That 70s Show Still Works

Staff writer: Kylise Carino

If you’re looking for a new show to watch, then look no further as I have the perfect show for you.

That 70s Show is set in the great era of the 70s. It’s about a group of eccentric friends that live in the suburbs of Wisconsin and are on the verge of adulthood. If the fact that it’s set in the 70s isn’t enough to persuade you to watch it then the hysterical comedy will.

The jokes in each episode are hilarious. Sometimes the gags can get repetitive but it’s nothing to deter you from watching the show. An example of one of the show’s jokes is when one of the characters named Eric says that his head hurts and his dad, Red, responds with “That’s your brain trying to comprehend its own stupidity.” If you think that’s funny there is more where that came from.

Kya Moore, WHS sophomore, said this about the show, “That 70s Show gives off a really nostalgic feel, which makes it fun to watch.” Another sophomore at Woodstock, Mitchell Dokos said this, “The show is really funny to me, and I always come back to rewatch it.”

Another amazing aspect of the show are the characters. They’re the reason why the show is more unique than other bland sitcoms. The characters are so likeable and fun to watch, and the writers do a good job with putting them in unique situations.

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The picture of the DvD blu-ray set for the first season. To the very right is the main character Eric Forman, and to the left is Donna Pinciotti. In the back from left to right is Michael Kelso, Steven Hyde, Jackie Burkhart, and Fes. Picture Credit: IMDb.com

The setting is already dated so the aesthetics won’t “go out of style” anytime soon. For many people there’s something comforting about the first few seasons.

Topher Grace plays Eric Forman, and he is so relatable on so many levels, his love for Star Wars gives us some unique gags. Eric is a scrawny boy and can be very socially awkward, which usually makes him the butt of a joke most of the time.

Laura Prepon plays Donna Pinciotti, and she is an empowering and strong girl who you can’t help but love. The relationship and friendship between Donna and Eric throughout the show was very cute, and it’s another good reason to watch the show.

Mila Kunis plays Jackie Burkhart. She is a self-centered, spoiled member of a wealthy family who can be rather insensitive to the needs and feelings of others, though is regarded by many as attractive and fashionable, about which she can be quite vain. Her character was known for being annoying and shallow, but her character development throughout the show makes you gain appreciation for the character.

Wilmer Valderrama plays Fes, it stands for “Foreign Exchange Student”. He is fascinated by American life and thinks the knowledge he gains from America makes him superior to other people from his island. In an early episode, he suggests he would one day return to his home country “and rule with an iron fist.” Fes is one of the funniest characters on That 70s Show

Danny Masterson’s Hyde is amazing. He was the rebellious kid in your school. The one who believes in a bunch of wacky conspiracy theories. He was tough and he just did not care, or that’s at least what he wants you to think. He didn’t respected authority and never cared for what people thought. He has a soft side as we see throughout the series.

Kitty and Red, played by Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith respectively, are literally the funniest characters in the show. I think everybody has felt like Red at some point, he despises people and prefers being alone. He just says what’s on his mind however mean it may be. And he comes up with some of the best catch phrases. Everything about Kitty is a joy to watch especially her laugh and her love for baking.

Bob, Midge, and Leo, all have their funny moments as side characters. They were admirable and hilarious as well. Some interesting facts of the show include how Mila Kunis was only 14 when she auditioned for the show. When producers asked her age, she tricked them by saying, “Well, I’ll be 18 on my birthday,” but neglected to say what year. Another fact is while filming of the final episode, “That 70s Finale”, was frequently delayed because Prepon couldn’t stop crying.

That 70s Show is great, and I recommend it to all ages. You can stream it on Netflix as of this moment.

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From Left to right: Michael Kelso, Eric Forman, Steven Hyde, Donna Pinciotti, Jackie Burkhart, and Fes. They’re all doing a unique pose that suits their personality. Picture Credit: grandcentralmarket.com

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