Reviewed by Miranda Boyer
Would you believe that over the years, I’d never so much as watched an episode of the long running series That 70’s Show. Sometimes crazy stuff just happens. I decided to embark on this eight season journey a few weeks ago.
In a lot of ways, the beauty about this show was that I could have it playing and if I missed something (while I was multitasking), it didn’t matter. I would still get a chuckle out of it at least once or twice an episode. I was able to keep track of who Jackie was dating, whether or not Donna and Eric were on good terms and that Hyde, Fez, and Kelso were still getting into trouble. As the show progressed though it surprised me.
More often then not, I’ve found that a good show is strong early, weak middle, but usually ends as strong as they started. That 70s Show got stronger laughs, better story, and more substance as the seasons went on. I know that there is quite a bit of controversy about the last season given that two of the six main characters disappear. Arguably though the ensemble could expand to include Red, Kitty, Bob and many other reoccurring roles. Taking this into consideration, it doesn’t feel as sad to loose two characters. I don’t know if it was creative differences or if it was just going on to do bigger and better things, but loosing Kelso and Eric didn’t bother me so much. After all we got Randy (who was a better Eric then Eric was) My understanding (years later of course) is that loosing them really hurt the shows ratings and led to the ultimate plug pulling that was the demise of this often hilarious show.
I think as time went on Kitty was my favorite character. She got some of the best lines in the last two seasons. I often found myself laughing as tears ran down my cheek and her one liners. I’m glad that I watched this show after the fact, when everything was said and done because I think had I seen it while it was on TV I might have hated the changes as well. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. While I could happily watch this show another two or three seasons, instead it ended. I can now say that I have a larger appreciation for the fact that Ashton Kucher and Mila Kunis getting together in real life and having a kid. There is something to be said for Kelso and Jackie and I think it’s all sort of a cute.
It would appear that the six core are still very much friends. Which I’ll say, is nice to think of.