That '70s Show (1998–2006)

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A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin.

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 Jackie Burkhart (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Steven Hyde (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Donna Pinciotti (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Fez (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Kitty Forman (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Reginald "Red" Forman / ... (201 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Bob Pinciotti (198 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Michael Kelso (184 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Eric Forman (180 episodes, 1998-2006)
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 Midge Pinciotti (81 episodes, 1998-2004)
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Eric Forman is a typical high school student growing up in Wisconsin in 1976 with his family and his friends. Together, they have the same kind of joys and sorrows that just about every teenager has while growing up. This show parodied many of the attitudes, events and fads of the 70s, along with those who grew up at the time. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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wisconsin | friend | basement | 1970s | car | See more »

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Be Groovy. Be Very Groovy.

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23 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Feelin' All Right  »

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(200 episodes)

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Trivia

The producers and cast spent a lot of time figuring out a way to represent the main characters' usage of marijuana (not in a pro-pot manner, but to have realism on a 1970's-set show) and eventually came up with the "rotating camera" sequences set in the Formans' basement, which showed the effects of the "puff and pass" where each character inhaled and then sent a joint forward, but never actually showed anyone doing either of those things. See more »

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Several times in the series when donuts are present, they are in a Krispy Kreme box, but Krispy Kreme donuts did not come to Wisconsin until the 2000's. See more »

Quotes

Donna: David Millbank? Oh, barf. Eric, remember when you beat him up on the playground?
Eric: Yep. I kicked his ass.
Jackie Burkhardt: Wait, wasn't he the kid with scoliosis and asthma?
Eric: Yep. And I kicked his ass!
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In the episode "An Eric Forman Christmas" (4x12) the "That '70s Show" title is decorated with christmas tree balls. During the opening credits christmas bells can be heard. See more »

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That '70s Song (In the Street)
(uncredited)
Based on "In the Street" by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell
Performed by Cheap Trick
(Season 2-8)
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The only show I'll watch...
6 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Along with reruns of "Seinfeld", of course, and maybe some "Friends" reruns.

We all know the plot by now: life in the 70s. My mom says that some of the characters actually remind her of people she knew when she was in high school then.

Lots of great pokes at the decade here, from disco to streaking to Star Wars to Charlie's Angels (and yet no jokes about TV's "M*A*S*H"), and all the usual coming of age jokes (men VS women). The beautiful red haired, deep voiced, 5-foot-10-inch Laura Prepon, who plays Donna (and was also the main reason I started watching this show), is probably the most normal character on the show (the only time she ever really got colorfully bent out of shape about something was when she found another woman's underwear in Eric's car, which is understandable for any woman, only to find out that her mom and dad were back there one night) with Topher Grace's Eric in second place. Danny Masterson is great as the dead pan conspiracy theorist Hyde. I don't see what's so great about Ashton Kutcher, but I will give him credit for giving his all in the role of the male bimbo, same to Mila Kunis (who's finally making the transition from simply cute to actually being beautiful) as the self-absorbed Jackie and Wilmer Valderamma (or however you spell his name) as Fez. However, this show has ruined my ability to enjoy the 1987 hit "Robocop" because I've come to enjoy Kurtwood Smith so much in the role of Eric's cranky dad Red Foreman that I can't stand to see him as the evil Clarence Boddicker who helps mutilate Peter Weller's Murphy in "Robocop". It's a shame they had to replace Lisa Robin Kelly as Lori, even though the new actress Christina Moore is prettier.

I will say this though: the show has now exhausted and run all good ideas, and yet it's still more endearing than TV's "M*A*S*H". Here's the rule for watching the reruns: if Donna's mom Midge (former Bond girl Tanya Roberts, who rallied a few other former Bond girls together for an episode) is there, you're good. However, if Eric and Donna have broken up, change the channel immediately (it's just not right, those two not being together) or if Donna is sporting blonde hair, or if Eric and Kelso just aren't there at all, also change the channel. The fifth season shows where Jackie starts dating Hyde are pretty much reliable. But all in all, it's a great watch, certainly a lot better than current "Friends" and "The Simpsons".


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