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That '70s Show
(November 1, 2012 Thursday)
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Men. Well that makes him a cheap date. Wait......let me review what I just
typed. Oh....... 40 million.........thud!!!!! I just fell of my chair......well
actually the edge of my bed. Yeah I wanna make money typing stuff.
Created By: Mark Brazill, Bonnie Turner, and Terry Turner
Stars: Topher Grace (19982005), Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher (19982005) Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp Kurtwood Smith, Tanya Roberts (19982001), Don Stark Lisa Robin Kelly (19982001), Tommy Chong (20012002, 20052006), Josh Meyers (20052006)
Opening Theme: "In the Street" performed by Cheap Trick & Ben Vaughn, written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell
Country of Origin: United States
Number of Seasons: 8
Number of Episodes: 200
Original Channel: FOX
Original Run: August 23, 1998 to May 18, 2006
That '70s Show is an American television sitcom that centers on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place (Green Bay), 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 proved to be a launching pad for the film careers of its young stars, mostly unknowns at the time they were hired.
The show remains in syndication around the world. It begins airing on ABC Family in Fall 2008 and on The N in June 2008.
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, all of which are names of songs by popular bands of the period.
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). The series did well, rating highly among several target demographics, including adults aged 18-49, as well as teenage viewers. 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. Continuing success saw changing time slots (Sundays to Mondays to Tuesdays to Wednesdays to Thursdays), as well as four additional seasons.
The eighth season was announced to be the final season of the show on January 17, 2006, and the final episode was filmed a month later, on February 17, 2006. "That '70s Finale" originally aired on May 18, 2006.
Set in Point Place (a fictional suburb of Green Bay), 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.
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.
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.
That '70s Show
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.
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."
Actor/Actress/Character name/Years credited as regular cast
Topher Grace/Eric Forman/19982005/1
Laura Prepon/Donna Pinciotti/19982006
Danny Masterson/Steven Hyde/19982006
Ashton Kutcher/Michael Kelso/19982005/1
Mila Kunis/Jackie Burkhart/19982006
Kurtwood Smith/Red Forman/19982006
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Debra Jo Rupp/Kitty Forman/19982006
Don Stark/Bob Pinciotti/19982006
Tanya Roberts/Midge Pinciotti/19982001/2
Lisa Robin Kelly/Laurie Forman/19992001/3
Tommy Chong/Leo Chingkwake/20012002, 20052006/4
Christina Moore/Laurie Forman/2003-2004/5
Josh Meyers/Randy Pearson/20052006
Elements of the show 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.
Signature elements of That '70s Show include surreal, sometimes elaborate, dream sequences to depict various characters' vivid imaginations, some of which include references to or parodies of fads and films of the time, such as Star Wars, Rocky, and Grease, and the 360-degree scenes, also known as "The Circle" (seen below). The "circle" is used to illustrate the teens' marijuana use, typically occurring in Eric's basement. 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.
Other stylistic elements include the use of split screens, which tends 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. "Burns" (comic insults) also play a significant part in the series' humor, with a character shouting "Burn!" after another is insulted or humiliated.
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.
Timeline The "Circle" was used to illustrate the teens' marijuana use, usually in Eric Forman's basement.
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. M*A*S*H, which aired for eleven years despite the Korean War lasting only three years, also made liberal use of time settings.
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.
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.
After the failure of the UK remake, rival commercial terrestrial Five started broadcasting the original show in prime time before moving it to a post 11 p.m. time slot.
International broadcasts of US version
The American version of the show is currently shown on 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 and 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 and Atlas TV in Montenegro.
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.
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. 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.
Alternate holiday versions of the theme song were arranged for Halloween, Christmas and musical specials, using organ music and bells, respectively.
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.
That '70s Album (Jammin') That '70s Album (Rockin')
That '70s Show Nielsen ratings
1998-1999 Season: #49
2001-2002 Season: #67
2003-2004 Season: #23
2004-2005 Season: #39
2005-2006 Season: #42
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
Thursday, March 19, 2009
LIKE OLD TIMES
July 5, 2007 -- "OCTOBER Road" actress Laura Prepon wants the world to know she's back with her longtime boyfriend, Chris Masterson. Prepon and Masterson split briefly in May, but were spotted "kissing and holding hands" during a dinner at the Meatpacking District's Fig & Olive a few nights ago. "They looked very much in love," dished a spy. "They kept going outside for cigarette breaks." Chris' brother Danny Masterson, who's Prepon's "That '70s Show" co-star, and a few friends joined the couple, who started dating in 2000. A rep for Prepon had no comment.
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