Bob Saget Dead at 65

Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner, Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler, Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone in episode 512 of Fuller House. Photo credit: Mike Yarish/Netflix © ​2020

Full House star and comedian Bob Saget has died in a Orlando, Fla. hotel room at the age of 65 to the shock of friends and family.

Bob Saget attends the Fuller House Season 2 premiere.
Bob Saget attends the exclusive holiday premiere event of Fuller House Season 2 at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco on Friday, December 2nd.

I grew up watching Full House every week. When the series finale aired, I had tears falling down my face. Even though they weren’t related to me in real life, the Tanners were like family. It hurt when the series went off the air in the mid-1990s. The only series that really came close to replacing it was Boy Meets World, which was helped by the wisdom we learned weekly from William Daniels. When you fall in love with a show, it’s hard to say goodbye. But for my childhood, I knew I could always count on the Tanner and Matthew family to come into the house every week.

This year isn’t even ten days old and it’s taken away so much from us. It started when we went into the year having just learned of Betty White’s passing. Peter Bogdanovich, Sidney Poitier, and Marilyn Bergman followed in the past week. As sad as it was to lose them, it really hurts to lose Bob Saget. The comedian didn’t even get the chance to live a full life yet!

Back in 2016, I got to attend a Chicago Ideas Week event, Comedy, But Seriously. The event was held on the same night as one of three presidential debates that fall. I was clapping so hard that he made a joke at my expense. It was an awesome evening and I was just glad to see America’s Dad in person. Shortly thereafter, I finally started on watching the Fuller House reboot on Netflix.

After I finally finished watching Cheers in late June 2020, I watched Fuller House from the beginning or wherever it was that I left off in 2016. It was like reuniting with old friends as I binged through the remaining seasons so quickly. By the time that I got to the Fuller House series finale, it was a full-on sobfest over here. It wasn’t easy saying goodbye the first time around and that was before the streaming era started. Watching Fuller House helped me with bouncing back from depression during that summer even as I sobbed while saying goodbye to them again. Even if it was only five seasons, I’m glad to have the opportunity to hang out with my favorite TV family for another ride. There was so much nostalgia that it was just like the old days. Minus Michelle.

Bob Saget might be gone but he’ll never be forgotten. Thank you for the memories. Netflix and Warner Bros., thank you for bringing the Tanner family back for another five seasons. I would not have gotten through a transphobic-triggered depression without them. It’ll definitely hurt to rewatch episodes for sometime to come.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.