The eighth and final season of the family sitcom Full House which originally aired from September 27, 1994 to May 23, 1995, and contains 24 episodes. It was aired during 1994–95 television season. Reportedly, the rising salaries for the cast and rising production costs for ABC to keep it on the air were reasons for the cancellation.
Though it may be time to go, it is sure hard to say goodbye. That's how D.J. feels as she nears high school graduation. But season eight still has a lot more time for laughs than tears as Michelle and Jesse wait for the cops instead of Santa on Christmas Eve, Stephanie starts her own band, Joey spends a freaky Super Bowl Sunday, Danny takes Valentine's Day advice from the King of Romance (Jesse, of course), and D.J. runs off to a wedding chapel, but not for the reason her family thinks.
- John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis
- Bob Saget as Danny Tanner
- Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone
- Candace Cameron as D.J. Tanner
- Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner
- Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis
- Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler
- Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit as Nicky Katsopolis
- Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as Alex Katsopolis
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Michelle Tanner
- See also: Opening credits gallery
For the first time since season four, all of the main characters have a whole new introduction, and they are all seen on location in San Francisco: Jesse leaning against his car near Coit Tower, Danny walking up Lombard Street (carrying two bags of groceries), Joey rollerblading in Aquatic Park, D.J. boarding a cable car (with a shopping bag in her hand as she holds the railing with her other hand), Stephanie walking along the Aquatic Park beach, Becky taking a picture at Baker Beach in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, Kimmy having a hot dog and putting mustard on it, Nicky and Alex hugging Comet, and Michelle having her portrait done by a chalk artist. It is also the first time since season three where Michelle is introduced last (depending on the episode), and the second time she is introduced as "and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Michelle" rather than "Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen" (the other time is during the closing credits of season 1 when they are credited as Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen as Michelle). This is also the first and only time the original cast is not introduced in Danny's car ("Bullet"). The sequence then picks up from season four with Danny, Jesse, and Joey hanging out in Fisherman's Wharf and the family having a picnic in Alamo Square.
In addition, the theme song is completely truncated to remove the first two lines, start with "Ahh, ahh" (as in the primary abbreviated version), and go straight into the chorus; and Scott Weinger is no longer part of the main cast. Regardless of who broadcasts the show, the theme, timed at a mere 45 seconds, is played from start to finish, with no omissions whatsoever, like in the first seven seasons.
Also, as the song begins, the show's logo swirls towards us in a similar fashion from the teaser in the previous two seasons. The teaser begins with the show's logo already on screen in position and cuts to the song instead of fading out as in seasons 2–7.
NHK Japan version
For this version only, the full version of the truncated theme song is played (seasons 6 and 7; occasionally during seasons 4 and 5), including the scenes of the family getting off the cable car as it stops, and also running towards the camera, before segueing into the credits used as stated above, with "Mary/Ashley Olsen" (as shown) credited 6th, as in seasons 2–7.
This is the only season to not feature co-producers (as they've all been promoted), so the closing credits begin with Miles Kristman's (coordinating producer) credit. Unlike last season, the Warner Bros. Television logo theme plays as the logo appears, and uses the 1994 logo from that era.
While the first seven seasons featured Dave Coulier's voice in the closing of the syndicated repeats, it is absent for the final season. Instead, the Warner Bros. Television theme plays as it transitions from said logo to the Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution logo.
Reportedly, the rising salaries for the cast and rising production costs for ABC to keep it on the air were reasons for the cancellation. In April 1995, despite the fact that the show was still rated in the top 25, the show of Full House was canceled after eight seasons. The one-hour series finale was watched by 24.3 million viewers, ranking No. 7 for the week and attracting a 14.6 household rating and a 25 percent audience share.
After the series ended, the set was transformed into a new set for Friends, which had just finished up its freshman season, and was competing against Full House at the time (despite the fact both aired on different nights; Full House on Tuesdays, Friends on Thursdays). This led to another reason to cancel Full House: the changing demographics from family-friendly sitcoms such as Full House to adult-friendly sitcoms such as Friends.
In addition to the above promotions, Ellen Guylas, who joined the crew in season four as supervising producer, is promoted and joins Don Van Atta as co-executive producer.
|No. in series||No. in season||Title||Director||Writer(s)||Original air date|
|169||1||"Comet's Excellent Adventure"||Joel Zwick||Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler||September 27, 1994|
Michelle takes Comet for a walk, but he gets loose and spends the day roaming around San Francisco. The family frantically searches for him. Meanwhile, Jesse gets kicked out of Jesse and the Rippers due to commitment issues.
|170||2||"Breaking Away"||Joel Zwick||Tom Amundsen||October 4, 1994|
|Remember how Danny felt when Michelle started pre-school? Now it is Jesse and Becky's turn to fret when Nicky and Alex start pre-school. Meanwhile, Gia (Marla Sokoloff) is beginning to really influence Stephanie, and Stephanie turns into a slob. Michelle is angry and tries to move out of her and Stephanie's bedroom.|
|171||3||"Making Out is Hard to Do"||Joel Zwick||Carolyn Omine||October 11, 1994|
Stephanie goes to a party at Gia's apartment, but it turns out to be an unsupervised make-out party. Meanwhile, Barry Williams replaces Jesse as the lead singer of the Rippers, and Jesse imagines his future without music when he decides to quit singing.
|172||4||"I've Got a Secret"||Joel Zwick||Ellen Guylas||October 18, 1994|
|Michelle joins a secret club and they all take an oath to not tell anyone about it, and anyone who tells gets kicked out of the club. When they decide how to become leader of the club they have to get a special toy. When Michelle asks Danny for some money she won't get any until she tells him the reason why she wants some. She then tells him about the secret club. When they have a club meeting, Danny accidentally reveals that he knows about the club and Michelle gets kicked out. Danny, Jesse, and Joey set out to find the toy that would get her back in the club. When the store opens, they're unable to get the toy due to how popular it is. But they find a street merchant and buy one from him. When Michelle gets back in the club, it turns out that the toy that they bought from the street merchant is a knock-off and not the real thing. In the subplot, after D.J. and Nelson's break-up, Kimmy takes a crack at Nelson, leaving D.J. jealous. Meanwhile, Becky and Jesse make lists about their ex-lovers.|
|173||5||"To Joey, With Love"||Joel Zwick||Jamie Tatham & Chuck Tatham||October 25, 1994|
|Joey is the substitute teacher for Michelle's class. Of course Michelle thinks he'll be the best teacher, but when she pushes him to be fun it gets her sent to the principal's office. Meanwhile, Jesse auditions guitarists, including Danny, for a spot in his new band. Danny turns out to be excellent, and Jesse fears that he will have to put Danny in the band until he is blown away via an audition by Viper, a young rebel who is smitten with D.J.|
|174||6||"You Pet It, You Bought It"||Joel Zwick||Greg Fields||November 1, 1994|
|Michelle makes $221 selling lemonade to construction workers on an unseasonably hot day, and when Kimmy goes with her to the candy store to spend her money, she gets sidetracked and ends up buying a donkey (whom she names Shorty) at a petting zoo instead, causing much trouble amongst the family, such as D.J.'s allergic reaction to Shorty, with her senior pictures the next day, its constant braying during the night, destroying a valuable photo of one of Danny's ancestors and wrecking Stephanie's homework. Everyone likes Becky's idea of donating Shorty to the children's zoo.|
|175||7||"On the Road Again"||Tom Rickard||Ellen Guylas||November 8, 1994|
|Jesse hits the road with his new band, only to find out that it isn't as glamorous as he once thought it was. D.J. gets intimate with Jesse's band's guitarist, Viper, which infuriates Danny and Jesse, and Jesse throws Viper out of the band ("You know the rule, no dating my family!"), but eventually lets him in again after he helps him out in a tight situation involving his past and polka.|
|176||8||"Claire and Present Danger"||Joel Zwick||Tom Amundsen||November 22, 1994|
|Danny and Gia's mom begin dating, which Stephanie and Gia find great but Michelle finds not so great. On Danny and Claire's date at the Smash Club, Michelle has a drastic change in style. D.J. discovers Viper is illiterate, leading to tension between them.|
|177||9||"Stephanie's Wild Ride"||John Tracy||Adam I. Lapidus||November 29, 1994|
|Stephanie and Gia go for joy-ride with a pair of high school boys that they met at the mall, who drive very recklessly. Meanwhile, when Michelle asks for help on a video game, Jesse, Joey, Danny and Becky become obsessed with beating the game. Later, Gia invites Stephanie to go for another joy-ride, but D.J. stops Stephanie from going by warning her and threatening to tell Danny if she goes. Stephanie gets mad at her, but later realizes that D.J. saved her life after learning Gia and the boys were in a bad car accident.|
|178||10||"Under the Influence"||John Tracy||Adam I. Lapidus||December 6, 1994|
D.J. and Kimmy go to a college fraternity party, where Kimmy gets drunk. Upon leaving the party, they argue over what really happened and Kimmy gets mad at D.J. for "ruining" her night, but then comes to realize that D.J. cared about her because her mom was killed by a drunk driver and she did not want to lose her best friend the same way. In the subplot, the twins begin to hate Michelle after she hurts their feelings by yelling at them.
|179||11||"Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen"||John Tracy||Carolyn Omine||December 13, 1994|
|Jesse and Michelle get locked in a toy store on Christmas Eve when they attempt to return a gift to the grumpy owner (Mickey Rooney). The twins begin to fear Santa Claus. The owner then dresses as Santa Claus and comes to the Tanners' home, after they realize what a nice man he is.|
|180||12||"D.J.'s Choice"||John Tracy||Mark Fink||January 3, 1995|
|Nelson and Viper fight over who deserves to be D.J.'s boyfriend after Viper breaks up with her. The family along with the rest of the neighborhood work together to help rebuild their vandalized local park. Special guest: Frankie Valli.|
|181||13||"The Producer"||James O'Keefe||Diana Darby||January 10, 1995|
|Becky is promoted to producer of "Wake Up, San Francisco", making Danny feel jealous. D.J. and Stephanie make a bet on how long they can go without junk food, and Jesse tries to control the twins, who act up at a restaurant. Joey finds out that his favorite cookies, Vanilla Weasels, are no longer being made, making him very disappointed.|
|182||14||"Super Bowl Fun Day"||Joel Zwick||Jamie Tatham & Chuck Tatham||January 25, 1995|
|Joey and Jesse have previously agreed to take Michelle and her friends to the science museum on the same day as Super Bowl XXIX, so they go to a sports bar, and then have to bring the members of the sports bar to their house after some mishaps. Danny and Becky are on special assignment at the big game in Miami, Florida.|
|183||15||"My Left and Right Foot"||Tom Rickard||Ellen Guylas||January 31, 1995|
|After being teased by her sisters and Kimmy while shopping for shoes, Michelle believes that her feet are too big. With her friend Lisa's help, Michelle attempts to make them smaller by wrapping them in shrink wrap and soaking them in a tub of water filled with ice cubes. When Danny finds out, along with D.J., Stephanie and Joey, he tells D.J. and Stephanie that teasing is not only harmful, it also can really blow things out of proportion for a little kid. D.J. and Stephanie apologize to Michelle, and, realizing that her soaking her feet in ice water can harm her feet as well as her health, they get her out of her frigid foot bath. Jesse discovers Becky's bad singing when she joins him, Joey and Danny in singing the boys a bedtime song.|
|184||16||"Air Jesse"||Joel Zwick||Laurie Parres||February 7, 1995|
|Jesse agrees to take part in a charity basketball game, but he clearly does not have any skills or knowledge of basketball. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the celebrity referee for the game. Jesse, unknowingly, gets lessons in basketball from him. Becky deals with a bad sweater that Stephanie made.|
|185||17||"Dateless in San Francisco"||Joel Zwick||Greg Fields||February 14, 1995|
|In preparation for a Valentine's Day party at school, Michelle and Teddy attempt to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Joey also gets sent candy and flowers from a secret admirer. Jesse and Becky try to have a romantic Valentine's Day and Danny tries to have a good date with Claire as well.|
|186||18||"We Got the Beat"||John Tracy||Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler||February 21, 1995|
|Stephanie, Gia, their friend Melissa from school, and Kimmy start a band, with Jesse as their manager. But they are more concerned with looks than rehearsing, and their performance is horrific. Danny and Joey try to use D.J.'s homework to get rich quick.|
|187||19||"Taking the Plunge"||John Tracy||Tom Amundsen||February 28, 1995|
Kimmy goes off to Reno, Nevada to get married to her boyfriend, Duane, after getting turned down by every single College in California, and the family thinks it is D.J. marrying Nelson because she didn't get into Stanford, where she had always wanted to go to, and she left a note telling them where she went, but a hungry Comet chewed it up and what's left is what seems like D.J. saying she's getting married to Nelson in Reno, but what she actually wrote was that Kimmy was getting married and that she was with Nelson on her way to Reno. They also find an empty jewelry case, which they thought was for a ring, but was really just rented earrings that Nelson had gotten for D.J. to wear. Danny and Jesse hurry to Reno to stop the supposed wedding, only to find out the truth. Kimmy decides not to get married. Meanwhile, Joey meets the Queen of England, but while trying to get a picture for Michelle, is mistaken as an assassin and tackled by security guards.
|188||20||"Up on the Roof"||John Tracy||Story by: David Valliere
Teleplay by: Matt Miller & Barrie Nedler
|March 14, 1995|
|Jesse and Kimmy talk D.J. to pulling a "classic" senior prank: lifting the principal's car up onto the roof of the school. Jesse, however, decides to take the blame when he is caught in the car after trying to put the hood up because it was raining, but D.J. decides to fess up. The principal, however, seems angry at first, but then confesses to D.J. his little secret: that he actually likes seeing who can pull the best prank on him. Michelle and Becky's cooking causes some bad digestion for the Tanners.|
|189||21||"Leap of Faith"||Joel Zwick||Chuck Tatham & Jamie Tatham||March 21, 1995|
|A guest on Wake Up, San Francisco convinces Becky to go bungee jumping, much to Jesse's disapproval. Meanwhile, Michelle wants to be more like D.J. and Stephanie, and attend a Counting Crows concert, so D.J. and Stephanie tease her by making up a story that she has "Smedrick's Disease".|
|190||22||"All Stood Up"||Joel Zwick||Story by: Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler
Teleplay by: Carolyn Omine & Adam I. Lapidus
|April 4, 1995|
|Stephanie asks a boy at school that she has a crush on, Ryan (Andrew Keegan), to go to the dance with her, and he agrees. But on the night of the dance, Ryan doesn't show up, and Danny tries to take charge of the situation but it only makes it worse. Michelle tries to beat D.J. at something, eventually winning at limbo. Kimmy interferes with Jesse's attempts to lower his blood pressure.|
|191||23||"Michelle Rides Again (Part 1)"||Joel Zwick||Story by: Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler
Teleplay by: Adam I. Lapidus
|May 23, 1995|
|Michelle enters a horse riding competition and becomes friends with another contestant, Elizabeth. But when Danny and Elizabeth's mother put too much pressure on each of their children to win, Michelle and Elizabeth go off riding for fun instead of going through with the competition. When Michelle attempts to get her horse to jump over a log, the horse panics and Michelle is thrown off, hitting her head and being knocked unconscious.|
|192||24||"Michelle Rides Again (Part 2)"||Joel Zwick||Story by: Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler
Teleplay by: Carolyn Omine
|May 23, 1995|
Michelle gets amnesia following her accident and cannot remember who she is or who her family is. Everyone tries different things to get Michelle to remember who she is, but nothing works. Stephanie's play partner, Andrew, kisses her after finding out that she has a crush on him and Kimmy has arranged for her boyfriend's cousin to be D.J.'s prom date. Towards the end, Michelle gets her memory back and everyone is overjoyed to find this out. Michelle has no memory of the accident and asks why everyone is so happy. D.J. explains that she hit her head after falling off her horse and Becky says that Michelle could not remember anything about who she was or anyone else. Michelle tells everyone that she could never forget them because they are her family, which Danny is happy to hear. Kimmy arrives and tells D.J. that her date could not make it. D.J. is disappointed that she will miss the prom, but Kimmy tells her that she found another date for her in and Steve walks in the door. D.J. is happy to see him and they hug and tell each other they have been missed and share a kiss. The family greets Steve and Michelle asks Jesse how out of it she was. Jesse tells her that she was pretty out of it and that it was like a part of her was missing so then a part of all of them was, but that they got through it. Joey says that did it just like always and Danny picks up Michelle and says "Just like we always will" as the episode ends.