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That 70s Show

Comedy . Romance

Crank up the 8-track and flash back to a time when platform shoes and puka shells were all the rage in this hilarious retro-sitcom. For Eric, Kelso, Jackie, Hyde, Donna and Fez, a group of high school teens who spend most of their time hanging out in Eric's basement, life in the ‘70s isn't always so groovy. But between trying to figure out the meaning of life, avoiding their parents, and dealing with out-of-control hormones, they've learned one thing for sure: they'll always get by with a little help from their friends.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: FOX
  • Gail Pennington

    A right-on time capsule of a decade, a warm coming-of-age comedy and the funniest new sitcom on any network this fall. [23 Aug 1998, p.D6]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • John Levesque

    From snips of the Captain & Tennille to reminders on the versatility of Vienna sausages, That '70s Show is unbelievably believable. [21 Aug 1998, p.38]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Mike Lipton

    The '70s Show has a jarringly '90s slacker sensibility. Still there are some very funny moments.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    The writing and comic sensibility are fresh and unpredictable. [23 Aug 1998, p.1L]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    That '70s Show is best when the volatility that truly characterized this period — the sense that the times they were a-changin', to a funky beat — seeps into its golden aura of fun.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    Yet the sitcom from the 3rd Rock From the Sun creators also has imaginative sequences, clever plays on words and wonderful young actors who look their parts. This is one of the most promising new series this fall. [23 Aug 1998, p.F1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Ron Wertheimer

    The appeal of this new sitcom, which Fox is unveiling tomorrow night, is its universal heart.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Charm is not a word you normally associate with the Day-Glo, drug-drenched '70s. Yet charm is the strong suit of That '70s Show. [21 Aug 1998, p.6E]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Smart. [23 Aug 1998, p.D10]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    This idea waiting to happen finds an imperfect but winning execution -- appropriately trippy, yet gentle enough to give it a nostalgic glow. [21 Aug 1998, p.T1]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    The writing is sharp enough to create nearly as many solid laughs as there are producers. [21 Aug 1998]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    It's different, daring, and in many ways delightful. [21 Aug 1998, p.115]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Collins

    Satirizing smiley faces and leisure suits is hardly fresh, although there's a sweetness and likability to the cast.

    Time Full Review
  • Ann Hodges

    That '70s Show does have its amusing moments -- without marijuana. And it does have nostalgia on its side. [23 Aug 1998, p.3]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The Fox series' formula is pretty stock teen material, with immature guys and unsuspecting parents and ditsy girls, but it's got a few inventively surrealistic scenes and a breezy tone that make it worth watching. [22 Aug 1998, p.C4]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    The Eric character and his sort-of girlfriend, Donna (Laura Prepon), do provide a few sparks of interest in this ensemble of dumbed-down teens, but it's not enough for me...Fox calls the series "retro hip." I think it's retro dull. It probably seems a lot funnier if you are 16 and smoking pot. [22 Aug 1998, p.1E]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    [They] don't begin to capture the period beyond its thin patina, and even worse, they are simply not funny...Some arresting visual techniques here, but the writing is heavy-handed, the humor broad and labored, and some of the acting way over the top. [22 Aug 1998, p.F1]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    It blends fleeting moments of inspiration with lengthy stretches of utter banality.

    Variety Full Review
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