Scene It Before: The Confusion Over the Fuller House House

The San Francisco residence from the original show was reconstructed on the Warner Bros. backlot for the reboot, but does not actually appear on the series
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If the Full House theme song taught us anything, it’s that everywhere you look, there’s a heart (there’s a heart); a hand to hold on to. These days, it seems everywhere you look, there’s a promo for Fuller House, the Netflix reboot of the classic series, which hit the streaming service today.

 

I was eagerly anticipating the new show, not only because I loved the original (hey give me a break, I was ten when it premiered), but because of this Instagram photo that series star Candace Cameron Bure posted just over four months ago of a façade at Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank built specifically for the sitcom.

But when I finally sat down to watch, it only led to confusion. (Though I do have to say that hearing that familiar theme song bursting through the speakers on my TV felt like—well, coming home.)

Full House, which aired on ABC from 1987 through 1995, was set in San Francisco, and though the majority of filming took place in Los Angeles (mainly on the WB lot), the house used in establishing shots of the Tanner family residence can actually be found in the City by the Bay.

Many people erroneously believe that one of SF’s famed Painted Ladies was utilized as the Tanner home, but those beauties only actually appeared in the opening credits of seasons four through eight. The Victorian used in establishing shots of the Tanner home is located about a mile north of the Painted Ladies at 1709 Broderick Street in Lower Pacific Heights, and it rightfully draws hoards of fans. (Last year, a group of oblivious devotees ogling the home were unaware that John Stamos was standing among them.)

Boy, these youngsters have 0.0 idea what they’re missing. #Fullhousehouse. #TURNAROUND.

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About four months ago, during the filming of Fuller House, an almost exact replica of the Broderick Street abode was constructed in the Midwest Street area of the Warner Bros. backlot. Images of the home were soon pasted all over Instagram—by stars of the series, as well as visitors to the lot—and fans’ tongues were wagging. So imagine my surprise (and confusion) when that façade failed to make a cameo on the series. How rude, right? Instead, producers chose to re-use old establishing shots of the Broderick Street dwelling.

Left: A screen capture from "Fuller House," featuring the home on Broderick Street. Right: A replica of the Broderick Street abode on the Warner Bros. lot.
Left: A screen capture from “Fuller House,” featuring the home on Broderick Street. Right: A replica of the Broderick Street abode on the Warner Bros. lot. Mystery of the day: Why is the replica the wrong color? #ReplicaFail

Left: Screen cap courtesy Netflix. Right: photograph courtesy Michael Rankinen

As far as I can tell, the only airtime the WB re-creation got was in a short promo for Fuller House that was released on Twitter, in which Comet Jr. Jr. Jr. is shown running up the front steps and into the residence. Other than that, though? Nada. So why it was built is anyone’s guess.

The good news for FH fans is that they can pose for photos in front of the re-creation while embarking upon the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Other Full House/Fuller House locations that can be viewed on the tour include Stage 24, where the original series was lensed from 1993 – 1995 (bonus fact: Friends was shot on that very same soundstage seasons two through ten), Stage 26, where the new series is filmed, the Smash Club exterior from Full House, which is also on Midwest Street, and Warner Village, a residential street set that appeared in the Fuller House episode titled “Secrets, Lies and Firetrucks.”

Aside from my disappointment over the non-appearance of the Warner Bros. façade, there’s pretty much only one thing I can say about the new show: it’s good to be home again.

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