The Third Season
Full House is a feel good family sitcom that tackles the daily lives of three dads and three young girls living with each other and getting by in life. While the series isn't particularly innovating, the first and second seasons are very enjoyable. With half of the cast so young and innocent, the situations they got into came off as cute and fun. The format of this series is very simple. The stories are told in an episodic manner. In each one, the family gets stuck in a few sticky situations. Most stories are about the cast learning to raise the three girls or one of the adults dealing with the specifics in their lives. This third season continues in the same manner as past seasons and offers twenty-four fun episodes. For more information about the series, please refer to DVD Talk's reviews of season one and season two.
As earlier mentioned, season three is no different than the earlier seasons in terms of content with the exception the cast is a lot more comfortable together. The same little antics that cracked me up in seasons one and two are still giving me a good jolt. The cast quite goofy together and their individual antics come together to produce a lot of family fun oriented laughs. All of the characters give over-the-top performances, which alone would be bad, but together make for some fun jokes. The dialogue is corny, but corny in a way to make you laugh. In the end, if you enjoyed seasons one and/or two, then season three should be a blast.
The third season begins with a fun family vacation episode "Tanner's Island". Danny reveals to the family he is taking them away for a week in Hawaii as a celebration of Joey and Jesse being with the family for two years. Upon finding they are all going to Hawaii, Jesse gets excited about Elvis sightseeing while Michelle just wants to eat the cake on the table. It is a goofy way to start the season, seeing the diverse excitement for the Hawaiian trip. The fun continues with Danny's clipboard of fun, a to-the-minute-schedule of everyone's day. Of course Danny's schedule is ruined when they get stranded on an island.
The season continues with "Back-to-School Blues", which has DJ starting junior high. DJ's first day turns out pretty poorly when she finds out she doesn't quite fit in. We all remember what it is like going from the high man on the totem pole to the low man. Meanwhile Danny, Jesse, and Joey have to deal with DJ coming into age, which means make up, boys, and all that other fun stuff. In the next episode "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" Jesse and Becky call it quits. Breaking up has never been so fun.
"Granny Tanny" is an episode where the full house gets a little fuller when Danny's mother Claire moves in. Claire recently retired from her job and Danny tries to make her feel loved and wanted by getting the rest of the family to convince Claire how important she is to their daily lives. Of course they do, but they didn't expect her to move in with them! In "Star Search" Joey gets a break as a comedian by competing on Star Search with Ed McMahon.
"Dr. Dare Rides Again" has Jesse trying to relive his glory days as a young risk taker. An old friend of Jesse makes a comment about how suburban and routine his life has become. Jesse not willing to back down from a challenge tries to show his friend he is still the same old Jesse. (Of course, he's not!) In "Misadventures in Babysitting", DJ tries her hand at babysitting to get some extra cash to pay for her own phone line. Unfortunately the little rascal she is babysitting doesn't want to listen to her. It is a fun episode about responsibility and how to get a little kid unstuck from a staircase.
"Bye, Bye Birdie" is an episode about learning from one's mistakes. On Michelle's first day of pre-school, she lets the class bird out of its cage. Afterwards, no one wants to be her friend. Also, Steph wanting to know more about her big sister's life gets into DJ's diary, reads it, and realizes she broke the lock. She tries to glue it back together, only to find herself glued to it. "13 Candles" is a big step for everyone. On DJ's thirteenth birthday, there is lots of cake, boys, and all around good times when Kimmy tries to get DJ to kiss a boy she likes. It's only too bad the unhappy father trio were watching.
In "Honey, I Broke the House" Steph learns a valuable lesson; a pre-teenager shouldn't operate heavy machinery. In this episode Steph gets behind the wheel of Joey's new car and drives it into the house. Opps! "Fraternity Reunion" is another fun episode, with Joey and Danny reliving the college days. Unfortunately the evening takes a turn for the worse when they are arrested, and in drag.
Overall season three is a nice addition to the Full House series. This season's content continues to be innocent family fun, with lots of over-the-top performances to keep you amused. If you have enjoyed past seasons, then season three is a must own.
1. Tanner's Island
2. Back-to-School Blues
3. Break Up is Hard to Do
4. Nerd for a Day
5. Granny Tanny
6. Star Search
7. And They Call it Puppy Love
8. Divorce Court
9. Dr. Dare Rides Again
10. The Greatest Birthday on Earth
12. Joey and Stacy and... Oh Yeah, Jesse
13. No More Mr. Dumb Guy
14. Misadventures in Babysitting
15. Lust in the Dust
16. Bye, Bye, Birdie
17. 13 Candles
18. Mr. Egghead
19. Those Better Not Be the Days
20. Honey, I Broke the House
21. Just Say No Way
22. Three Men and Another Baby
23. Fraternity Reunion
24. Our Very First Telethon
The first and second season releases of Full House came with the season episodes spread across four DVDs, which were housed in a cardboard box foldout. This season comes with different packaging. The four DVDs are stored in two slim pack cases. This is much nicer and the discs are more accessible than the past packaging.
The video is given in its original television aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full frame color. The picture quality is good considering its age. The image is a bit soft at times. For the most part, it looks good with a slight grain and no noticeable issues attributed with video compression.
The audio in this release is in English 2.0 Dolby digital stereo. The quality is quite good. The audio is fairly flat, which is due the show being dialogue driven. This release also supports closed captioning and has subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
The only extra included is a montage of season three clips with a Joey impression theme called "Joey Impersonations: Season 3 Montage". It's a fun clip that is worth a laugh, but nothing you will really want to watch over and over again.
Season three of Full House is great if you are looking for some fun family oriented comedy. The show takes a goofy approach to the daily lives of three dads raising three girls and each episode is usually a blast. The content is pretty much the same as past seasons, which should be good for those of you who enjoy Full House. While a little on the generic side, it is still darn good and comes recommended.