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Encyclopedia > That '70s Show
That '70s Show
That 's Show logo
That '70s Show logo
Format Sitcom
Created by Mark Brazill
Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Starring Topher Grace (1998–2005)
Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher (1998–2005)
Danny Masterson
Laura Prepon
Wilmer Valderrama
Debra Jo Rupp
Kurtwood Smith
Tanya Roberts (1998–2001)
Don Stark
Lisa Robin Kelly (1998–2001)
Tommy Chong (2001–2002, 2005–2006)
Josh Meyers (2005–2006)
Opening theme "In the Street" performed by Cheap Trick & Ben Vaughn, written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 200 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes (approximate)
Broadcast
Original channel FOX
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Stereo
Original run August 23, 1998May 18, 2006
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

That '70s Show is an American television sitcom that centered on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. It debuted on August 23, 1998 and its final episode aired May 18, 2006. That '70s Show was a launching pad for the film careers of some of its stars, who were mostly unknowns at the time they were hired. That 70s Show logo This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Mark Brazill is a television creator and excecutive producer. ... Bonnie and Terry Turner are a husband-and-wife writing team, best known for creating the sitcoms Third Rock From the Sun (1996 - 2001) and the That 70s Show (1998 - 2006) for NBC and FOX, respectively. ... Christopher John Grace (born July 12, 1978),[1][2][3][4][5][6] better known as Topher Grace, is an American actor best known for playing the lead role of Eric Forman on That 70s Show during the shows first seven seasons, and for appearing as the villain Eddie... Milena Markovna Kunis (Милена Маркoвна Кунис) (born August 14, 1983), better known as Mila Kunis, is a Ukrainian-American actress. ... Christopher Ashton Kutcher (born February 7, 1978) is an American actor and producer best known for playing Michael Kelso in the television series That 70s Show. ... Daniel Peter Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor known for his role as Steven Hyde in That 70s Show. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a Venezuelan-American comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ... Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951 in Glendale, California) is an American television actress best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the sitcom That 70s Show from 1998 to 2006. ... Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film character actor. ... Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum on October 15, 1955) is an American actress best known for her roles in Charlies Angels, The Beastmaster, Sheena , A View to a Kill and That 70s Show. ... Don Stark (born on August 20, 1954 in New York City) is an American actor with an extensive background in dancing, bodybuilding and martial arts. ... Lisa Robin Kelly (born November 11, 1975 in Southington, Connecticut) first made her debut at 16, in a 1992 episode of Married. ... Thomas Tommy B. Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor and musician who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. ... Joshua Dylan Meyers (born January 8, 1976 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American actor, best known for being a cast member of the American sketch comedy MadTV // Meyers was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. ... In The Street is an album by the Village People. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Album cover of Rambler 65 by Ben Vaughn Ben Vaughn is an American musician and a longtime Rambler (automobile) enthusiast. ... Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ... 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The show remains in syndication around the world. It begins airing on both ABC Family and The N in June 2008.[1] In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ...

Contents

Series overview

History

That '70s Show is the brainchild of 3rd Rock From the Sun creators Bonnie and Terry Turner and writer Mark Brazill. The working title for the series was Teenage Wasteland; other names considered were The Kids Are Alright, Feelin' All Right, and Reeling in the Years,[2] all of which lyrics from popular songs of the period. This article is about a television show. ... Bonnie and Terry Turner are a husband-and-wife writing team, best known for creating the sitcoms Third Rock From the Sun (1996 - 2001) and the That 70s Show (1998 - 2006) for NBC and FOX, respectively. ... Mark Brazill is a television creator and excecutive producer. ...


The series was commissioned by the Fox Network, and the first season premiered on August 23, 1998, with an initial order of 22 episodes (extended to 25 on January 12, 1999).[3] The series did well, rating highly among several target demographics, including adults aged 18-49, as well as teenage viewers.[3] In February 1999, Fox ordered a second season, and as ratings rose the following September, the network opted to renew the series for two more seasons, bringing the total to four.[3] Continuing success saw changing time slots (Sundays to Mondays to Tuesdays to Wednesdays to Thursdays), as well as four additional seasons. FOX redirects here. ... {| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


The eighth season was announced to be the final season of the show on January 17, 2006,[4] and the final episode was filmed a month later, on February 17, 2006.[5] "That '70s Finale" originally aired on May 18, 2006. is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... That 70s Finale is a That 70s Show episode. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Characters

Set in Point Place, Wisconsin, That '70s Show depicts the life of teenager Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and his five teenage friends: his girlfriend and next-door neighbor Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon); Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), a rebellious stoner who was eventually adopted by the Forman family and lives in their basement; Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), a dim-witted narcissistic ladies' man; Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), a self-involved high school cheerleader and daughter of the businessman overly preoccupied with wealth and status; and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), an exchange student from a country that is never identified. Point Place is a fictional small suburban town in Wisconsin in which the television sitcom That 70s Show takes place. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the character on the American TV series That 70s Show. For the character on the American TV series House, see Eric Foreman. ... Christopher John Grace (born July 12, 1978),[1][2][3][4][5][6] better known as Topher Grace, is an American actor best known for playing the lead role of Eric Forman on That 70s Show during the shows first seven seasons, and for appearing as the villain Eddie... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Steven Jason Hyde (born November 30, 1959) is a fictional character from FOX Networks That 70s Show, played by Danny Masterson. ... Daniel Peter Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor known for his role as Steven Hyde in That 70s Show. ... Rebel may mean: A participant in a rebellion, see Rebellion. ... Information Family John Kelso (father) Casey Kelso (brother) Betsy Kelso (daughter) Other brothers (at least 4, unnamed) Sister (unnamed) Portrayed by Ashton Kutcher Michael Giovani Kelso (born September 15, 1959) is a fictional character from Fox Networks That 70s Show, played by Ashton Kutcher. ... Christopher Ashton Kutcher (born February 7, 1978) is an American actor and producer best known for playing Michael Kelso in the television series That 70s Show. ... This article is about narcissism as a word in common use. ... Jacqueline Beulah Burkhart (born August 27, 1960), played by actress Mila Kunis, is a fictional character from the Fox Network television series That 70s Show. ... Milena Markovna Kunis (Милена Маркoвна Кунис) (born August 14, 1983), better known as Mila Kunis, is a Ukrainian-American actress. ... Fez (born August 4, 1960) is a fictional character from the television series That 70s Show, portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama. ... Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a Venezuelan-American comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ...


Relationships among the teens are explored, the primary focus being between Eric and Donna, who are the responsible ones, as evidenced in episodes such as "Dine and Dash." Their relationship sharply contrasts with the on-again, off-again relationship between Kelso and Jackie, who were usually portrayed as mutually obsessed despite their arguments and denials of love to spite one another. In both relationships, the couples have harsh disagreements, but come to terms with their differences. Jackie subsequently moved on to Hyde and later Fez as the series progressed. An intimate relationship is a particularly close interpersonal relationship. ... That 70s Show A dine and dash (also referred to in some quarters as Chew and Screw) is a form of theft where a patron eats at a restaurant and then leaves without paying. ...


Other main characters include Eric's overbearing Korean war veteran father, Red (Kurtwood Smith), his nice, yet overbearing mother Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), who is struggling to be a caring mom and housewife while working as a nurse in a local hospital, and his older sister Laurie (Lisa Robin Kelly, 1998-2003 and Christina Moore, 2003-2004), whose promiscuity is the brunt of many jokes by the teenagers but does not deter Kelso from making moves on her. The show also depicts the relationship of Midge and Bob Pinciotti (Tanya Roberts and Don Stark), Donna's dim-witted parents, both of whom are easily influenced by the 1970s movements and fads, which places occasional stress on their marriage. Tommy Chong appeared as a frequently recurring character, Leo, the aging hippie owner of the Foto Hut. Former crewmembers of the battleship Missouri pose for photos shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony, held aboard the famous ship. ... Reginald Albert Forman (born December 7, 1927), commonly known as Red, is a fictional character on The FOX Networks That 70s Show. ... Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film character actor. ... Katherine Kitty Forman (née Sigurdson) (born October 13, 1933) is a fictional character on the FOX Networks That 70s Show. ... Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951 in Glendale, California) is an American television actress best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the sitcom That 70s Show from 1998 to 2006. ... A stereotypical housewife A homemaker is a person whose prime occupation is to care for their family and home. ... Information Family Kitty Forman (mother) Red Forman (father) Eric Forman (brother) Portrayed by Lisa Robin Kelly (Seasons 1-3, 5) Christina Moore (Season 6) Laurie Anne Forman (born July 11, 1958) is a fictional character on the FOX sitcom That 70s Show. ... Lisa Robin Kelly (born November 11, 1975 in Southington, Connecticut) first made her debut at 16, in a 1992 episode of Married. ... Christina Moore (born April 12, 1973 in Palatine, Illinois) is an American comic actress. ... Promiscuous redirects here. ... The Pinciotti family: Donna, Bob, and Midge Midge and Bob Pinciotti are two fictional characters on the popular Fox sitcom That 70s Show (1998). ... Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum on October 15, 1955) is an American actress best known for her roles in Charlies Angels, The Beastmaster, Sheena , A View to a Kill and That 70s Show. ... Don Stark (born on August 20, 1954 in New York City) is an American actor with an extensive background in dancing, bodybuilding and martial arts. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Thomas Tommy B. Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor and musician who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. ... Information Portrayed by Tommy Chong Leonard Chingkwake (born August 24, 1924) is a character on the Fox sitcom That 70s Show. ... For the British TV show, see Hippies (TV series). ...


Eighth season changes

Eric Forman and Michael Kelso were written out of the series after the seventh season, as actors Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher were to star in movies to be filmed during that season (Grace in Spider-Man 3 and Kutcher in The Guardian). Longtime character Leo returned with a more prominent role to help fill the gap. A new character named Randy Pearson, played by Josh Meyers, was introduced to take Eric Forman's place. Another new character, Samantha, played by Judy Tylor, was added to the cast as Hyde's wife for nine episodes, but both she and Meyers had their roles minimalized following a negative response from the fans over the season's new characters. Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. ... The Guardian is a 2006 film starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher that was released on September 29, 2006. ... Randy Pearson Randy Pearson (born December 4, 1960) is a fictional character introduced during the eighth and final season of That 70s Show. ... Joshua Dylan Meyers (born January 8, 1976 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American actor, best known for being a cast member of the American sketch comedy MadTV // Meyers was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. ... Judy Tylor (born March 24, 1979 in Vancouver, British Columbia), sometimes credited as Jud Tylor, is a television and film actor. ...


Kelso appears in the first four episodes of the eighth season (with Kutcher credited as a special guest star) before moving to Chicago; both he and Eric returned for the series' final episode. The location of the show's introduction was also changed from Eric's 1969 Vista Cruiser to the "Circle." For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... The Vista Cruiser was a station wagon built by the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors from 1964 to 1977, which was based on the Oldsmobile Cutlass/F-85 model, but had a longer full-sized car wheelbase (120-121 inches) than the intermediate sedan chassis (115-116 inches) it was...


== Cast == {| class="wikitable" |- bgcolor="#CCCCCC" ! Actor/Actress ! Character name ! Years credited as regular cast |- | Topher Grace | Eric Forman | 1998–2005 |- | Laura Prepon | Donna Pinciotti | 1998–2006 |- | Danny Masterson | Steven Hyde | 1998–2006 |- | Ashton Kutcher | Michael Kelso | 1998–20051 |- | Mila Kunis | Jackie Burkhart | 1998–2006 |- | Wilmer Valderrama | Fez | 1998–2006 |- | Kurtwood Smith | Red Forman | 1998–2006 |- | Debra Jo Rupp | Kitty Forman | 1998–2006 |- | Don Stark | Bob Pinciotti | 1998–2006 |- | Tanya Roberts | Midge Pinciotti | 1998–20012 |- | Lisa Robin Kelly | Laurie Forman | 1999–20013 |- | Tommy Chong | Leo Chingkwake | 2001–2002, 2005–20064 |- |Josh Meyers | Randy Pearson | 2005–20065 |} 1. Was present in a recur Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a work of fiction. ... Christopher John Grace (born July 12, 1978),[1][2][3][4][5][6] better known as Topher Grace, is an American actor best known for playing the lead role of Eric Forman on That 70s Show during the shows first seven seasons, and for appearing as the villain Eddie... This article is about the character on the American TV series That 70s Show. For the character on the American TV series House, see Eric Foreman. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Daniel Peter Masterson (born March 13, 1976) is an American actor known for his role as Steven Hyde in That 70s Show. ... Steven Jason Hyde (born November 30, 1959) is a fictional character from FOX Networks That 70s Show, played by Danny Masterson. ... Christopher Ashton Kutcher (born February 7, 1978) is an American actor and producer best known for playing Michael Kelso in the television series That 70s Show. ... Information Family John Kelso (father) Casey Kelso (brother) Betsy Kelso (daughter) Other brothers (at least 4, unnamed) Sister (unnamed) Portrayed by Ashton Kutcher Michael Giovani Kelso (born September 15, 1959) is a fictional character from Fox Networks That 70s Show, played by Ashton Kutcher. ... Milena Markovna Kunis (Милена Маркoвна Кунис) (born August 14, 1983), better known as Mila Kunis, is a Ukrainian-American actress. ... Jacqueline Beulah Burkhart (born August 27, 1960), played by actress Mila Kunis, is a fictional character from the Fox Network television series That 70s Show. ... Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a Venezuelan-American comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ... Fez (born August 4, 1960) is a fictional character from the television series That 70s Show, portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama. ... Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film character actor. ... Reginald Albert Forman (born December 7, 1927), commonly known as Red, is a fictional character on The FOX Networks That 70s Show. ... Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951 in Glendale, California) is an American television actress best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the sitcom That 70s Show from 1998 to 2006. ... Katherine Kitty Forman (née Sigurdson) (born October 13, 1933) is a fictional character on the FOX Networks That 70s Show. ... Don Stark (born on August 20, 1954 in New York City) is an American actor with an extensive background in dancing, bodybuilding and martial arts. ... Midge and Bob Pinciotti are two fictional characters on the popular Fox sitcom That 70s Show (1998). ... Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum on October 15, 1955) is an American actress best known for her roles in Charlies Angels, The Beastmaster, Sheena , A View to a Kill and That 70s Show. ... Midge and Bob Pinciotti are two fictional characters on the popular Fox sitcom That 70s Show (1998). ... Lisa Robin Kelly (born November 11, 1975 in Southington, Connecticut) first made her debut at 16, in a 1992 episode of Married. ... Information Family Kitty Forman (mother) Red Forman (father) Eric Forman (brother) Portrayed by Lisa Robin Kelly (Seasons 1-3, 5) Christina Moore (Season 6) Laurie Anne Forman (born July 11, 1958) is a fictional character on the FOX sitcom That 70s Show. ... Thomas Tommy B. Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor and musician who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. ... Information Portrayed by Tommy Chong Leonard Chingkwake (born August 24, 1924) is a character on the Fox sitcom That 70s Show. ... Joshua Dylan Meyers (born January 8, 1976 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American actor, best known for being a cast member of the American sketch comedy MadTV // Meyers was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. ... Randy Pearson Randy Pearson (born December 4, 1960) is a fictional character introduced during the eighth and final season of That 70s Show. ...


Elements of the show

The Seventies

An example of the show's use of split screen.
An example of the show's use of split screen.

The show gained recognition for providing a bold retrospective of a decade full of political events and technological milestones that have dramatically shaped today's world. The show tackled significant social issues of the times, such as feminism, progressive sexual attitudes (although in some episodes more traditional values would carry the day, such as when Red ended his friendship with a fellow veteran who invited Kitty and him to a key party and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, co-starring as Eric Forman's possible gay love interest, was rebuffed), the economic hardships of recession, mistrust in the American government among blue-collar workers, political figures such as Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (though both presidents are very rarely referenced throughout the series), teenage drug use, and developments in entertainment technology, from the television remote ("the clicker") to the video game Pong. The first season of the show focused extensively on current events and cultural trends, with each successive season focusing less and less on the socio-political aspects of the story, to the point that the decade simply became a backdrop against which the storylines unfolded. Likewise, the first season of the show also featured a recurring, non-comedic storyline in which the Forman family was in constant danger of losing their home due to Red's hours being cut back at the auto parts plant where he worked. Recurring storylines in later seasons, even when they carried dramatic elements, were always presented as primarily comedic. Image File history File links That_70s_Show_-_Who_Wants_It_More?.jpg‎ // Summary Eric and Donna relate their problems to Hyde and Jackie in episode 62 of That 70s Show - Who Wants It More? Source That 70s Central screencaps section for Who Wants It More? [1] (free to use as long as website is... Image File history File links That_70s_Show_-_Who_Wants_It_More?.jpg‎ // Summary Eric and Donna relate their problems to Hyde and Jackie in episode 62 of That 70s Show - Who Wants It More? Source That 70s Central screencaps section for Who Wants It More? [1] (free to use as long as website is... An example of split screen used in the sitcom That 70s Show. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ... Feminists redirects here. ... This article is about human sexual perceptions. ... A lock and key party is a form of party in which the guests, as they arrive, are given locks (females) or keys (males). ... Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor. ... In macroeconomics, a recession is a decline in a countrys real gross domestic product (GDP), or negative real economic growth, for two or more successive quarters of a year. ... ... A blue-collar worker is a member of the working class who performs manual labor and earns an hourly wage. ... For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... For other uses, see Remote control (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pong (disambiguation). ...


The series is something of a homage to the hit 1970s series Happy Days, which itself looked back twenty years to the Wisconsin of the 1950s. For other uses, see Happy Days (disambiguation). ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ...


Dream sequences

Signature elements of That '70s Show include surreal, sometimes elaborate, dream sequences to depict various characters' vivid imaginations or dreams, some of which include references to or parodies of fads and films of the time, such as Star Wars, Rocky, and Grease. This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... For other uses, see Rocky (disambiguation). ... For the original stage musical of the same name, see Grease (musical). ...


In early dream sequences, the characters who were dreamt of were talking with voices of those who were imaniging the scene. In That '70s Pilot, for instance, as the boys imagine the party scene, the partying adults speak with their voices. This was soon phased out.


Sometimes, those who imagine scenes are heard narrating them, but even if they don't, the other characters perceive them (which means those who imagine tell them what they are dreaming about while we get to see the scene). In the episode Stone Cold Crazy, Jackie even mentioned she liked the song which was playing in Fez's dream sequence. Such scenes are usually introduced by the wabbling screen transition. Sometimes, the transition is absent when the characters imagining the scene believe those scenes are real (for example, Eric's dream about Donna in Eric's Birthday or Jackie's dream about Hyde proposing in It's All Over Now).


In the 100th episode That '70s Musical, all singing scenes were Fez's dream sequences.


The 360

The "Circle" was used to illustrate the teens' marijuana use, usually in Eric Forman's basement.
The "Circle" was used to illustrate the teens' marijuana use, usually in Eric Forman's basement.

Another signature element is frequent use of the 360-degree scenes, also known as "The Circle". It is presented as some characters (usually three or four, but sometimes they were five, and in the episode Take It Or Leave It there was a circle with only two characters) sitting in a circle, usually around a table, with the camera panning from one character to another as he or she is speaking. Sometimes, for comic effect, the last sitting person in the circle is someone unexpected or absurd, like the gym teacher, Jackie's stuffed unicorn, Eric's dog, Fez's music teacher or a ceramic clown. Image File history File links 70sFinaleCircle. ... Image File history File links 70sFinaleCircle. ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja (Hindi: गांजा),[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa. ...


The "circle" is essentially used to illustrate the teens' marijuana use, typically occurring in Eric's basement and later in Hyde's record store. All of these segments combine nonsensical dialog with deadpan humor. No actual smoking is depicted in these scenes; smoke is visible only in the background and foreground. The circle is sometimes used for other purposes. Early episodes often used the "circle" during dinners at Formans' when Laurie came home. Sometimes, the "circle" takes place at the Formans' dining room when characters eat desert or drink cocktails. In the last season, the "circle" is used in a sauna with Hyde, Red and Red's old friends. Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja (Hindi: गांजा),[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa. ... Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which something humorous is said or done by a person, while not exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression. ...


As shown in flashbacks, Eric, Kelso, and Hyde were the original basement "circle" members, and Fez joined them prior to the pilot. Donna first joined them in the episode Hyde Moves In and Jackie joined them in the episode Cat Fight Club.


Running gags

The many running gags of the show include the following:

  • Split screens, which tend to involve two characters talking to each other about a given topic, as two other people conversed about the same topic - the viewpoints were disturbingly similar yet contradictory in key ways for optimal comic effect.
  • Red's being constantly mad at Eric and wanting him to leave the house, while at the same time being the loving father for Laurie.
  • Red's calling everybody "Dumbass" and threatening to "put [his] foot in [someone's] ass" (which he often says to Eric and Bob), as well as his social awkwardness.
  • Kitty's drinking whenever she's stressed.
  • Red and Kitty's running upstairs when they are alone in the house.
  • Eric's physical weakness, compared to Donna's. Eric is shown to be the weakest member of the gang, and Donna is shown to be the strongest.
  • Eric's taking the blame for the gang's misdeeds.
  • Jackie's dislike of poor, ugly (as she calls everybody else, save for Kelso) and foreign people, as well as her love for unicorns and stuffed animals.
  • Hyde's conspiracy theories and sarcastic remarks whenever someone else gets in trouble.
  • Kelso's, then Eric's obsession with Star Wars, as well as Eric's obsession with GI Joes and comics.
  • The use of "Burns" (comic insults) also play a significant part in the series' humor, with a character (usually Kelso) shouting "Burn!" after another is insulted or humiliated. Each character has its own way to say "burn". Kelso yells "BUUUUUURN!", Jackie says: "Burn, [name], burn!" and Fez says: "Ah burn". Often, Kelso's burns are less than appropriate.
  • Kelso's advice that eventually turns against him.
  • The gang's incapacity of keeping a secret.
  • Characters usually falling off the town Water Tower, usually Kelso.
  • No one knowing where Fez is from and what his full name is.
  • Fez's constant attempts to get Jackie and his spying on Donna from her window, or from inside her closet.
  • Red and his mother calling Fez ethnic names, such as "Sabu", "Haji", "Pélé" or "Tutankhamen".

An example of split screen used in the sitcom That 70s Show. ...

Scene transitions

In the first season, transitions between scenes included:

  • The yellow smiley often doing things relevant to the plot (e.g. showing its derrière, smiling with growing devil's horns, or throwing itself at the camera).
  • Photos of seventies' celebrities, poorly animated as if they were singing.
  • Some small scenes with the characters saying things, while standing against fancy backgrounds.
  • Shots of lava lamps.
  • Flowers falling off the top of the screen to the bottom.
  • Short scenes from the seventies' documentaries and TV shows, also relevant to the plot.

From the second season and on, those scenes were almost completely removed, and replaced by the main characters dancing or posing in front of fancy abstract backgrounds. In holiday themed episodes, the backgrounds were themed as well, and in the episode It's a Wonderful Life, which happened entirely in Eric's dream, the background was replaced by clouds. Almost all of the show's regular characters appeared in these transitions, except for Laurie who appeared in a transition only once (in an episode where Lisa Robin Kelly only guest starred) and Bob (Season 6: Episode:"Substitute"), and Midge who didn't appear at all. For other uses of smiley and smiley face, see Smiley (disambiguation). ...


Timeline

Due to the show's long run, the timeline was noticeably slowed. The show was set in May 1976 upon its August 23, 1998 premiere. After twelve episodes of the first season (as well as episode 23, "Grandma's Dead", due to it being aired out of production order), the series transitioned to 1977, where it remained until late in the third season, when the time setting was 1978 until early in the sixth season. The remaining episodes took place in 1979. Hyde had an 18th birthday in 1978, despite dialogue suggesting that he is older than Eric, who turned 17 in episode 2, "Eric's Birthday" (set in 1976). Eric then turned 18 in episode 131, "Magic Bus" in 1978, two years after turning 17. Furthermore, all of the teenage characters are juniors in high school at the beginning of the series (except for Jackie, who is a year younger) and they don't become seniors until Season 5, which they also graduate in the season finale. This, combined with the fact that there were holiday-themed episodes almost every season, indicated a sense of time on That '70s Show that was loose at best. {| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Erics Birthday is the second episode of the FOX sitcom That 70s Show. ...


The year is determined in the last scene of the opening credits, which reveals a close-up of a Wisconsin license plate that reads the names of the creators and the sticker with the two-digit year — in this case, either "76," "77," "78,"or "79," and, in the final episode, "80." The year stickers for Wisconsin plates are issued for the upcoming twelve months (e.g., a sticker for "80" would be issued in 1979). The plate also appears at the end as the production logo for Carsey-Werner, also showing the year. Carsey-Werner Productions (in some incarnations, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Productions) is an independent production company founded in 1981 by former ABC writer/producer duo Marcey Carsey and Tom Werner (co-owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise). ...


British remake

In 1999, 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 were broadcast. The remaining three episodes were shown in later reruns. For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Days Like These was a successful British TV series remake of the popular American sitcom That 70s Show. ... As a linguistic term, verbatim means an exact reproduction of a sentence, phrase, quote or other sequence of text from one source into another. ...


International broadcasts of US version

The American version of the show is currently shown on Global TV in Canada; Trouble, Paramount Comedy, Virgin 1, MTV One, and Bravo 2 in the UK and Ireland, and RTÉ Two, Channel 6 in Ireland; Paramount Comedy in Spain; Star World in Asia; Jack TV in the Philippines; Polsat in Poland; Comedy Central in the Netherlands; TV2 Zulu in Denmark; TV 2 (Norway) in Norway; Seven Network and FOX8 in Australia; MBC4 in the Middle East; Sony Entertainment Television and Rede 21 until 2006 (now Play TV), and Rede Bandeirantes in Brazil and Latin America; Sitel in the Republic of Macedonia; Eesti Televisioon in Estonia; Nelonen in Finland; TV 2 originally (later airing on rival station TV3 (New Zealand)) in New Zealand; 2BE in Belgium; NRJ12 in France; Kabel 1 in Germany; TV4 (Sweden) in Sweden; B92 in Serbia; Nova TV in Croatia; Atlas TV in Montenegro; Sitel in Republic of Macedonia; and TV8 in Turkey. The Global Television Network (more commonly called Global) is a major English-language television network in Canada, owned by CanWest Global Communications. ... Trouble is a television station in the UK and Ireland, owned by Flextech. ... Paramount Comedy is a television channel shown in the UK. As the name suggests, it is owned by Paramount Pictures (aka Viacom) and concentrates on comedy. ... This article is about the television channel. ... MTV One is part of MTV Networks Europe. ... Bravo 2 is a British TV channel that launched as Player on March 2, 2006. ... RTÉ Two (Irish: RTÉ a Dó) (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2, RTÉ Network Two, RTÉ2 or N2) is Irelands second-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... Channel 6 redirects here. ... Paramount Comedy is a television channel shown in the UK. As the name suggests, it is owned by Paramount Pictures (aka Viacom) and concentrates on comedy. ... STAR World is STAR Groups premiere English-language Entertainment TV-channel which is shown in the Asian region. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Jack TV, where everything is definitely funny! Jack TV is a Philippine cable TV network owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation. ... Polsat is Polands third biggest television channel, founded in 1992 and owned by Zygmunt Solorz-Å»ak. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... The logo of TV 2 Zulu. ... The TV 2 logo TV 2 is Norways most viewed commercial television station. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... For other uses, see FOX 8. ... MBC 4 is the first free-to-air channel in the Middle East aired specifically for American programs. ... Sony Entertainment Television is a general entertainment channel, owned or co-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. ... Play TV (formerly known as Canal 21 and Rede 21) is a Brazilian terrestrial television network, owned by Grupo Bandeirantes. ... Rede Bandeirantes (Portuguese: Bandeirantes Network), officially nicknamed Band, is a television network from Brazil, based in São Paulo. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... For an explanation of terms related to Macedonia, see Macedonia (terminology). ... Eesti Televisioon or ETV is the national public television station of Estonia. ... Nelonen or (Fyran in Swedish) is a Finnish commercial TV channel. ... TV-2 or TV·2 is a Danish pop/rock group. ... TV3 is a commercial television station in New Zealand. ... Kabel 1 (now called kabel eins GmbH) is a commercial television channel in Germany. ... TV4 is the largest commercial television channel in Sweden. ... B92 (Б92) is a radio and television station in Belgrade, Serbia. ... Anthem:  Serbia() on the European continent()  —  [] Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian Recognised regional languages Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Croatian, Rusyn 1 Albanian 2 Demonym Serbian Government Parliamentary Democracy  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica    -  First state 7th century   -  Serbian Kingdom3 1217   -  Serbian Empire 1345   -  Independence lost... Nova TV is a Croatian commercial television network launched in November 2000. ... Radio Televizija Atlas (RTV Atlas) is a national broadcaster in Montenegro. ... This article is about the country in Europe. ... Sitel is a US company headquartered in Nashville, TN, which describes itself as a leading global provider of outsourced customer contact center services. It maintains over 145 call centers in 28 countries. ... For an explanation of terms related to Macedonia, see Macedonia (terminology). ... Tv8 is an news channel. ...


Theme song

The show usually opens with the theme song, "In the Street," by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell of the band Big Star. It was initially sung by Todd Griffin, but beginning with the second season, the song was performed by the band Cheap Trick, whose version is referred to as "That '70s Song (In the Street)." In a Rolling Stone magazine article in 2000, Chilton thought it was ironic that he is paid $70 in royalties each time the song is aired. [6] Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ... Chris Bell was a singer, songwriter and guitarist born on January 25, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Big Star is an American rock and roll band of the early 1970s whose work is often cited as a prime example of power pop. ... Todd Griffin is a musician and former member of The Graveyard Train. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


According to the official That '70s Show website, Danny Masterson (Steven Hyde) yells "Hello Wisconsin!" during the first season and Rick Nielsen (lead guitarist/songwriter for Cheap Trick) in all other seasons.[2] The lyrics were also slightly different during the first season, with instead of "We're all alright!" being shouted twice (a reference to Cheap Trick's 1978 single "Surrender"), "Whooa yeah!" is heard. The first season's theme was also in the key of G, whereas in subsequent seasons it was lowered to the key of D. Surrender is a Cheap Trick song originally released on January 30, 1978 on the album Heaven Tonight. ...


Alternate holiday versions of the theme song were arranged for Halloween, Christmas and musical specials, using organ music and bells, respectively.


Soundtracks

Several prominent songs from the decade can be heard on the series, and two soundtracks were released in 1999. The first is a collection of funk, soul and disco. The second is a collection of AOR songs. For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music genre. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as adult-oriented rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ...

That 70s Album (Jammin) is the soundtrack to the television series, That 70s Show released in 1999. ... That 70s Album (Rockin) is the soundtrack to the television series, That 70s Show released in 1999. ...

Nielsen ratings

1998-1999 Season: #49 Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...


2001-2002 Season: #67


2004-2005 Season: #85


2005-2006 Season: #103


DVD releases

Main article: That '70s Show DVDs

Production team

  • Mark Brazill - Creator/Executive producer
  • Bonnie Turner - Creator/Executive producer
  • Terry Turner - Creator/Executive producer
  • Marcy Carsey - Executive producer (Carsey-Werner Productions)
  • Jackie Filgo - Executive producer
  • Jeff Filgo - Executive producer
  • Caryn Mandabach - Executive producer
  • Tom Werner - Executive producer (Carsey-Werner Productions)
  • Ben Vaughn - Composer
  • Jeff Sudakin - Co-composer (season 2-4)
  • David Trainer - Director

Mark Brazill is a television creator and excecutive producer. ... Bonnie and Terry Turner are a husband-and-wife writing team, best known for creating the sitcoms Third Rock From the Sun (1996 - 2001) and the That 70s Show (1998 - 2006) for NBC and FOX, respectively. ... Terrance Lamont (Terry) Turner (February 28, 1881 - July 18, 1960) was an infielder in Major League Baseball who played between 1901 and 1919 for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1901), Cleveland Naps/Indians (1904-1918) and Philadelphia Athletics (1919). ... Carsey-Werner Productions (in some incarnations, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Productions) is an independent production company founded in 1981 by former ABC writer/producer duo Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (co-owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise). ... Thomas C. Tom Werner (born April 12, 1950 in New Jersey) is an American television producer and businessman. ... Album cover of Rambler 65 by Ben Vaughn Ben Vaughn is an American musician and a longtime Rambler (automobile) enthusiast. ... Jeff Sudakin is a music composer, working mainly in television and film. ... David Trainer is a television director, perhaps best known for directing almost every episode of the FOX sitcom That 70s Show. ...

See also

The following is a list of episodes for the FOX sitcom That 70s Show. ... This is a list of recurring characters of That 70s Show. ... Days Like These was a successful British TV series remake of the popular American sitcom That 70s Show. ... That 80s Show was a television situation comedy that aired in half-hour long episodes from January through May of 2002. ... Dazed and Confused is a 1993 comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard Linklater. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... For other uses, see Happy Days (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ ABC Family unveils upcoming schedule. ABCFamily. Retrieved on 2007-04-19.
  2. ^ a b That '70s Show FAQs.
  3. ^ a b c The FOX Network has ordered an additional 3 episodes of "That '70s Show" to bring the 1998/1999 season order to 25. That'70sShow. Retrieved on 1999-01-12.
  4. ^ "THAT '70S SHOW" SAYS GOODBYE TO AN ERA WITH THE 200TH EPISODE AND SERIES FINALE THIS MAY ON FOX. TheFutonCritic. Retrieved on 2006-01-17.
  5. ^ That '70s Show Episode Guide. That'70sCentral. Retrieved on 2006-02-17.
  6. ^ Alex Chilton Set to Go.

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That '70s Show is an American television sitcom that centered on the lives of a group of teenagers living in Point Place, Wisconsin a fictional suburb of Milwaukee from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979.
The show also followed the relationship of Midge and Bob Pinciotti (Tanya Roberts and Don Stark), 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.
Signature elements of That '70s Show include surreal, sometimes elaborate, dream sequences to illustrate various characters' vivid imaginations, some of which include references or parodies of fads or films of the time, such as Star Wars and Grease, and the 360-degree scenes, also known as "the Circle".
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