After having seen the 13-episode series in its entirety, I can say I am definitely a fan of Netflix's Full House reboot Fuller House . It lived up to, and exceeded, my highest expectations in every way. But, one thing that stood out to me that the original series didn't have as much of were all of the meta Fuller House jokes. Nearly every episode had some nod to the past in a way that let viewers know the actors remember just how silly aspects of Full House could be. The Netflix show remained very self-aware throughout the 13 episodes, and I couldn't be more grateful. I love when something doesn't take itself too seriously. Yes, Full House was great, but it's also relatively easy to make fun of, and Fuller House showed me that I'm totally allowed to do that.
That's not to say the Full House was never meta in its own right. I remember a few casual "Michelle's a twin" jokes that poked fun at the Olsen twins playing one person. But, Fuller House has taken meta to a whole other level. There are multiple jokes about where Michelle really is, the sappiness of the original show, and the premise of the reboot itself. Here are all the meta Fuller House jokes from the new series that I absolutely loved.
1. Michelle's Absence
In the very first episode, Stephanie asks where her little sister is and Danny responds that Michelle is "busy in New York running her fashion empire." Then the whole cast turns and gives the camera a sarcastic glare. It is PERFECTION.
2. John Stamos' Pre-Full House Job
Before Full House, Stamos was on General Hospital. The medical show got a shoutout in the premiere with Uncle Jesse saying he now writes music for General Hospital; the show that only hires the best actors.
3. How The Actors Hardly Aged
That they do.
4. The Violins
Uncle Jesse jokes that he can sometimes hear violin music whenever there was a group hug, alluding to the show's sentimental score.
5. The Hugging
Speaking of hugging, the Fuller House cast does it all the time, but also addresses how much hugging there is. "Not that I'm counting but that was our fourth hug in a minute," Stephanie says at one point. "I can't help it. I'm turning into Dad," D.J. replies with a laugh.
6. Ramona's Dress
For Ramona's birthday she gets her first designer dress! And, it's an Elizabeth & James by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, no less. But, the cast takes the nod to the real Michelle one step further. "At these prices, no wonder they don't need to act anymore!" Kimmy says. The shade is real, guys.
7. Playing Poker
When Danny plays poker with his grandsons, he lays his cards down and happily announces he has a "full house." Jackson one ups him by laying down the same hand with better cards and declaring it a "fuller house." Hah.
8. Candace Cameron's New Job
In Episode 11, Stephanie says she can never decide which morning to show to watch. D.J., who is played by Candace Cameron Bure, says "Always go with The View," which is a nod to her real life job working on the show. Stephanie agrees saying, "That Raven Symoné is never wrong," (um, hugely debatable) and then D.J. responds, "Aw, what does she know? She's a child actress," in a subtle dig at how she also started out.
9. Alanis Morissette
Steve tells D.J. he has Alanis Morissette's album all geared up and ready for their '90s date, to which D.J. says conspiratorially, "Oh! You know who that song is really about?" For years it's been speculated that the song "You Oughta Know" was written about Morissette's ex Dave Coulier who played Joey on Full House. Coulier long claimed the song was written about him, but took it back in 2014 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
One time, I was doing a red carpet somewhere and [the press] just wore me down and everybody wanted to know so I said, “Yeah, all right, I’m the guy. There I said it.” So then it became a snowball effect of, “OH! So you are the guy!” It’s just become this silly urban legend that I just have to laugh at.
Morissette has never revealed the identity of the person, telling a CanWest News Service journalist in 2008 that she prefers the focus to stay on herself.
Well, I've never talked about who my songs were about, and I won't, because when I write them they're written for the sake of personal expression. So, with all due respect to whoever may see themselves in my songs, and it happens all the time, I never really comment on it because I write these songs for myself, not other people.
Still, the urban legend spins on.
10. Uncle Jesse
In the finale, Kimmy's ex Fernando calls Jesse "uncle," which Jesse initially rebukes saying he's not Fernando's uncle. "You're everyone's uncle! Uncle Jesse!" Fernando responds. It's a nice nod to the viewers who grew up calling him Uncle Jesse and feeling as though they were a part of the family.
11. Steve's Hair
Scott Weinger's hair isn't quite as illustrious as it was back in the '90s, but he's not afraid to joke about that. At one point he even puts on a fluffy wig to take D.J. on a '90s date. Deej lightly mocks him saying his wig (modeled after his original show hair) was looking a little squirrel nest-y.
12. The Show Itself
Kimmy asks Danny, who is doing a Wake Up San Fransciso reunion, “Isn’t it kind of sad when they drag out the cast for some lame reunion show?” It doubles as a message from Fuller House haters, but fortunately Danny has a great response. "Not when the show is adored by millions!" You tell 'em Danny!