Finally, there’s amazing news for fans of Eric, Donna, Jackie, and Kelso: That ‘90s Show, the long-awaited spinoff of That ‘70s Show, is almost here!
In case you need a refresher, That ‘70s Show was a sitcom based on a group of teenagers getting into ~shenanigans~ in one of the kid’s basements in the suburbs of Wisconsin between the years of 1976 and 1979, per Deadline.
Over a year after news of the spinoff came out in October 2021, it's official: episodes will premiere in early 2023 on Netflix. Dropping nearly 16 years after That ‘70s Show ended, That ‘90s Show will have a similar plot, featuring both old and new faces. (But more on that later!)
Here’s everything to know about That ‘90s Show, including its release date, plot, and cast.
When is That 90s Show coming out?
Fans will be getting all 10 episodes at the same exact time (!!!) on Netflix on January 19, so you can binge it all on your own timeline. Most of the episodes are unnamed (the first one is called “That ‘90s Pilot”), per IMDb, so unfortunately, I can’t even predict what each specific episode might be about.
Not only will Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp star as Red and Kitty Forman once again in the spinoff, but they’re also executive producing it along with the co-creators of That ’70s Show co-creators Bonnie and Terry Turner, their daughter Lindsay Turner, and Gregg Mettler, their showrunner, per Deadline.
That ‘90s Show is about the children of the original characters.
It’s the year 1995, and Leia Forman, Eric and Donna’s 15-year-old daughter, is visiting her grandparents, Red and Kitty, in their same family home in Wisconsin for the summer.
She makes friends with the kids in Point Place, per IMDb and Variety. Leia eventually meets her next-door neighbor, Gwen, and makes friends with her whole friend group, including Gwen’s brother, Nate, his girlfriend, Nikki, and their other friends, Ozzie and Jay, Variety wrote.
“Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll never dies, it just changes clothes,” IMDb’s description says. I’m listening.
And as more seasons hopefully come, the plan is for them to take place during the summer when Leia visits her grandparents, per Variety.
“I wanted to have the same feeling as That ‘70s Show did,” Gregg Mettler told Variety. “The show had a very special tone. It was playful, it had a heart, it was sarcastic, it was filled with love within this family, within the friend group. I missed being in the basement with those kids.”
It’s been a long time coming.
That ‘70s Show was super popular on Netflix before it was taken off in September 2020, according to Deadline.
But this isn’t the first recreation of That ‘70s Show. Fox attempted to duplicate the hilarity of the original show with That ‘80s Show, which ran from January to May 2002, Deadline reported. It was about Corey Howard, Eric Forman’s cousin, and his life in San Diego with his 20-something friends in 1984, the outlet wrote. Needless to say, the show flopped.
Plus, the original cast has been asked if they’d support another go at a reboot in recent years. Topher Grace, who played Eric Forman, told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that he’d be all in.
“I would do it for sure because that was a very wonderful time for us,” he said. “We were all very close, having that experience every single day with each other. It was great to broadcast it out once a week, but, like, I’m still great friends with those guys.”
A lot of the original cast is returning.
From the number of episodes each actor is listed in, it seems like the main stars of the show will be Red and Kitty, as well as the actors who play the children of the returning cast. Here’s everyone who will be returning, according to IMDb:
Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman, 10 episodes
Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman, 10 episodes
Topher Grace as Eric Forman, one episode
Laura Prepon as Donna Forman, one episode
Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart, one episode
Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso, one episode
Wilmer Valderrama as Fez, one episode
Tommy Chong as Leo, one episode
There are several new cast members.
With a new set of rowdy and mischievous teens in the basement, you're probably wondering who plays the children of your favorite OG crew. Here's a full list of the fresh faces in That 90s Show:
Callie Haverda as Leia Forman, Eric and Donna’s daughter, 10 episodes
Mace Coronel as Jay, 10 episodes
Sam Morelos as Nikki, 10 episodes
Ashley Aufderheide as Gwen, 10 episodes
Reyn Doi as Ozzie, 10 episodes
Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate, 10 episodes
Olivia Sanabia as Serena, two episodes
Gabby Sanalitro as Mama, one episode
Kandis Mak as Mom, one episode
Mila Kunis has gifted the world a *bit* of info about her character, too.
"My husband and I are together in it, which is weird because we shouldn't have been. My character would be with Fez,” she said of her real-life husband, Kutcher, in an interview with Access Hollywood in September 2022. "Also, Kelso was married at the end of That's '70s Show. Now we are married with a kid [on the show]. It is very cute."
Check out the trailer below.
I, for one, can’t wait for That ’90s Show, and am hoping it’s just as funny as the original show.
The creator was super intentional about the time period.
If you're wondering why they chose the 90s and not a different time period, you're probably not alone.
Lindsey Turner, one of the co-creators of the reboot, explained that there was a good reason for that decision. “The ’90s was the last time that people were looking up; they weren’t looking down at their phones. It was that last place of a real kind of engagement, having to make your own fun and really connecting with each other," she told Variety.
Some cast members aren't returning.
*Trigger Warning: Discussions of sexual assault*
Not all of the original members will be making an appearance. Danny Masterson, who played Hyde on That 70s Show, faces three rape charges after being accused of forcibly raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home from 2001 to 2003, according to TODAY. Masterson has pled not guilty to all charges.
Masterson's first trial resulted in a jury deadlock back in November 2022, but prosecutors are now pursuing a second trial. A new jury selection date has been set for March 29, the outlet reported.
Stay tuned for more information about That '90s Show after the series drops this month.
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