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That '70s Show (TV Series 1998–2006) Poster

(1998–2006)

Goofs

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Anachronisms 

In one episode, Red is shown at the kitchen table opening mail. He removes a credit card mailer, and the credit card clearly has a hologram on its face. Holograms were not used on credit cards until 1983.
In the episode that airs on April 16 2002 where the guys go to Canada, in the RCMP office there's a map of Canada that shows Nunavut which only became a territory in 1999, not in 1978.
In some episodes, cassettes are shown with clear housings - which weren't introduced until 1984.
The kids once went out for curly fries. The show is set in the late 1970s but curly fries weren't invented until the late 1980s. Curly fries were being served in the Midwest in the mid 70's.
The use of the word "dillhole" throughout the series is incorrect, because the term first emerged on the cartoon series "Beavis and Butthead" in the early 1990s.
In the opening scene of the premiere episode, the boys are looking at a Playboy centerfold, circa 1976. However, the magazine is perfect bound, not saddle stitched (stapled) as Playboys were at that time.
In the January 14 2003 episode, Eric holds up Star Wars action figures for Red to identify. The figures he holds up are not the straight-armed figures from the 1970s, but are the posed figures from the 1990s. The episode takes place in 1979.
At one point, a character is seen with a green Star Wars lightsaber toy. Green lightsabers didn't exist until 1983, when Return of the Jedi was released.
When Jackie gets a job at the cheese house, there is a reference made to Sophie's Choice (1982). The movie did not come out until 1982 and the book was not published until '79.
In one episode, Kitty offers Fez and Hyde Snack Packs; when it shows the them open their Snack Packs, they are the modern plastic ones, when in the 70s, Snack Packs came in little tin cans.
A large number of the other props and products used on the show are not consistent with the period (flip-top drinks cans, barcodes on toys, etc, etc) or are not represented accurately (Betamax VCRs that could record too much material on one tape, etc).
Donna justifies taking Kelso's van by reminding Eric that Kelso melted his G.I.Joe figure. Eric says, "The Real American Hero deserves better." G.I. Joe wasn't called "A Real American Hero" until the 1982 re-launch.
In one episode Journey's "Any Way You Want It" is playing, but the song was not released until 1980.
In one episode, someone notes that a character's father "works for Six Flags." The park now called "Six Flags Great America" north of Chicago and south of Milwaukee was owned by Marriott and called "Marriott's Great America" until 1984 when Six Flags purchased it. And everyone called it "Great America" anyway.
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.
The poster showing world flags in Eric's room has some flags of countries that didn't exist in the 70s (e.g. Estonia and Georgia).
In the opening credits, you can clearly see many modern cars. The most obvious is a '97-'02 Ford Expedition that passes the cast on the passenger side.
In the pilot episode all Coca Cola bottles have a red printed label stuck to them. However Coca Cola didn't had printed labels in 1976, they had full-glass bottles with the Coca Cola molded in the glass. In all later episodes, the correct bottles are used.
Eric uses 'Formula 409' in the modern bottle, when cleaning the stove.
In one of the episodes, Eric has a Spider-man pillow cover. But the image is that of the newer Spider-man series (Fox Kids series) and not the Spider-man cartoon series in the '60s and '70s.

Character error 

Whenever Eric's last name is shown on a transition in the beginning of a show, his last name is Spelled "Forman". In episode 7-10, on the calendars Red has printed for his muffler shop, Forman is spelled "Foreman".
In the episode "The Drive-In" when Fez's foster parents are afraid that he is listening to rock-devil music, Hyde shows him how to hide the rock records in soft music record holders. He demonstrates with a record he claims is Alice Cooper and a Pat Boone holder. While the Pat Boone holder is correct, the record he is holding is actually a Led Zeppelin record titled "Led Zeppelin 4".

Continuity 

In the Show, Eric turns 17 years old in 1976, placing his birthday in 1959. However, the crew doesn't graduate High School apparently until 1979, placing all of the characters at 20 years old at time of graduation

Revealing mistakes 

In the episode, Grandma's Dead, when the grandma died on Eric's shoulder while taking her home, you can see her blink.
In the episode where Fez and Jackie fight because he turned her down: Fez puts green dye in her shampoo. When she steps out of the bathroom to yell at him, you will notice that a safety pin holding up her towel appears and disappears between shots.
In one of the Christmas episodes, when it snows, the snow doesn't fall on the cast at all. And it appears it snow in one spot, less in the other spots.
In "The Water Tower", when Eric and his family are eating dinner, and he starts imagining Red and Kitty naked, you can see that Kitty is wearing a tube top, and is not actually naked.

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