That '70s Show (1998–2006)
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the official homepage (www.that70sshow.com) that was maintained during the series' official run, Point Place, WI, was located right outside the real town of Green Bay, WI. However, in "That Disco Episode," the town of Kenosha is depicted as being within the immediate vicinity of Point Place, whereas in real life, Kenosha and Green Bay are three hours apart. Further, during the first season of the show, Bob makes mention of Midge attending community college in Kenosha, something she certainly would not do as a resident of Green Bay. Further still, in the second season episode "The Velvet Rope," Chicago is depicted as being close enough to Point Place that Eric, Donna, Hyde, and Fez can drive there, go to a club, and come home all within the course of one night. In reality, Kenosha is 57 miles away from Chicago, whereas Green Bay is nearly 210 miles away, making the scenario of the gang traveling from there to Chicago, going to a club, and coming back all in one night highly unlikely. Also, during the eight season's episode "Sheer Heart Attack," Kitty claims Wisconsin Dells is only three counties away and that they'll have to take the interstate. An interstate would not be taken from Green Bay to Wisconsin Dells. The most likely answer is that Point Place is in fact a suburb of Kenosha, and that the official homepage was commissioned by FOX and operated by someone not intimately connected with the series, who for whatever reason decided to identify Point Place as being located near Green Bay.
Tina Pinciotti appeared once in the season 1 episode "Eric's Burger Job". Midge also mentioned once about having a daughter in college named Valerie. The creators of the show decided to leave Donna as an only child so Tina (and Valerie) were written off. In the season 2 episode "Vanstock" they make an inside joke at the end of the episode when the soap announcer says "And what ever happened to Midge's daughter Tina? Find out all this and more next week on That '70s Show!"
The actor portraying Leo, Tommy Chong, was arrested for selling water pipes and sent to prison. As soon as Chong got out, he went back to portray his character. Story-wise, Leo left Point Place to go find his wife, whom he absentmindedly abandoned after stopping for gas in Point Place in the 1960s. After leaving, he apparently wandered around the woods for a while, until Eric found him following an aborted road trip. Tommy Chong later expressed his disappointment that the creators' hadn't worked his real-life arrest into the storyline and had the marijuana-loving Leo sent to prison for possession.
There is a slight tongue-in-cheek comment made by Eric moments before Leo's return. He mentions that the only people out on the road would be ex-cons.
After 7 seasons, the actors just felt it was time to move on and do other projects. Their characters were written out in season 8 with Eric leaving for Africa and Kelso getting a job in Chicago. Both actors returned in their roles for the final episode of the series "That '70s Finale".
Actress Laura Prepon took a role in a film called Karla (2006) (as the title character), a blonde.
As reavealed on the cast listing on That '70s show's main page on IMDB.com, it is listed as Reginald. At about 19:30 into Season 7 Episode 18, Kitty calls him Reginald Albert Forman.
1. Hyde's Stripper wife. She took the pics. 2. Donna 3. Kitty. She inadvertantly opened the envolope and got an eyeful. 4. Red. He found them in a drawer, and then hid them in a newspaper. 5. Randy. He found them when they fell out of said paper. 6. Hyde. Randy handed them to him. 7. Leo. He was there, man. 8. Fez's extremely unstable girlfriend Caroline who found them stashed in a Barry White album (thanks to Leo). 9. Fez. Well... maybe not.
The creators set the show in 1976, when trends and political ideologies had become firmly set for the decade, therefore truly giving it a 1970s feel. The idea that the series would carry socio-political undertones also necessitated a chain of social events which could influence the characters (such as the Equal Rights Amendment, the 1973 Oil Crisis, the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, all of which occurred in the earlier 1970s).
The show's longevity (8 seasons) necessitated a slow-down of the series' timeline. Over time this proved problematic from a narrative standpoint, as nearly every year featured a Thanksgiving and/or Christmas episode, and the actors aging in real life, but not nearly as much on the show.
1976 - First 12 and the 23rd episode ("Grandma's Dead") of season 1.
1977 - Rest of season 1 (except "Grandma's Dead") to season 3.
1978 - End of the season 3 to season 6.
1979 - Season 6 to Season 8.
1980 - The very end of the finale episode ("That '70s Finale").