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That '70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, Wisconsin during the late 1970s. It debuted on August 23, 1998. Its final episode aired on May 18, 2006 the show's 200th episode total, ending the run at eight seasons.

About the show

The first working title for the Fox Network series was called Teenage Wasteland, before being changed to That '70s Show. Other names considered were The Kids Are Alright, Feelin' All Right, and Reeling in the Years. That '70s Show is one of the longest continuous running sitcoms for Fox in the US.

The show follows the life of geeky Everyman Eric Forman and his five teenaged friends: Donna Pinciotti, his feminist girlfriend and next-door neighbor; Steven Hyde, a disillusioned hard-rocking stoner; Michael Kelso, a dim-witted narcissistic ladies man; Jackie Burkhart , a self-involved high school cheerleader overly preoccupied with wealth and status; and Fez, the nicknamed goofy foreigner whose country of origin is ambiguous, whose real name is unknown to all but him, and whose hormones are out of control. Eric drives a 1969 Vista Cruiser, a station wagon given to him by his father in the first episode.

That 70s Show Cast

The principal cast of the show, 1998-2005

Other main characters include Red Forman, Eric's overbearing war veteran father, obsessed with making "...him a man, which he's not" and using the word "dumb-ass" frequently, and always threatening people to put his 'foot in your ass'; his overprotective menopausal mother, Kitty, who is caught up in trying to be a fulltime mom and housewife, while maintaining a job as a nurse in a local hospital; and Laurie Forman, the promiscuous older sister who can do no wrong in the eyes of her father. The show also follows the relationship of Bob Pinciotti and Midge Pinciotti, Donna's parents, both of whom are slow witted and easily influenced by the movements and fads of the '70s, which sometimes places stress on their marriage. Tommy Chong also appears as the recurring character of Leo, the stoner owner of the Foto Hut.

The show has gained recognition for providing a bold retrospective to a decade full of political events and technological milestones that have dramatically shaped the world today. The show cleverly tackles the significant social phenomena of 1970s America: feminism, new attitudes towards sexuality, the economic hardships of recession, developing mistrust in the American government among blue collar workers, teenage recreational drug use, and developments in entertainment technology, from the TV remote (or "the clicker"), to Pong.

The show was remade by the British ITV network as Days Like These using almost verbatim scripts with minor changes to cultural references. The show failed to attract an audience and was removed from the schedules after 10 of the 13 episodes had been broadcast. The remaining three episodes were shown in a later run of repeats.

Timeline

Although the show has been on for over seven years, the timeline has been noticeably slowed. When the show first began in 1998, the show was set in May 1976, and in the past seven seasons, only three years have gone by. The series was set in 1977 from the middle of its first season to the end of the third, and then in 1978 until the sixth season. Hyde had an 18th birthday in 1978, despite dialogue that suggests that he is older than Eric, who turned 17 in the second episode (which was in 1976). Eric also turned 18 in 1978, two years after turning 17. This, combined with the fact that new holiday-themed episodes run every year, means the sense of time on That '70s Show is loose at best. Currently, the show is vaguely set in "1979."

Season 8 Changes

Several changes were made to the Red Forman and Leo characters in the 8th season. It is revealed that Leo, the aging hippie, whose full first name is Leonard, was a supply truck driver in WWII, who was decorated with a medal that "looked like a purple heart." Red, a fellow veteran (of both WWII and the Korean War) who in the past couldn't stand Leo, gains newfound respect for him. Collectively, they still have no respect for Bob's service in the National Guard.

Eric Forman was written out the series following the seventh season finale, as the actor opted to pursue interests outside That '70s Show. Michael Kelso was written out in the fourth episode of season eight for the same reason. A new character by the name of Randy Pearson was introduced to take up the slack, which he unfortunately didn't do.

Theme Song

The show usually opens with the theme song, "In the Street," by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell of the band Big Star. Beginning with the second season, the song was performed by the band Cheap Trick. The lyrics are as follows:


Hanging out, down the street
The same old thing, we did last week
Not a thing to do, but talk to you
We're all alright! We're all alright!

The final line ("We're all alright!") is inspired by the chorus to the Cheap Trick song "Surrender".

Danny Masterson, who plays Steven Hyde, yells "Hello, Wisconsin!" at the end of the theme song in the first season. In the first season, the lyrics were the same except that instead of shouting "We're all alright!" twice, they shout "Whoa yeah!"

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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  • Minor Characters

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    • Why isn't Pam Macey, Casey Kelso and Fez's crazy girlfriend mentioned in the "Minor Characters"? They were all relatevely important to the st...
    • Thankyou for noting this. Casey Kelso, Pam Macy and Caroline Dupree have been seen to. "Good day!" "I said 'Good Day!'" 03:43, December 17, 2013 (UTC)

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