Ahh, That '70s Show. Depending on which end of the millennial scale you sit on, it was either the show you gossiped with friends about during your lunch break, or the one you watched at approximately 3pm on a weekday when you were home from school sick. Either way, it certainly left its mark; the blend of obvious humour, wit and political and social commentary had us hooked. It's been almost two decades since the cast called it quits; but it seems like there's a renewed desire to bring us into the fictional universe once more, with news of a That '90s Show coming to our screens.
Yes, we know what you might be thinking – is it too soon to start parodying the 90s? The influx of reboots of classic 90s films says otherwise. And while the series will hopefully be much better than the recent remake of She's All That; we have ample reason to feel concerned. This isn't the first time That '70s Show has received a spinoff either.
Back in 2002, Fox tried to expand the franchise by premiering That '80s Show, and considering that many of us don't even know that the show exists, it's fair to say it didn't have great success. So, what makes That '90s Show any different? From what we know so far, the new spinoff has much closer ties to the original series – something the 80's-inspired series failed to do. There will also be appearances from the original cast, which certainly gives us peace of mind for how the series might pan out.
Below, we're sharing everything we know about the upcoming Netflix series so far.
What is That '90s Show about and how does it tie back to That '70s Show?
Like we have already mentioned, That '90s Show will unite storylines from the original series to hopefully create a more cohesive narrative. The new series will kick off in 1995, with Eric and Donna's daughter, Leia Forman, returning to Wisconsin to visit her grandparents. Yes, you guessed it, Kitty and Red Forman. Naturally, there will be plenty of references to 90s culture littered throughout; hopefully enough to keep the trauma of our childhoods at bay.
Will there be any appearances from the original cast?
As you can already piece together; Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will be returning as the elder Foremans and as executive producers on the series. On the production side of things, original series creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner are coming back as writers; and bringing their daughter Lindsey Turner to write as well. There are some rumours swirling that Topher Grace, Laura Prepon and even Ashton Kutcher could reprise their roles for the series, but we are yet to receive confirmation of their return.