ABC's TGIF lineup wouldn't have been complete without Full House, the show that gave us the antics of Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse and Joey Gladstone as they worked together to raise Danny's three young daughters, D.J., Stephanie and Michelle. Not only did the show introduce the world to pint-size moguls-to-be Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, it gave us a wisecracking woodchuck puppet and the musical stylings of John Stamos.
Over the years the cast expanded (though almost every character opted to continue squeezing into one San Francisco house), journeyed to Hawaii and even jammed with the Beach Boys. But all good things must come to an end, and 20 years ago it was time for Full House to leave our screens. In honor of that anniversary, and with word of a reboot that's arriving on Netflix next year, let's take a look at what our favorite cast members are up to now, and find out if we'll be seeing them on Fuller House:
When his turn as the cleaning-obsessed Danny Tanner ended, Bob Saget was able to indulge his filthier comedic side once more. In the documentary The Aristocrats (2005), he gained attention for his "no-limits" version of a dirty joke that's well-known among comedians. His taste for dark comedy was also evident when he played an id-ruled, sex-obsessed version of himself on Entourage. Saget's aptly titled memoir, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, was published in 2014.
Of course, Saget has done more than raunchy comedy, such as voice-over duties as an older Ted for the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He's also worked as a director, and included a few Full House alums in the cast of the animated spoof Farce of the Penguins (2007).
Fuller House? Nothing is definite, but in 2014 Saget told People magazine, "All I have is love for [Full House]. With sentiments like that, it's hopeful he'll be up for a reunion."
John Stamos has taken his good looks and gleaming white teeth to a number of post-Full House projects (fortunately, Uncle Jesse's mullet stayed behind). After headlining two short-lived TV series — Thieves and Jake in Progress — he took a regular role on ER from 2006 to 2009. For a time Stamos was also a pitchman for Dannon's Greek yogurt, with Bob Saget and Dave Coulier joining him in some ads.
Stamos's musical talents were seen on Full House — who could ever forget Jesse and the Rippers? — and he went on to sing and dance in several Broadway productions, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cabaret and Bye Bye Birdie.
Sadly, Stamos and Lori Loughlin — who played Full House's Aunt Becky — were never single at the same time, meaning that despite their chemistry, a real-life pairing wasn't in the cards. In 2013, he told HuffPost Live that Loughlin "could be the one that got away."
Fuller House? It was Stamos who announced the reboot on Jimmy Kimmel, and he's also a producer for the new series, so even though he has new sitcom Grandfathered coming up on FOX, he'll definitely appear on Fuller House. The question is will D.J.'s kids actually call him Great-Uncle Jesse?
After his run as Joey ended, Dave Coulier kept busy with reality shows (The Surreal Life and Skating With Celebrities), voice work (including Robot Chicken and Bob & Doug) and continuing to talk about whether or not he inspired Alanis Morissette's famous break-up anthem "You Oughta Know" (given that it's been 20 years since the song came out, Coulier deserves credit for being patient and not telling interviewers to just "Cut it out" with that particular question).
Coulier also tours in comedy clubs (unlike Bob Saget, his show material is stuff that Danny Tanner could listen to without blushing). And he's still tight with his Full House co-stars — when Coulier married Melissa Bring in 2014, Saget, John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber were all there to help him celebrate.
Fuller House? Coulier is definitely coming back for the reboot; there's no word as of yet if Mr. Woodchuck will be joining him.
Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure has Full House to thank for her family life: it was Dave Coulier who introduced her to hockey player Valeri Bure, whom she married in 1996. Cameron Bure stepped back from acting for a few years to concentrate on raising their children: Natasha, Lev and Maksim.
Cameron Bure is also a committed Christian, so when she returned to acting she made sure to only do work that fit with her ideals. She likes Hallmark's style of family-friendly entertainment, and has therefore starred in multiple Hallmark TV movies, most recently Just the Way You Are (2015).
Her values also affected her turn on Dancing With the Stars in 2014 — Cameron Bure chose to dress modestly, and also asked her partner to keep his abs covered (this restraint didn't seem to hurt her in the competition; she made it to the finals and ended up in third place).
Fuller House? D.J. is back! Cameron Bure will star on the upcoming show as D.J. Tanner-Fuller (yep, it's her character who's supplying the new show with its name).
Wanting to show she could be wilder than her Full House image suggested, a young Jodie Sweetin starting drinking and experimenting with drugs after the show ended; she was 22 when she tried crystal meth for the first time. Sweetin soon became an addict whose life was out of control (at the premiere of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's New York Minute in 2004, Sweetin dashed into a restroom to snort crystal meth).
Fortunately, Sweetin entered rehab in 2005. She talked about her struggles and her ultimate commitment to staying sober in her 2009 memoir, unSweetined.
Sweetin has been in a few projects over the years: She hosted America’s favorite pants-dropping dance-off show, Pants-Off Dance-Off in 2006 and appeared in the web series Can't Get Arrested (which co-starred Dave Coulier). She's also a certified drug and alcohol counselor, and the mother of daughters Zoie Laurelmaye and Beatrix Carlin.
Fuller House? Sweetin is ready to return — after all, how rude would it have been not to include Stephanie in the reboot!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Despite a few missteps (their 2004 movie, New York Minute, left theaters in, well, a New York minute), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen managed to assemble a full-fledged media empire after Full House. The fraternal twins' projects included TV movies, books, a magazine, games for Nintendo and PlayStation and even dolls created in their image.
In 2006, the two set their eyes on the world of fashion (beyond the line they'd started for Walmart in 2001): a high-end fashion line, The Row, launched that year, followed by the more affordable, but still upscale, Elizabeth and James in 2007. In 2012, Mary-Kate and Ashley received a top honor in the fashion world when the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) gave The Row its award for womenswear designer of the year.
The demands of running a business empire haven't kept either twin from having a personal life. Mary-Kate is now engaged to Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, while Ashley has been romantically linked to director Bennett Miller.
Fuller House? "No way, José." Mary-Kate and Ashley just recently announced that they won't be appearing on Fuller House. Regardless, Nickelodeon recently acquired the rights to many of their earlier TV movies and series, so you can always tune into that channel should you need an Olsen fix!
Loughlin has worked regularly since Full House ended, and her most successful roles have displayed the same warmth and nurturing instincts that Aunt Becky possessed. On Summerland she took in her dead sister's children; she then did her best to mother two headstrong teens on 90210. In her current Hallmark period drama When Calls the Heart, she plays a character who believes in the value of community. (However, Aunt Becky never solved murders, as Loughlin does in the Garage Sale Mystery series of Hallmark TV movies.)
In 1997, Loughlin married fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli (of Target fame). She now has two daughters and a stepson.
Fuller House? Loughlin is one of the actors who's still in talks about appearing on Fuller House. Fingers crossed Aunt Becky makes it back!
Barber's post-Full House life has demonstrated how little she had in common with Kimmy Gibbler. Kimmy wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but Barber not only graduated from Whittier College, she got a master's degree in women's studies from the University of York in England. In fact, Barber — who also studied abroad in Denmark — found her international experiences so inspiring that she became an assistant to the Director of International Programs at Whittier.
Barber also doesn't share Kimmy's appalling fashion sense, as she demonstrated when she and real-life BFF Candace Cameron Bure went to a recent New Kids on the Block concert. Even in costume for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon — Barber's a dedicated runner — she looked better than Kimmy ever did. (After running a race, however, Barber's feet may smell as bad as Kimmy's!)
Barber now has two children: son Tate and daughter Felicity. She doesn't look to Full House for parenting tips, however: "I have some issues with how [Danny Tanner] parented his youngest daughter, Michelle," she once noted in an interview with Modern Mom, referring to Tanner's favoritism.
Fuller House: Though she joined Dave Coulier in a 2012 Funny or Die video, Barber basically stopped acting when Full House ended... fortunately, she's coming back to join Fuller House!