Does “That 90s Show” Live Up to the Original “That 70s Show”? 

Ava Garcia, Managing Editor

In 1998, “That 70s Show” made its debut as the sitcom of the time, following the lives of six teens as they navigate their way through high school. This show has circulated from generation to generation, and to this day, fans worldwide continue to religiously binge-watch the show. After more than two decades since fans sat by the television waiting for a new weekly episode of “That 70s Show,” the announcement of the spin-off, “That 90’s Show” brought nostalgia to those who watched its original counterpart.  

The pilot episode of “That 90s Show” featured various cast members from the original show, including Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Topher Grace among others. Seeing these actors return one last time to reminisce old memories allowed fans to finally see the teenage characters as adults on screen. 

The reboot contains the same key characters seen in “That 70s Show,” specifically the nerdy lead, the rebel best friend, the love interest and the comic relief. Many of the characters in the reboot are the kids of the original characters. Eric Forman and Donna Pinicotto’s daughter, Leia Forman, debuts in the new series. Her character includes traits similar to Eric Forman and Pinicotto’s characters, specifically her father’s nerdy side. The reboot also features Kitty and Red Forman as the grandparents for the entire season. 

The familiar Forman house remains as the key hangout spot in the reboot, bringing back memories from the primary filming set where most of “That 70s Show” took place. Another iconic spot, the Hub, remains in the reboot but has undergone a makeover fit for the 90s. The intentional addition of old memorabilia from the original show adds a special hidden feature for passionate fans of “That 70s Show.” 

The new show has received mixed reviews from fans across the world, but the primary conclusion revolves around the love of the old memories flooding back. Some also highlight the inclusion of a more diverse cast, while others pointed out the lack of humorous jokes as compared to the original. The monologue of the show definitely takes on a more childish approach, which gets lost in translation with the older fans. 

Although the ten-episode series, “That 90s Show,” excludes some key characteristics fans loved in the original, it still remains an enjoyable quick-watch that allows older fans to remember the unforgettable popular show from their earlier years.