Full House is usually remembered for its corny jokes, endless catchphrases and preachy lessons. Sometimes it would accidentally reflect the actual struggles of real life too. It probably didn’t intend to in many cases, but you can learn some pretty harsh life lessons from the show by reading between the lines.
1. Some Will Never Find True Love
Danny Tanner dated a lot of women after his wife died, but only Vicky lasted more than a few episodes. After a short engagement it seemed that Mr. T had finally found his life partner, though she broke it off after getting a job in Chicago. Joey never found a steady, and even though he could pull off a flawless Bullwinkle, it wasn’t enough to impress the ladies. Full House was cancelled before either man found true love, and it is assumed that both died alone and penniless.
2. The Bad Guys Sometimes Go Unpunished
In one episode, D.J. and Stephanie poke a hole in Danny’s bedroom wall. In order to cover it up, they move everything in the room slightly to the left and after getting his bearings, their father is totally clueless. By the end of the episode the truth is never told, and the children do not suffer any repercussions for their lying or destruction to property.
3. Keep Trying, You’ll Find Success…Never
Jesse did become a big rock star in Japan, though his fame there only lasted one whole episode. Joey was on an unsuccessful pilot, and then what is assumed to be a cancelled animated version of that show that was never mentioned again. He also lost on Star Search to a man who told no jokes. By the end of Full House, Danny hadn’t made it higher than local morning show host. The Tanner clan persisted…in not quite ever making their dreams come true.
4. Your Neighbor is Weird So Treat Them Like Crap
You’ll often see grown adults on the show telling Kimmy Gibbler that she smells horrible and lacks intelligence. They would make fun of the clothes that she wore, or make fun of her eccentric parents, who had no interest in her well-being either. KimGib is one of the most tragic characters in all of fiction and deserved better. To see her come out on top is one of the great triumphs.
5. Spitting Water Everywhere is Not Funny
Whenever anyone on the show is feeling down, Joey does his impression of a water sprinkler. He takes a mouthful of water, and then spits it out all over the place like a water sprinkler. Why does this terrible gag get special mention over all of the others? Because it’s not only messy, it’s also gross. Spitting it on the carpet, on the baby’s bed, on the baby. It’s just plain awful. We’ve learned nothing.