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Michael Kelso
Biographical information
Birth name

Michael Christopher Kelso

Eye color


Hair color

Light Brown


August 28, 1959


Betsy Kelso
John Kelso
Unnamed lady
Casey Kelso
(older brother)
At Least Two Other Brothers
Unnamed Sister


Brooke Rockwell
Jackie Burkhart
Annette Berkardt
Laurie Forman
Pam Macy


Kelso, Cadet Mike, Michael, Kelschmo, Tater Nuts, Big Chief Brown Bottom, The King, Crap Shoes, Jughead, The Head Dummy, Don Juan El Tardo, Kettle K, Jackie-lover, Denise


Price Mart Movie (Briefly)
Point Place Police Department (former)
Playboy Club in Chicago

Behind the scenes
First appearance

"That '70s Pilot" (1.01)

Last appearance

"That '70s Finale" (8.22)


Joey Hiott (Michael at age 8)
Ethan Peck (Michael at age 14)
Ashton Kutcher

"If this is about maturity, I want nothing to do with it!"
Michael Kelso is a fictional character on FOX comedy That '70s Show. He is portrayed 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. 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 he does not deem attractive, which is somewhat ironic as Michael is constantly referred to as handsome, along with his brother Casey).

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.

Series arc

Michael has a long time realtionship with Jackie, played by Mila Kunis, a popular and self-centered cheerleader (coincidentally Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are married in real life). 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 that the astrological sign of both Michael and Jackie is Virgo.
Kelso and jackie

Fluff and Fun Kelso and Jackie

Michael has an affair with Eric's sister Laurie, which leads to Michael and Jackie breaking up again in Season 2. During the next season they get back together after Jackie devises a series of tests to see if Kelso has matured. But at the end of Season 4 Jackie wants to get married and a freaked out Kelso bails on Jackie and helps Donna Pinciotti run away to California. When they return in Season 5 Michael finds out Jackie has moved on and is now romantically involved with Steven Hyde. He tries to deal with it but can'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 in Season 6 that Jackie chooses Hyde who won't take her back, Michael decides to help get them back together, and wishes them the best. In the Season 6 a plotline was added that made Michael the father of a baby girl (conceived in a bathroom at a Molly Hatchet concert) with Brooke (guest star Shannon Elizabeth).

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 about, although he was going to break up with her anyways). In Season 8, Kelso leaves Point Place, but before he does, he proposes to Jackie and she rejects him (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 Kelso and thought of him as her soulmate. He then tricks the gang in the circle into thinking that he was leaving, but was really leaving the next day.

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". 


Apart from acting incredibly stupid, Michael is also known to be quite sensitive.

In the third season premiere Reefer Madness Michael is 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 people believe him to be.

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 have just gotten a new dog, and encourages the gang to go with him to check it out.


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"Damn, Jackie!"

"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.... don't give Donna that ring!"

"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."


  • Throughout the series, Kelso repeatedly hits on Donna and Jackie (even when she's with someone else).
  • 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--gorgeous and goofy.
  • In Over the Hills and Far Away, it was revealed that Kelso was dropped on his head as a kid. However, he gets easily upset by this because everyone else had the grace to never mention it.
  • 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 or anywhere else find Michael irresistible.
  • Kelso loves to play with dogs and fall off the water tower.
  • 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.
  • Even though he is a Packers fan, he constantly wears a purple shirt that resembles a Minnesota Vikings jersey.


  • Ashton Kutcher took with him the Stupid Helmet as a souvenir.
  • Like Topher Grace, Kutcher chose not to renew his contract for Season 8.
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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