So I’m a big That ‘70s Show fan. So much so, that in college I flew to Los Angeles and stood in line for three hours to watch a live taping of the show and meet the cast.
It was a fun and unique experience where I met the whole cast, except Topher Grace who didn’t come talk to the fans that night.
So I was excited about That ‘90s Show, because I was hoping for a That ‘70s Show reunion episode or reboot series like Cobra Kai. But I was disappointed that the screen time mostly went to a new cast of teenagers, only one of which has any kind of star power. I, like most fans of the original show, was in high school when That ‘70s Show came out but am now an adult, so I don’t care about a show focused on a bunch of high schoolers. It only works with Cobra Kai because Danny and Johnny are the main characters and adults (like the original fans of The Karate Kid), and the high schoolers are side characters.
So I think Netflix missed the mark on this one. The fans wanted to see the original characters all together. Instead, we got 10 episodes with few scenes that featured original characters interacting with as few other original characters as possible. Only Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) and Red (Kurtwood Smith) were in all 10 episodes, while everyone else was sparse. Eric (Topher) only appeared in one episode and maybe three scenes, where he only interacted with his parents and Donna (Laura Prepon). Donna only appeared in three episodes and only interacted with Kitty and Fez. Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) only appeared in three episodes where he interacted with Kitty, Donna and Red. Jackie (Mila Kunis) and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) were only in one scene with Kitty and Red! Hyde (Danny Masterson), of course, wasn’t in it at all.
So overall, I don’t recommend bingeing this show in it’s entirety, because it’s full of a bunch of stuff you don’t want. Instead, just watch the scenes that the original characters are in. I hope the show wises up and has all the original characters in the same scene, often, but it may not happen. The show has always had a dark side. Maybe we’ll never get a real That ‘70s Show Reunion. But I’ll continue to hope.
What about you, readers? What did you think of That ‘90s Show?