The series finale of the iconic Full House aired on this day in 1995. The series, which centered around a widowed father who asks his two friends to help raise his three girls, was consistently in the Neilson top thirty since its second season and has continued to gain popularity since its end. It premiered on September 22, 1987, and lasted for eight seasons.
In spite of the initially poor reception from critics, the show was an absolute hit with fans. Critical reception also became more positive in the later seasons of the show.
The show starred John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The series was created by Jeff Franklin and executive produced by him, Thomas L. Miller, and Robert L. Boyett. Thomas L. Miller also produced Happy Days.
The one-hour series finale occurred after ABC canceled the show over budget concerns. The average cost per episode was 1.3 million. 24.3 million viewers tuned in for the finale. Unfortunately, a lot of shows meet their ends due to budget issues, but Full House remained popular long after its end.
Due to the show’s popularity even long after the series finale, Netflix ordered a reboot of the show called Fuller House. It brought many of the original cast members back to cameo. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, however, declined to appear. The re-boot ran for five seasons.
The Series Finale of ‘Full House’ Wasn’t Supposed to Be a Goodbye
Unfortunately, the series finale wasn’t written to be the last episode. Like many shows, Full House was canceled before production had time to form a proper plan for a sendoff episode. The cast of Full House didn’t even know the show was cancelled until a week or so before they were done filming.
“When we did the original series, we got canceled, and we knew like a week before, and we were just doing a regular last show. We never really did the final show. So, it was pretty emotional,” John Stamos told Deadline. But thankfully, this doesn’t mean the cast doesn’t have fond memories of their last season.
For many, the cancellation didn’t ruin the special and sentimental place full house had in their lives. Many people grew up watching Full House and know all the lyrics to the show’s theme song, Everywhere You Look. The family in the show wasn’t always the most functional, but each episode taught viewers a valuable life lesson about family, friendship, and growing up.