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



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Mila Kunis was only 14 when she auditioned for the show. When producers asked her age, she misled them by saying, "Well, I'll be 18 on my birthday" and neglected to say when.
Fez reveals his first name once and we don't hear it because of a sound. He is actually saying all the actor's first names.
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".
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 the Fox sitcoms that appeared during the 98-99 season, this was the only survivor.
Tommy Chong, who played Leo, was absent from the show while serving a jail sentence for selling "drug paraphernalia" (water pipes). He expressed surprise later that this wasn't written into the show's storyline.
Jackie (Mila Kunis) and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) were one of the show's main (if on-again/off-again) couples. In 2012, six years after the end of "That '70s Show," Kunis and Kutcher started dating in their real lives as well; in 2014, Kunis had the couple's first child.
Out of the six main characters (Fez, Eric, Kelso, Hyde, Donna and Jackie) the eldest actor, Danny Masterson who plays Hyde, was 22 when the show began in 1998. The youngest actor, Mila Kunis who plays Jackie, was 22 when the show ended in 2006.
In many scenes, the character of Jackie had to wear platform heels or sit down just to appear in the same frame as the character of Donna due to the height difference.
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 8th season's titles are all Queen songs.
Chuck Norris was the initial choice for Red Foreman, but was still filming Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), so Kurtwood Smith was cast instead.
Fes(z) stands for foreign exchange student.
Laura Prepon had to dye her hair blonde for the film 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 (Eric) was off the show in the 2005 season while he was working on Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Debra Jo Rupp (as 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.
Even though the show lasted for eight years in real life, the time line only went from 1976 to 1980.
Throughout the show's entire eight seasons, Fez's 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.
Josh Meyers was originally hired to take on over the role of Eric Foreman, 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.
In addition to younger sister Tina Pinciotti (later written out), Donna also had a never-seen older sister named Valerie off at college.
An early idea during the show's development phase had Eric and Hyde fighting a bitter rivalry over Donna, but the idea was tossed out as the show and its characters developed.
The filming of the final episode, "That '70s Finale," was frequently delayed because Laura Prepon (Donna) couldn't stop crying.
In the "Water Tower" episode (1.21), Donna mocks Jackie for believing that Kelso could be a model. This is how Ashton Kutcher was discovered and asked to audition for the role of Kelso.
Three Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) alums have guest starred on the show over its eight year run. Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan and Eliza Dushku were all the Buffy stars to guest star.
The series was set in Wisconsin. Kurtwood Smith was the only regular cast member who actually was born in Wisconsin (in the city of New Lisbon).
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 and led to Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanding.
Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Laurie when the show debuted, abruptly vanished following the second season and was cut from the opening credits by the start of season 3. 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 replaced by Christina Moore. Just over ten years after Kelly's last episode as Laurie, Kelly died from multiple drug intoxication (an overdose).
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).
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.
Some songs playing during the scene changes, or bumpers, are snippets from famous '70s songs such as "Fly Like an Eagle" by 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 has had three cars on the series, so far. A Dodge van, and a Volkswagen Samba Bus, both mid-'60s models. He currently (2005) seen driving an MG convertible.

  • Bob and Midge's: 1970 Cadillac El Dorado (1998-2001)

Donna has a younger sister named Tina who appears in the episode Eric's Burger Job, and is mentioned only one other time as a joke in the episode Vanstock. After that she was phased out, in the later season leaving Donna an only child.
Playpen magazine, is a play on both playboy and penthouse magazine.
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Red's middle name is Albert. His full name is Reginald Albert Forman.
The Formans live at 416 Marie Drive Point Place, Wisconsin. The Pinciottis live at 853 Marie Drive Point Place, Wisconsin.
Laura Prepon (Donna) dated Christopher Masterson, Danny Masterson's (Hyde's) brother.
Jackie's middle name is Beulah, but we also see Jackie wearing a shirt with her initials of JSB on it.
The rock group poster often seen on the wall in Eric's Basement is of Paul McCartney & Wings.
Kitty's maiden name is Sigurdson.
Red and Kitty also had a motorcycle.
Eric's G.I. Joe collection (on his bed's bookshelf/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.
In the episode, "That '70s Musical" (S4 E24), Fez's spiteful choir director is played by The Who's founder and frontman, Roger Daltrey.
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Wilmer Valderrama was a senior in high school when the pilot episode was filmed (1998)
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In the show, Donna is a few months older than Eric. In real life, Topher Grace is two years older than Laura Prepon.
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Donna's astrological sign is a Gemini, Eric is a Pisces, Jackie is a Libra, and Kelso is a Virgo, both Fez and Leo are Leos (though he also stated he was an Aquarius) and Hyde is a Sagitarius (from That70sShow.com).
In season 5, episode 21 the gang goes to fez's house to try and cheer him up after Nina breaks up with him. His bedroom is actually the same set as eric's bedroom just with a few items switched and around and walls repainted.
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The license-plate at the end of the title sequence shows the year in which the events take place.
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The show starts on May 17
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We never see Kelso's parents in the show. Other than in the "Take your kid to work day" episode where we get to see his father.
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Laura Prepon (Donna) actually has brown hair. It's stated from another source her hair naturally is red.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Kelso "falls" off the water tower a total of 5 times during the show.

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