One of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s was the period comedy, That ’70s Show. After almost 15 years since the last episode aired on Fox, Wilmer Valderrama has hinted at an upcoming movie reboot of the successful series.
That ’70s Show was a series that introduced the audiences to the concept of period sitcoms. Set in the 1970s, the teen sitcom aired for 8 incredibly successful seasons between 1998 and 2006 on Fox.
- A show that summed up the That 70’s in America
- That 70’s Show in a nutshell
- The movie reboot: Is it finally happening?
With a line-up of fresh actors, the series was commended for its unique period backdrop, camera-work, and clever writing. The popularity of the show made its actors superstars and gave Fox its second-longest-running live-action comedy. It has been 14 years since the show came to an end and fans have been wanting a revival ever since. So, are fans finally getting a reboot?
A show that summed up the That 70’s in America
Everything about this Emmy-nominated series was special. From its music to its gags, to scene transitions and even the iconic dream sequences, That ‘70s Show was a television phenomenon. The series introduced the world to the talents of Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama. Even its older cast of Kurtwood Smith, Debra Jo Rupp, Don Stark, Tanya Robertsand Tommy Chong became a huge hit with the masses.
The catchphrases from the show went on to become widely used pop culture references such as Eric Foreman’s (Grace) father, Red (Smith) threatening him with an, “I’ll kick your ass,” or Kelso’s “burn” or of course, Fez’s “I said good day!”.
The series had it all – amazing performers, a creative script and a distinctive style of shooting. It is still considered as one of the most ingenious sitcoms ever made.
That 70’s Show in a nutshell
The series revolved around six high school friends living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin between 1976 and 1979. This group included the geeky Eric, his girlfriend, Donna (Prepon), the dumb good looking boy, Kelso (Kutcher), his rich and popular girlfriend, Jackie (Kunis), the rebellious, Hyde (Masterson) and foreign exchange student, Fez (Valderrama). The series followed the adventures of these friends that mostly began at Eric’s basement.
‘The circle’ was a sui generis concept introduced by the sitcom that showed characters sitting in a circle smoking weed, mostly when they needed to find a solution to a problem, and discussing everything from weird invention ideas to conspiracy theories.
Grace and Kutcher both guest-starred in the final season and returned for the finale episode as their respective characters were shown to reprise their relationships with their former girlfriends.
The finale was a happy one and showed all the characters come together and several flashbacks of our favourite scenes from the entire series. It was a well-made episode that signified the end of 1970s and was appreciated by both fans and critics.
The movie reboot : Is it finally happening?
It is certainly a possibility. Wilmer Valderrama said in a 2019 interview that a movie reboot was definitely in discussion. He was quoted saying, “We’ve talked about it… Maybe it’s That ’70s Movie, but it takes place in the ’90s? Where are they now? Or maybe the late ’80s might be kind of funny too. I don’t know, there’s nothing creatively in the works, but we talked about it. We thought it’d be really fun, and funny, because the tone of That ’70s Show could lend itself for something very forward-thinking.”
Even three years back, in a 2017 interview with Steve Harvey, Valderrama was seen confirming ongoing deliberations regarding a reboot. He said, “We’ve been having some conversations about that but there’s nothing official. I would definitely say that I wouldn’t keep That ’70s Movie out of the conversation.”
Tommy Chong, who starred as Leo on the show, also said that he would love to be back for a reboot. When asked about his stand on a revival he exclaimed, “Oh yeah! Totally. Totally interested. And you’re the first to talk about it. But yeah, it would be a great idea. Even to do another show would be appropriate.”
Considering the real-life friendships of the cast members, it is very likely that they might return for a movie reboot soon. The real question is only ‘when’ because fans can’t wait to see their favourite star cast back in action.