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Midge
Midge Marie Pinciotti
Biographical information
Gender

Female

Eye color

Blue

Hair color

Blonde

Born

December 3, 1940

Family

Donna Pinciotti (Daughter)
Valerie Pinciotti (Daughter)
Tina Pinciotti (Daughter)

Relationships

Bob Pinciotti (Ex-Husband)

Nickname(s)

Midgey

Job

Various

Behind the scenes
First appearance

"That '70s Pilot" (1.01)

Last appearance

"Rip This Joint" (7.06)

Cause

Divorced Bob and moved to California to be on Broadway

Portrayer

Tanya Roberts

Midge Marie Pinciotti (nee Alderin) (December 3, 1940) is the wife of Bob Pinciotti. She is the lovable but dim-witted mother of the red-haired tomboy Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), and originally Donna's less-frequently seen younger sister, Tina. Midge was portrayed by Tanya Roberts .

Because of her impaired thought processes, which leads her to be easily influenced by 1970s fads (particularly Bob, who sports stereotypically bad 1970s permed hair -- later revealed to be a hairpiece -- and wears gaudy polyester leisure suits), she constantly embarrass their daughter, Donna. Bob and Midge were high school sweethearts, and Bob fondly recalls the first time he saw Midge: "She was the tallest girl in biology class." Midge recalled that "Bob was the shortest boy, but what he lacked in height he made up for in shortness." It is hinted that Bob and Midge got married because Midge became pregnant with Donna while still in high school (which conflicts with the fact that Bob and Midge had an older daughter Valerie, so perhaps it was actually Valerie with whom Midge was pregnant at their marriage). Bob ran a local home appliance store called "Bargain Bob's," which is eventually run out of business by Price Mart, leaving the family broke for a time. Bob later "invents" a device which dispenses facial tissues from a car visor making him "rich again," as described by neighbor; Red Forman.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin; Midge was born to parents Mark Ryan and Sharon Elise Aldren. Midge was never the brightest student in the school, lacking so much a brain and a thought process. Attending Madison O'Hara High School, she met Bob, where they instantly fell in love.

Bob and Midge moved in next door to cantankerous, overbearing Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) and his sweet but troubled wife Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp) when Donna was still a small child in 1968. Originally Bob and Red enjoyed each other's company, to the point of going on hunting and fishing trips together. At one point the Pinciottis seemed to "change" and become (in the words of Red) "dumb asses".

They both annoy Red greatly, particularly Bob, and Red makes little to no effort to hide his annoyance, but no matter how many times he insults Bob, Bob just smiles and laughs it off because he thinks Red is just kidding. From time to time Red does try to partake of male bonding activities with Bob, but is generally frustrated. Red doesn't seem to mind Donna. He may actually like her better than her parents.

Bob and Midge are somewhat risqué with each other, even going so far as to have sex on the hammock in broad daylight where Donna used to read her Nancy Drew mystery books, which she saw and was very horrified over for some time. They are both nudists and commonly hosted nudist parties.

Midge was the neighborhood mom Eric Forman and his male friends fantasized about when coming of age (although Kelso and Fez have both admitted to having sexual feelings for Kitty Forman). During one episode when Kelso and Fez thought that Eric had sex with Midge due to Midge's panties being left behind after a Midge-Bob encounter in the Vista Cruiser, they immediately began bowing to Eric and calling him "a God! A God, I say!" She is also dimwitted, which often results in her being the butt of jokes.

Problems arose when Midge started expressing dissatisfaction with just being a housewife, which Bob, being a somewhat old fashioned kind of guy, had difficulty accepting. They began to fight regularly and in the second season they separated, but continued to live in the same house under the agreement that they could see other people; something Red and Kitty felt was a bad idea and encouraged Bob to "think hard" about. At Red's birthday, Bob and Midge brought along separate dates, but Bob got annoyed with Midge's date. Bob's argument with Midge led to a passionate tryst in their car. Eventually Bob and Midge reconciled and even went so far as to renew their vows.

When it was discovered that Donna had been engaging in sex with Eric, Bob's angry reaction to Donna losing her virginity before marriage was very similar to Kitty's upset feelings over Eric. Midge's reaction was to ask Donna, "So, how was it?"

In the early episodes Bob and Midge had a total of three daughters: Donna was the middle daughter, an older daughter named Valerie who was already in college, and a younger sister named Tina who appeared in the episode "Eric's Burger Job." Both the others were quickly phased out and never seen or heard from again, leaving Donna as the Pinciotti's only daughter. This is a similar occurrence to what happened to Chuck Cunningham on "Happy Days" and to Judy Winslow on "Family Matters."

Tanya Roberts ceased to be a regular member of the cast in 2001. This eventually led to Bob and Midge's on-screen divorce and her leaving for California to "pursue a career on Broadway" (again showing her dimwittedness. She guest starred for a few episodes after that). She and Bob may get back together in the 80's.


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

Episodes

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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