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Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of ‘Full House’ From Creator Jeff Franklin (Exclusive)

20 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

September 22, 1987. Thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan was president, and “Full House” debuted on ABC’s worst night at 8 p.m. Friday, considered to be not a time slot, but rather a “death slot.” We barely made the Top 75. The reviews of the show were terrible — “cheesy, saccharine, mind-numbing” — and that was from the one positive review.

If you had told me I’d be running the same show with the same cast in 2017, I would’ve asked what drugs you were on, and could I please have some? And yet, today, “Full House” has become one of the most beloved, popular and iconic family sitcoms ever. How on earth or any planet is this possible? Here’s how…

My big break happened when Garry Marshall “hired” me for fifty bucks a week to be a “researcher” on “Laverne and Shirley.” He did this with a couple young writers each season — a cheap way to put them on »

- Jeff Franklin

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