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(1998–2006)

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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.
Mila Kunis (Jackie) had her first kiss in real-life, at the age of fourteen as an actress on this show with Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso). She and Kutcher are now married and have two children.
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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.
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Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman) wears the same red blouse and floral skirt in her final scene of the final season, as she did in her first scene in the first season.
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Fes (Wilmer Valderrama) reveals his first name once, and we don't hear it, because of a sound. He is actually saying all of the cast member's first names.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Of all of the FOX sitcoms that premiered during the 98-99 season, this was the only survivor.
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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.
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In many scenes, Mila Kunis (Jackie) had to wear platform heels, or sit down, just to appear in the same frame as Laura Prepon (Donna), due to the height difference.
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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.
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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".
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Topher Grace (Eric) was off the show in the 2005 season while he was working on Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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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.
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Kitty's cigarette smoking was slowly phased out after season three, due to Debra Jo Rupp kicking the habit in real-life.
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James Franco auditioned for the role of Michael Kelso.
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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.
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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).
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Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) was a senior in high school when the pilot episode was filmed (1998).
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Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) "falls" off the water tower a total of five times during the show, but is said to have fallen off the water tower in every grade up to and at high school graduation.
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Even though the show lasted for eight years in real-life, the timeline only went from 1976 to 1979.
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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.
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In addition to younger sister Tina Pinciotti (later written out), Donna also had a never-seen older sister named Valerie off at college.
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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.
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All the food Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) made in the kitchen (cookies, brownies, et cetera) were used as snacks for the cast members, and other staff off-camera during breaks between filming.
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The license plate at the end of the title sequence, shows the year in which the events take place.
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Kurtwood Smith (Red Forman) emulated the role of his stepfather in real-life, through his character on the show.
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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.
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In season four, episode twenty-four, "That '70s Musical", Fez's spiteful choir director is played by The Who's founder and frontman, Roger Daltrey.
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The series was set in Wisconsin. Kurtwood Smith was the only regular cast member who was born in Wisconsin (in New Lisbon).
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Despite popular belief, Jackie's eye color is said to be brown, unlike Mila Kunis, who has a rare condition called Hetrochromia, meaning one of her eyes is blue, and the other green.
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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".
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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.
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Originally, Kelso was supposed to be the obsessive Star Wars fan. The producers thought that his pretty boy persona would be tarnished, due to this. So they made Eric the super fan.
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Eric's Spider-Man bedsheets seen in season two are actually merchandise from the Spider-Man cartoon that aired on FOX in the 1990s. The typeface used was created for that series.
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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.
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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.
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There was an error list about the Nike shoes that Ashton Kutcher wore, saying they weren't on the market until the mid 80s, and that was wrong. The Swoosh was first used by Nike on June 18, 1971.
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Red's middle name is Albert. His full name is Reginald Albert Forman.
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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.
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In many episodes there are references to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), mostly by Eric Forman. Much like Eric, Topher Grace is a big fan of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966).
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In this show Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson made his acting debut in a guest spot playing his father Rocky Johnson.
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In season six, Red (Kurtwood Smith) meets a fictional former football player named Stuart Sutcliffe. This was actually the name of the Beatles' original bass player.
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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.
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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.
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In the show, Donna is one month older than Eric. In real-life, Topher Grace is two years older than Laura Prepon.
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Some of the food products have bar codes on them. Bar codes didn't really take off until the '80s. Only about one percent of the country had scanners in 1978.
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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.
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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.
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Fez first said his signature line "I said good day!" in season three, episode sixteen, "Romantic Weekend".
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Three Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) alums have guest starred on the show over its eight year run. They were Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, and Eliza Dushku. Stephen Tobolowsky made guest appearances on both shows.
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Although they play brothers in the show, Ashton Kutcher and Luke Wilson only share one scene during the whole series.
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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.
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Topher Grace was twenty when the show started and twenty-eight when the show ended.
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The rock group poster, often seen on the wall in Eric's basement, is of Paul McCartney and Wings.
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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.
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"Playpen Magazine", is a play on both Playboy Magazine and Penthouse Magazine.
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Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson appeared on Netflix's The Ranch (2016), and Kurtwood Smith appeared in season three, episode one, "Starting Over Again", as a guest star.
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Kitty's maiden name is Sigurdson.
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The lights hanging over the counter of the Forman's kitchen appear to be cheese graters.
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Jim Rash also played a character named Fenton on Great News (2017).
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In season five, episode four, "Heartbreaker", Eric makes a joke about radioactive spiders. Topher Grace (Eric) played Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Jackie graduates a year after everyone else in the gang, she's the only one who doesn't graduate in season five, episode twenty-five, "Celebration Day".
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The black 1967 Chevy El Camino that Steven Hyde drove originally was owned by Leo (Tommy Chong).
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Every license plate except the one on Eric's Vista Cruiser and Hyde's El Camino are D2G-683. Eric and Hyde's license plates read IZ3820 and MH1033 respectively.
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Eric, Donna, Kelso, and Fez, and Hyde seem to have a great fondness for Smokey and the Bandit (1977). There have been numerous references, most notably in the season two opener.
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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.
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Red talks about how the Packers beat the Bears after the game in the show, but the real-life Packers actually lost that game by one point in December of 1979.
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Jackie frequently belittles Fez for being a foreigner, however, Mila Kunis is, herself, a foreign immigrant.
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Red and Kitty also had a motorcycle.
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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.
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Throughout the course of the show, the only people seen driving the Visita Cruiser in the title sequence are: Eric, Red, Donna, Jackie, Fez, Laurie, and Leo.
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The "Playpen Magazine" seen in the show, has been used in multiple media, including Child's Play 3 (1991).
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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.
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The green and yellow decoration hanging from the driveway sitting area are actually canned ham on top of spam cans. There's a votive holder inside the canned ham container.
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Fez and Fenton have a rivalry because Fenton bought the skinny jeans that Fes wanted, which were on sale, but we never see this scene, it's just argued between the characters.
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When Eric is visited by an Angel, they stop at point in time where Kelso is a anchorman in Cedar Rapids. Presumably in Iowa, where Ashton Kutcher was born.
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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."
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Fez, the nickname that everyone gives him, is actually just a corruption of Fes, which stands for Foreign Exchange Student. His actual name is never spoken in the series.
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In the living room at Eric's house, you can see a few of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books on the shelf.
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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.
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The seventh season of the series' episode titles are all Rolling Stones songs. In one season seven episode, Hyde can be seen wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt.
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Despite the constant referral to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), none of the main cast from the 1977 film appear in the show. Billy Dee Williams is the only major Star Wars actor to make a guest appearance, however, he first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), released in 1980, slightly after the time period That 70's show was set (1976-1979).
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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.
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Topher Grace (Eric) and Laura Prepon (Donna) were the only two stars to not have guest starred on Grounded for Life (2001) as Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Danny Masterson (Hyde), Mila Kunis (Jackie), and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) have guest starred in different episodes.
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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.
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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.
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Lindsay Lohan, who had a guest role for one episode, began dating Wilmer Valderrama after they had met on the show.
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Kitty's Dachshund Shatzi had only appeared for ultimately 4 episodes, and was written out of the show for unexplained reasons.
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Topher Grace and Luke Wilson appeared in Playing It Cool (2014).
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Reagan Gomez-Preston, who only appears in one episode, was intended to be a recurring character as an on-and-off love interest for Steven Hyde. The character was written out of the series afterwards.
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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.
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The show had gone on the air just a week after the talk show Home & Family (1996) ended its run after 2 and a half years and five days before the movie 54 (1998) hit theaters.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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