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Mila Kunis was only fourteen when she auditioned for the show. When producers asked her age, she misled them by saying, "Well, I'll be eighteen on my birthday." and neglected to say what year.
The filming of the final episode, "That '70s Finale," was frequently delayed because Laura Prepon (Donna) couldn't stop crying.
Mila Kunis (Jackie) had her first kiss in real-life, at the age of fourteen as an actress on this show with Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso). She and Kutcher are now (as of September 2017) married and have two children
Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman) wears the same red blouse and floral skirt in her final scene of the final season, as she did in her first scene in the first season.
The show was initially titled "Teenage Wasteland" and later "The Kids Are Alright". However, because both names were references to songs by The Who, legal issues prevented their use. As a result, the show was eventually announced as "Feelin' Alright", but because that name had few supporters, a search for a new title began. After noticing that audience members in focus groups would say, "I like that show about the '70s," or, "I like that '70s show," it was eventually decided to simply call the series "That '70s Show".
Tommy Chong, who played Leo, was absent from the show while serving a jail sentence for selling drug paraphernalia (water bongs). He expressed surprise later, that this wasn't written into the show's storyline.
Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) reveals his first name once, and we don't hear it, because of a sound. He is actually saying all of the cast member's first names.
The fifth season episode titles are all Led Zeppelin song titles, the sixth season are all The Who songs, the seventh season are all The Rolling Stones songs, and the eighth season's titles are all Queen songs.
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.
Of all of the FOX sitcoms that appeared during the 98-99 season, this was the only survivor.
Eric Forman was born on March 18, 1960, Jackie Burkhart on September 24, 1961, Michael Kelso on August 28, 1958, Steven Hyde on November 28, 1959, Donna Pinciotti on February 13, 1960, and Fez on August 4, 1960.
In many scenes, Mila Kunis (Jackie) had to wear platform heels, or sit down, just to appear in the same frame as Laura Prepon (Donna), due to the height difference.
Jackie (Mila Kunis) and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) were one of the show's main couples. In 2012, six years after the end of this show, Kunis and Kutcher started dating in real-life as well. In 2014, Kunis had the couple's first child. They got married in July 2015.
Fes(z) stands for foreign exchange student.
Chuck Norris was the initial choice for Red Forman, but was still filming Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), so Kurtwood Smith was cast instead.
Topher Grace (Eric) was off the show in the 2005 season while he was working on Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) "falls" off the water tower a total of five times during the show, but is said to have fallen off the water tower in every grade up to and to High School Graduation.
Laura Prepon had to dye her hair blonde for Karla (2006), in which she played the title role. As a result, her character Donna Pinciotti changed hair color for the show's final two seasons.
Topher Grace was cast after the show's creators, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, saw him in a high-school play. They had attended the play to watch their daughter and were impressed by Grace. Grace had never acted professionally before.
Kitty's cigarette smoking was slowly phased out after season three, due to Debra Jo Rupp kicking the habit in real-life.
All the food Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) made in the kitchen (cookies, brownies et cetera) were used as snacks for the cast members, and other staff off-camera during breaks between filming.
Throughout the show's eight seasons, Fez's home country is never revealed. It almost was revealed in the first half of the series finale, but Fez and his friend, Andrew, gave the gang a hard time on figuring it out.
Even though the show lasted for eight years in real-life, the timeline only went from 1976 to 1979.
The license plate at the end of the title sequence, shows the year in which the events take place.
James Franco auditioned for the role of Michael Kelso.
Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) was a senior in high school when the pilot episode was filmed (1998).
Lisa Robin Kelly (Laurie) abruptly vanished following the second season, and was cut from the opening credits by the start of season three. Some sources claim she left on her own initiative, others that she was fired, despite being quite a popular character on the show, so there are two very different stories out there about her departure. She returned back to the show toward the end of the fifth season, and appeared in a few episodes, only to disappear again at the beginning of the sixth season, and then was replaced by Christina Moore. Just over ten years after Kelly's last episode as Laurie, Kelly died from multiple drug intoxication (an overdose).
Kurtwood Smith (Red Forman) emulated the role of his stepfather in real-life, through his character on the show.
In addition to younger sister Tina Pinciotti (later written out), Donna also had a never-seen older sister named Valerie off at college.
Jackie and Fez are the only teenagers (other than Randy) to not be called by their last name. (Forman, Hyde, Kelso, sometimes even Pinciotti). Coincidentally, Jackie is the only teenager to call everyone by their first name, except for a time in season one episode 21. when she calls Hyde, "Hyde", instead of "Steven".
An early idea during the show's development phase had Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) fighting a bitter rivalry over Donna, but the idea was tossed out as the show and its characters developed.
The series was set in Wisconsin. Kurtwood Smith was the only regular cast member who was born in Wisconsin (in New Lisbon).
In season four, episode twenty-four, "That '70s Musical", Fez's spiteful choir director is played by The Who's founder and frontman, Roger Daltrey.
Despite popular belief, Jackie's eye color is said to be brown, unlike Mila Kunis, who has a rare condition called Hetrochromia, meaning one of her eyes is blue, and the other green.
In the Grooves record store, a poster can be seen behind the counter up higher of Lynyrd Skynyrd, advertising their Street Survivors 1977 Winter Tour. This tour never happened, due to the plane crash in October 1977 that killed and injured many members of the band.
Red's middle name is Albert. His full name is Reginald Albert Forman.
In many episodes there are references to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), mostly by Eric Forman. Much like Eric, Topher Grace is a big fan of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Trek (1966).
The infamous poster of Farrah Fawcett in a red swimsuit hangs in Eric Foreman's bedroom. Tanya Roberts (Midge) starred in season five of Charlie's Angels (1976), the television show that launched Fawcett's career. Roberts joked that if "That 70's Show" ran through 1980, her poster would eventually hang in Eric's room.
Some songs playing during the scene changes, or bumpers, are snippets from famous '70s songs such as "Fly Like an Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band, "Magic Man" by Heart, and "What Is" by Led Zeppelin.
The cars are:
  • Eric's: 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser.
  • Red and Kitty's: 1976 Toyota Corolla.
  • Red's: 1958 Silver Blue Corvette.
  • Hyde's: 1967 Chevy El Camino.
  • Kelso had three cars on the series. A Dodge van, and a Volkswagen Samba Bus, both mid-'60s, and an MG convertible.
Bob and Midge's: 1970 Cadillac El Dorado.
In the show, Donna is one month older than Eric. In real-life, Topher Grace is two years older than Laura Prepon.
Three Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) alums have guest starred on the show over its eight year run. They were Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, and Eliza Dushku. Stephen Tobolowsky made guest appearances on both shows.
The rock group poster, often seen on the wall in Eric's basement, is of Paul McCartney and Wings.
Topher Grace was twenty when the show started and twenty-eight when the show ended.
In the intro of the show (seasons one through seven), modern vehicles can be seen, such as a Ford pickup that appears on the left. Many different vehicles pass on the other side of the street as well, all modern.
In season 6, Red meets a fictional former football player named Stuart Sutcliffe. This was actually the name of the Beatles' original bass player.
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"Playpen Magazine", is a play on both Playboy Magazine and Penthouse Magazine.
Some of the food products have bar codes on them. Bar codes didn't really take off until the '80s. Only about one percent of the country had scanners in 1978.
Jackie's middle name is supposedly Beulah, but she also has worn a shirt with the initials of JSB on it. This can be attributed to the fact that her maiden name starts with S and monograms put the surname in the middle
Kitty's maiden name is Sigurdson.
There was an error list about the Nike shoes that Ashton Kutcher wore, saying they weren't on the market until the mid 80s, and that was wrong. The Swoosh was first used by Nike on June 18, 1971.
Even though Mila Kunis (Jackie) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) are married now, it took them 14 years to start dating because Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) was dating Demi Moore during the filming of most of the show.
Eric's G.I. Joe collection (on his bed's bookshelf and headboard) contains: a 1970-73 Land Adventurer, Sea Adventurer, Air Adventurer, The Adventurer (an African American figure), 1964-67 Action Marine, Action Pilot, Action Soldier; 1966 Mercury Space Capsule; there was also a yellow ATV in the basement, seen on one of the shelves under the stairs. The early military figures seemed to have been switched out for the later Adventure Team figures as the series progressed. Eric seemed very attached to his figures, even though he was never seen playing with them. He even warns Fez, "DON'T touch the G.I.Joes!" when Fez tries to cheer up Eric with Hyde and Kelso before leaving for Funland without Eric.
Red and Kitty also had a motorcycle.
The lights hanging over the counter of the Forman's kitchen appear to be cheese graters.
The black 1967 Chevy El Camino that Steven Hyde drove originally was owned by Leo (Tommy Chong).
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Eric, Donna, Kelso, and Fez, and Hyde seem to have a great fondness for Smokey and the Bandit (1977). There have been numerous references, most notably in the season two opener.
In season five, episode four, Eric makes a joke about radioactive spiders. Topher Grace (Eric) played Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
A noticeable goof is that many time over the course of the series, Ashton Kutcher has been seen wearing Nike shoes that were only available in the mid to late 1980s. The show's timeline only went from May, 1976 to January, 1980. This is not a goof, as the original poster for this message was misinformed of the facts prior to posting. The shoes in question DID exist in the timeline presented on this show.
Throughout the course of the show, the only people seen driving the Visita Cruiser in the title sequence are: Eric, Red, Donna, Jackie, Fez, Laurie, and Leo.
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The "Playpen Magazine", seen in the show, has been used in multiple media, including Child's Play 3 (1991).
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Every member of the gang owns or has owned a car. *Most notably Eric's Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, which the gang uses as their primary mode of transportation. *Hyde's frequently seen Chevrolet El Camino. *Kelso has owned three vehicles over series run: two vans, and an MG convertible. *Donna, Fez, and Jackie own cars, but rarely seem to use them, to the point where they are only seen once.
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Every license plate except the one on Eric's Vista Cruiser and Hyde's El Camino are D2G-683. Eric and Hyde's license plates read IZ3820 and MH1033 respectively.
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Although they play brothers in the show, Ashton Kutcher and Luke Wilson only share one scene during the whole series.
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Jackie frequently belittles Fez for being a foreigner, however, Mila Kunis is, herself, a foreign immigrant.
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The seventh season of the series' episode titles are all Rolling Stones songs. In one season seven episode, Hyde can be seen wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt.
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Eric's Spider-Man bedsheets seen in season 2 are actually merchandise from the Spider-Man cartoon that aired on FOX in the 1990's. The typeface used was created for that series.
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Originally, Kelso was supposed to be the obsessive Star Wars fan. The producers thought that his pretty boy persona would be tarnished, due to this. So they made Eric the super fan.
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Despite the constant referral to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), none of the main cast from the 1977 film appear in the show. Billy Dee Williams is the only major Star Wars actor to make a guest appearance, however, he first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), released in 1980, slightly after the time period That 70's show was set (1976-1979).
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Ashton Kutcher & Danny Masterson worked together again in Netflix's The Ranch (TV SERIES 2016- ) both as stars, and Kurtwood Smith appeared in the 1st episode of season 4 as guest star.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Josh Meyers was originally hired to take on the role of Eric Forman, who had been played for seven seasons by Topher Grace. A now long-haired Eric would have returned unexpectedly from Africa "a changed man", thus explaining his different appearance. This idea was nixed, when the producers decided it might offend Grace's fans. So, a new role, that of "Randy" was created for Meyers, who was already contracted for the season.
The only core male teenager throughout the series with whom Jackie (Mila Kunis) never has a romantic relationship, is Eric (Topher Grace). Their hostile nature towards one another is pointed out sporadically throughout the series. When Eric leaves for Africa, he is genuinely shocked that for the first time ever, Jackie calls the house specifically to speak to Eric, stating she always considered him a close friend.

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