Unauthorized stories are usually classified as such because they dramatize situations with little historical accuracy. That was the major outcry of Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” based on Dustin Powers’ book, “Behind the Bell,” that premiered earlier in 2015.
So, the natural question for Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Full House Story” is what’s true and what’s not. Zap2it did some digging, and it turns out that while the movie and cast don’t bear physical resemblance to the original cast they did stay pretty close to real events — even if they left big ones out.
What they got right:
– Dave Coulier really did get offered a role on “Saturday Night Live”: It’s true that before “Full House” Coulier had been offered a spot on the NBC sketch show. According to a 2004 interview with Lumino Magazine, Coulier says that after telling friends and family that he’d landed the gig he was told that he was too similar to fellow cast mate Dana Carvey and wouldn’t be coming to New York.
– John Stamos had two failed series: It only took two years on “General Hospital” for Stamos to earn a daytime Emmy, but once he left the show in 1984 finding TV success wasn’t that easy. He was first cast in CBS’ “Dreams” which stayed on the air for only five episodes. He followed that up with “You Again?” on NBC. That lasted two seasons but never really found an audience.
– Bob Saget was not the original Danny Tanner: John Posey really was the original Danny Tanner and shot a pilot for ABC. The original opening credits can be found on YouTube.
– Bob Saget did get in trouble for telling dirty jokes/talking about dirty things around the children: It’s widely reported that the Tanners’ squeaky clean image didn’t jive with his dirtier sense of humor. It was a concern for parents on set, as told by the cast in this Entertainment Tonight special.
– John Stamos and Lori Loughlin did date — and he calls her the one that got away: According to an interview with People, John Stamos and Lori Laughlin went on a date to Disneyland before each getting the gig on “Full House.” Loughlin was married by the time she joined the cast, and when she divorced Stamos was already seeing Rebecca Romijn. In the interview the co-stars admit the timing never worked out, but Stamos says that Loughlin could very well be his “one that got away.”
– Bob Saget’s sister did have a terminal disease: Gay Saget was diagnosed with scleroderma at age 43 and died at age 47. Saget did write and direct the movie “For Hope” about her struggle and has gone on to do non-profit work in search for a cure. He’s been on the Board of Directors of the Scleroderma Research Foundation since 2002.
– Jeff Franklin stepped down as showrunner for last two seasons: With the success of “Full House,” Jeff Franklin became a hot commodity at ABC. He did leave to focus on “Hanging With Mr. Cooper,” putting Marc Warren in charge from 1993-1995. Warren would go on to oversee several other family shows on the Disney Channel — including “Even Stevens — while Franklin will return to his “Full House” family with “Fuller House.”
– John Stamos and Paula Abdul were absolutely a thing: Yes, John Stamos did have a fling with Paula Abdul while filming “Full House.” Check out the pop star’s flashback Instagram for the proof:
– Dave Coulier did introduce Candace Cameron Bure to her future husband at a celebrity hockey match: During the final season of filming “Full House,” Candace Cameron and Loughlin went to see Dave Coulier play in a celebrity charity hockey game. As they watched, Cameron was checking out the guys on the ice and pointed out Val Bure. After the game, Coulier introduced them and they were engaged less than a year later.
What they left out:
– Dave Coulier and Alanis Morissette: Coulier fully admits to dating female rocker Alanis Morissette during the filming of “Full House.” However, the Lifetime film doesn’t touch the subject with a 50-foot pole. Maybe because Coulier has recently come out to say that Morissette’s iconic breakup song “You Oughta Know” may not be about him.