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".
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 June 2017) married and have two children
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Forman was born on March 18, 1960, Jackie Burkhart on September 24, 1961, Michael Kelso on August 28, 1959, Steven Hyde on November 28, 1959, Donna Pinciotti on February 13, 1960, and Fez on August 4, 1960.
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.
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.
Josh Meyers was originally hired to take on 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.
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).
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.
Jackie and Fez are the only teenagers (other than Randy) to not be called by her 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 two, when she calls Hyde, "Hyde", instead of "Steven".
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The only core male teenager, throughout the series, with whom Jackie (Mila Kunis) has never had 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.