Trying to determine when a popular television series has reached the peak of its success is difficult to pin point. Nothing lasts forever and eventually after several successful seasons all good things come to an end. This was the case for two popular family-centered genre television series Full House and Gilmore Girls.
Occasionally, a show will come along that is so great, it earns the right to call itself a pop-culture icon. Their popularity grew to such lengths that international recognition was gained. Re-runs are still being shown on a sometimes daily basis because of their power to elicit high ratings. After all, why kill the golden goose? Clearly, audiences are still drawn to them, so they must be doing something right.
It's already full it doesn't need to be fuller!
One program which has made its mark as a pop-culture icon of the 80s and 90s is the popular television program, Full House. Its ability to deal with typical issues facing teenagers, children and families in general with a light under tone appealed to audiences. These were issues they could relate to. The fact that every episode ended with a relatively happy ending gave the impression that everything was going to be alright.
Full House's success was due to the fact that the audience could see themselves in the characters.
Nevertheless, as it is with all television show's things never last forever and eventually must come to an end. As it is with all things once you see the top keep going after it, but an end point should be clearly in sight. If not easy street could merge into a rocky path with more twists and turns than the popular Disneyland attraction Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Except in the case of Full House, the after mat is far worse than light motion sickness. Those that chose to go on another lap around the track end up falling of the cliff known as “low ratings.”
Approaching the spin-off, Fuller House with an open mind was the best way to take everything in. The finished product, however, could only be described as the “ugly baby.” They are all supposed to be cute, but no matter how hard you try this one just isn't. This one was more similar to an SNL skit than a family comedy. It was hard to see the scenes as being even the slightest bit realistic when every now and then a cast member would either wink at the camera or give it a thumbs up.
Witty banter turned boring and predictable.
The return of Gilmore Girls was welcomed surprise. Unlike Full House, there was actually something to come back to. This was mostly because the series ended abruptly. So many unanswered questions hung in the air. Lorelai Gilmore still wasn't married even though she had already been in a serious relationship with Luke Danes. Then there were the questions about Rory Gilmore. Did she ever become the great journalist she inspired to be? Did her and Logan Huntzberger ever rekindle their love? If not which one of Rory's string of leading men would be the lucky guy to capture her heart?
All of these questions were opened chapters just waiting to be closed. So when a Netflix spin off slash miniseries was announced fans all over the world were elated. Finally, we would get the answers to questions, which had been shrouded in speculation for almost a decade.
Sadly, it didn't take long after the series to be released, and fans could binge watch the entire thing did negative criticisms start to emerge. First, there was the body shaming, which wasn't that bad. It seemed as if people who brought it up were really nit picking for any negative comment they could come up with. One thing that was painfully obvious was the fact that Rory's success was short lived. She ended up having a very selfish attitude towards life and the destiny she led was almost parallel to her mothers. Since at the very end of the miniseries she announced she was pregnant.
The only positive thing that came out of this Gilmore Girls fast forward marathon was that Luke and Lorelai were finally married. It was painfully obvious that if the writers tried to bring the show back what we would get is a clone of the first series with no surprises hidden along the way. Which would be just as exciting as getting on the same carousel ride for the 100th time. The audience could predict every moment with their eyes closed.
Don't push your luck!
Achieving continuous success in Hollywood is akin to winning at the most popular Black Jack table in Vegas. It's all a game of chance. Quit while you're ahead. If not the house of cards could come tumbling down.
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