The first season consisted of 22 episodes that aired between September 22, 1987 and May 6, 1988. Template:Clear
|Series #||Season #||Title||Director||Writer(s)||Original air date|
|1||1||"Our Very First Show"||September 22, 1987||ʁ|
| Pilot episode. A car crash three months earlier killed his wife Pam leaving Danny Tanner with the task of raising his three daughters on his own. When his mother Claire must go back to Seattle, Danny asks his brother-in-law Jesse Cochran/Katsopolis and childhood friend Joey Gladstone to move in in order to help him take care of the girls: 10 year old DJ, 5 year old Stephanie, and baby Michelle. Joey and Jesse's first day as dads includes that harrowing rite of passage: changing a diaper.
Note: The pilot was originally shot with John Posey as Danny, but when Bob Saget (the producers' first choice for the role) became available, they re-shot the pilot with Saget. The original unaired pilot with Posey is included on the Complete First Season DVD set and Complete Series DVD set.
|2||2||"Our Very First Night"||September 27, 1987||ʁ|
|Jesse has to stay with the girls, and the girls lie to Jesse as they say they are allowed to stay up late, and Jesse has a band rehearsal, so he invites the band over.|
|3||3||"The First Day of School"||October 2, 1987||ʁ|
| Stephanie's afraid of going to kindergarten, so Danny, Joey and Jesse join a hesitant Stephanie for her first day of school.
Note: First onscreen appearance of Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler
|4||4||"The Return of Grandma"||October 9, 1987||ʁ|
| When Grandma Tanner visits the Tanner house and realizes that it's so messy, she invites Joey and Jesse's mothers to come over as well. The guys' mothers threaten to move in unless the house gets clean.
Note: This is Alice Hirson's last appearance on the show as Claire Tanner; she was later replaced by Doris Roberts in the third-season episode "Granny Tanny." Jesse's mother Irene was first played by Rhoda Gemignani before being replaced by actress Yvonne Wilder.
|5||5||"Sea Cruise"||October 16, 1987||ʁ|
|A male-bonding fishing trip turns into a party cruise.|
|6||6||"Daddy's Home"||October 23, 1987||ʁ|
|Danny is waiting desperately for Michelle to say Da-Da, and when she finally does, it's to Jesse and Joey. Fearing that his long work hours are negatively impacting his relationship with his children, Danny takes the girls on a string of Father/Daughter outings. Jesse, meanwhile, reluctantly agrees to give Joey some lessons on how to be cool, but the process turns out to be more strenuous that they expected, after Joey borrows Jesse's motorcycle and doesn't come back until the next day.|
|7||7||"Knock Yourself Out"||October 30, 1987||ʁ|
|Danny messes up tryout as a boxing announcer when he reveals private information about a boxer. Meanwhile, Joey and Jesse are KO'd by a bantamweight: Michelle.|
|8||8||"Jesse's Girl"||November 6, 1987||ʁ|
|With a fierce thunderstorm keeping everybody awake at night, the kids are curious to know why Jesse looks ready to attack Joey with a baseball bat. So begins a flashback story from earlier that day, when Jesse's gorgeous guitar student ends up locking lips with Joey. Over the course of this crazy day, Joey ends up re-enacting The Wizard of Oz to entertain Stephanie, and baby Michelle become an unexpected mediator in Jesse and Joey's latest spat.|
|9||9||"The Miracle of Thanksgiving"||November 20, 1987||ʁ|
|When his first Thanksgiving without his wife Pam arrives, Danny is determined to make the day extra special for his daughters. When Grandma is unable to make it, the men are inspired to make restaurant reservations, but DJ and Stephanie encourage them to have the traditional festivities at home. The results involve a frozen turkey, a smashed pumpkin pie, and lots of tears, but the biggest challenge of all is with a certain family member who has not yet come to terms with Pam's death.|
|10||10||"Joey's Place"||December 4, 1987||ʁ|
|Joey has always been a good sport about living in a tiny alcove in the living room, but he needs to practice and he just can't seem to find a place except the garage, where D.J starts to notice how much Joey needs his own room. Then Joey gets to go on a comedy tour for 2 weeks, so the family thinks it's a perfect time to get Joey his own place. Since Joey is gone, Jesse has to take care of everything Joey had to. When Joey gets back he discovers that they made him his own room in the garage, which includes his old stuff from his mom's house.|
|11||11||"The Big Three-O"||December 11, 1987||ʁ|
|As his 30th birthday approaches, Danny makes it clear to Jesse and Joey that he hates surprises and does not want a party, but what's the fun of having friends if they don't mix things up every once in a while? As Jesse, Joey, and the kids plan an extravagant bash, the guys' decision to purchase some new seat covers for Danny's beloved car ends up creating utter disaster and "Bullet" ends up in the San Francisco Bay. Jesse and Joey want to make up for it and buy him a new car that looks just like Bullet, but just as they are about to buy it, Joey and Jesse have to fight an unknown caller to get Danny's car.|
|12||12||"Our Very First Promo"||December 18, 1987||ʁ|
| The station where Danny works is filming promos showing the members of their news team at home, which means a camera crew will be coming to the house. Everything seems to be in place when a woman named Ronnie shows up at the house for the filming, but Danny is perplexed when her methods of producing spicy television include dressing Jesse up as an English maid, having perfect French girls, replacing sweet baby Michelle with an unknown adopted 3-year-old, and completely removing Joey from the picture, so Danny needs to tell Ronnie off and show the viewers the real Tanner family. As all this is going on, Jesse and Joey try hard to locate the source of some strange animal noises in the house, which turns out to be a ferret.
Note: This episode chronicologically comes before "Joey's Place". Belita Moreno guest stars as Ronnie.
|13||13||"Sisterly Love"||January 8, 1988||ʁ|
|DJ auditions for a cereal commercial. At her audition, Stephanie comes along and plays with her cereal, and the people like her, giving Stephanie the part instead of DJ, which leads to some sibling rivalry back at home.|
|14||14||"Half a Love Story"||January 15, 1988||ʁ|
|At the TV station, Jesse meets Danny's co-worker Robin Winslow, who is also an old friend of Danny's, and Jesse uses Michelle's cuteness to get a date with Robin. When Jesse comes home later that day, Robin is also there - then Jill, another woman Jesse used Michelle's cuteness to get a date with, shows up. This is when things become complicated, because Robin is now reluctant to date Jesse. Robin is willing to bet that Jesse has never had a relationship with a woman last any more than three or four months, because Robin has dated Jesse's type before and ended up hurt by the quick break-up every time, and she doesn't want that to happen again. Jesse and Robin became friends.|
|15||15||"A Pox in Our House"||January 29, 1988||ʁ|
|When Stephanie catches the chicken pox, it quickly spreads to Jesse, who thought he already caught it as a child, and Joey, who previously spent his whole life believing that he is actually immune to chicken pox (despite later, in "Viva Las Joey", his father saying Joey got them at age 3). With an important sportscasting gig where he gets to interview the Golden State Warriors and maybe play in the game and a baby who shouldn't get chicken pox, he really needs a sitter. Just when Danny is going to give up, D.J. returns home from a slumber party she planned to attend and babysits the family.|
|16||16||"But Seriously, Folks"||February 5, 1988||ʁ|
| As D.J. works vigorously at her guitar lessons with Jesse, Joey eagerly preps for an upcoming gig at a local night club. The entire family comes out to support him, but with some talent scouts present, Joey faces public humiliation after Phyllis Diller takes over his slot, and hogs the show. As a result, Joey decides to put an end in his comedic career. In the wake of this revelation, he makes an overnight decision to put on a fancy suit, change his name to Joe, and become a serious businessman. Now that he is walking around with a briefcase and calling himself a comic failure, D.J., who has been struggling with her music lessons, follows Joey's lead and quits (only in her case, it's the guitar). Now that his behavior is impacting the kids he loves, will Joey be motivated to re-examine his recent choices?
Note: Phyllis Diller guest stars as herself.
|17||17||"Danny's Very First Date"||February 12, 1988||ʁ|
|Danny develops an instant fondness for Linda, Stephanie's beautiful Honeybee troop leader. When she asks him on a date, the only things standing in his way are his two older daughters, who are not too happy about Danny's decision to date again. Willing to respect his children's feelings over romance, a very disappointed Danny calls the date off, but after having a little chat with Jesse and Joey, the girls confront Danny directly with the truth about their confusion and anger. Meanwhile, Jesse and Joey are trying to put together an indoor playground in the living room for baby Michelle, which she ends up not liking.|
|18||18||"Just One of the Guys"||March 4, 1988||ʁ|
| When Danny's 17-year-old nephew Steve (Kirk Cameron, Candace's own brother) comes for a visit, DJ is especially excited about hanging out with him again. Unfortunately, while DJ absolutely idolizes her older cousin, she is disappointed to find that not only has he grown up a lot in recent years, but instead of ice-skating with her like the good old days, he is more interested in doing the typical guy stuff with Danny, Jesse, and Joey. DJ discovers for the first time that it's never easy to feel left out. However, as the situation worsens, DJ decides it`s time to be one of the guys.
Goof: In the middle of the show, DJ asks Steve if he wanted to go ice skating tomorrow, and he says he can't. Then DJ asks him if he could go tomorrow again.
|19||19||"The Seven-Month Itch (Part 1)"||March 11, 1988||ʁ|
|The fact that Danny and Joey and the girls are going to Disneyland in Anaheim delights Jesse, who has been waiting to spend a romantic weekend alone with his girlfriend Samantha, but when Danny and Joey and the girls return home because the airplane couldn't take off in fog, it wrecks Jesse's plans to spend time alone with Samantha. Jesse complains that he has zero privacy in this house. This also affects Stephanie, who wants to go to Disneyland. On the next morning, Danny and Joey discover a note on Jesse's empty bed - Jesse, fed up with his lack of privacy, has left to be on his own for a while, and he doesn't know when he'll be back, or if he'll be back.|
|20||20||"The Seven-Month Itch (Part 2)"||March 18, 1988||ʁ|
|Waking up to find Jesse gone is a shock for everyone, but things get even messier as Danny and Joey try their best to hide the truth from the kids. After forcing Danny to admit that Jesse is considering moving out, DJ passes the news along to her younger sisters, and since the adults claim that they can't do anything about the situation, the girls join forces to get their uncle back home where he belongs. So they call the cabin Jesse is staying at and tells them that Michelle is coughing and Jesse is the only one to give her her cough medicine, and although Jesse is a pretty tough guy, let's just say that his little nieces are very familiar with his notorious weak spot.|
|21||21||"Mad Money"||April 29, 1988||ʁ|
|Joey's mother Mindy has found an old $5000 savings bond in her safe deposit box, and the savings bond has Joey's name on it. When Joey receives the money, he starts spending it left and right. At the same time, Danny tries to collect an 11-year-old debt from Joey - 11 years ago on March 12, 1977, in Palm Springs - , Joey's car broke down yet again, and Danny lent Joey his last $800 to get the car fixed, and now that Joey has come into enough money, Danny asks Joey to fork over $800 of it in order to cover the debt, leading to a feud between Danny and Joey. Meanwhile, Jesse is working as an Elvis Presley impersonator in order to make some extra money because he needs enough money for he and the Rippers to record a demo, but he doesn't want the family to know that he's working as an Elvis impersonator. But they end up finding out and go to one of the shows and Jesse not only gives an awesome performance, he also takes home a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like.|
|22||22||"D.J. Tanner's Day Off"||May 6, 1988||ʁ|
|When DJ hears that her favorite singer Stacey Q will be at a local mall to give out autographs, and knowing that it would mean meeting Stacy Q in person, DJ wants an autograph, and she'll do absolutely anything, no matter what it takes, to make it happen. Problem is, the signings are scheduled to take place during school hours, so DJ decides to secretly skip a day of school to get the autograph. DJ gets Jesse to mention how he once secretly and successfully skipped a day from school, and DJ pulls that same trick on Jesse and Joey. DJ and Kimmy head to the mall and get in line to get an autograph - but they never expected Joey and Michelle to show up, because they didn't know that Joey had made plans to get the autograph for DJ and surprise her with it after school. Then, DJ gets busted, and Jesse and Joey must decide how to punish her and block Danny from learning of this so they could show Danny they are responsible, only to have Stephanie blow their cover.|