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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 suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, during the late 1970s. It debuted on August 23, 1998. The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The Abduction of Psyche by William-Adolphe Bouguereau Adolescence is the transitional stage of development between childhood and full adulthood, representing the period of time during which a person is biologically adult but emotionally not at full maturity. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Green Bay is the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

Although the show has been on for six years, the timeline has been noticeably slowed. When the show first began in 1998, the show was set in 1976, and in the past six seasons, only three years have gone by. 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


About the show

The first working title for the Fox Network series was called Teenage Wasteland, before being changed to That '70s Show. 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. However, That '70s Show is one of the longest continuous running sitcoms for Fox in the US. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... This article is about the British television network. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ...

The show follows the life of Eric Forman and his five teenaged friends; Donna Pinciotti, who is also his girlfriend, Steven Hyde, a dissillusioned hard-rocking stoner, Michael Kelso, the unintelligent narcissitic lady's man, Jackie Burkhart, a highschool cheerleader who is self-involved and extremely concerned with wealth and status, and Fez , the nicknamed foreigner whose country of origin is ambiguous, whose real name is unknown to all but him, and whose hormones are out of control. Eric Forman (Topher Grace) is an Fictional character from Fox Networks That 70s show. ... Donna Pinciotti (played by Laura Prepon) is the girlfriend of Eric Forman in the TV sitcom, That 70s Show. ... The word Fez can refer to: Fez, a type of hat. ...

Other main characters include Laurie Forman, the promiscuous older sister who can do no wrong in the eyes of Red Forman, Eric's overbearing veteran father, obsessed with making "...him a man, which he's not." (Red Forman: episode 421: Prank Day) Also featured is his overprotective menapausal mother, who is caught up in trying to be a fulltime mom and housewife, while maintaining a job as a nurse in a local hospital. The show also follows the relationship of Bob and Midge Pinciotti, Donna's Mom and Dad, both of whom are slow witted and easily influenced by the movements and fads of the 70s, which sometimes places stress on their marriage.

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 manages to use humor in tackling all significant characteristics of 1970's America, dealing with major political movements such as feminism, new attitudes towards sexuality, economic hardships of recession, a developing lack of trust from blue collar workers in American government, as well as the use of marijuana among teenagers and impact of new technology on entertainment, from the TV remote (or "the clicker"), to Pong. Pong, an adaptation of table tennis to the video screen, was the first commercially successful video game and is widely regarded as ushering in the video game era. ...

The show usually opens with the theme song, "In the Street," by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell of the band Big Star. Beginning the second season, the song was performed by the band Cheap Trick. The lyrics are as follows: Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Alex Chilton (b. ... Chris Bell can refer to: Chris Bell (politician) Chris Bell (musician) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Big Star was an American rock and roll band of the early 1970s whose work is often cited as a prime example of power pop. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock and roll band from Rockford, Illinois that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Lyrics are the written words in a song. ...

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 line "Hello Wisconsin!" following the opening theme song is yelled by Danny Masterson ("Steven Hyde"). The final part ("We're All Alright!") is from the Cheap Trick song "Surrender". Starting from the fifth season of the series, all the episode titles have a '70s song reference in them (Led Zeppelin songs in Season Five, The Who in Season Six, Rolling Stones in Season Seven.) Robin Zander (the lead singer of Cheap Trick) yells "Hello Wisconsin!" at the end of the complete single (not heard on TV). Danny Masterson (born March 13, 1976, Long Island, New York) is an American actor best known for his role as Steven Hyde in That 70s Show. ... Led Zeppelin (clockwise from left: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones) Led Zeppelin was a British band noted for their innovative, influential approach to heavy blues-rock and as one of the most popular and influential bands of all time. ... The Who is a British rock band. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock and roll band from Rockford, Illinois that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock and roll band from Rockford, Illinois that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ...


This show is linked with its spinoff, That '80s Show, via the character of Eric Forman (whose cousin is the lead character in the 80's version).


Complete credited cast

Note: Starting with the 2004-2005 season, Laurie Forman was played by Christina Moore as a recurring character. Christopher Grace (19 July 1978) is an American actor, best known for the role of Eric Forman in the situation comedy That 70s Show. ... Milena Markovna Kunis (born August 14, 1983) plays the all-American girl Jackie on That 70s Show, although she is a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant. ... Christopher Ashton Kutcher (born February 7, 1978) is an American actor and model born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ... Danny Masterson (born March 13, 1976, Long Island, New York) is an American actor best known for his role as Steven Hyde in That 70s Show. ... Laura Prepon (born March 7, 1980) is an American actress, best known for her role as Donna Pinciotti on the hit TV Series That 70s Show. ... Wilmer Valderrama (Born January 30, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is an American actor. ... Kurtwood Smith (born July 3, 1943) was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, but was raised in California. ... Tanya Roberts, born Victoria Leigh Blum, is an American actress. ... Lisa Kelly earned fame for her role as Laurie, the daughter of Red and Kittie Foreman on That 70s Show. ... Thomas Chong B. Kin (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-born actor and musician who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. ...

Missing characters

Donna has a younger sister, Tina, who appears in one episode. Valerie is an elder sister of Donna's who is also mentioned. Neither are ever seen or mentioned again. This phenomenon is often referred to as Chuck Cunningham syndrome. Donna's mom (Midge Pinciotti) leaves her family for California but returns at a later time. Chuck Cunningham syndrome is a jargon used by TV critics; it refers to a TV series in which a main character or a character otherwise important to the shows plot is dropped with little or no explanation. ...

Special guests

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  • Mark Brazill - Creator/Executive producer
  • Bonnie Turner - Creator/Executive producer
  • Terry Turner - Creator/Executive producer
  • Marcy Carsey - Executive producer
  • Jackie Filgo - Executive producer
  • Jeff Filgo - Executive producer
  • Caryn Mandabach - Executive producer
  • Tom Werner - Executive producer

External links

  • Official website (http://www.that70sshow.com/)
  • That '70s Show (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165598/) at the Internet Movie Database



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