Full House. Seriously. We’re full this time.

For my project I will be analyzing a different 90s television show every week to see how women and femininity were both portrayed and possibly influenced during this decade. To start off I will be looking at Full House. This is a family classic that almost everyone, boy or girl, watched as they were growing up. I feel this gives me a good starting point since it is one of the penultimate television shows of the 1990s. To view Full House I watched Nickelodeon since they sometimes play these episodes at night and I also watched YouTube clips such as the classic episodes about Stephanie and Michelle getting “married”. For the sake of this blog series on Television and the 90s chick I will be mainly using YouTube clips so that the videos I am discussing here are easily viewable to you guys though I will be doing outside reading about the series in general.
So onto the discussion of Full House. During my viewings of both of the children’s weddings it shows different perspectives of femininity in the 1990s. In the episode regarding Stephanie she says to Harry, “I wish I could move out but I’m stuck living here until I get married.” While at this point in the show Stephanie is still in elementary school so it’s not like she would be moving out anyway but the writers decided to make the reason given for not moving out that she isn’t married yet. I think this is interesting because I never would’ve thought much about this when I previously watched this episode but going and looking back it is pushing ideals on the viewer subconsciously. Full House sticks with conservative values of a woman not leaving the home until she is married and becoming dependent upon a husband instead of her father. I think shows such as Full House that had a wide reach have the opportunity to create a noticeable impact on young children and teens by discussing values such as these even if they are suppose to be jokes.
While Full House does include situations such as the one above it also does a good job of giving strong female role models such as Becky. She cohosts Wakeup San Francisco with Danny and is shown as an equal partner to him. She also is strong willed and witty when dealing with other characters on the show such as when having a debate with Jesse and Danny about her cooking. Finally, it deals with stereotypes regarding women such as pregnancy and how it impacts the couple’s relationship while also giving social commentary on these stereotypes.
Future research into this topic could include looking at changes between Full House and Fuller House to see if there has been any change in the portrayal of femininity in the show and if it has updated itself for modern day television.

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