heavily relies, while at some points endearing, does not seem to have the force needed to power the plot in the long term.
Leaves: Despite the show’s obvious downfalls, excitement has bubbled around its premiere. If the show manages to bring in lots of viewers for Netflix, we will see even more nostalgia fueled reboots on our laptop and TV screens.
Food For Thought: Do you think the Family Viewing Hour should have remained in effect, or is it unconstitutional? What do you think of Fuller House? Do you want more “wholesome” entertainment or do you prefer the television that is popular today? Do you think TV has an effect on children growing up? Tell us what you think.
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