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Donna Pinciotti
Biographical information
Eye color


Hair color

Red (Seasons 1-6) Blonde (Seasons 7-8)


February 13, 1960


Bob Pinciotti (Father)
Midge Pinciotti (Mother)
Valerie Pinciotti (Sister)
Tina Pinciotti (Sister)


Eric Forman (Boyfriend/future husband)
Casey Kelso (Ex-Boyfriend)
Randy Pearson (Ex-Boyfriend)


Hot Donna, Jugs A Poppin’, Big Red, Big D, Leia, The Big Red Whore, Neighbor Girl


DJ for WFPP Radio Station

Behind the scenes
First appearance

"That '70s Pilot" (1x01)

Last appearance

"That '70s Finale" (8x22)


Liliana Mumy (Donna at age 7)
Nina Jefferies (Donna at age 13)
Laura Prepon

Donna Marie Pinciotti born February 13, 1960 is a character on That '70s Show, played by Laura Prepon. Donna is the longtime girlfriend/future wife of Eric Forman.

Donna has been lifelong friends with Eric, having grown up next door to each other in the fictional Wisconsin suburb of Point Place. As she puts it when he is leaving for Africa, "You've lived 20 steps away from me my entire life, and now what am I supposed to do without you?"

Their relationship has been tumultuous at times, having suffered two break ups since the show began. However during the majority of the time since the show aired, Eric and Donna have been in a serious, stable relationship, and they often act as the "parents" of the group, being mature and responsible when their friends are not so. This was sometimes threatened by the fact that he feels inferior to her, especially during the third season when she gets a job as a radio personality named "Hot Donna."

Donna as she appeared in seasons 1-6.

Donna, the character, is an intelligent, witty, red-haired (she later changed to blonde after her marriage to Eric was called off), tall (5'10"), strapping, rather strong, athletic teenager with feminist ideals, who is outwardly confident and strong, sometimes to the point of coming across as arrogant or self-righteous, though usually laid back and easy going. She calls upon these personal qualities to deal with her personal issues, such as the shaky relationship between her father and mother, Midge and Bob Pinciotti, who had her when they were still in high school. However, she has some difficulty expressing her feminine side, for she views traditional feminine traits as restraining and outdated. She dislikes skirts, makeup, and dresses, and insists on wearing jeans at all times, but she took a stab at "being pretty" for her prom and for a trip to a night club, where the bouncer judged her "foxy".

Jackie appoints herself as Donna's best friend early on, often giving her advice that sounds superficial and useless but often turns out to be unnervingly true (example: Eric would never want Donna to be his girlfriend if she kept beating him at everything, especially sports). The haughty Jackie genuinely thinks that she's better looking than Donna and that Donna is in general not attractive, interesting or popular--yet still thinks Donna could do better than Eric. Though they're as different as night and day, Donna eventually accepts Jackie and decides to keep an eye on her and keep her out of trouble, since Jackie doesn't always show the best common sense.

Donna was very reluctant to have sex, but after a few false starts, she finally lost her virginity to Eric in season 2. At first she found it awkward and weird, but Eric persuaded her to give it another try and with "practice" she found subsequent sex more pleasant and even enjoyable. And to both of their delight, very frequent.

Towards the end of season 3 Donna's job as a radio DJ was taking priority over her relationship with Eric, causing her to blow their dates off. While Donna genuinely felt that she was right to do this and was simply following her goals through to their logical conclusion with wanting to be a journalist and a news woman, her actions provoked a bad response in the normally even-keeled Eric, who felt that Donna was not taking him and/or their relationship seriously. Eric finally broke up with her after she returned his promise ring and throughout season 4 much awkwardness ensued over rights to the basement and trying to find new relationships. Donna was a bit annoyed at just how many girls were interested in Eric and happily mocked him when his attempts at finding a new girlfriend backfired. When some of them worked, she didn't take it quite as well.

Her mother Midge leaving her father and moving to California, followed by her father's relationship with Joanne Stupac, did not help matters. Donna's life seem to be worsening for the sake of sit-com material.

In season 4 she started dating Casey Kelso (Luke Wilson), older brother of Kelso. Though a little flaky and rather older than her, Donna thought Casey was a real winner of a boyfriend, for he seemed to be sensitive, good natured, laid back, and easy going. She thought she'd hit the jackpot with Casey and everyone else agreed - except Eric, who saw Casey for what he was: an oversexed frat boy who just wanted to nail Donna and move on to the next girl. Eric tried to warn Donna but she ignored him, and he then threatened Casey that he would hurt him if he hurt Donna.

When Kitty saw Donna drunk in the middle of a school day at the Hub with Casey, warning bells went off in her head and she rallied together with Red and Bob to bring the relationship to an end with Eric overseeing the proceedings while Hyde, Kelso, Jackie and Fez listened from the kitchen. Donna was more than ready and willing to fight for Casey, whom she thought truly loved her, but Casey was not ready or willing to fight for her and he readily agreed to break up with her when Red put the pressure on. Casey lazily said that Donna was a great girl and fun to hang out with but he stated that a relationship with a younger girl had gotten to be too much of a hassle and dumped her right in front of her friends and family. The realizations of her own over-confidence, poor judgement and being dumped in front of the people who meant the most to her came as quite a shock to Donna, who regarded herself as an ideal feminist, but who'd fallen for the exact kind of jerk she always swore she'd never look twice at.

Hurt, humiliated and heartbroken, Donna turned to the one person she thought still truly cared for her - old boyfriend Eric Forman. Eric offered his sympathy, but when a shook up, crying Donna told him she wanted to be his girlfriend again, he refused, believing that she did not really want him for who he was but simply wanted a way to feel better about herself and would most likely dump him when someone better came along. A tearful Donna pleaded with him to take her back but he refused to be her "second choice". Was he just a rebound? Eric was unwavering in his decision, until his father and mother pointed out to him that he was being an ass. As Red put it, "What makes you think you'll do any better? What have you got to be proud of? The only thing smart about you is your mouth."

Unable to handle being rejected by her first love, an emotionally-wrecked Donna fled Point Place for California, where she crashed with her mother and tried to sort out her feelings. She decided she truly did love Eric and tried to call him but couldn't get hold of him; she suspected he no longer wanted her and moved on to another girlfriend and became rather depressed. But then, to her delight, Eric showed up in California looking for her, and the two reunited and returned to Point Place. In Season 5, Eric ignored the objections of their friends and proposed to her at the Water Tower and Donna accepted.

Once Red and Kitty found out about the engagement, they were shocked. Kitty in particular, reacted badly, claiming that Donna was trying to snatch her "baby" away from her. Despite enduring a great deal of flak from his dad (far more than usual), Eric stayed loyal to Donna, and finally Red accepted his son had become a man and gave them his blessing.

Donna Blonde

Donna as a blonde during seasons 7 and 8.

Donna and Eric prepared to leave Point Place together and go to college in Madison. However, just as they were packing their stuff in the VistaCruiser, Fez and Laurie announced their marriage. Red was so shocked he had a heart attack, and as a result Eric had to stay in Point Place and help support the family. Donna also gave up going to college in Madison so that she could stay with Eric. Eventually though, their wedding fell through at the end of season 6 when Eric, worried that marrying Donna would eventually leave him because this isn't the life she wanted, didn't to show up for their rehearsal.

After Eric's departure from the show before season 8, it was assumed that they still kept the relationship intact. However, Donna told her friends that Eric had broken up with her on the 07 December 2005 episode of season 8, when Fez and Jackie suspected that she was cheating on Eric with the new guy, Randy. Donna told them that Eric did this three weeks earlier. There were hints leading up to the breakup when Eric called Kitty but not Donna, even though she was awake at 4AM waiting for him to call her. Also, when Donna was at the Formans' for Red & Kitty's 25th anniversary, Eric called his parents and Kitty gave the phone to Donna, but Eric spoke to her only briefly before bailing out, claiming he had to "go teach".

Eric and her shared a kiss after he returned to Point Place for New Years Eve. Before this, she dated Randy after the break up with Eric, and then realized her relationship with Randy would interfere with her plans on seeing the world, and a possibility that she was still in love with Eric so she broke it off. The two got back together and get married in the future. Donna was last seen running upstairs to the living room in an effort not to call Red a "Dumbass".


In the episode "Eric's Birthday," Kelso mentions that Donna is older than Eric. Donna replies that she's only a month older. Her birthday was said to be in July. But because of Eric's birthday in May, and her being a month older, her birthday would be in April. Another mixup in her birthday is that in another episode, her birthday is taken place in February, about the time of Valentine's Day (even though the episode takes place late into 1979), which would conclude Eric's birthday is in March, which he delusionally prompted saying in a season 5 episode.

In the episode "Ice Shack", Donna reveals her favorite pizza topping, according to her, her last name is Pinciotti, and if she (and accidentally Eric) could change anything about herself it'd be "My Wiley Coyote feet.

A bit of a running gag in the series is her constantly getting mad at Eric for even the tiniest mistake he makes.


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"What the Hell?"

"I'm gonna kick your ass!"

"We're completely naked!"

"Oh my God."

"Dammit, I'm gonna snap that little monkey like a twig!"

"Sounds like a song (Sings) Jackie loves the foreign guy, Hola! Tacos!"

"(Eric) That's more action then I've got in weeks.

"(Donna) Keep It up, and you'll be having sex with yourself."

"Keep in mind Hyde, your being called a Stooge, by a stooge, while a third stooge *Points to Eric* sits near by.

"Get bent."

Main Characters

Eric Forman Donna Pinciotti Steven Hyde Michael Kelso Jackie Burkhart Fez

Important characters

Kitty Forman Red Forman Bob Pinciotti Midge Pinciotti Leo Chinkwake

Minor Characters

Randy Pearson Charlie Richardson Betsy Kelso Pam Burkhart Rhonda Tate Pastor Dave Christine St. George Annette Berkardt Stacy Wanamaker

One Time Only Characters

Tina Pinciotti Valerie Pinciotti Edna Hyde Theo Buddy Morgan Penny Forman Kate David Milbank Professor Stark Melissa Mr. Wilkinson Ricky Andrew Davis Frank Rocky Johnson Mr. Bonkers Paula Sigurdson Carol McGee


Season 1

That '70s Pilot Eric's Birthday Streaking Battle of the Sexists Eric's Burger Job The Keg; That Disco Episode Drive-In Thanksgiving Sunday, Bloody Sunday Eric's Buddy The Best Christmas Ever Ski Trip Stolen Car That Wrestling Show First Date The Pill Career Day Prom Night A New Hope Water Tower Punk Chick Grandma's Dead Hyde Moves In The Good Son

Season 2

Garage Sale Red's Last Day The Velvet Rope Laurie and the Professor Halloween Vanstock I Love Cake Sleepover Eric Gets Suspended Red's Birthday Laurie Moves Out Eric's Stash Hunting Red's New Job Burning Down the House The First Time Afterglow Kitty and Eric's Night Out Parents Find Out Kiss of Death Kelso's Serenade Jackie Moves On Holy Crap! Red Fired Up Cat Fight Club Moon Over Point Place (1)

Season 3

Reefer Madness (2) Red Sees Red Hyde's Father Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die Roller Disco Eric's Panties Baby Fever Jackie Bags Hyde Hyde's Christmas Rager Ice Shack Who Wants It More? Fez Gets the Girl Dine and Dash Radio Daze Donna's Panties Romantic Weekend Kitty's Birthday (Is That Today!?) The Trials of Michael Kelso Eric's Naughty No-No Holy Craps! Fez Dates Donna Eric's Drunken Tattoo Canadian Road Trip Backstage Pass The Promise Ring

Season 4

It's a Wonderful Life Eric's Depression Pinciotti vs. Forman Hyde Gets the Girl Bye-Bye Basement The Relapse (1) Uncomfortable Ball Stuff (2) Donna's Story Forgotten Son Red and Stacey The Third Wheel An Eric Forman Christmas Jackie Says Cheese Eric's Hot Cousin Tornado Prom Donna Dates a Kelso Kelso's Career Leo Loves Kitty Jackie's Cheese Squeeze Class Picture Prank Day Eric's Corvette Caper Hyde's Birthday That '70s Musical Eric's False Alarm Everybody Loves Casey Love, Wisconsin Style (1)

Season 5

Going To California I Can't Quit You Babe What Is and What Should Never Be (1) Heartbreaker (2) Ramble On Over the Hills and Far Away Hot Dog Thank You Black Dog The Crunge The Girl I Love Misty Mountain Hop Your Time Is Gonna Come Babe I'm Gonna Leave You When the Levee Breaks Whole Lotta Love The Battle of Evermore Hey, Hey What Can I Do? Bring It on Home No Quarter Trampled Under Foot You Shook Me (1) Nobody's Fault But Mine (2) The Immigrant Song Celebration Day

Season 6

The Kids are Alright Join Together Magic Bus The Acid Queen I'm Free We're Not Gonna Take It Christmas I'm a Boy Young Man Blues A Legal Matter I Can See for Miles Sally Simpson Won't Get Fooled Again Baby Don't You Do It Who Are You Man with Money Happy Jack Do You Think It's Alright? Substitute Squeezebox 5:15 Sparks My Wife Going Mobile The Seeker

Season 7

Time Is on My Side Let's Spend the Night Together (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Beast of Burden It's Only Rock and Roll Rip This Joint Mother's Little Helper Angie You Can't Always Get What You Want Surprise, Surprise Winter Don't Lie to Me Can't You Hear Me Knocking Street Fighting Man It's All Over Now On With the Show Down The Road Apiece Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin') Who's Been Sleeping Here? Gimme Shelter 2120 So. Michigan Ave 2000 Light Years From Home Take It Or Leave It Short and Curlies Til The Next Goodbye

Season 8

Bohemian Rhapsody (1) Somebody to Love (2) You're My Best Friend Misfire Stone Cold Crazy Long Away Fun It Good Company Who Needs You Sweet Lady Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy Killer Queen Spread Your Wings Son and Daughter Keep Yourself Alive My Fairy King Crazy Little Thing Called Love We Will Rock You Sheer Heart Attack Leaving Home Ain't Easy Love of My Life (1) That 70's Finale }}

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