Netflix has given a straight to series order to a belated spin-off to the hit late nineties sitcom That '70s Show. The original series launched back in 1998 and introduced the world to Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, and Ashton Kutcher as a group of fun-loving teenagers growing up in 1970s Wisconsin. The show ran for eight seasons and 200 episodes, coming to an end in 2006.
While the youngsters were the stars of the show, for many of us, we tuned in to watch Eric Forman's rage-filled Dad, Red (Kurtwood Smith), and his loving wife Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp). Well, Netflix agrees as both Kurthwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp are set to reprise their roles for the aptly titled That '90s Show. Here's how Deadline described the forthcoming series;
Set in Wisconsin in 1995, That ’90s Show follows Leia Forman, daughter of Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon), who is visiting her grandparents for the summer and bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red. Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll never dies, it just changes clothes.
According to Deadline, the expectation is that Grace and Prepon will make a guest appearance along with some of the original cast members, but that has yet to be officially confirmed. When That '70s Show launched, the 70s were a mere 19 years ago, skip forward to 2021, and the 90s ended more than two decades ago, so get ready for a whole lot of nostalgia and Red's trademark outbursts.
If a That 70s Show spin-off causes you to have a mild bout of deja vu, don't panic, there isn't a glitch in the Matrix, just a failed previous attempt at a spin-off. Back in 2002, when That '70s Show was still going strong, and Nickelback's How You Remind Me was on all the radios, That '80s Show launched to an unsuspecting audience. Starring It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia's Glenn Howerton, That '80s Show was not well received and was promptly cancelled after 13 episodes.
That '90s Show will arrive on Netflix sometime in 2022.