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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Full House - The Complete Second Season
Full House - The Complete Second Season
Warner Bros. // Unrated // December 6, 2005
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Review by Jeffrey Robinson | posted December 11, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Second Season

Full House is a feel good family sitcom that tackles the issue of three dads and three young girls learning to live with each other and get by in life. While the series isn't particularly innovating, the first season is very enjoyable. With half of the cast so young and innocent, the situations they got into came off as cute and fun. I enjoyed this season quite a bit. The first season spends a lot of time setting up the format, the cast, and the direction of the series. 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. This second season continues in the same manner and offers viewers twenty-two fun episodes. For more information about the series, please refer to my review of season one.

In this season there are some fairly big changes for the cast, which include the beginning of a new character. The season premiere episode "Cutting it Close" introduces Rebecca Donaldson (Lori Loughlin), who is a recurring character in season two and later becomes a full time cast member in season three. Rebecca is introduced when Danny is promoted from a sportscaster to co-host of local show "Wake Up San Francisco" with Rebecca. She quickly becomes a love interest for Jesse and an integral part of the show.

Another big change for this season is Jesse's hair, which also takes place in the season premiere episode. In "Cutting It Close" Stephanie accidentally cuts a chunk of Jesse's hair off while pretending to be a barber. (Hence the title) This sole act has Jesse giving up his mullet and giving him a different look. This season also sees Jesse and Joey starting a little business together developing advertisement jingles. They find out in "Jingle Hell" that they are a pretty good team, which turns into a permanent job.

What works for this season is the same aspect that made the first season work. None of the cast members are particularly funny, but their goofy over-the-top behaviors compliment each other well. Their diverse personalities and oddities simply meld together to produce some hilarious situations. The younger half of the cast also adds a funny cuteness, which I'm a sucker for.

For instance Michelle is older than she was in the first season and talks more. Everyone now and again she'll blurt out some little phrase and it is simply so cute in the context she said it that you can't help but chuckle. Stephanie and D.J. are both still quite young and offer innocent fun through their pre-mature views of life. There are also reprised roles from Stephanie's boyfriend Harry and D.J.'s best friend Kimmy Gibbler. Both Harry and Kimmy offer contrasting characters that put Stephanie and D.J. in some funny situations.

As for funny episodes, there were several. In "El Problema Grande de D.J.", D.J. comes home with her report card. She got all A's, except in Spanish. Danny goes to confront her Spanish teacher and finds himself in a comprising situation that leaves D.J. feeling embarrassed and abandoned. "A Little Romance" is a hilarious episode where Joey, Danny, and Jesse are auctioned off as dates for a charity. It also has D.J. getting her heart broken for the first time by Jonathan Brandis. "Triple Date" is another solid episode. In it Danny meets a girl at the grocery store who turns out to be an ex-girlfriend of Jesse's. Unfortunately for Danny, she still has feelings for him. It's a messy episode that turns out to be quite funny.

Overall I enjoyed sitting through the second season of Full House. Like the first season, I really enjoyed family oriented comedy and how goofy the cast is together. They are all very likeable and it is really hard not to love the Tanner family.

Episode Guide
1. Cutting it Close
2. Tanner vs. Gibbler
3. It's Not My Job
4. D.J.'s Very First Horse
5. Jingle Hell
6. Beach Boy Bingo
7. Joey Gets Tough
8. Triple Date
9. Our Very First Christmas Show
10. Middle Age Crazy
11. A Little Romance
12. Fogged In
13. Working Mother
14. Little Shop of Sweaters
15. Pal Joey
16. Baby Love
17. El Problema Grande de D.J.
18. Goodbye, Mr. Bear
19. Blast from the Past
20. I'm There for You, Babe
21. Luck Be a Lady Part 1
22. Luck Be a Lady Part 2

The DVD

Video:
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.

Audio:
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.

Extras:
Unlike the first season release, this second season does not come with as many extras. In fact we get a not so entertaining featurette and a dull interactive trivia game. The featurette Full House Rules of Parenting is a little longer than three and a half minutes and is a montage of season two clips with caption related to parenting like "Watch Your Step" and "Always Use Caution". Next is Full House Trivia Challenge. It's an interactive game, where a question is posed and slowly a picture from the episode is revealed. Once the picture is revealed, you have three different answers to select. Overall there is very little appealing about the extras and you'll probably be bored with them in a matter of seconds.

Final Thoughts:
Full House is one of many television series that I grew up watching. Now that I'm older, the series doesn't have the same appeal and I can see it is flawed and sometimes overplayed, but it works. The diverse personalities and the age differences in the cast mix well together and turn the goofy over-the-top nature into some hilarious family oriented comedy. Overall I think the second season of Full House is a blast.

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