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Nearly every episode of That '70s Show starts with the opening titles proceeding the teaser. Due to numerous cast changes throughout the series' run, the opening sequence has gone through several incarnations to accommodate them, most notably the last season.

Season 1Edit

The first season opening was of the song "In the Street," by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell of the band Big Star, sung by Todd Griffin. The lyrics were:

Hanging out, down the street

The same old thing, we did last week
Not a thing to do, but talk to you

Whoa yeah!

The video accompanying the song was of the teenage main characters driving in Eric's car and singing the theme song together as the credits would roll over the dashboard from under. The position of the passengers and driver would alternate every two lines.

At the conclusion of the opening, a shot of a 1970s-style Wisconsin license plate (black letters/numbers on a yellow background) is shown with the year in which the episode was taking place in the bottom right corner. During this time, Danny Masterson yells "Hello, Wisconsin!"

This table shows the following transitions.

Line Seat positions (from left to right)* Credits
Hanging out, down the street Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Jackie, Kelso and Fez
Starring
Topher Grace
Mila Kunis/
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
The same old thing, we did last week Front row: Kelso, Jackie and Eric
Back row: Hyde, Donna and Fez
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderrama/
Debra Jo Rupp
Not a thing to do, but talk to you Front row: Eric, Donna and Fez
Back row: Hyde, Kelso and Jackie
Kurtwood Smith/
Tanya Roberts
Whoa yeah! Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Don Stark
*The person to the farthest right on the front row is always the one steering the wheel.

Season 2Edit

The opening for the second season sparked notable changes from the first. Firstly, the theme from then on is performed by the band Cheap Trick and the last line of the song is replaced with the phrase "We're all all right!" which is repeated twice.

Secondly, the adult characters are now featured in the opening video along with Lisa Robin Kelly who joins the main cast this season. The scene alterations now happen every one line.

Line Seat positions (from left to right)* Credits
Hanging out Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Jackie, Kelso and Fez
Starring
Topher Grace
Mila Kunis
/
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
Down the street Front row: Jackie, Kelso and Laurie
Back row: Eric, Donna and Hyde
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
/
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama
The same old thing Front row: Eric, Donna and Fez
Back row: Laurie, Hyde and Jackie
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama/
Debra Jo Rupp
We did last week Front row: Kitty, Eric and Red
Back row: Donna, Hyde and Fez
Debra Jo Rupp/
Kurtwood Smith
Not a thing to do Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Kurtwood Smith/
Tanya Roberts
But talk to you Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Midge and Bob
Tanya Roberts/
Don Stark
We'll all alright! Front row: Eric, Donna and Fez
Back row: Laurie, Kelso and Jackie
Don Stark
We'll all alright! Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Lisa Robin Kelly
*The person to the farthest right on the front row is always the one steering the wheel.

Season 3Edit

Season 3 uses the opening from the previous season, until "Dine and Dash" when a totally new opening is used for the remainder of the season following the departure of Lisa Robin Kelly. In this version of the opening, there is a very slight transition during the lines Not a thing to do and But talk to you. The camera is also positioned slightly lower, making the front passengers' bodies less visible under the dashboard.

In other broadcast versions, the season 2 opening is still used for the entire seasons, only with Laurie digitally omitted, except for the segment where she's steering the wheel which is replaced with a clip of Red steering with Bob sitting in the front (this is the only time Red can be seen singing in the opening).

In Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die, the opening had organ music accompanying the main theme and the credits were in a Halloween-style font.

Line Seat positions (from left to right)* Credits
Hanging out Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
Starring
Topher Grace
Mila Kunis
/
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
Down the street Front row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Back row: Hyde, Eric and Donna
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
/
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama
The same old thing Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Midge and Bob
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama/
Debra Jo Rupp
We did last week Front row: Kelso, Fez and Hyde
Back row: Donna, Eric and Jackie
Debra Jo Rupp/
Kurtwood Smith
Not a thing to do Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
Kurtwood Smith/
Tanya Roberts
Not a thing to do Front row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Back row: Hyde, Eric and Donna
Tanya Roberts
But talk to you Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Midge and Bob
Don Stark
But talk to you Front row: Eric, Jackie and Donna
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Hyde
Don Stark
We'll all alright! Front row: Kelso, Fez and Hyde
Back row: Donna, Eric and Jackie
We'll all alright! Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
*The person to the farthest right on the front row is always the one steering the wheel.

Season 4Edit

The departure of Tanya Roberts after the third season and the addition of Tommy Chong to the main cast this season called for an entirely new opening, but still retaining the style from the previous two seasons.

In An Eric Forman Christmas, a Christmas themed-version of the theme song is used in the opening.

Line Seat positions (from left to right)* Credits
Hanging out Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
Starring
Topher Grace
Mila Kunis
/
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
Down the street Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Eric, Donna and Bob
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
/
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama
The same old thing Front row: Eric, Jackie and Donna
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Hyde
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama/
Debra Jo Rupp
We did last week Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Bob
Debra Jo Rupp/
Kurtwood Smith
Not a thing to do Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Eric, Kelso and Jackie
Kurtwood Smith/
Don Stark
But talk to you Front row: Eric, Hyde and Leo
Back row: Kelso and Fez
Tommy Chong
We'll all alright! Front row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Back row: Hyde, Eric and Donna
We'll all alright! Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
*The person to the farthest right on the front row is always the one steering the wheel.

Season 5-7Edit

The opening at this point only witnessed minor alterations due to the departure of Tommy Chong (until his eventual return) from the main cast, but remained mostly unchanged. This version was used for the next 2 seasons onward.

In "Christmas" and "Winter", the same music used for the opening of "An Eric Forman Christmas" is used here, along with the credits stylized in red, snowy letters and holly around the actors' names. In Winter, the bumper above the license plate is covered in snow.

Line Seat positions (from left to right)* Credits
Hanging out Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
Starring
Topher Grace
Mila Kunis
/
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
Down the street Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Eric, Donna and Bob
Aston Kutcher
Danny Masterson
/
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama
The same old thing Front row: Eric, Jackie and Donna
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Hyde
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderama/
Debra Jo Rupp
We did last week Front row: Kitty and Red
Back row: Bob
Debra Jo Rupp/
Kurtwood Smith
Not a thing to do Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Eric, Kelso and Jackie
Kurtwood Smith/
Don Stark
But talk to you Front row: Kitty, Donna and Jackie
Back row:
We'll all alright! Front row: Kelso, Jackie and Fez
Back row: Hyde, Eric and Donna
We'll all alright! Front row: Hyde, Donna and Eric
Back row: Fez, Kelso and Jackie
*The person to the farthest right on the front row is always the one steering the wheel.

Season 8Edit

The final season opening sees a major change from tradition. With the departure of Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher from the series, the opening was reworked to feature close-up shots of each of the actors lip-syncing a line of the theme song as the camera rotated the circle to each cast member, each one mimicking one line as their name appears below. Red doesn't utter his line, just looks at the camera and rolls his eyes. Tommy Chong "sings" the first line in the first episode, before the introduction of Josh Meyers in the second episode, leaving Chong with no line. The final episode omits most of the opening sequence and instead only shows the license plate shot. There is a slight change starting from Long Away onwards when Kitty gets a haircut.

Episode 1Edit

Line Character Credits
Hanging out Jackie Mila Kunis
Down the street Hyde Danny Masterson
The same old thing Donna Laura Prepon
We did last week Fez Wilmer Valderrama
Not a thing to do Kitty Debra Jo Rupp
But talk to you Red Kurtwood Smith
We'll all alright! Bob Don Stark
We'll all alright! Leo Tommy Chong

Episodes 2-21Edit

Line Character Credits
Hanging out Jackie Mila Kunis
Down the street Hyde Danny Masterson
The same old thing Donna Laura Prepon
We did last week Fez Wilmer Valderrama
Not a thing to do Kitty Debra Jo Rupp
But talk to you Red Kurtwood Smith
We'll all alright! Randy Josh Meyers
We'll all alright! Bob Don Stark
Leo Tommy Chong

TriviaEdit

  • The order of the teenage cast members is done alphabetically by their surname. This is not done for the adults and additional cast members (Laurie, Leo and Randy).

(the following information only pertains to the first 7 seasons)

  • Some recurring elements appear in every version of the opening titles:
    • During the line "not a thing to do", Donna would always place both hands on the dashboard.
    • Fez looks very nervous when he's the one behind the wheel.
    • Except for one version of the season 3 titles, Red never sings.
  • The opening of the British spin-off series Days Like These is extremely similar with the six teenagers singing while driving Eric's car, only with more transitions and the theme song is "Days Like These" by Asia.
  • Kitty, Kelso, Bob and Midge are the only characters to not operate the steering wheel.
  • Midge is the only character to never be seated in the front row. Bob is only in the front row for one segment in some versions of the third season opening.
  • Kitty, Red and Leo are the only characters to never be seated in the back row.
  • Kitty and Red are never seated in the back row. Red is always the one steering the wheel whenever he appears.
  • The first and last segments always have Hyde, Donna and Eric in the front row with Jackie, Kelso and Fez in the back. In these parts, the front row always has Eric operating the wheel with Hyde to the left and Donna inbetween them. The order of the people in the back row do change until Season 3.
  • Eric operates the sheering wheel for the most individual segments in all versions than any other character.
  • Eric and Fez are the only characters to operate the steering wheel in all seasons the car opening is used. Red operates the wheel in every season since the second. Donna operates the wheel every season since the third. Jackie operates it starting from season 5. Laurie operates it in season 2 and the first half of season 3. Hyde and Leo only do so in season 3 and 4 respectively.
  • Kelso always wears a blue t-shirt, but not always the same one.

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