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(1998–2006)

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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.
Chuck Norris was the initial choice for Red Foreman, but was still filming Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), so Kurtwood Smith was cast instead.
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.
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.
Of all the Fox sitcoms that appeared during the 98-99 season, this was the only survivor.
Jackie constantly makes fun of Fes for being foreign. In real life, the actor who plays Fes, Wilmer Valderrama, was born in the USA, while Mila Kunis, who plays Jackie, was born in the USSR, in what is now Ukraine.
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.
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.
Fes(z) stands for foreign exchange student.
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".
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.
Topher Grace (Eric) was off the show in the 2005 season while he was working on Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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.
Even though the show lasted for eight years in real life, the time line only went from 1976 to 1980.
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.
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.
In addition to younger sister Tina Pinciotti (later written out), Donna also had a never-seen older sister named Valerie off at college.
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.
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.
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.
Red is a veteran of both WWII and Korea.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Jackie's middle name is Beulah, but we also see Jackie wearing a shirt with her initials of JSB on it.
Red's middle name is Albert. His full name is Reginald Albert Forman.
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 a only child.
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)


The Formans live at 416 Marie Drive Point Place, Wisconsin. The Pinciottis live at 853 Marie Drive Point Place, Wisconsin.
Eric's birthday is March 18th, 1960: Pisces Jackie's birthday is September 24th, 1961: Libra. Kelso's birthday is August 28th, 1959: Virgo. Hyde's birthday is November 28th, 1959: Sagittarius. Donna's birthday is February 13th, 1960: Gemini. Fez's birthday is August 4th, 1960: Leo. Red's birthday is December 7th, 1927: Sagittarius. Kitty's birthday is January 13th, 1931: Capricorn. While Donna is born in February, on That70sShow.com, it is stated that she is a Gemini.
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.
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).

Spoilers 

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

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