In a show that lasted eight seasons and almost 200 episodes, it was easy for fans of Full House to feel like they were a part of the Tanner family. Before we delve into the article, let's set the mood with a memorable tune...
Recently, in a thread about major movie and TV plot holes, Redditor Chrispar brought up the Tanner family and their tight living situation. Despite my avid viewership of Full House in my younger days, this was still something I never quite noticed.
Although their house was fairly large - especially for San Francisco property - the name Full House was probably the most appropriate title in TV history.
I mean, at one point around 9 people were living there: Danny, Jesse, Joey, DJ, Stephanie, Michelle, Rebecca, Nicky and Alex, and that's not even counting the seemingly ever-present Kimmy and Steve!
Whoa, baby, indeed.
To remedy this sardine-esque situation, Jesse eventually decided to build an apartment and move up to the attic permanently with Rebecca after they got married in the fourth season of the show.
Finally more room for Jesse and Rebecca and lots of space for the twins they would later have, everything seems all well and good, right? Wrong! Because there was never an attic in the Tanner's house. *dun, dun, duuuun*
From the outside we can clearly see a flat roof on the Tanner house...
Looks pretty flat to me.
But on the inside you'll notice here that there's a distinctly slanted ceiling...
Something is amiss!
The evidence is beginning to stack up...
More importantly, how the heck did they get that piano behind them upstairs? Maybe Ross taught them how to *PIVOT*
Even today, notice the presence of one Danny Tanner, but the definite lack of attic space...
He looks rather unimpressed.
Did Uncle Jesse come back again just to investigate this situation?
Eh, probably not.
While it could be easy to turn this into one of my favorite "maybe the character was dead the whole time" theories, or say that the Tanners were actually a magical family and they were able to charm the attic à la Perkins's tent in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I'll abstain and chalk it up to some shoddy planning and leave it at an interesting plot hole.
I mean, if someone is interested in writing a theory about how maybe the Tanner house is a TARDIS and it's really bigger on the inside...wait, no. I'm getting carried away again.
Of course, it's none of those things and the explanation is much more simple. At the beginning when the showrunners decided to use the Tanner house that we all know and love, they likely weren't thinking much about the logistics and the studio sets they would want to build four seasons in. And thus, the disappearing attic was born!
One quick note, It's a fairly common misconception that the Tanner family lived in one of San Francisco's famous of Painted Ladies, a series of Victorian houses, across from Alamo Square park.
Even though audiences will recognize the houses from the intro, and it would make a pretty nice explanation to Uncle Jesse's mystery apartment, it's sadly not the case. The house that they used for exterior shots still exists today on Broderick St.
In the end, this is just a TV show and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Heck, it's not totally uncommon in television for the outside to not match the layout of the set (Brady Bunch, anyone?). But now that Chrispar pointed it out, I don't think I'll be able to look at Uncle Jesse's living situation without taking notice.