A new series debuting this week may have a tough road ahead, if the early response from critics is an indication. It may be partly a sign of “reboot burnout,” but Netflix’s new “Fuller House,” which unspools its 13-episode first season Friday, is racking up some scathing reviews.
EW.com’s Jeff Jensen gives the premiere of the “Full House” revival a grade of “F” and the rest of the series a “C-,” calling the show “lazily constructed kitsch that isn’t worth your time or affection.”
Maureen Ryan writes in Variety, “Given the array of multicam classics potentially worth reviving, it’s a little deflating to know that this is the old sitcom Netflix chose to bring back.”
The headline on the AP review reads, “‘Fuller House’ May Please Fans (But No One Else),” and in the review, TV writer Frazier Moore offers a summary the original series, noting: “Back when ‘Full House’ was riding high on ABC, I engaged in the folly of criticizing a critic-proof series, publicly cringing at what, even then, was retrograde domestic comedy: a loving but wisecracking family anchored in a living room and propelled by saccharine story lines that concluded with life lessons, hugs, and appreciative awwws from the audience soundtrack.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg adds: “It’s doubtful that there will be a more painful 2016 TV episode than the ‘Fuller House’ pilot.”
The early reviews may ultimately be proved wrong. Netflix has had a solid track record so far with its original programming, which has been marked by critical success stories such as “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”
Here’s the official trailer …