Mila Kunis was only fourteen when she auditioned for the show. The casting directors required that any interested actors be at least 18 when auditioning. When producers asked her age, she misled them by saying, "Well, I'll be eighteen on my birthday." and neglected to say what year.
The filming of the final episode, "That '70s Finale", was frequently delayed because Laura Prepon (Donna) couldn't stop crying. She had become extremely emotional as the realization that she would no longer be filming the show with the cast and crew she had started to consider as family, hit her really hard.
Tommy Chong, who played Leo, was absent from the show while serving a jail sentence for selling drug paraphernalia (water bongs). He expressed surprise later, that this wasn't written into the show's storyline.
The producers and cast spent a lot of time figuring out a way to represent the main characters' usage of marijuana (not in a pro-pot manner, but to have realism on a 1970's-set show) and eventually came up with the "rotating camera" sequences set in the Formans' basement, which showed the effects of the "puff and pass" where each character inhaled and then sent a joint forward, but never actually showed anyone doing either of those things.
The fifth season episode titles are all Led Zeppelin song titles, the sixth season are all The Who songs, the seventh season are all The Rolling Stones songs, and the eighth season's titles are all Queen songs.
Chuck Norris was the initial choice for Red Forman, but was still filming Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), so Kurtwood Smith was cast instead. The idea was to have a hyper masculine actor be cast as Red to serve as the foil to Eric Forman, a scrawny nerd and geek with no traditionally masculine interests like sports.
Topher Grace was cast after the show's creators, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, saw him in a high-school play. They had attended the play to watch their daughter and were impressed by Grace. Grace had never acted professionally before.
The show was initially titled "Teenage Wasteland" and later "The Kids Are Alright". However, because both names were references to songs by The Who, legal issues prevented their use. As a result, the show was eventually announced as "Feelin' Alright", but because that name had few supporters, a search for a new title began. After noticing that audience members in focus groups would say, "I like that show about the '70s," or, "I like that '70s show," it was eventually decided to simply call the series "That '70s Show".
Jackie (Mila Kunis) and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) were one of the show's main couples. In 2012, six years after the end of this show, Kunis and Kutcher started dating in real-life as well. In 2014, Kunis had the couple's first child. They got married in July 2015.
Eric Forman was born on March 18, 1960, Jackie Burkhart on September 24, 1961, Michael Kelso on August 28, 1958, Steven Hyde on November 28, 1959, Donna Pinciotti on February 13, 1960, and Fez on August 4, 1960.
Laura Prepon is actually a natural brunette. When she was recruited for the show, she was asked to dye her hair a shade of red for the character Donna. Prepon eventually had to dye her hair blonde for Karla (2006), in which she played the title role. As a result, her character Donna Pinciotti was written to have changed hair color for the show's final two seasons. The producers loved her new hair color and begged her to keep it for the show. Prepon had grown to like her blonde hair too and kept the color for years even after the show had finished, but ultimately had to dye her hair black for her show Orange is the New Black (2013).
In the Grooves record store, a poster can be seen behind the counter up higher of Lynyrd Skynyrd, advertising their Street Survivors 1977 Winter Tour. This tour never happened, due to the plane crash in October 1977 that killed and injured many members of the band.
Laurie Forman was originally intended to be a main character, as the 7th teenager. Lisa Robin Kelly (Who plays Laurie) abruptly vanished after the first half of season 3, and was cut from the opening credits for the rest of the season. Some sources claim she left on her own initiative, others that she was fired, despite being quite a popular character on the show, so there are two very different stories out there about her departure. She returned back to the show toward the end of the fifth season, and appeared in a few episodes, only to disappear again at the beginning of the sixth season, and then was replaced by Christina Moore. Her character was eventually written out after season 6. Just over ten years after Kelly's last episode as Laurie, Kelly died from multiple drug intoxication (an overdose). It is believed that Kelly's own issues with substance abuse and her psychological issues (and a miscarriage) prevented her from committing to the show full time.
Throughout the show's eight seasons, Fez's home country is never revealed. It almost was revealed in the first half of the series finale, but Fez and his friend, Andrew, gave the gang a hard time on figuring it out.
Jackie and Fez are the only teenagers (other than Randy) to not be called by their last name. (Forman, Hyde, Kelso, sometimes even Pinciotti). Coincidentally, Jackie is the only teenager to call everyone by their first name, except in season one, episode twenty-one, "Water Tower", and season two, episode fifteen, "Burning Down the House", when she calls Hyde, "Hyde", instead of "Steven".
An early idea during the show's development phase had Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) fighting a bitter rivalry over Donna, but the idea was tossed out as the show and its characters developed.
In season one, Topher Grace (Eric) and Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty) styled their natural hair, but due to it getting damaged from all of the heat and the amount of time it took, they wore wigs for the other seasons.
The infamous poster of Farrah Fawcett in a red swimsuit hangs in Eric Foreman's bedroom. Tanya Roberts (Midge) starred in season five of Charlie's Angels (1976), the television show that launched Fawcett's career. Roberts joked that if "That 70's Show" ran through 1980, her poster would eventually hang in Eric's room.
The cars are: Eric's: 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Red and Kitty's: 1976 Toyota Corolla. Red's: 1958 Silver Blue Corvette. Hyde's: 1967 Chevy El Camino. Kelso had three cars on the series. A Dodge van, and a Volkswagen Samba Bus, both mid 1960s, and an MG convertible. Bob and Midge's: 1970 Cadillac El Dorado.
At the end of the series, Wilmer Valderrama bought the Vista Cruiser from Carsey-Warner for five hundred dollars. In August 2009, the show's Vista Cruiser was named third-greatest television car ever by MSN Autos.
In the intro of the show (seasons one through seven), modern vehicles can be seen, such as a Ford pickup that appears on the left. Many different vehicles pass on the other side of the street as well, all modern.
Some songs playing during the scene changes, or bumpers, are snippets from famous '70s songs such as "Fly Like an Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band, "Magic Man" by Heart, and "What Is and What Should Never Be" by Led Zeppelin.
In season eight, episode seven, "Fun It", Donna (Laura Prepon) mentioned that going to a women's prison would be cool. Laura Prepon currently stars in the women's prison dramedy, "Orange Is The New Black" on Netflix.
Several times during the course of the show, in an attempt to hide shenanigans, someone turns on the television and immediately begins to watch it. In reality, televisions of the 1970s took several seconds for their parts to "warm up" before the picture could actually be seen. Most times, you would hear the sound before the picture could be seen.
Even though Mila Kunis (Jackie) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) are married now, it took them fourteen years to start dating because Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) was dating Demi Moore during the filming of most of the show.
Eric's G.I. Joe collection (on his bed's bookshelf and headboard) contains: a 1970-73 Land Adventurer, Sea Adventurer, Air Adventurer, The Adventurer (an African American figure), 1964-67 Action Marine, Action Pilot, Action Soldier; 1966 Mercury Space Capsule; there was also a yellow ATV in the basement, seen on one of the shelves under the stairs. The early military figures seemed to have been switched out for the later Adventure Team figures as the series progressed. Eric seemed very attached to his figures, even though he was never seen playing with them. He even warns Fez, "DON'T touch the G.I.Joes!" when Fez tries to cheer up Eric with Hyde and Kelso before leaving for Funland without Eric.
Every member of the gang owns or has owned a car. *Most notably Eric's Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, which the gang uses as their primary mode of transportation. *Hyde's frequently seen Chevrolet El Camino. *Kelso has owned three vehicles over series run: two vans, and an MG convertible. *Donna, Fez, and Jackie own cars, but rarely seem to use them, to the point where they are only seen once.
According to the Los Angeles Times, That 70s Show star Ashton Kutcher actor is one of almost 250 potential witnesses in the upcoming case against alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo, 43, who is accused of murdering an Illinois teenager and two California women in a cross-country crime spree from 1993 to 2008.
2018 was a bad year for Carsey Werner sitcoms; and their stars. The stars of three major Carsey Werner sitcoms, Bill Cosby of The Cosby Show (1984), Roseanne Barr from Roseanne (1988), and Danny Masterson from That '70s Show (1998), all had scandals which extinguished their careers, and also threatened the visibility and the existence of the shows which propelled them into stardom in the first place. In April of 2018 Bill Cosby was convicted of rape by a Pennsylvania court of law, for the assault of Andrea Constadt which allegedly happened in 2005. He is now awaiting sentencing which will happen in September of 2018. As a result of all of this, the planned Cosby Show reboot that NBC was putting together was scrapped, and the original The Cosby Show sitcom, which was a Carsey Werner mega-hit, and dominated the airways on NBC from 1984 to 1992, was also pulled from circulation. In May of 2018 Roseanne Barr tweeted out a racist insult of former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarret, comparing her to an "ape", and all of a sudden Roseanne's career was suddenly extinguished as well. Her reboot, which was a smash hit for ABC in the early part of 2018, was all of a sudden cancelled as well, as were the rebroadcast of her original Carsey Werner 1980s sitcom which dominated the airways during that period. In addition to this, Danny Masterson, who played Hyde in the hit Carsey Werner sitcom, was accused by four women of rape in 2018, and he was then suddenly dropped from his talent agency, as well as fired from his hit show on Netflix, The Ranch (2016). Although in Masterson's case, "That 70s Show" was not pulled from circulation, like Cosby and Roseanne were in the wake of those scandals. Marcy Carsey, the lead producer of Carsey Werner, who created Cosby, Roseanne and That '70s Show, had this to say about the scandals plaguing her sitcom stars currently: "All I can say is that life gives you these surprises. The Roseanne political stance, what a surprise. Bill Cosby ... the guy that we worked with, the guy we knew him to be or thought him to be was a wonderful collaborator, a brilliant guy, very kind-hearted. When anyone was sick or had a loss, he was right there. So it was a shocker," she said, summarizing: "All these decades later to have these revelations, it's awful - but it happens."
A noticeable goof is that many times over the course of the series, Ashton Kutcher has been seen wearing Nike shoes that were only available in the mid to late 1980s. The show's timeline only went from May 1976 to January 1980. CORRECTION: This is not a goof, as the original poster for this message was misinformed of the facts prior to posting. The shoes in question DID exist in the timeline presented on this show.
Tina, who's Donna's sister, is not Bob's daughter. At the end of season two, episode five, "Halloween", the voice over says "Will we ever find out what happened to Midge's daughter?" So, she's Midge's daughter and not Bob's. Which means Midge and Bob must have had a break before they were officially divorced.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was originally intended to be a recurring character as Buddy, but the idea of a gay friend constantly hitting on Eric Forman didn't go over well with audiences and so he was written out of the series.
Kelso's reduced role (and ultimate absence) in the later seasons was because Ashton Kutcher had wanted to explore more opportunities and start venturing into big budget Hollywood movies, and asked for his character to have a reduced role in the series.
Donna's sisters Tina (Amanda Fuller, who only made one guest appearance) and her unseen older sister Valerie, were initially intended to be recurring characters, and Valerie was eventually going to come back from college to visit Donna and the rest of the family. The writers ultimately realized that they did not have room for these characters in the show and could not find a believable way to incorporate them into the plot, and so they were retconned out of existence, ultimately leaving Donna as an only child.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Josh Meyers (brother of Seth) was originally hired to take on the role of Eric Forman, who had been played for seven seasons by Topher Grace. A now long-haired Eric would have returned unexpectedly from Africa "a changed man", thus explaining his different appearance. This idea was nixed, when the producers decided it might offend Grace's fans. So, a new role, that of "Randy" was created for Meyers, who was already contracted for the season.
The only core male teenager throughout the series with whom Jackie (Mila Kunis) never has a romantic relationship, is Eric (Topher Grace). Their hostile nature towards one another is pointed out sporadically throughout the series. When Eric leaves for Africa, he is genuinely shocked that for the first time ever, Jackie calls the house specifically to speak to Eric, stating she always considered him a close friend.
The series finale, during the New Year's Eve party, ends exactly at 11:59 PM on December 31, 1979 as the characters count down the clock. The show ended 1 second before the beginning of the new decade (the 1980's).
Due to the unpopularity of Randy Pearson as Eric's replacement (and a negative reception from fans), his role was significantly reduced near the end of the series to the point where he only appears in one scene in the series finale, and is not present at all during the New Year's Eve party.
Though Laurie Forman was ultimately written out of the series after her short 6 episode appearance in Season 6 (played by new actress Christina Moore), she was not actually retconned out of existence, as she is mentioned by Kitty in the series finale, asking why she's not present for the New Year's Eve party.
Bret Harrison as Charlie Richardson, was intended to be the replacement character for Eric Forman once he left for Africa (and Topher Grace left the show). However, Harrison had won the leading role in Reaper (2007) and could no longer commit to the show, and so he was killed off by having him fall off the water tower fatally. Josh Meyers was then recruited to fill in for Topher Grace.