That ’70s Show (TV Series 1998-2006)

Steve Jobs meets Venom meets Meg!

Sitting at home with nothing to do? Probably you’ve already exhausted the list of binge-watch worthy shows. Amidst the whole ruckus caused by few sick people who just took too much inspiration from Pokemon theme song and are travelling across the world, don’t you feel too how good and easy the old times were. No shortage of toilet papers, sanitizers were something which belonged to laboratories, people minding their own business and not taking up hoarding as a hobby suddenly. Hence in this hour of crisis Kernel Ketchup recommends you to avoid all social interactions and tune in to watch this epic show set in the 1970s like a bunch of introverts.

Why haven’t you heard of it? Maybe because it was overshadowed by plethora of other sitcoms of its time. Let me dive into the set-up and explain you a bit more if you’re not motivated enough already. Revolving around the life of six teenagers, your average scrawny little neighbourhood boy Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and her lovely red-headed girl next door Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon) joined by their high school friends Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) who is as dumb and hot as they come and is always planning on ways to break up with self obsessed Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) accompanied by the conspiracy theorist of the group Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) who will surely convince you that government has a car that runs on water. Water! man. And the last of the group is Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), short for foreign exchange student as they missed to get his name the first few times hence they took him literally. And that’s not all, apart from these sinister six, you have Eric’s parents Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) who is a WWII veteran and is usually found putting his foot in his son’s a** for some reason or the other and his lovely wife, Eric’s mom Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp) who just simply plays a sweet & caring mother, because moms, no matter what the era are same as ever. You’ll find enough humour in their neighbour counterparts, Donna’s dad Bob Pinciotti (Don Stark) who might suck you into his hair accompanied by Midge Pinciotti (Tanya Roberts). To mention the recurring cast, there is Eric’s sister Laurie (Lisa Robin Kelly) who plays daddy’s little girl but is she tho? And my favourite Leo (Tommy Chong) who is the highest point of show, I mean it, literally. You’ll know when you see him.

Apart from this amazing cast the series is backed up by the impressive direction & writing. One of the unique elements of the show is the Circle (as labelled on Wikipedia), which is where the main characters sit in a circle and the camera pans around the person speaking/reacting and are more or less under the influence of weed. Not only that, the show carries retro music with grace. The chemistry between the characters is amazingly good, considering it was the birthplace for many famous faces.

PS: There are only 7 seasons despite what anyone would say. Similar to what happened with GoT in its eighth season, this was cursed too. So just pretend its last season doesn’t exist and show ended at seventh season. Maybe you can watch the last episode of eighth season for closure. Rest is all upto you. You’ve been warned.

When my time comes I want to be buried face down. That way whoever doesn’t like me can kiss my ass.

Red Forman
Verdict: Must Watch! (at least first season and for the rest be your own judge)

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