That ’90s Show Won’t Disappoint Long-Time Fans


Avery Drake

If you’re a fan of That 70’s Show, then it’s no surprise that the much-anticipated That 90’s Show has already hit Netflix to positive reception. Filled with nostalgia, you’ll get a taste of the clothing, music and attitude of the ‘90s era, following the same iconic format as the original series that ran for eight seasons. 

For those that have not yet been introduced to the groovy, laid-back comedy series which ran from 1998-2006, you’re seriously missing out. While the 10-episode series is still one to add to your watch list by itself, you won’t catch all those famous one-liners from the past, or appreciate the cast members who stop by. The spinoff successfully brings back almost every character from That 70’s Show (fans will know who didn’t return and why), with Red and Kitty (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp) as series regulars. You’ll get hilarious visits from the old cast, including Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Jackie (Mila Kunis), Eric (Topher Grace), Donna (Laura Prepon) and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama). I’ll save the other pop-ins as a surprise. And for true ‘90s fans, prepare yourself for a special flashback and celebrity appearance from another iconic ‘90s series, 90210.

I have to admit, the character development was a bit lacking in the spinoff, though. That show begins by introducing us to Leia Forman; the smart but awkward daughter of Eric and Donna. Spending the summer with her grandparents, Leia soon makes friends with five local misfits, all with hints of characteristics from the old ‘70s gang. While the characters and their relationships seem a bit forced at times, Leia, Ozzie, Nate, Gwen, Jay, who is Jackie and Kelso’s son, and Nikki are introduced to the infamous Forman basement, making it worth watching for the nostalgia alone. The group makes themselves at home, finding a few extra surprises the old gang has left behind. While the dynamic isn’t quite the same as the original group of friends gathered in the smoke-filled circle, there are still some comical moments that are sure to keep you engaged.

Just like the original group of friends, the show offers a look into their teenage angst, crushes and temptations with laughs strung throughout. Viewers will get to revisit a few of the old hangouts as the teens form relationships, do a bit of experimenting and get into a little trouble now and then. You’ll probably have a few favorite characters, as it’s pretty hard to choose just one. By the end of the summer, Leia will find herself in a tough spot as she has to say goodbye to her new friends. 

That ‘90s Show is an entertaining watch for new viewers. But for those who are fans of the original, you won’t want to miss it to catch a glimpse of the iconic old cast. While we wait to see what’s in store for season two, which has just been confirmed by Netflix, I highly recommend you look into That ‘70s Show, currently streaming on Peacock. It’s sure to make the experience of this comical spinoff even better!