That ’90s Show Officially Brings Back All The Originals, See How They Look
With one exception, the entire cast of That 70's Show is back in the first trailer for Netflix's That 90's show.
In a sign that time is ever moving forward, That 70’s Show is being revived thanks to Netflix as That 90’s Show, forcing everyone to recognize just how long it has been since audiences got to see Point Place, Wisconsin. The latest trailer, shared by Netflix on Youtube, runs down the new cast, the ever-present Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), and gives us our first look at the rest of the returning cast. Despite rumors to the contrary, all of the main cast has returned, with one exception.
That 90’s Show picks up in the Summer of 1995, following Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna’s (Laura Prepon) high-school aged daughter Leia (Callie Haverda), after she’s dropped off to spend the summer with her grandparents, Red and Kitty. Soon, the nerdy Leia meets up with some of the local kids, aspiring film director Jay (Mace Coronel), punkish Gwen (Ashley Aufderheide), Gwen’s brother Nate (Maxwell Acee Donovan), gay teen Ozzie (Reyn Doi), and Nate’s intelligent girlfriend Nikki (Sam Morelos). While there is an all-new cast, as the trailer reveals, the classic shot of teens getting high in the basement makes a comeback with the new generation.
From the main cast of That 70’s Show, everyone with the exception of Danny Masterson, is making a return, even if Ashton Kutcher denied the rumors. In That 90’s Show, Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) now owns a salon, and while Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Jackie (Mila Kunis) appear in the trailer, why they are back in the Foreman’s kitchen is currently unknown. Eric and Donna are shown back on top of the hood of Eric’s car, the location of many conversations during the first shows original run.
Also returning in That 90’s Show is legendary comedian Tommy Chong as Leo, the local burnout and former photo hut employee. Not seen in the trailer, but recently confirmed, is Don Stark as Bob Pinciotti, Donna’s endearingly oblivious father. Red’s constant threat, to put a boot up an ass, is also hilariously confirmed to have survived the 16-year gap from 1979 to 1995.
That 90’s Show is also a throwback behind the camera, as the multi-camera sitcom is filmed in front of a live-studio audience, just like the first series. Most shows today are filmed on close sets and take a modern approach with cut away gags, rapid editing, and varied shots. Continuing with the new generation theme as well is Lindsay Turner, the daughter of That 70’s Show creators Bonne and Terry Turner, joining as a writer/producer.
Netflix had a smash hit with the revival series Fuller House, which just recently ended is run on the streaming service, and clearly That 90’s Show is prepped for success. Will it instill nostalgia in an audience that has grown up alongside the main cast, or will it go the way of That 80’s Show, which is only notable now for starring a pre-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Glenn Howerton? Fans can decide for themselves on January 19th, 2023 when That 90’s Show debuts exclusively on Netflix.