Like many kids in the millennial generation, That 70’s Show was one of the programs I remember watching in my maturing adolescence. It’s hard to believe that this show is set in the same time period as the original show began in real life. I originally thought Disney owned it because they bought Fox, but a production company called The Carsey-Werner Company made the show a long time ago and has the rights. For which, they partnered with Netflix for a sequel series.
The show focuses mainly on Eric Forman’s daughter Leia, whom he had with his wife Donna Pinciotti. She’s invited to stay at her paternal grandparents house for the whole summer.
The best part of the show is still Red and Kitty. They have gotten older, but it’s so good to see them back.
Obviously there’s a new cast of kids and some of them are designed to be replacements for the personality types of the old. Such as Jay being the replacement for his father, Michael Kelso. Leia is more like her father Eric than her mama Donna.
My wife’s favorite character ended up being the gay Asian kid Ozzie. And I would have to agree, the kid is pretty funny once you get used to him.
Probably my most major complaint about the show is that it doesn’t really feel like it’s set in the 1990s. At times it feels like a strange mixture of the 70s, 80s, and 90s all rolled in one.
For those who don’t know, most of the original cast do show up to make cameos. The most prolific from the major gang is Fez, who hasn’t changed a bit.
I was delighted to see Tommy Chong return as Leo.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis show up for a brief moment and we never see them again. I’m guessing Jay Kelso is a latchkey kid.
We obviously see a little bit of Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti. Topher Grace left That 70’s Show originally, I guess we can’t expect him to always stick around, LOL.
It’s not the perfect season, and the first episode tries very hard to be funny that it hurts a little, but it’s a hard show to hate. It’s not a very long season either, but Netflix would be smart to keep this one going.