It was a staple on FOX during the late 90s and early 2000s and launched Ashton Kutcher’s career (and eventual marriage to co-star Mila Kunis) and now That 70s Show is all grown up—sort of.
Netflix is debuting a reimagined reboot of the cult classic in January, and released a teaser for That 90s Show this week.
The streaming service describes the plot of the 10-episode comedy series as a new take on a familiar story: “Welcome back to your favorite basement. Same Formans, new friends. It’s 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer, where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red.”
Kitty and Red Forman are played by the characters’ originals, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, respectively. And other That 70s Show cast members are scheduled to make cameos in the series; Topher Grace (Eric Forman), Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti), Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso), Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) are all listed in the credits for the pilot episode.
The series is reminiscent of other reboots aimed squarely at the nostalgic hearts of Xennials and Geriatric Millenials (smart, TV execs, very smart). Girl Meets World was a spin-off of the much-loved TGIF staple on ABC, Boy Meets World—and even starred OGs Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) as parents of a coming-of-age teen daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard).
There was also Fuller House, a continuation of Full House and so many of the characters we grew up with, which smartly recast D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), Danny Tanner (the late Bob Saget), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) and Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) reprising their roles.
It really is a great time for tweens and teens of the ’80s and ’90s to be alive, isn’t it?
If only I could find my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper and that elusive Mall Madness board game I just know is hiding somewhere in (how very appropriately) my mom and dad’s basement somewhere . . .
For now, we can just enjoy all the TV made especially for our nostalgic selves—sounds like a win to me!