As you have no doubt heard, "Full House" is back. The quintessential TGIF sitcom returns to Netflix (now called "Fuller House", natch) and some people are very, very excited. Mostly kids.
Some of us (including yours truly) have had reactions that are more like this:
For those people, who would rather listen to a full Jesse and the Rippers set than watch "Fuller House", we have just the remedy. Here are four Netflix originals you can watch while the kids are off enjoying the adventures of the Tanner family.
Based on the book by Michael Pollan (who also hosts), "Cooked" is a documentary series that examines food at an elemental level (the four episodes are called, fittingly, "Fire", "Water", "Air" and "Earth"). Gorgeously-filmed and thought-provoking, "Cooked" should not be watched on an empty stomach.
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
This movie would still be worth watching if it were nothing but a blank screen soundtracked by Nina Simone music. But it's a fine documentary, too - a warts-and-all portrayal of a passionate, complex, flawed, one-of-a-kind musician. Netflix quickly scooped this up after touring several film festivals, and it's hard not to see why.
"BoJack" tells the story of the former star of a "Full House"-like sitcom, who's since turned into a bitter, self-destructive has-been. Oh, and he's also a horse. It's a strange premise to be sure, and it takes a few episodes to pick up, but once it does you'll be glad you stuck with it. In its second season, especially, "BoJack" balances humor with surprising character depth to create one of the best animated comedies since "The Simpsons".
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
The latest sitcom from "30 Rock" creators Robert Carlock and Tina Fey follows the eternally sunny Kimmy trying to make it in the big city, after she escapes from a doomsday cult. The series has what must be the highest amount of one-liners per minute of any sitcom on TV - plus, an unexpected cameo near the end of the season that must not be spoiled.
There you have it. In the meantime, "Fuller House" watchers, please let us know if Urkel makes an appearance.