The '70s Show Opening Theme


"In The Street" song by the band Cheap Trick (1978)
, with their additional lyrics,
originally recorded by Big Star
in 1972

Plot Outline:

Set in the era of Led Zeppelin 8-tracks, Tab colas, and Farrah Fawcett posters, That ‘70s Show is a nostalgic and funny flashback to the "Me" decade. Set in suburban Wisconsin, the soul of the show resides in the basement of the Forman house where Eric lives with his ultra-conservative Dad, Red; high-strung Mom, Kitty; and college drop-out sister Laurie. Eric gets by mostly with a little help from his friends - serious and cool Hyde, intellectually challenged Kelso and his controlling girlfriend Jackie and exchange student Fez. Eric’s best friend and now girlfriend is next-door neighbor Donna whose parents
Bob and Midge are very deep into ‘70s fad & fashion.

 

 

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Contact:
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4024 Radford Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
U.S.A.


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That 70s Song

Lyrics:

The additional lyrics by Cheap Trick:

Hanging out!
Down the Street -
the same old thing!
We did last week
Not a thing to do -
but to talk to you
woaho yeah!
Hello Wisconsin!

 

 

 

 

Mom and Dad live upstairs
The music's loud
So we don't care
Nixon's gone
But rock lives on
Alright!
We're still rocking in Wisconsin
Oh yeah!
We're still rocking in Wisconsin
That's right!
Steal a car
And drive on down ... pick me up
And we'll drive around
Not a thing to do
But talk to you
Whoah yeah! Hello Wisconsin!

Trivia:

Where is Fez from? ...What's his last name?
The writers have decided to keep Fez's home country a mystery.
NO ONE knows his origin. Similarly, we do not know Fez's real name. Fez is the only character on the show without a last name. Apparently, his real name is unpronounceable, so the guys call him Fez, short for "Foreign Exchange Student." (The spelling is poetic license.) (Source: the official website)


Born in 1980, Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) is of a Venezuelan origin (born in Florida), moved to Venezuela in 1983. Came to U.S. in 1994 and spoke no English; learned language through watching Sesame Street. Briefly dated Jennifer Love Hewitt in 1999, and Mandy Moore during 2001-2002, and dated Lindsay Lohan during 2004 till they broke up in November, 2004.

What were some of the original alternative titles for the show?
"Teenage Wasteland"
"Feelin' Alright"
"Reeling in the Years"
"The Kids are Alright"

Who are some of the '70s legends that have appeared on the show?

Danny Bonaduce Timothy Bottoms Tommy Chong
Alice Cooper Rodger Daltrey Howard Hessman
Shirley Jones Valerie Harper Gloria Gaynor
Eve Plumb Ted Nugent Jamie Farr
Charro Tom Poston Marion Ross
Pamela Sue Martin Richard Kline Robert Hays
Paul Anka Bob Eubanks Betty White
Kristina Weyborn Maud Adams Billy Dee Williams
Barbara Carrera Lyle Wagner Brooke Shields

Who says "Hello Wisconsin!" at the end of the theme song?
First Season: Danny Masterson (aka. Steve Hyde)
Second Season: Robin Zander (lead singer for Cheap Trick)

Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart)
Actress Mila Kunis was born in Kiev, Ukraine on Aug. 14th 1983. She made her movie debut in 1995 in Make a Wish, Molly. In 1996 she was cast in the short-lived series Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher. She is also the voice for Meg Griffin in the animated series Family Guy. Mila Kunis starred with Angelina Jolie in Gia.

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Quotes:

"I say we torture them with plenty of pointless rules and advice." (Eric as Red)
"The party has reached critical mass. In five minutes there will be no more beer opprotunties." (Hyde)
"You know what's sad? This is the proudest day of my life" (Eric)
"I'm good looking and he's jealous. I'm telling you Jackie, this body is a curse" (Kelso)
"Don't resist me, Mama. It's boogie time." (Fez)
"A car is not a bedroom on wheels." (Kitty)
"Laugh if you want but my butt looks pretty good in those." (Kelso)

Slip-ups:

Don't Mess with Wrestlers

In one episode of That 70's Show! Red, Eric and the gang go to see a WWF wrestling match. However, the Wrestling Leagues weren't united as the WWF until much later and at the time that the episode was supposed to be, they were divided up into regions.

Wrong Choice of Words
In one episode, the guys are given an 'adult' film to watch. They don't know what it is so the one guy unrolls a few feet and holds the film up to the light. He announces that it's a 'porno' film. The word 'porno' wasn't used in the 70's. The film would have been called a 'stag' film or maybe a skin flick.

Life!
Watch the episode where the guy is playing the Game of Life with his stoner boss at the fotomat. They were playing the updated version that was released in the early 90,s. They should have been playing the older version.

Wrong Season

This is about the show where the Formans try to outdo their neighbors at a Veteran's Day barbeque.
Veteran's Day is November 11th. The show is supposed to take place in Wisconsin. If you view this episode, you will see that Michael is wearing a short sleeve summer shirt, women are wearing light summer dresses, and the trees have their leaves. On November 11th it is cold in most parts of the country, especially, I would think, in Wisconsin, and the people would be dressed quite differently!

Guess?
In an episode from the second season (I can't recall it well) Eric is wearing a t-shirt, a very dirty one, but if you look closely you can see that its a Guess brand and that brand did not exist until 1982

Beer
In the beginning Hyde is trying to steal beer from the fridge and fes is supposed to keep lookout. When hyde brings the beer out of the fridge it's a six pack of millenium budweiser cans. Introduced in late 2000.

Snak Paks
Mrs. Foreman gives Hyde and Eric"snack-paks" from her bag of groceries. "Here, go have a snack pak." However, she hands them the snack paks we know today - the ones in the see-through plastic containers with peel-off lids. In the 70s, snack-paks only came as little pop-top cans, like Fancy Feast cat food.

Spider-Man bed sheets
In at least one episode, Eric and Donna are up in Eric's room and he has Spider-Man bed sheets on his bed. While there were spidey bedsheets in the 70's the ones shown on the show use the jagged lettered logo created in the mid-90's rather than the classic logo.

Hair Style
In one of the episodes (or maybe more) Donna's mother is wearing the 90's-2000 version of the shag haircut - to the shoulders and trimmed/combed toward the neck. In the 70's the "real shag" was in style - short on the sides, longer in the back - like the Brady mom.

Necklace
In on episode, Donna is wearing a T-style chain necklace that has only recently become popular. Layered gold chains (several worn at one time) was the style in the 70s.

Map of Canada
In the episode where Eric and his friends go to Canada to get beer they get stopped by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). When the RCMP are asking the guys some questions, you will notice a map of Canada. You will notice the 10 provinces and 3 territories. The third territory wasn't added until 1996, so if the show was set in the 70's there would not be a third territory.

Oh Canada! mess up
when everyone goes to Canada to get beer you may notice that they all sing " Oh Canada" what not many people noticed is that they sang the "wrong" lyrics. In 1981 the lyrics to the nation Anthem were changed....since they are in the 70's this could not be possible!

Lip Smacker Slip
In the episode where the gang goes to Van-stock, Fez goes snooping in Jackie's makeup case. When he starts mentioning all the things she does for Kelso, he pulls out a sparkle Lip smacker. This isn't accurate because the sparkle lip smacker was only created in the late 1990s, not in the 1970s. I know this because I have that exact lip smacker in my makeup case!

Oh No! BETA!
In the episode where the gang goes to Canada for their precious brew, Red brings home a BETA-MAX video player and suggests that they tape 'Roots'. Reluctantly, Kitty agrees. After its done recording, Red goes to push play and realizes he never put the tape in the BETA-MAX. Kitty, in the background holds up a tape and says something to the likes of, 'You mean, this tape?' If you look at it, you can plainly see she's holding a comparably tiny VHS tape and not a monolithic sized BETA-MAX.

Review (Critique):
By Fred Kovey

That '70s Show is one of the better new sitcoms on television, yet it took me more than half a year to tune in — and all because of the stupid name. To me, the show sounded like a half hour advertisement for bellbottoms and butt rock, not something I needed to see, after four years of college social events, too many of which were "'70s Nights." The truth is, That '70s Show is as much about the seventies as Family Ties was about the eighties — which is to say, a lot — but in ways that are more subtle and clever than its title would lead you to expect.

On the surface, That '70s Show appears to be a straightforward sitcom with a penchant for the occasional dream sequence or other bit of high concept fluff. Episode after episode, the central joke of That '70s Show is that the kids who should be enjoying their post-sixties cultural freedom spend all their time hanging out in the basement of the squarest household on the block. Granted, part of the attraction is that they can smoke pot when no one's home, but mostly, the show suggests, they just crave the staid, structured atmosphere that is missing in their broken, "modern" families.

In fact, if there was truth in advertising (and no copyright laws), Family Ties would have been a more apt title for this show, because, like that '80s program, That '70s Show always places the family first. Not that the Keatons of Family Ties didn't have their own distractions: the series addressed illiteracy, teen pregnancy, alcoholism (thanks to a guest appearance by Tom Hanks), and all the other hot button issues of the day, but these troubles never overshadowed the characters' personalities or their weekly hijinks. The Formans — the lead family of That '70s Show — have similar charisma.

Also like Family Ties, That '70s Show has faith in the central truth of the sitcom format — that there is nothing so bad that family, real or surrogate, can't get you through it. It's a point that is made over and over. This past season, Hyde, the rebellious friend of teenaged son Eric Forman (Topher Grace), found himself in dire straits after his mother ran off and left the already fatherless adolescent totally alone. Even though they were low on cash due to factory scalebacks, the Formans did the right thing and took the boy in. It was a good move for the show, since it gave more screen time to gifted comedic actor Danny Masterson, who plays Hyde, but it was also totally in character for the Formans, as always a beacon of sense and solidity in the chaos around them. The name says it all. Forman: solid, all American — like a construction chief.

Aside from Hyde, a literal refugee from permissive social mores, there is the rest of the gang, including Fez (played just this side of offensively by Wilmer Valderrama), the foreign exchange student with overly religious host parents; Jackie (Mila Kunis), the domineering rich girl whose folks are always busy; and finally, Jackie's affable buffoon of a boyfriend, Kelso (played by Ashton Kutcher in full dumb-ass mode). Where Kelso's parents are unclear, but judging by the doofus they spawned, they aren't exactly on top of things.

But the biggest whipping-persons for the sins of the seventies are the Formans' swinging neighbors, the Pinciottis. Mom (ex-Charlie's Angel Tanya Roberts) is an ex-party girl with Farrah Fawcett hair, and Dad (Don Stark) is a wannabe hipster, seventies style, with a bad perm and highly flammable clothing. From jumpsuits to new age hogwash, the Pinciottis try every trend, only to see it backfire and their daughter Donna (Laura Prepon) run next door to the Formans' house to share her shame with her boyfriend Eric.

It's nothing new for a sitcom to critique the culture that spawns it. All in the Family is the classic example, and Family Ties had endless fun at the expense of eighties ideals (as symbolized by proto-yuppie Alex Keaton and his airheaded mallrat sister Mallory); but it is unusual for a sitcom to go back twenty years and pick a fight. That the critiques still have bite says that That '70s Show has picked its target well. In fact, the seventies are far from ancient history. Although many of the decade's practices and beliefs have since been discredited by the general public — open marriages and recreational narcotics, for example — many have not.

That '70s Show takes appropriately complex moral stands about the decade that launched much of what is still considered "progressive." Sex before marriage is okay if two people love each other, like Eric and Donna. But it only leads to complications if it's done for the wrong reasons, as is the case with Kelso, who has been forced to pay royally for cheating on his girlfriend with Eric's sister, Laurie (Lisa Robin Kelly): she has since stopped sleeping with him and focused on blackmailing him with their dalliance. Light drugs, like pot or booze, are okay and even fun in moderation. Hard drugs are bad and lead inevitably to trouble. Feminism is a good thing. But, still, there's nothing wrong with being a housewife.

It's hardly Leave It To Beaver, but it's not a paean to free love either. That '70s Show is a balanced view of a complicated decade which, as it turns out, is not terribly different from our own. But most emphatically, it is not a nostalgia trip. And that, combined with a winning cast and sly writing, makes That '70s Show worth checking out.

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The '70s Show Cast:
Eric Forman
Jackie Burkhart
Michael Kelso
Steve Hyde
Donna Pinciotti
Fez
Kitty Forman
Red Forman
Bob Pinciotti
 
CREATED BY:
Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Mark Brazill
DIRECTOR:
David Trainer


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