Crank up the 8-track and flash back to the "me" decade?That ?70s Show is now shaking its groove thing on DVD! Set in the era of Led Zeppelin, Tab cola and Farrah Fawcett posters, this hilarious sitcom starring Ashton Kutch... more »er recently celebrated its 100th episode and continues to delight fans with its nostalgic references and funny, slice-of-life storylines about growing up in the ?70s.« less
Shannon R. (StephanieMorelli) Reviewed on 12/3/2007...
Awesome series. The characters are easy to relate with. Typical high school kids, in situations that are quirky and easy to identify with. Start with season 1 and watch the characters progress.
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"We're ALL all right!"
CreepyT | Colorado, United States | 12/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and his friends are growing up in an era of change, mysticism, intrigue, and eclecticism, and this television retro-comedy documents their misadventures and mischief. Hyde (Danny Masterson) is probably the most laid back of the bunch, preferring a simple approach to life, while the odd undertakings of Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) serve as comic relief throughout the season's entirety. Donna (Lora Prepon) is the more conservative book-worm of the group, as well as Eric's girlfriend. Jackie (Mila Kunis), Kelso's girlfriend, is the girl with the snobby, egocentric viewpoint whom everyone loves to hate. Meanwhile, foreign exchange student Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) is not only trying to find his place in the era and world, as is every teenager, but also his place in a new country. Together they are on a perpetual quest for beer, the infinite wisdom to found in the pot-smoking circle, and all around good times.
In addition to Eric's cast of friends, the show also involves Eric's parents Red and Kitty (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp). As is true for any parents, no matter what decade, there are differing viewpoints and philosophies that come into play. Though set in the 70's, the dilemmas presented and the issues posed (not merely with regards to the "parental units") are relevant to teenagers and young adults of any decade, regardless of the current fashion and music trends.
I must admit that when this show first came out I did not give it the chance it deserved. I pretty much despise most of what came out of the 70's and figured that a show set during that decade would not appeal to me. Thus, I never watched even a single episode up until the show's fifth season. Now, however, I'm hooked. I'm so glad these are coming out on DVD. Therefore, even though I missed the first few seasons I can still catch up on the odd ventures of Eric Forman and his band of friends.
Tacky clothing and interior decorating aside, the charisma between the cast is excellent and the writing is lighthearted and humorous. As with any television show, there are some episodes that are much better than other episodes. Sometimes the dim-wittedness of Kelso seems a little over-the-top, and there are times when Jackie's character gets a little too irritating (though both pull off their roles quite well nonetheless). However, overall it's a great show that makes for a pleasurable viewing experience.
Though the DVD extras on this set leave something to be desired, it's still well worth it to be able to watch the shows sequentially, on your own time, and without commercials.
I watch very little television at all, but when I'm in the mood for some blithe humor I turn to That 70's Show. This show definitely ranks up there among my favorites, and I look forward to the release of the remaining seasons on DVD as well."
WHAT A GREAT SHOW!
J. Jex | Las Vegas, NV | 08/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Frist, I would like to say that it is about time for "that 70's show" to be released on dvd. With seven seasons of "friends" and shows like, "all in the family", and "MASH" in second or third seasons, it's great to see a more recent show being realesed on dvd. I guess the producers have finally learned that people will pay for season to season of their favorite show's. The show is terrific, the first season has great episodes like 'eric's first job', and 'the pill', and who could forget the pilot, pass it this way, puff puff give. Nothing like network television finally acknowledging bud smoking in prime time. Even though I think the second and third seasons are the best; season one is a great start. Buy this dvd you will not be disappointed."
Laugh At The 70's
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 10/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first season of That 70's Show is a funny look at teenagers growing up in a small Wisconsin town in 1976/1977. The cast was made up of virtual unknowns and the plots revolve around usual teenage situations like having sex, drinking, pulling pranks and getting high. The show revolves around the Foreman family and most of the action takes place in their home, specifically the basement where Eric (Topher Grace) and his friends hang out. The friends are made up of Hyde (Danny Masterson) the conspiracy minded, juvenile delinquent, Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) the good looking one, Fez (Wilmer Valderama) the foreign exchange student, Donna (Laura Prepon) the next door neighbor and object of Eric's lust and Jackie (Mila Kunis) Kelso's annoying girlfriend. The first uses the events of the time (President Ford making a campaign stop, the release of Star Wars, Todd Rundgren concert, going to a new disco) than later seasons, but the essence of the show hasn't changed. All the actors are quite good especially Mr. Grace & Mr. Kutcher and Kurtwood Smith is a hilarious as Eric's stern father Red whose always threatening to put his foot in someone's ass."
You can never go back...but you can remember
Bridget | North Mankato, MN United States | 12/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That 70's Show came out screaming at a point in my life when I needed it most. Eric Foreman and Donna Pinciotti, were my boyfriend, Terry and myself hanging out in the basement of his mom & dad's house with a variety of friends with personalities much like Michael Kelso, Steven Hyde, Jackie Berkhart, and Eric's naughty sister Laurie...Fez, however, did not exist but the rest of the first season was dead bang and more like a memory than a sit-com. In 1976, as the stage is set in season 1, I was 14 years old and seeing all the life-learning wacky, goofy experiences the characters live out is extremely humerous and more like a trip down memory lane. Like Hyde, there was always somebody around with " a whole big bag of love ". Without much more than Packman, pinball or foosball for entertainment, we had to change the channel on the tv by hand, too. The soundtrack of songs are true to the era, as well. I remember the drive-in theater, and my daughter, who is 20, only knows what a drive-in is from watching tv. These are just a few examples but now that it's the end of 2005 and as the characters grow and change, NOW I find myself relating more to Red & Kitty ( Eric's parents ) and/or Bob & Midge ( Donna's parents )!!! All I know is it's awsome to go back in time and experience the nostalgia and adolescent situations that bring back a time for me when things were so much simpler, the grass was greener and the sky so much more blue. With no disrespect intended for the rest of the season, which is so unexpected and fresh, I never fail to laugh no matter how many times I watch Season 1, disc 1, episodes 1 & 2, which are in my oppinion the VERY BEST of That 70's Show and the heart of what it was really like to grow up in the '70's! :)"