This week’s Saturday Flashback is all about That ’70s Show. The series by now is classic but isn’t as beloved as other ’90s shows like Freaks and Geeks or Boy Meets World. There aren’t many teen shows on network television that are targeted toward more adult sensibilities or as edgy as That ’70s Show was. The series first aired in 1998 and ended in 2006 after a solid eight seasons. I hate to say this, but the excellent ensemble cast went onto have good careers but they have never been quite as good as they were on That ’70s Show.
Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) had Punk’d and has been mostly mediocre. Topher Grace (Eric) was in the worst Spider-man film (part 3). Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) went onto host MTV’s Yo Mama and although he displayed major acting chops as Fez, hes never been able to really become any other character. Danny Masterson (Hyde) disappeared for a while but is now starring in the TBS comedy, Men At Work. Arguably the two female leads are fairing better. Mila Kunis (Jackie) is absolutely soaring, voicing Meg on Family Guy and getting cast as leads in big films like Friends With Benefits, The Great And Powerful Oz and Black Swan. Laura Prepon (Donna) is certainly no superstar but she is making a comeback in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and getting rave reviews.
That ’70s Show, may go unacknowledged as one of the greats, but it was certainly a moment in television when all the stars were aligned.