The OG '70s Cast Is All Grown Up In Netflix's That '90s Show Trailer
Bonus: Jackie and Kelso's son is in the new crew.
From the moment That ‘70s Show debuted on ‘FOX in the late 1990s, fans have joked that it would be getting a spinoff series, simply due to the progression of time. Initially set in 1976, the running joke was that in Season 5, it would have to become That ‘80s Show. That never happened. (That ‘70s Show ran eight seasons but ended just before Jan. 1, 1980.) But even though the ‘80s got skipped, Netflix now has a spinoff, set two decades later, called That ‘90s Show. Here’s everything about the new spinoff series, including the release date, cast, and trailer.
That ‘70s Show always had a big fan following, but it experienced a significant resurgence in 2020 thanks to the series conveniently streaming on Netflix amid lockdowns. The series introduced many actors who would go on to achieve A-list fame, like Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Wilmer Valderrama. Talks of a That ‘70s Show revival series began back in April 2018 when Kunis addressed the question during a CinemaCon event for The Spy Who Dumped Me. At the time, she said “maybe” the cast would reprise their roles. “I can’t say ‘no,’ because we’re all still very good friends, but we’re all in such different places in our life,” she said.
Although it took a few years, the spinoff is now officially confirmed. According to Deadline, on Oct. 8, 2021, Netflix gave the green light to the spinoff, promising to take fans back into the 20th century once more.
Here’s everything to know about the series so far.
That ’90s Show Trailers
The first official teaser for That ’90s Show arrived on Nov. 29, 2022, revealing not only how much (and how little) has changed in the show’s intervening decades, but also its January 2023 release date.
The first full trailer for That ‘90s Show landed on Dec. 22, giving fans their first look at how much the new generation takes after their parents... and how the old generation is handling parenthood.
That ’90s Show Cast
Even though That ’70s Show started out as a series about Eric Forman and his friends, by the time the series ended, it was as much the story of Red and Kitty Forman, the anchors around which the kids revolved. That ’90s Show will carry that throughline forward, with Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles as the wise-cracking parents. Smith and Rupp are also executive producers on the show, along with its creators, series showrunner Gregg Mettler and Bonnie, Terry, and Lindsay Turner.
They’ll be joined by a brand new group of teenagers, beginning with Callie Haverda as Eric’s daughter, Leia Forman, who comes to spend the summer with her grandparents and ends up making a group of friends for life. Those new friends include Mace Coronel as flirty Jay Kelso (son of Michael and Jackie!), Ashley Aufderheide as riot-grrrl Gwen Runck, Maxwell Donovan as Gwen’s brother Nate Runck, Reyn Doi as snarky Ozzie, and Sam Morelos as straight-A student Nikki.
The series also features Andrea Anders as Sherri Runck, Nate and Gwen’s mom, who hangs out with Red and Kitty, their coffee, their couch, and their advice. And Eric’s grandfather, Bob Pinciotti (Don Stark) will also be back with his well-intentioned ideas.
So what about Eric Forman (Topher Grace), Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) and the rest of the gang? The original cast of basement-dwellers were confirmed to return on April 30, 2022, with one exception. Grace, Kunis, Kutcher, Prepon, and Valderrama will appear as special guests reprising their original roles. However, Danny Masterson will not return as the stoner rebel Hyde. This isn’t a surprise, given Masterson has been embroiled in intense legal battles over allegations of sexual assault in recent years.
Kutcher opened up about his and his wife Kunis’ decision to return to their roles as Kelso and Jackie in the new series in a July 25, 2022, interview with Variety. “Mila and I were contemplating it,” Kutcher said. “We thought, ‘Listen, we’re only in the position that we’re in because of that show, so let’s just go back and do this. We just went back and had fun for a week. It was so random and fun.”
Also, guest starring from the original series: Tommy Chong as Leo Chingkwake, the hippie stoner who used to hang around in the 1970s. As a 1970s movies cult figure by the 1990s, Chong’s appearances in That ‘70s Show were a meta running joke. Bringing him back for That ‘90s Show is quite possibly sheer stoner genius.
That ’90s Show Plot
Here’s the show’s official synopsis:
It’s 1995 and Leia Forman is desperate for some adventure in her life or at least a best friend who isn’t her dad. When she arrives in Point Place to visit her grandparents, Red and Kitty, Leia finds what she’s looking for right next door when she meets the dynamic and rebellious Gwen. With the help of Gwen’s friends, including her lovable brother Nate, his smart, laser-focused girlfriend Nikki, the sarcastic and insightful Ozzie, and the charming Jay, Leia realizes adventure could happen there just like it did for her parents all those years ago. Excited to reinvent herself, she convinces her parents to let her stay for the summer. With a basement full of teens again, Kitty is happy the Forman house is now a home for a new generation and Red is, well... Red.
That ’90s Show Release Date
That ’90s Show arrives on Netflix with all 10 episodes on Friday, January 19, 2023.
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