August 28, 1959
Michael, Kelsmo, Tater Nuts, Big Chief Brown Bottom, The King, Crap Shoes, Jughead, The Head Dummy, Don Juan El Tardo, Kettle head, Denise
Price Mart Movie (Briefly) Point Place Police Department(Former) Playboy Club in Chicago
|Behind the scenes|
"That '70s Pilot" (1.01)
"That '70s Finale" (8.22)
"If this is about maturity, I want nothing to do with it!"
Michael Christopher Kelso (born August 28, 1959) is a fictional character from Fox Network's That '70s Show, played by Ashton Kutcher. Tall and lanky, he is the dim-witted pretty-boy of the group, coasting through life on his good looks. His behavior is very much in line with a stereotypical oversexed lunkhead or male-bimbo. Michael has surprised many by scoring higher on a test than some of his other friends, leading some to believe that perhaps Michael isn't dumb but just naive.
Michael failed the first grade for his "refusal" to write in cursive and murder of the class bunny. He has been lying about his age ever since. On a trip to potential colleges he claimed that he had been dropped on his head as a child.
In the episode "Stolen Car", Eric reveals that Michael is one of 7 siblings, including his older brother, Casey, at least two other brothers and a sister (whom Hyde says is an uggo; a term used by Hyde to describe someone who is not attractive, which is somewhat ironic due to Michael being known to have a God - like complexion)
Michael's interests mainly include watching cartoons, having sex, smoking marijuana, watching cartoons, playing with Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, toy dinosaurs, dreaming of becoming an astronaut, and incessantly boasting of his God - like Complexion .
Before the events of the series Michael had a long time realtionship with Jackie, played by Mila Kunis, a popular and self-centered cheerleader (Coincidentally Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are currently in a relationship). The two lost their virginity to each other after Michael and his friends got out of jail for riding in a car that was mistaken for being stolen. Jackie gets on Michael's friends nerves on a daily basis and Michael repeatedly said that he was going to break up with her. But Jackie beat him to it and broke up with him after a pregnancy scare. They got back together later. Michael loves a good burn as much as the next guy, even when the burn is at his expense, but generally he doesn't mean to severely hurt someone, which he often does but most of the time he hurts people by means of accident rather than on purpose. It is revealed on That70sShow.com that the astrological sign of both Michael and Jackie is Virgo.
Michael had an affair with Eric's sister Laurie, which then leads to Michael and Jackie breaking up again in season two.During the next season they get back together after Jackie devises a set of tests to see if Kelso has matured. But at the end of season four Jackie wants to get married, a freaked out Michael decides to bail out on Jackie and helps Donna Pinciotti run away to California, when they come back Michael finds out Jackie has moved on and is now romantically involved with Steven Hyde. He tried to deal with it but couldn't and after Hyde cheats on Jackie, he thinks he has a shot but Hyde wants Jackie back too and fights with him over her. After discovering she chose Hyde but he wouldn't take her back, Michael decided it was his job to get them back together, and wishes them the best.
In the sixth season a plotline was added that made Michael the father of a baby girl (conceived in a bathroom at a Molly Hatchet concert). Shannon Elizabeth guest-starred as Brooke in several episodes during that year.
In Season 7, he gets involved with Hyde's sister Angie but she breaks up with him after she is transferred to another job (which he gets angry at but was going to break up with her first anyways).
In Season 8, he leaves Point Place, but before he does, he proposes to Jackie and he is rejected (which he is delighted about) It is hinted however that Jackie would have said yes if Fez had not told her first because she had always loved him and thought of him as her soulmate. He then tricks the gang in the circle that he was leaving but was really leaving the next day.
Like Topher Grace, Kutcher chose not to renew his contract for season 8. Consequently, Kelso is kicked off the force, making him happily accept a better job as a security guard for a Chicago playboy bunny club from the sleazy owner who is played by guest star Bruce Willis. He returns for New Years Eve and jumps off the watertower with Fez and Hyde (Fez and Hyde try to trick him but Michael's brilliant mind outsmarts their trick, although he then willingly jumps off the water tower anyway for the new decade). He then joins the last circle and calls Red a dumbass. He is also the last character to be seen as the show ends, grabbing the stupid helmet, as he makes his way up the basement stairs to call Red a "dumbass," Ashton Kutcher then takes the Stupid Helmet as a souvenier in real life.
PersonalityApart from acting incredibly stupid, Michael has also been known to be quite sensitive.
In the third season premiere, "Reefer Madness," Michael was shown in a flashback as a 13-year-old, stating that he's lost all interest in school and academic aspirations, suggesting that he wasn't always as dumb as he wants people to believe he is.
Michael enjoys a good "burn," a painful humiliation to someone. He screams "Burn!" anytime anyone says a burn.
Kelso appears to enjoy the music of Led Zeppelin, Foghat, Pink Floyd, Molly Hatchet, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, and Peter Frampton. Some of his secrets include being a fan of Styx and having a crush on Jackie Kennedy.
Kelso loves dogs. In Eric's Naughty No-No he cuddles in the Foremans driveway with five dogs at once. Earlier in the episode he was confessing stuff to Jackie, one of the things which was that one time they were about to fool around and he said that he had washed his hands but he had just finished playing with six dogs. In Holy Craps he is excited that the Petersons had just gotten a new dog, then he encouraged the gang to go with him to check it out.
"Right now I'm just Jackie's friend. But what she doesn't realize is that I'm also a boy. And eventually 'friend' is gonna lead down the path to 'boy', and then I'll be her friend-boy."
"Man, what fun is it being a girlfriend if you don't even have your own boobs to play with?"
"If being smart isn't gonna help me with the chicks, I want nothing to do with it!"
"When girls cheat, it's way worse because girls don't even like sex."
"I don't get Jackie, man. I mean, picking Fez over me? Me? I have the three things that women want. I'm hot, and I'm smart!"
"I have a question. If Hyde was in Hyde's bed and Jackie was in Hyde's bed, what exactly was going on in said bed?"
"Eric, I'm telling you this as a friend that likes to see you get hurt."
"It's Thanksgiving. Some people bake pies... we bake ourselves."
"You guys want to know a funny word? Pickle-weasel!"
"If ham's Canadian bacon, then what the hell do you call bacon?"
"You know what your problem is? I'm too good looking."
"It's another box of dogs!"
"I ate gum off a parking meter once... it was on a dare. I made a dollar! Man there's some SUCKERS out there!"
"Yeah, you know, that's a good way to hunt. Because even if you don't get anything, you still have all the fun of a whistle and a stick."
"I'm not good with the snobs, but slutty is my bread and butter."
"Alright! We're getting a fat kid!"
"Oh Yeah, Uh Donna I'm going to need you to pull my pants down." "Okay" "AHHH! Wedgie!"
"Sure it is. Like, if I could only eat meat, but I had to eat really fast animals, my feet would eventually evolve into rockets."
- Michael can be seen wearing Nike brand shoes in several episodes even though Nike sneakers weren't released to the public until the early 80's. This is a common flaw in some shows taking place in the past, as they can wear almost any shoe they want.
- In the episode, The Kids are Alright, Kelso drinks raw eggs and goes to the hospital due to face swelling. Yet in the first season, he ate deviled eggs and even other types throughout the series and was perfectly fine. However, one can grow an allergy to any sort of substance over a period of time, even after eating it previously.
- After That '70s Show Michael's character became the basis of the personality of the characters that Ashton Kutcher would play in the future.
- It is hinted that Michael and Steven knew each other since they were five years old.
- It was left unknown if Michael had started dating again after That 70's Finale but it was hinted that he married Brooke; the mother of his child.
- Most of the girls in Point Place High find Michael irresistible.
- In season 8, Michael left Point Place for Chicago to be closer to his daughter and Brooke. The PlayBoy Club that he became the bouncer for eventually closed down in 1991.
- He once suggested calling Fez Captain Poo-face.
- He First saw Donna's Breasts in Class Picture.