Netflix Announces “That ‘70s Show” Spinoff “That ‘90s Show”



Original teenage cast in “That ’70s Show.”

Ally Haddad, Features Editor

   Hello again, Wisconsin! After over 20 years since “That ‘70s Show” first aired, Netflix has picked up “That ‘90s Show,” a spinoff to the hit sitcom. Reprising their roles as parents Red Forman and Kitty Forman, Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will serve as executive producers alongside original creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner.  

   Set in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin in 1995, “That ‘90s Show” follows Leia Forman, teenage daughter of Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon) while she visits her grandparents for the summer. During her visit, Leia bonds with a new group of locals under the watch of Red and Kitty. The official logline notes “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll never dies, it just changes clothes.” As for now it’s unclear whether other original characters besides Smith and Rupp will join the new series, but the expectation is that a number of them will at the least make cameos. The only actor we can count out for sure is Danny Masteron (Steven Hyde) due to multiple pending sexual assault charges. 

   “That ‘70s show” aired on Fox for eight seasons from 1998-2006. The show focused on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in a small town in Wisconsin during post war ‘70s. The show is known for its humor and unforgettable characters. The show’s original run is where many actors got their start. Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Laura Prepon all had successful careers following the end of “That ‘70s Show.” The show earned its popularity in the ‘90s because it was one of the first sitcoms to feature characters that were teenagers. “That ‘70s Show” was revolutionary because teenagers had teenage characters to relate to instead of characters in their later years like in shows such as “Friends” and “Seinfeld.” 

   Conversations about a new revival of “That ‘70s Show” have been circling for years. Netflix has supported this idea particularly due to the big viewership “That ‘70s Show” drew on the platform before it was discontinued in September 2020. The idea came into the works late last year and the project was quickly set up for development at Netflix. 

   Netflix announced the series on October 8, but there’s been no confirmation of a release date yet. “That ‘90s Show” will be available in 10 episodes exclusively on Netflix and they will be filmed like a traditional multi-cam sitcom just like the original. Fans can expect to laugh a lot and hopefully get answers to their questions following the ending of season eight of “That ‘70s Show.”