The classic early 2000s sitcom That ’70s Show is finally getting a sequel series- set in the 1990s, it’s aptly titled ‘That 90s Show. Unlike the far less successful spiritual successor That ’80s Show, which didn’t feature any of the original characters, the new Netflix series will see the best loved characters from the original return.
The biggest stars returning are Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace, who play Michael Kelso, Jackie Burkhart and Eric Foreman respectively, and will be supporting guest characters to a new cast of young teens living through the 90s.
This reboot/revival series will run for 10 episodes for its initial season, and is set halfway through the decade in 1995. It’s not just the teens returning from That ’70s Show though- elder Foremans Red and Kitty are also back for the new era, and a first look image of them was recently released by Netflix. Presumably, Kutcher, Kunis and Grace’s roles will be kept under wraps, and sadly may only be short cameo appearances.
Netflix hopes though that the new cast of characters will prove a hit for a new generation. The show will star Callie Haverda as Leia Foreman, alongside Mace Coronel as Jay, Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate, Reyn Doi as Ozzie, Ashley Aufderheide as Gwen and Sam Morelos as Nikki. Leia is the daughter of Eric and Donna (Laura Prepon, who’s also returning for the show), and the series sees her move to her grandparents’ house for the summer, where she makes friends with the other kids in Point Place.
Though it’s still on the horizon, Netflix has released a synopsis for the revival: “Hello, Wisconsin! It’s 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer, where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red. Sex, drugs and rock ’n roll never dies, it just changes clothes.”
While the show may be a way off yet (and without a release date), it’s certainly exciting news that the biggest characters from the original series are returning, alongside a brand new generation to get to know. The only problem for us in the UK is that That ’70s Show isn’t available on streaming, so you’ll have to get your hands on the DVD boxset if you want to watch the original- though there’s been hints that it’ll return to Netflix ahead of the arrival of That ’90s Show.
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