Netflix's belated sequel to 'Full House' is on DVD this week
Posted March 13
A sequel series to a sitcom favorite is on DVD this week, along with a variety of other TV shows.
“Fuller House” (Warner, 2016, two discs, 13 episodes). Fans of the 1980s-’90s sitcom “Full House” will likely enjoy this sequel, which originally aired on Netflix and reunites Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, playing their characters as adults with children of their own. In addition, the original series’ adult stars — John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Laughlin — have recurring roles throughout the season. (A second season has already aired on Netflix and a third is in production.)
“A Place to Call Home: Season 4” (Acorn, 2016, three discs, 12 episodes). Australian historical incidents inform the fourth season of this melodrama series — the 1954 Cold War spy scandal that came to be known as the Petrov Affair and societal shifts regarding social and moral choices. Meanwhile, the show’s central character, a nurse played by Marta Dusseldorp, is still at odds with the scheming, manipulative Regina (Jenni Baird). This show contains violence, sex and nudity. (The fifth season is in production.)
“Grace and Frankie: Season Two” (Skydance/Lionsgate, 2016, three discs, 13 episodes, bloopers). Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return in this distaff “Odd Couple”-type sitcom as the mismatched title characters, thrown together when their husbands (Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen) announce they’re gay, in love with each other and eventually marry. (Netflix has renewed the show for a third season.)
“The Level” (Acorn, 2016, two discs, six episodes, featurette). British Detective Sgt. Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome) has a secret relationship with a drug trafficker, Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister), a father figure she has shielded from prosecution. When a gunman kills Le Saux, wounding Devlin, she escapes and gets herself assigned to the case. The show contains violence, strong language and sex.
“Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” (PBS, 2017). This is an hourlong documentary about the dramatic consequences facing the United States if a medical breakthrough isn’t soon discovered to tackle Alzheimer’s disease before it skyrockets to unwieldy proportions.
“Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown” (Warner, 2017, 79-minute movie, two episodes, trailers). The new straight-to-video movie of the title is a Western spoof with Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang at a dude ranch where they, naturally, run into spooky cowpokes. The TV show episodes are also Western-themed: “Mine Your Own Business” from “Scooby-Doo, Where are You!” (1969) and “Scooby Ghosts West” from “The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show” (1980).
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." He also writes at www.hicksflicks.com and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.