That 90s Show: Everything We Know About The That 70s Show Sequel

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That 90s Show, the That 70s Show sequel, will return Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and others from the original cast

By Doug Norrie
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Is anyone else ready for a return to Red and Kitty Forman’s basement? Well, it’s happening folks and it could be glorious. About 15 years since That 70s Show left the air on Fox, we are heading back to Point Place, Wisconsin in a different decade with a new generation of teenagers.

Considering the ‘90s began to bring back some trends of the 70s, this timing makes sense and with the show’s original characters now grown with families of their own, it’s time to get the Forman grandkids in the mix.

That’s right everyone, That 90s Show is coming to streaming and there are going to be some definitive callbacks to the original series. This is just the kind of reboot/ spinoff we need in our lives. Hello Wisconsin! 

THAT 90s SHOW CAST INCLUDES ORIGINAL STARS DEBRA JUPP AND KURTWOOD SMITH

Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will reprise their roles as Red and Kitty Forman from the original series. Seeing as how this will, once again, take place in their home with the house as the setting, it made sense to get them back into the popular roles.

Seeing how Red’s curmudgeonly behavior and Kitty’s cute toughness plays in the 90s as opposed to the 70s will really be something. It’s likely to look like much of the same. Which is to say, it’s going to be great.

CALLIE HAVERDA IS LEIA FORMAN

In terms of the main cast for That 90s Show, much like the original series, we will be getting a group of relative unknowns playing the teenagers. Callie Haverda is Leia Forman who, according to the early loglines, shares some of the angsty snark and sarcasm we saw with her father Eric.

The others will include Gwen (Ashley Aufderheide), Jay (Mace Coronel), Nate (Maxwell Acee Donovan), Ozzie (Reyn Doi), and Nikki (Sam Morelos). 

Like That 70s Show, these characters will fit some possible stereotypes of this generation with a purposeful eclectic mix of faces, backgrounds, and interests meant to highlight some decade’s je ne sais quoi.

The 90s, for all of its warts, was a unique generation, really the last one pre-internet and social media connectivity. And in this way, there is a good chance it has some of the same central yesteryear hallmarks of its predecessors.

TOPHER GRACE, ASHTON KUTCHER, MILA KUNIS AND OTHERS ARE RETURNING

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This is the most recent exciting development for That 90s Show. We already knew that Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp were set to reprise their roles of Red and Kitty Forman. After all, this was their house Leia planned on visiting and spending the summer.

But the most exciting news came recently via Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, that most of the original That 70s Show cast was going to make their way to That 90s Show. While it’s unlikely they have massive roles, we do know that Topher Grace (Eric), Laura Prepon (Donna), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) are all coming back into the mix.

Who still lives in Point Place isn’t totally clear, but there will be a reunion of sorts at least. Maybe at the end of the summer when Eric and Donna come to pick up Leia? It would seem like that made the most sense. 

Additionally, the original series creators Bonnie and Terry Turner are back heading up this series. They were the original creators of That 70s Show, and from that perspective, it’s easy to see how they were able to land most of the original cast for continuity.

Absent from That 90s Show is Danny Masterson who played Hyde in the original. He is currently set to stand trial in August for charges of rape and sexual assault that have been brought against him by a number of accusers. He’s pleaded not guilty to all charges though it’s clear with these ongoing legal battles why he wouldn’t be included in this sequel series.

THAT 70s SHOW RAN FOR EIGHT SEASONS AND 200 EPISODES

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That 90s Show is set to be the sequel story to the Fox sitcom That 70s Show. The latter aired for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006, putting out 200 episodes in all. It followed the story of teenager Eric Forman over the time period from 1976 to 1979. The series was a bit of a time capsule in that it highlighted some of the bigger moments in time at the end of the decade (the Bicentennial, Star Wars, politics, etc) through the eyes of pot-smoking high schoolers. 

The show was hilarious in the interplay between Eric and his parents (stodgy Red and mousy Kitty) as well as his relationships with on-again-off-again girlfriend Donna, spoiled Jackie, pretty boy Kelso, rebel Hyde, and exchange student Fez. The characters became among the most famous on television at the time and sparked the careers of a number of future stars on the big and small screen. That 90s Show will tie in directly to the original series, bringing us back to the same house. Though this time it’s with Eric and Donna’s daughter Leia (a Star Wars reference?) coming back to Red and Kitty’s for the summer. There she’ll meet a new gang of friends.

THERE WAS ANOTHER THAT 70s SHOW SEQUEL, THAT 80s SHOW

Yes and no. This is the first attempt at a That 90s Show, so from that perspective, we are looking at an original run here. But following the success of That 70s Show, Fox did attempt to get something out of the brand name when they created That 80s Show. From a story perspective, it was totally unrelated to the original. It followed a group in San Diego during this eclectic decade. But critics kind of hated it and the ratings (for the time) weren’t up to snuff. It was quickly canceled.

THAT 90s SHOW WILL STREAM ON NETFLIX

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Though That 70s Show aired on Fox, That 90s Show is going the streaming route. It’s coming to Netflix and will likely continue with that platform’s style of dropping the entire season in one fell swoop.

We aren’t sure about the exact timeline but considering where they are in terms of casting and production, as well as some early scenes floating out there of Kitty and Red, it might be close. A good guess is we see That 90s Show sometime in the early fall, maybe September 2022. 

With That 90s Show coming down the pike, we are sure to start getting more specifics about the series soon. In all, with what we already know about the updated story, the decade, and the returning cast members, this could be another major hit for Netflix.