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Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Jo Rupp, Actress: That '70s Show. Debra Jo Rupp always wanted to be an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They sent her to the University of Rochester at least in part because it offered no theater classes. But the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year, and after graduation, she moved to New York to begin her acting career.

2 nominations. See more awards »

  Untitled Nate Bargatze Project (TV Movie)
Carol

 2019 FAIR MARKET VALUE
Carol Coogan

 2019 The Social Ones
Sheila Berger

 2017 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Ginger
- Old Tricks (2017) ... Ginger

 2016 Pearl (TV Movie)
DeeDee

 2014 Cuz-Bros (TV Movie)
Merle

 2014 The Opposite Sex
Tracy

 2013 Super Buddies (Video)
Cow (voice)

 2012 Congratulations
Nancy Riley

 2012 She Wants Me
Ruth Baum

 2011 Spooky Buddies (Video)
Zelda (voice)

 2010 She's Out of My League
Mrs. Kettner

 2008 Jackson
Nice Lady

 2007 Kickin' It Old Skool
Sylvia Schumacher

 2006 Air Buddies (Video)
Belinda (voice)

 2006 That '70s Show Special: The Final Goodbye (TV Special)
Kitty Forman

 2005 Lucky 13
Mrs. Baker

 2004 The Act (Short)
Rosy

 2004 Garfield
Mom Rat (voice)

 2004 Teacher's Pet
Mrs. Helperman (voice)

 2003 Lloyd in Space (TV Series)
- Commander Lloyd (2003) ... (voice)

 2003 Spymate
Edith

 1998 Senseless
Fertility Clinic Attendant

 1997 Over the Top (TV Series)
Rose

 1997 Clockwatchers
Barbara

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy (Music Video)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Friends (Music Video)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun (Video short)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Searching for Your Dreams (Music Video)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1996 Reasons of the Heart
Viv Rushton

 1996 Sgt. Bilko
Mrs. Hall

 1994 MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice (TV Movie)
Alice

 1994 MacShayne: Winner Takes All (TV Movie)
Alice

 1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again (TV Movie)
Plaza Asst. Manager

 1993 In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (TV Movie)
Dorrie

 1992 Death Becomes Her
Psychiatric Patient

 1992 A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (TV Movie)
Alice

 1989 Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (TV Movie)
Lottie

 1988 Robots (Video)
R. Jane

 1988 Big
Miss Patterson

 1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Marge
- Regrets Only (1988) ... Marge
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Helen
- Gone Fishin' (1987) ... Helen
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Alternate Names:

Katherine Anne Kitty Sigurdson

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)

Parents:

Williams Rupp, Margaret A. | Rupp Jr, John E.

Relatives:

Rupp, Robin Lee (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

I am a product of the 1950s. See more »

Trivia:

A daughter of Margaret A. Williams Rupp (1928-2002) and John E. Rupp Jr. (1924-1990) and sister of Robin Lee Rupp and Rebecca Louise Rupp, Debra Jo Rupp has a niece and a nephew but has never married or had children. See more »

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2 nominations. See more awards »

  Untitled Nate Bargatze Project (TV Movie)
Carol

 2019 Fair Market Value
Carol Coogan

 2019 The Social Ones
Sheila Berger

 2017 Navy CIS: L.A. (TV Series)
Ginger
- Old Tricks (2017) ... Ginger

 2016 Pearl (TV Movie)
DeeDee

 2014 Cuz-Bros (TV Movie)
Merle

 2014 Die Sex-Wette - The Winner takes it all
Tracy

 2013 Super Buddies (Video)
Cow (voice)

 2012 Congratulations
Nancy Riley

 2012 She Wants Me
Ruth Baum

 2011 Spooky Buddies - Der Fluch des Hallowuff-Hunds (Video)
Zelda (voice)

 2010 Zu scharf, um wahr zu sein
Mrs. Kettner

 2008 Jackson
Nice Lady

 2007 Kickin' It Old Skool
Sylvia Schumacher

 2006 Air Buddies - Die Welpen sind los (Video)
Belinda (voice)

 2006 That '70s Show Special: The Final Goodbye (TV Special)
Kitty Forman

 2005 Lucky 13
Mrs. Baker

 2004 The Act (Short)
Rosy

 2004 Garfield: Der Film
Mom Rat (voice)

 2004 Klassenhund: Der Film
Mrs. Helperman (voice)

 2003 Lloyd im All (TV Series)
- Commander Lloyd (2003) ... (voice)

 2003 Spymate
Edith

 1998 Senseless
Fertility Clinic Attendant

 1997 Over the Top (TV Series)
Rose

 1997 Clockwatchers
Barbara

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy (Music Video)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Friends (Music Video)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun (Video short)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Searching for Your Dreams (Music Video)
Lana Lionheart (voice)

 1996 Abgründe des Herzens
Viv Rushton

 1996 Immer Ärger mit Sergeant Bilko
Mrs. Hall

 1994 MacShayne - Mord in Vegas (TV Movie)
Alice

 1994 MacShayne: Winner Takes All (TV Movie)
Alice

 1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again (TV Movie)
Plaza Asst. Manager

 1993 Die Tragödie von Waco (TV Movie)
Dorrie

 1992 Der Tod steht ihr gut
Psychiatric Patient

 1992 Bis daß ein Mörder uns scheidet (TV Movie)
Alice

 1989 Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (TV Movie)
Lottie

 1988 Robots (Video)
R. Jane

 1988 Big
Miss Patterson

 1988 Der Equalizer (TV Series)
Marge
- Regrets Only (1988) ... Marge
 1987 Spenser (TV Series)
Helen
- Gone Fishin' (1987) ... Helen
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Other Works:

Co-starred with Kathleen Turner, Polly Holliday, and Charles Durning in a 1990 stage revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." See more »
Cameo | Instagram | See more »

Alternate Names:

Katherine Anne Kitty Sigurdson

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)

Parents:

Williams Rupp, Margaret A. | Rupp Jr, John E.

Relatives:

Rupp, Robin Lee (sibling) | See more »
Edit

Personal Quote:

I am a product of the 1950s. See more »
Taught actress Sara Rue how to drive. See more »
[UPDATE] That '70s Show Star Tanya Roberts Dies at 65

04-01-2021 · Actor Tanya Roberts, known for portraying Midge in That '70s Show and opposite Roger Moore in A View to a Kill, passed away on Jan. 3 at the age of 65. Roberts' cause of death was linked to her recent hospitalization after collapsing while walking her dogs on Christmas Eve, as reported by TVLine. She was reportedly put on a ventilator but never recovered.

04-01-2021

UPDATE: After a representative for Tanya Roberts told TMZ that she had passed, and sent out a press release relaying the information, the representative now says Roberts is actually still alive. You can read this article as it originally appeared below.

Actor Tanya Roberts, known for portraying Midge in That '70s Show and opposite Roger Moore in A View to a Kill, passed away on Jan. 3 at the age of 65.

Roberts' cause of death was linked to her recent hospitalization after collapsing while walking her dogs on Christmas Eve, as reported by TVLine. She was reportedly put on a ventilator but never recovered. Her death isn't believed to be related to COVID-19 at this time.

Roberts portrayed Midge, Donna Pinciotti’s mom on That '70s Show, for 81 episodes from 1994 through 2004. Known for portraying the 'attractive mom' next door, her character often broke through tense dramatic moments with cheer and levity while also annoying her sardonic daughter, Donna (Laura Helene Prepon). Her character left the series in 2001 to pursue Broadway, while the real-life Roberts left to care for her sick husband.

Prior to her role on Fox's sitcom, Roberts starred as Julie Rogers in 1980's Charlie's Angels. Her other television work includes -- but is not limited to -- roles in The Love Boat, Silk Stalkings, Fantasy Island, The Blues Brothers Animated Series and Barbershop.

Roberts' film roles also veered into spy territory as well. She notably starred as Stacey Sutton in 1985's A View to a Kill, playing the granddaughter of an oil tycoon who helps defend and save James Bond's (Roger Moore) life. She also starred in The BeastmasterSheena and several slasher films including 1979's Tourist Trap.

Prior to her career in film, Roberts also worked as a model, representing brands such as Excedrin, Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses. While news continues to break surrounding the cause of her death, fans celebrated her work on social media, posting their favorite roles of hers and photos from her work.

I was so sad to read that Tanya Roberts has passed away at the age of 65. I always called her the "Underrated Angel," because I don't feel like she was appreciated enough during her short stint on Charlie's Angels, but I thought she was really great. What sad news. I adore her. pic.twitter.com/feCbwf05Yk

— Amanda Reyes (@madefortvmayhem) January 4, 2021

One fan wrote, "I always called her the 'Underrated Angel,' because I don't feel like she was appreciated enough during her short stint on Charlie's Angels, but I thought she was really great."

Another fan of hers posted, "R.I.P. Tanya Roberts. She was one of my favorite Charlie's Angels. She gained her real angel wings today."

The actor hailed from the Bronx, New York, and is survived by her husband, Lance, and her sister Barbara Chase, as reported by TVLine.

Source: TVLine

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Pam Burkhart | That '70s Wiki

Biography. Pam has a strained relationship with her daughter, mainly stemming from the trauma to which Pam exposed Jackie to. For example, cheating on her father, one of these affairs resulting in Jackie's irrational fear of clowns, and then abandoning her family to run away to Mexico. Pam seems to be also where Jackie has gotten much of her shallowness and vanity, …

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Jack Burkhart (ex-husband)
Fireman Dean (dated)
Eve Plumb (Season 1)
Brooke Shields (Seasons 6–7)
Pamela "Pam" Burkhart is the mother of Jackie Burkhart and ex-wife of Jack Burkhart. She was a real estate broker who was selling a house the kids had their party at.

Biography

Pam has a strained relationship with her daughter, mainly stemming from the trauma to which Pam exposed Jackie to. For example, cheating on her father, one of these affairs resulting in Jackie's irrational fear of clowns, and then abandoning her family to run away to Mexico. Pam seems to be also where Jackie has gotten much of her shallowness and vanity, and she is seen as a "neighborhood mom" to all the men in the series, causing constant tension between Pam and Donna and Kitty as well.

Pam comes back to Point Place to get back in touch with her daughter and starts dating Bob. This causes Donna and Jackie to believe that she is only dating him for his money, and they try to get them to break up, but eventually change their minds when they realize that Pam actually likes Bob. Later on, in the beginning of season 7, Pam leaves Bob in order to give him and Midge a chance to be together, and moves back with Jackie into their old home.

Appearances

Trivia

  • Eve Plumb originally played the character in the first season. But starting with Season 6, she was replaced by Brooke Shields in the sixth season.

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Midge Pinciotti | That '70s Wiki

Episodes " That '70s Pilot " " Eric's Birthday " " Streaking " " Battle of the Sexists " " Eric's Burger Job " " The Keg " " That Disco Episode " " Thanksgiving " " The Best Christmas Ever " " Stolen Car " " That Wrestling Show " " First Date " " The Pill " " Prom Night " " A New Hope " " Hyde …

Bob Pinciotti (ex-husband)
Midge Pinciotti is a character on the FOX comedy That '70s Show.

Character

Midge is the lovable but dim-witted mother of the red-haired tomboy Donna Pinciotti, and originally Donna's less-frequently seen younger sister, Tina and wife of Bob Pinciotti. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin; Midge was born to parents Mark Ryan and Sharon Elise Aldren. Midge was never the brightest student in the school, lacking so much a brain and a thought process. Attending Madison O'Hara High School, she met Bob, where they instantly fell in love.

Series arc

Because of her impaired thought processes, which leads her to be easily influenced by '70s fads (particularly Bob, who sports stereotypically bad '70s permed hair, later revealed to be a hairpiece and wears gaudy polyester leisure suits), she constantly embarrassed their daughter, Donna.

Bob and Midge were high school sweethearts, and Bob fondly recalls the first time he saw Midge: "She was the tallest girl in chemistry class". Midge recalled that "Bob was the shortest boy, but what he lacked in height he made up for in shortness". It is hinted that Bob and Midge got married because Midge became pregnant with Donna while still in high school (which conflicts with the fact that Bob and Midge had an older daughter Valerie, so perhaps it was actually Valerie with whom Midge was pregnant at their marriage).

Bob ran a local home appliance store called "Bargain Bob's", which is eventually run out of business by Price Mart, leaving the family broke for a time. Bob later "invents" a device which dispenses facial tissues from a car visor making him "rich again", as described by neighbor Red Forman.

Bob and Midge moved in next door to cantankerous, overbearing Red Forman and his sweet but troubled wife Kitty Forman when Donna was still a small child in 1968. Originally Bob and Red enjoyed each other's company, to the point of going on hunting and fishing trips together. At one point the Pinciottis seemed to "change" and become (in the words of Red) "dumb asses".

They both annoy Red greatly, particularly Bob, and Red makes little to no effort to hide his annoyance, but no matter how many times he insults Bob, Bob just smiles and laughs it off because he thinks Red is just kidding. From time to time Red does try to partake of male bonding activities with Bob, but is generally frustrated. Red does not seem to mind Donna. He may actually like her better than her parents.

Bob and Midge are somewhat risqué with each other, even going so far as to have sex on the hammock in broad daylight where Donna used to read her Nancy Drew mystery books, which she saw and was very horrified over for some time. They are both nudists and commonly hosted nudist parties.

Midge was the neighborhood mom Eric Forman and his male friends fantasized about when coming of age (although Kelso and Fez have both admitted to having sexual feelings for Kitty Forman). During one episode when Kelso and Fez thought that Eric had sex with Midge due to Midge's panties being left behind after a Midge-Bob encounter in Eric Forman's Vista Cruiser, they immediately began bowing to Eric and calling him "a God! A God, I say!" She is also dimwitted, which often results in her being the butt of jokes.

Problems arose when Midge started expressing dissatisfaction with just being a housewife, which Bob, being a somewhat old fashioned kind of guy, had difficulty accepting. They began to fight regularly and in the second season they separated, but continued to live in the same house under the agreement that they could see other people; something Red and Kitty felt was a bad idea and encouraged Bob to "think hard" about. At Red's birthday, Bob and Midge brought along separate dates, but Bob got annoyed with Midge's date. Bob's argument with Midge led to a passionate tryst in their car. Eventually Bob and Midge reconciled and even went so far as to renew their vows.

When it was discovered that Donna had been engaging in sex with Eric, Bob's angry reaction to Donna losing her virginity before marriage was very similar to Kitty's upset feelings over Eric. To Donna's horrified embarrassment, Midge's reaction was to ask, "So, how was it?"

In the early episodes Bob and Midge had a total of three daughters: Donna was the middle daughter, an older daughter named Valerie who was already in college, and a younger sister named Tina who appeared in the episode "Eric's Burger Job". Both the others were quickly phased out and never seen or heard from again, leaving Donna as the Pinciotti's only daughter. This is a similar occurrence to what happened to Chuck Cunningham on "Happy Days" and to Judy Winslow on "Family Matters".

Tanya Roberts ceased to be a regular member of the cast in 2001. This eventually led to Bob and Midge's on-screen divorce and her leaving for California to "pursue a career on Broadway" (again showing her dimwittedness. She guest starred for a few episodes after that). She and Bob may get back together in the '80s.

Episodes

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 6

Season 7

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Kitty Forman | That '70s Wiki

Katherine Anne "Kitty" Forman is a main character on the FOX comedy That '70s Show. She is portrayed by Debra Jo Rupp. Kitty is married to Red Forman and is mother to daughter Laurie, with whom she…

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Katherine Anne "Kitty" Forman is a main character on the FOX comedy That '70s Show. She is portrayed by Debra Jo Rupp.

Character

Kitty is married to Red Forman and is mother to daughter Laurie, with whom she has a stressful relationship, and son Eric, whom she has a habit of overprotecting, even to the point of saying that his girlfriend Donna Pinciotti seduced her "poor boy and tricked him into having sex with her" in "Parents Find Out", which could not be further from the truth.

Kitty is the one who convinces Red that they should take in Steven Hyde in Season 1, after Hyde's mother leaves him. She likes to give off an appearance of goodness and be everyone's favorite mom in the neighborhood, though in later seasons Kitty is revealed to have a somewhat dependent relationship with alcohol. Kitty works at the Point Place General Hospital, where patients such as Michael Kelso, Steven Hyde, Fez and Red Forman have been hospitalized. Despite being a nurse and knowing the consequences of her actions, Kitty smokes and has tried to quit on several occasions to no avail.

Kitty is a caring mother and is usually a caretaker for the neighborhood kids. She is generally a nice person except when either stressed out or annoyed. Whenever stressed out, Kitty normally does her famous laugh in a shrill voice, squints her eyes, or makes sarcastic remarks (akin to Eric). Kitty's family hails from Sweden; she mentions that her grandmother, who had a thick accent, is from Sweden, in the episode Streaking.

Relationships

Bea Sigurdson

Kitty has a strained relationship with her mother, while endlessly trying to please her mother, in her heart, Kitty loves her. Bea says she never went through menopause, and when Kitty needed guidance and help from her mother, Bea refused. When her husband dies, Bea acts as if though she does not care about Burt's passing, yet Kitty finds her crying in her bedroom the night of the funeral.

Burt Sigurdson

Kitty has a better relationship with her father, Burt hides from his wife because she is shrill, uptight, and yells constantly. After going bankrupt, the Sigurdsons moved from Arizona to live with the Formans. Burt bought an ostrich farm right next to a coyote farm. The coyotes ate all their ostriches and they lost all their money. While living with the Formans, in Your Time Is Gonna Come, Burt has a heart attack in their driveway and eventually dies at the hospital that same night.

Eric Forman

Kitty typically supports Eric against Red and often scolds Red for being too hard on Eric. However, she also does not consider Eric to be a man and often refers to him as her "precious baby boy." Eric appreciates his mom's support but her overblown displays of affection often leave him feeling embarrassed. At times, Kitty's love for Eric borders on Hitchcockian. His mother is often insecure about being replaced by Donna as the woman in Eric's life. Their rivalry is played up in many episodes (often comically, but sometimes to the point of it being a problem). In theory, she is okay with a sexual relationship between Donna and Eric, even pressing the two to discuss it with her, but in reality she goes into a depression after learning that Eric and Donna had sex and considers Donna a harlot who stole her baby boy away from her. Eric assured Kitty he would always need her because, "Dad's going to be riding my ass for the rest of my life!"

When Eric tells his parents about his plan to teach in Africa for a year, his mother is less than thrilled. This is most notably, and comically presented when, the morning after his announcement, Kitty fixes everyone at the breakfast table a smiley-face breakfast with eggs and bacon and then hands Eric a plain pancake with, "nothing smiling up at you, nothing." Even with a couple days before his departure, Kitty reveals that she hid mailed notifications that Eric must receive certain vaccinations before his departure. Eric protests his mom's actions but she still tries to dissuade him stating that the needles used for the vaccinations are really large and will hurt a lot. After Eric disobeys his parents' orders not to go forward with his marriage to Donna, Red finally deems Eric a man and offers his blessing while a devastated Kitty turns on Red for allowing her "precious baby boy" to get married.

Laurie Forman

Laurie does Kitty's hair

Whereas Red favors Laurie over Eric (at first), or at least is hard on Eric while lenient with Laurie, Kitty is onto Laurie and calls her bluff time and again, at times preventing Laurie from going out partying with random guys. Though Kitty sometimes remarks that she always considers Donna the daughter she "never had" and refers to Laurie as a worse baby than Rosemary's, Kitty loves her daughter deep down and, after many lies and schemes endured, still tries to help Laurie when she decides to attend cosmetology school.

Series Arc

In Season 5, Kitty told Red that she was pregnant, only to go to the doctor who told her the reason why her periods had stopped was because she was beginning menopause. To help his wife through menopausal mood swings, Red got Kitty a wiener dog she named Schatzi (German for Little Treasure). Mood swings occurred often with Kitty (ex. The Formans' were going to visit the University of Wisconsin and she says that she is "freakin' old!") Kitty tries to control it or if she says something rude she usually blames it on the menopause, saying "Oh, that was not me. That was the menopause talking!"

In Season 8, Kitty burns off part of her hair from candles as she tried to strip for Red. Sam had taught Kitty to strip "step, dip, hair, flip." When Kitty tried it for Red in the living room, she flipped her hair and a candle caught it on fire. Her hairstylist said there was not enough hair to salvage her old hairstyle. It was cut shorter, and Red found it attractive.

After Eric left, Kitty taped everything that the gang did for Eric to hear and she had a choice of either staying in Point Place, or Red's decision to move to Florida with Bob. During the last of the 8th season, she tried to persuade Red into staying in Point Place, but he thought she wanted to leave, so he did everything he could to try to move. He and Kitty also put Hyde's rent in a checking account for him since they were supposedly going to move. She was also the only one to show the entire main floor, something that has not been done on the series.

Trivia

  • Kitty's paternal grandmother is from Sweden (Sigurdson is a Swedish surname).[3]
  • It is unknown, yet possible, that Kitty and Paula have a brother, as Kitty's niece Penny visits in Season 4, but it is never alluded to that Paula has any children. Penny and Eric are also shown to be the same age.
  • Kitty is apparently an Elvis Presey fan: When Kitty feels hurt and insulted, she goes to bed for a long period of time and when this occurs, Red mentions that the last time she did so was when "Elvis died on the crapper".[4]
  • Kitty's cigarette smoking was slowly phased out after Season 3, due to Debra Jo Rupp kicking the habit in real life.
  • In the Season 3 episode, Kitty's birthday would have been Thursday, October 13, 1977. This can be deduced given that Red said it was the 13th and they were watching "The Waltons" and then "CHiPs" both broadcast on a Thursday night. The only Thursday night that fell on the 13th in 1977 after CHiPs debuted date on Sept. 15th would have been October 13th. Also to note: CHiPs that night was "Moving Violation"; The Waltons was "The Warrior".[2]
  • Michael once called Kitty a "hot mom".
  • Debra Jo Rupp had been asking for a new hairstyle for Kitty and so the writers wrote it into the show in season 8.[5]
  • Kitty had a bigger role in Season 8 after Eric and Kelso left.
  • Kitty seems to like Neil Sedaka, she has been seen listening and singing to Bad Blood on the radio in the Toyota on the way home from work with Eric in Career Day
  • Her wedding dress was off-white, she offers it to Donna when her and Eric are engaged and says "no-one will whisper[6]" (a reference to Donna not being a virgin). It's surprising that she didn't marry in white, since she claims she was still a virgin (she tells Donna the story of how her first time was with Red right after the wedding[7]).

Photos

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Notes and references

Surprise: ‘That ‘70s Show’ reboot booked these original cast …

02-05-2022 · 1 day ago · They’re back — hanging out, down the street. Most of the original cast of “That ’70s Show” has officially signed on to return for the follow …

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Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama will be making guest appearances on "That '90s Show." Everett Collection / Everett Col

They’re back — hanging out, down the street.

Most of the original cast of “That ’70s Show” has officially signed on to return for the follow up “That ’90s Show,” produced by Netflix.

Topher Grace (Eric Forman), Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart), Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso), Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) are on board for the upcoming revival. Kurtwood Smith (Red) and Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty), too, will reprise their iconic roles as Eric’s parents, as well as executive producing.

The only cast member missing from the reunion is Danny Masterson (Hyde) as he currently awaits trial on three counts of rape. He has denied the allegations.

The series stars newcomer Callie Haverda, as Leia Forman, Eric and Donna’s daughter.

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The original cast of “That 70s Show,” which premiered in 1998 and ran for eight seasons.
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The new show follows as Leia she spends the summer with her grandparents in the gang’s hometown of Point Place, Wisconsin, where she befriends local a local group of teens. Actors Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Reyn Doi and Sam Morelos joins as the new “That ’90s Show” crew.

Grace, 43, celebrated the news on social media by posting a photo of himself wearing a “Point Place Vikings ’77” shirt captioned. “Yup, still fits. #hellowisconsin,” he captioned.

Valderrama, 42, confirmed the news with a cheeky video showing him opening a box labeled “Fez,” and fitting back into a very Fez outfit. “Red? Let’s try this Amédica word again.. 😏 #HelloWisconsin. Yup, still fits..” he wrote.

Netflix ordered the 10-episode comedy in October, and confirmed the news of the all the returning faces last week.

“That ’90s Show” comes as the latest attempt to reboot the popular show, which premiered in 1998 and ran for eight seasons. The hit show also inspired the short-lived series “That ’80s Show,” which ran for just one season in 2002 and made no crossovers with the original 70s cast lineup.

The now-iconic sitcom catapulted its stars to fame, including on-and-off-camera-couple Kunis and Kutcher.

That '70s Show

05-12-2021 · American television period sitcom That '70s ShowGenre

05-12-2021
American television period sitcom
That '70s Show logo.pngThat '70s ShowGenre
  • Period sitcom
  • Teen sitcom
Created by
  • Bonnie Turner
  • Terry Turner
  • Mark Brazill
Directed by
  • David Trainer
  • Terry Hughes (pilot)
Starring
  • Topher Grace
  • Mila Kunis
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Danny Masterson
  • Laura Prepon
  • Wilmer Valderrama
  • Debra Jo Rupp
  • Kurtwood Smith
  • Tanya Roberts
  • Don Stark
  • Lisa Robin Kelly
  • Tommy Chong
  • Josh Meyers
Theme music composer
  • Alex Chilton
  • Chris Bell
Opening theme
  • "In the Street" by Big Star as performed by;
  • Todd Griffin (season 1)
  • Cheap Trick (seasons 2–8)
Country of originUnited StatesOriginal languageEnglishNo. of seasons8No. of episodes200 (list of episodes)ProductionExecutive producers
  • Bonnie Turner
  • Terry Turner
  • Mark Brazill
  • Caryn Mandabach
  • Marcy Carsey
  • Tom Werner
CinematographyRonald W. BrowneEditorsTimothy Ryder
David Helfand
Michael KarlichRunning time22 minutesProduction companyThe Carsey-Werner CompanyDistributorCarsey-Werner DistributionReleaseOriginal networkFoxPicture formatNTSCAudio format Dolby Surround 2.0Original releaseAugust 23, 1998 (1998-08-23) –
May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)ChronologyRelated shows
  • That '80s Show
  • Days Like These
  • That '90s Show

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focuses on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.[1]

The main teenage cast members were Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, and Lisa Robin Kelly. The main adult cast members were Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Don Stark, Tommy Chong, and Tanya Roberts.

In 1999, the show was remade by the ITV network in the United Kingdom as Days Like These using almost verbatim scripts with minor changes to cultural references.[2]

Cast

See also: List of That '70s, '80s, and '90s Show characters

Young people

  • Topher Grace as Eric Forman (seasons 1–7; special guest season 8): Eric is a nice guy, geeky, physically slight and somewhat clumsy. He is a smart-ass with a fast wit and a deadpan sense of humor. His obsession with movies, particularly Star Wars, is often referenced throughout the show. For seven seasons Eric is in a relationship with his longtime love and neighbor Donna Pinciotti. His father, Red, is always hard on him. He convinces his parents to let his best friend Steven Hyde move in with them, making Hyde like a brother. He decides to become a teacher after high school and he leaves the series at the end of the seventh season to teach in Africa. Although Eric is mentioned at least once in every episode, he does not appear during the final season until the end of the series finale.
  • Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart: The youngest member of the group, Jackie starts the series as the pretty, spoiled rich, selfish, oftentimes annoying immature girl. She likes to give thoughtless and superficial advice, which occasionally turns out to be correct. As the series progresses she becomes more genuine, after her father, a crooked politician, goes to jail and her fortunes take a reversal. Partly as a result of these changes, she and Donna become better friends.[3] By the end of the series, Jackie had dated three of the four guys of the group: Kelso, Hyde and Fez.
  • Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso (seasons 1–7; special guest season 8): Kelso is the dumb pretty boy of the group, who hopes to coast through life on his good looks. He spends the first half of the series in a relationship with the equally vapid Jackie. Their relationship comes to an end when Laurie (Eric's older sister) reveals their affair to Jackie. Kelso fathers a daughter, named Betsy, from his relationship with a librarian named Brooke during the seventh season. He becomes a police officer, but is fired for utter incompetence. In the 4th episode of the eighth and final season, he becomes a security guard at a Chicago Playboy Club and leaves the show. Kelso, along with Eric, returns for the series finale. James Franco had auditioned for the role, but was immediately passed over.
  • Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde: Eric's best friend and the anti-establishment member of the group. By the end of season one, the Formans allow Hyde to move in after he was abandoned by his mother, making him a foster brother to Eric. Hyde has a witty, blunt and sarcastic sense of humor and a rebellious personality. He is also experienced and the other group members often ask for his advice. Although Hyde dates Jackie for three seasons, in the final season he marries an exotic dancer named Samantha. Hyde later discovers Samantha was married to another man when she married him. As Donna points out in "My Fairy King", that means Hyde and Samantha are not legally married. In the seventh season, Hyde meets his biological father (William Barnett, played by Tim Reid), a wealthy black businessman (making Hyde, who was presumed white, biracial). Barnett, who owns a chain of record stores, makes Hyde first an office worker, then a manager and later the owner of the Point Place record store. He also previously worked for Leo in a Photo Hut earlier in the series. The original casting director, Debby Romano, resisted Masterson's audition because he was slightly older than the rest of the cast, but ultimately allowed him to audition. Robert Rodriguez cut out his part in the feature film The Faculty to allow Masterson to shoot the pilot.
  • Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti: Eric's longtime girlfriend (and briefly fiancée) who is literally and figuratively "the girl next door".[4] Donna is tall, intelligent, good-looking and athletic. Donna is embarrassed by her parents' escapades – especially sexual ones. Although she does not agree with what Jackie represents in the beginning of the series, they become friends.[3] Donna is in a relationship with Eric for seven seasons (despite their break-up during season 4). She has brief romances with Randy and Kelso's brother Casey. She rekindles her relationship with Eric at the end of the show's finale. When production ended on the sixth season, Prepon dyed her hair blond for her lead role in the feature film Karla, resulting in her character Donna becoming a blond in the final two seasons.
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Fez: The horny foreign exchange student of the group whose hormones are usually out of control. He constantly flirts with Jackie and Donna and often makes romantic advances toward them. Initially, he has trouble getting attention from girls, but during the eighth season he becomes a ladies' man. He is in love with Jackie throughout the series but his love is not reciprocated until the eighth season when they become a couple. His home country is often referenced throughout the course of the show, but is never named specifically.
  • Josh Meyers as Randy Pearson (season 8): Hyde's employee at the record store. He is introduced in the final season. Randy appears laid back, gentle, polite and a ladies' man, although many of his flaws surface later, encompassing parts of the departed Kelso and Eric's personalities and other attributes. Tall (like Kelso), he tends to spout witty one-liners (like Eric), and makes silly voices. He forms a friendship with Red after showing Red how good he is at fixing things. While Hyde, Jackie, Donna and Kelso embrace him as a new member of their group, Fez initially does not, but soon warms up to him. Randy dates Donna for the majority of season eight, but she later breaks up with him. The two end on good terms and remain friends. He makes a brief appearance in the series finale. Meyers was originally slated to take on the role of Eric, but the producers feared that this recasting would offend Grace's fans, so the role of Randy was created instead. However, the character was met with mixed reviews, though Meyers' performance received high praise.

Older cast

  • Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman: Red's wife and mother of Eric and Laurie, and Hyde's informally adoptive mother, Kitty is a cheerful, doting mother, but can also be assertive when pushed. A nurse by profession, she drinks heavily and is a former smoker. Her major mood swings are usually attributed to menopause, although the lack of affection and attention from her daughter (Laurie) and her mother (Bea) is also partly to blame. She is also a nurturing mother figure to Eric's rather dysfunctional friends, especially Fez.
  • Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman: Kitty's husband, father of Eric and Laurie, and Hyde's adoptive father. A conservative Navy combat veteran, he served in World War II and the Korean War. He is frequently hard on Eric and casually insults him, often calling him “dumbass”. Despite his mean exterior, Red also displays a soft side. His hobbies include working with his power tools, drinking beer, watching television, reading the newspaper, hunting and fishing. The producers sought Chuck Norris for the role, but the actor declined due to commitments with Walker, Texas Ranger. Smith (the only cast member born in Wisconsin) modeled his performance after his relationship with his stepfather, who died shortly before the pilot was filmed.
  • Lisa Robin Kelly (seasons 2–3; recurring season 1; special appearance season 5) and Christina Moore (recurring season 6) as Laurie Forman: Eric's manipulative and dishonest older sister. She flunked out of college during the first season and moves back home with her parents. Laurie enjoys tormenting Eric and manipulating her parents. She is promiscuous, often seen with various men, mainly Eric's friend Kelso, who cheats on his girlfriend Jackie. Eric, Hyde and Donna often insult her for her promiscuity. She also has a strained relationship with her mother who thinks of her as a freeloader. She leaves the series during the third season, but returns in a recurring role during the fifth. In season five, she marries Fez to prevent him from getting deported. She leaves the series again during season 6 and is never seen again. During the seventh season, she is mentioned as having moved to Canada, where, as Eric puts it drolly, "bottomless dancing is legal".
  • Tanya Roberts as Midge Pinciotti (seasons 1–3; special guest appearance seasons 6–7): Bob's wife, Donna's mother, and Kitty's best friend, Midge is a woman about whom Eric and his male friends fantasize when coming of age. Although often dim-witted, she later adopts some feminist ideals. She is written out of the series in 2001 after the third season after divorcing Bob and moving to California. She returns during the sixth and seventh seasons in a limited recurring role. She is temporarily replaced in Bob's heart by the aggressive, assertive Joanne (played by Mo Gaffney).
  • Don Stark as Bob Pinciotti: Midge's husband and Donna's father. Bob often brags about his service in the National Guard, which invariably irritates Red, a veteran of foreign wars. Bob is known for walking around his house with his robe wide open and no underwear. He eats constantly, even in bed. Bob is almost always in a good mood. His best friend is Red, who usually considers him to be a nuisance. He usually takes the brunt of Red's abuse in a jolly manner. After Midge divorced Bob in the fourth season, he began dating Joanne (in seasons four and five) and Pam Burkhart (played by Brooke Shields replacing Eve Plumb from the first season), Jackie's mother (in seasons six and seven).
  • Tommy Chong as Leo (seasons 4 & 8; special guest seasons 2–3 & 7): A hippie, and the owner of a Foto Hut at which Hyde once worked, Leo is an Army veteran who served in World War II, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. Leo often puts play before work and maintains an easy-going attitude in most things, business included. He disappears from the series after season four, but is later referenced in season five's "The Battle of Evermore" when the gang goes on a mission to find him, but with no luck. He returns in season seven and remains on the series until the show's end. In Season 8, he gets a new job working for Hyde at Grooves.

Episodes

Main article: List of That '70s Show episodes
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
125August 23, 1998 (1998-08-23)July 26, 1999 (1999-07-26)
226September 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)May 22, 2000 (2000-05-22)
325October 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)May 22, 2001 (2001-05-22)
427September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
525September 17, 2002 (2002-09-17)May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
625October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)May 19, 2004 (2004-05-19)
725September 8, 2004 (2004-09-08)May 18, 2005 (2005-05-18)
822November 2, 2005 (2005-11-02)May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)

Timeline

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The show was set in May 1976 in the August 23, 1998, premiere. After 12 episodes, the series transitioned to 1977. The 23rd episode, "Grandma's Dead", was also set in 1976, because it was supposed to be the season finale of season 1. The show remained in 1977 for the next two seasons. Near the end of the third season, the series transitioned to 1978 until early in the sixth season. The remaining episodes took place in 1979, and the series finale abruptly ends during a New Year's Eve party as the characters reach "one" during a countdown to January 1, 1980.[5]

Eighth season and series finale

The character of Eric Forman was written out of the series at the end of the seventh season, as Topher Grace wanted to move on with his career.[6] Ashton Kutcher switched to a recurring guest role when he also chose to depart following the seventh season.[6] However, Kelso had not been written out yet, so to give better closure to the character, Kutcher appeared in the first four episodes of the eighth season (credited as a special guest star). Both Grace and Kutcher would eventually return for the series finale, although the former was uncredited. Tommy Chong (who began reappearing by late season 7 after a long absence) became a regular again to help fill Kelso's role as the dimwit of the group. Eric was originally supposed to be replaced by his new friend Charlie, played by Bret Harrison, as an "innocent character", who proved fairly popular with audiences, but the character was killed off after Harrison was offered a lead role in the series The Loop.[7] Another new character named Randy Pearson, played by Josh Meyers (brother of Late Night host Seth Meyers), was introduced to take the place of both Eric and, to a lesser extent, Charlie.[8] Another new character, Samantha, a stripper played by Jud Tylor, was added as Hyde's wife for nine episodes. The location of the show's introductory theme song was changed from the Vista Cruiser to the circle.

The eighth season was announced as the final season of the show on January 17, 2006,[9] and "That '70s Finale" was filmed a month later on February 17, 2006, first airing on May 18, 2006.[10]

Production

Title

The working titles for the show were:

  • Teenage Wasteland (named after the lyric from "Baba O'Riley" by The Who)
  • The Kids Are Alright (named after "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who)
  • Feelin' All Right (a Traffic & Joe Cocker song)
  • Reeling in the Years (named after the song by Steely Dan)

However, due to song-rights refusals (including The Who's Pete Townshend) and Fox Network's deeming Feelin' All Right less than memorable, co-creator Bonnie Turner suggested that the show should be titled That '70s Show, after hearing an audience member saying "I loved that show about the '70s." It was at that point where it ultimately became the official title for the show.[11]

Elements of the show

The 1970s

The show addressed social issues of the 1970s such as sexual attitudes, generational conflict, the economic hardships of the 1970s recession, mistrust of the American government by blue-collar workers, and underage drinking/teenage drug use. The series also highlighted developments in fashion trends,[12] the entertainment industry, including the television remote ("the clicker"), reruns, VCR, and cable TV; the video games Pong and Space Invaders; the cassette tape and Disco; MAD magazine; and Eric's obsession with Star Wars.[13] The show has been compared to Happy Days, which was similarly set 20 years before the time in which it aired.[14]

Beginning with season 5, each episode in the series is named after a song by a rock band that was famous in the 1970s: Led Zeppelin (season 5), The Who (Season 6), The Rolling Stones (season 7), and Queen (season 8, except for the finale, titled "That '70s Finale").[15]

The circle

The circle illustrated the teens' marijuana use, usually in Eric's basement. The picture is of the final scene of the series.

In the circle, a group of characters, usually the teenagers, sit in a circle (generally in Eric's basement, though occasionally elsewhere), as the camera pans, stopping at each character as they speak. It was usually apparent that the characters are under the influence of marijuana. Thick clouds of smoke, frequent coughing and an extreme wide-angle lens added to the "drug-induced" feel, although the audience never saw anyone actually smoking the plant. Also, no visible cannabis-related paraphernalia were seen, such as bongs or joint papers. Characters never spoke the word "marijuana" while in the circle (except in one episode "Reefer Madness"), often referring to it as "stuff" or a "stash". In the episode "Bye-Bye Basement", Theo (Leo's cousin) refers to "weed"; in "The Relapse", Kelso tells Fez that the concrete wall behind the gym is used mostly for "smoking weed and beating up freshmen;" in "Ski Trip" Kitty asks Eric why he is taking so much oregano to Jackie's ski lodge; in "Eric's Burger Job", Kelso blames his "roach clip" when the water bed pops on which he is sitting at a party; in two episodes ("That Wrestling Show" and "Hyde Moves In"), Eric and Hyde can be seen wearing shirts with the words "Cannabis sativa" written on a Campbell's soup can; and in "The Pill", Red, referring to Kelso, exclaims, "That kid's on dope!" A gimmick related to the circle and the marijuana smoking was Eric watching the kitchen wall moving erratically, although this technique was also used to show that Eric was drunk.

As the series progressed, the circle became one of the series' recurring features. The only four episodes where the whole gang is in the circle are "Class Picture", "I'm A Boy", "Substitute", and in the series finale. During the eighth and final season, the circle sans smoke replaced the Vista Cruiser as the setting of the opening credits.

The Vista Cruiser

Many of the show's episodes featured Eric and the rest of the kids in or around Eric's "Aztec Gold" 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, handed down to Eric by Red. For the first seven seasons of the show, the show's introduction showed the cast inside the Vista Cruiser. The particular station wagon was bought by Wilmer Valderrama at the show's conclusion from Carsey-Werner for "no more than" US0.[16]

In August 2009, the show's Vista Cruiser was named third-greatest television car ever by MSN Autos.[17]

Running gags and catchphrases

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In one of the show's major running gags, Red often threatens to punish Eric with many variations of the catchphrase, "my foot in your ass" or more generally "kicking your ass."[18] For example, in "Kitty and Eric's Night Out", Red mistakenly thinks Eric offended Kitty, so Red says, "I swear I'll kick his ass!" In "Eric's Hot Cousin", Eric tries to get out of something by claiming he's sleepwalking and Red says, "And I'm about to be sleep-kicking your ass", and, in "Prank Day", when Red gets covered in oatmeal, Eric tries to explain that it was just a prank that had gone "horribly, horribly wrong" Red says, "Well, I have a prank, too. One where my foot doesn't plow through your ass. Let's hope it doesn't go horribly, horribly wrong!" Several of the running gags were shown in edited clips for the series finale.

Some other notable running gags and catchphrases are:

  • Fez's country of origin is never revealed. Sometimes, Fez is about to disclose where he is from, or at least hint at it, but something happens to prevent him from doing so, like someone entering the room as seen in "Stolen Car", or Fez rambling in "Love of My Life".[19]
  • Fez's real name was also never revealed. Even Fez stood for FES, Foreign Exchange Student.[20][21] Red often calls Fez by some exotic foreign names when he is speaking directly to him, including Tarzan.
  • Someone, usually Kelso, falls off the Water Tower. Charlie is the only one to fall off and die from the tower in "Bohemian Rhapsody" due to him having weak endurance.[22]
  • Kelso yells "Ow, my eye!" when Hyde rough-houses with him. For example, in the episode "Class Picture", a series of flashbacks feature Hyde beating up Kelso. While the two are out of the immediate sight of the audience, Kelso yells, "Ow, my eye!" and the scene cuts to the next flashback. This gag is repeated several times throughout the series, although the only time Kelso appears with an injured eye is in "Jackie's Cheese Squeeze" after he was punched by Todd, Jackie's manager. On that occasion, Kelso did not yell, "Ow, my eye!"[23]
  • Fez's sex life or usually lack thereof. Often Fez accidentally reveals some perverse behavior he performed, like hiding in Donna's room.[24]
  • The best thing to do or the best solution can be found by "The Circle", sometimes from the Circle, Hyde will start to talk about a car that runs on water or conspiracies towards the Government.[25]
  • Eric's attempted "secret" money stash locations are known by everyone, such as the Candy Land box.[26][27]

In other media

Home media

Main article: List of That '70s Show home video releases

That '70s Show was released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment at an increment of two seasons per year between 2004 and 2008 and a complete series release on October 14, 2008. Mill Creek Entertainment released all eight seasons between 2011–2013 and released a complete series set on May 14, 2013. On March 6, 2012, Mill Creek released the first season on Blu-ray and season two on October 16, 2012. On November 3, 2015, Mill Creek Entertainment released That '70s Show The Complete Series on Blu-ray 1080p, featuring all 200 episodes from the series, presented digitally remastered in High Definition from the original film negatives for optimum sound and video quality and for superior home entertainment Blu-ray presentation with remastered 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio.[28]

Soundtracks

Several prominent songs from the decade can be heard on the series, and two soundtracks were released in 1999. The first is a collection of funk, soul, and disco, called That '70s Album (Jammin'). The second is a collection of album-oriented rock songs, called That '70s Album (Rockin'). AllMusic gave both albums 3 out of 5 stars in their reviews.[29][30]

Remake

Days Like These

Main article: Days Like These (TV series)

Spin-offs

That '80s Show

Main article: That '80s Show

That '90s Show

Main article: That '90s Show (TV series)

In October 2021, Netflix ordered a spin-off of the series, titled That '90s Show, with Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles as Red and Kitty Forman, respectively. It will be produced by The Carsey-Werner Company, with Gregg Mettler serving as showrunner and Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, their daughter Lindsay Turner, Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Smith and Rupp as executive producers.[31]

Reception

American ratings

Over the course of its run, the series was a consistent performer for Fox, becoming one of their flagship shows. Its eight seasons, consisting of 200 episodes, made it Fox's second-longest-running live-action sitcom ever behind Married... with Children, though That '70s Show did not have the same ratings success, despite surviving cancellation.

As of April 2020, the show went in syndication on FX, Freeform, Comedy Central, TeenNick, IFC, Nick at Nite and TV Land. It can currently be seen on Laff.

Season Episodes Timeslot Premiere Season finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 1998–1999 25 Sunday 8:30 August 23, 1998 July 26, 1999 49[citation needed] 11.7
2 1999–2000 26 Tuesday 8:30 September 28, 1999 May 22, 2000 86[32] 9.0
3 2000–2001 25 Tuesday 8:00 October 3, 2000 May 22, 2001 65[citation needed] 10.8
4 2001–2002 27 September 25, 2001 May 21, 2002 67[33] 9.1
5 2002–2003 25 Tuesday 8:00 (2002)
Wednesday 8:00 (2003)
September 17, 2002 May 14, 2003 52[34] 10.4
6 2003–2004 25 Wednesday 8:00 October 29, 2003 May 19, 2004 49[35] 10.0
7 2004–2005 25 September 8, 2004 May 18, 2005 85[36] 7.0
8 2005–2006 22 Wednesday 8:00 (2005)
Thursday 8:00 (2006)
November 2, 2005 May 18, 2006 103[37] 5.8

Awards

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by That '70s Show

Over the course of its run, the series was nominated for a substantial number of awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards. The only win for the series at this event came in 1999, when Melina Root was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series for "That Disco Episode". Additionally, the show was nominated for a large number of Teen Choice Awards, with both Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama winning on three occasions.

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Roberts, who was born Victoria Leigh Blum, according to IMDb, made her film debut in the horror film Forced Entry. She played Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film A View to a Kill and, according to CharliesAngels.com, she beat out 2,000 young hopefuls for the role.

She also portrayed Midge Pinciotti in That ’70s Show.

According to Showbiz CheatSheet, the Bronx-born actress modeled for brands like Excedrin, Clairol, Ultra Brite and Cool Ray sunglasses as an up-and-coming name in the world of entertainment. She also acted off-Broadway in Picnic and Antigone before booking a role in the drama Fingers in 1978.

One year later, she booked the movie Tourist Trap.

Her other credits include The Beastmaster, Sins of Desire, Deep Down, Night Eyes, Almost Pregnant and Favorite Deadly Sins. Her IMDb profile includes 41 acting credits between 1976 and 2005.

As a model, Roberts posed for Playboy and a number of TV commercials, according to her official website. Her most recent credit was the role of Ellie Palmer in the TV series Barbershop in 2005. Before that, she played Rebecca in one episode of the TV series Eve, preceded by 81 episodes of That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2004, according to IMDb.

She Was a Golfer & Animal Lover

According to an interview with Mike Pingel for CharliesAngels.com, Roberts was a wife, golfer and animal lover.

Asked what is something fans wouldn’t know about her, she shared, “I love to golf! Have been golfing for over two years. The only thing I hate is putting. I hear that Cheryl Ladd also is an avid golfer, I would love to play with her.”

The actress was married to her husband, actor and writer Barry Roberts, from 1974 until his death in 2006. They did not have any children together. A June article in Us Weekly revealed that she left That ’70s Show in 2001 “due to the declining health of her husband.” He died in Los Angeles.

During her interview with Pingel, Roberts said, “We have been together over 20 years. I’m not really sure, we don’t celebrate anniversaries. I feel it only leads to divorce. Barry and I are best pals. We’re both physical people and have similar interests. Yet, Barry does not like golf!”

She added that her favorite project was 1984’s Sheena.

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"That '70s Show" Grandma's Dead (TV Episode 1999)

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That '70s Show: 10 Things About Kitty That Would Never …

16-05-2020 · Though often considered That '70s Show's ideal mom character, many aspects of Kitty would not go over well in modern times.

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Kitty is everyone's idea of the ideal mom character on That '70s Show, and it's hard to believe she could be wrong in modern times. She was always there to talk to Eric and the kids. She was a working mother and a homemaker at the same time. Kitty was a welcome shoulder to cry on and everyone's hype woman when it was needed.

At the same time, she also smoked cigarettes, drank a ton of hard liquor to get past her problems, worried incessantly about having the perfect family to everyone on the outside looking in, and was always cooking for everyone whether she had the time or not. There are some parents who won't see anything wrong with most of Kitty's transgressions, but for everyone else, there are some things that just wouldn't fly today.

10 Kitty Ignored Laurie Into Her Bad Behavior

Laurie provides a lot of sarcastic comic relief as the key character trope of a '70s "loose lady," but at the same time, it's clear that she has some seriously deep-seated issues that probably come from her home life.

Kitty spoils Eric as the baby of the family and Laurie gets the tough love from Kitty, similar to how Eric gets tough love from Red. In today's world, that kind of emotional extortion wouldn't fly. Kitty would be eviscerated by internet mom groups and psychologists alike.

9 Her Alcoholism As A Theme Throughout The Show

Every time there's a problem in Kitty's life, she comically turns toward some sort of booze. Everyone else skirts the issue but it's there from the first episode to the last. In today's world, there might be some "mommy wine culture" vibe going on but the kind of hard liquor marathons that Kitty did on the show would not be something people condoned.

8 Kitty's Menopause Mood Swings

Kitty is a nurse and she does a pretty good job at a couple of points explaining menopause to the guys, especially Eric and Red. Her mood swings, though are overplayed and made fun of even after she makes those explanations. Then, when Kitty goes on medications, she's portrayed as completely out of it and off her rocker. Modern social politics would never let that kind of criticism over mental issues go unchecked like that. Fans today would be up in arms if Kitty was portrayed this way in a show set in modern times.

7 The Running Gag On Kitty's Desire For A Perfect Family

From the first episode, it's pretty clear that Kitty is hoping everyone sees her family as picture-perfect. She wants her home to be spotless and an Instagram worthy meal on the table three times a day. In modern times, she'd be the ultimate Pinterest mom. But that kind of stress and scrutiny, especially for a working mother, won't go over well for the general public. If a modern character pulled that, fans would be talking about how unrealistic she was in every episode.

6 As A Working Mother, Still Tries To Do Everything

Unfortunately, working mothers pulling the whole load for the family is still a common theme in the lives of modern women. But in the case of Kitty, she's doing laundry and cooking meals for a husband that doesn't work and a teenage son who are both perfectly capable of doing things on their own. In today's world, that wouldn't fly and fans would be all over Red and Eric to help Kitty out and take some of the burden off of her. In the 70s, though, and for That 70s Show, it's the norm.

5 Kitty's Cigarette Habit

Even in the 70s, the known risks of cigarettes were circulating as a big deal. There was even an episode where Red and Kitty are led to believe that Eric is smoking and they give him hell for it. Yet, through every season, Kitty smokes. Now and then she vows to quit but eventually, we see her lighting up again. In today's world, that would never fly.

4 Tolerance For All That Red Does (And Doesn't Do)

Red's character on That 70s Show is a staple and a form of humor that has brought us many hilarious memes. But fans can't ignore his crotchety attitude and aversion to the full spectrum of human emotion.

Red and Kitty have a few sweet moments but for the most part, he forgets birthdays and anniversaries, never does any housework, looks for the easy way out on Kitty's breakdowns, and gets upset when she has to be the breadwinner...and Kitty puts up with all of it. In today's world, that would never fly on television. The fans would be chomping at the bit for Red to change or Kitty to leave him.

3 The Reaction To Eric And Donna Having Sex

For a working mother who is also a nurse, Kitty has an explosive reaction when she finds out Donna and Eric are having sex. Granted, the discovery is made after they're caught by the police having sex in Eric's car and that would probably irk any parent. But Kitty's reaction extends through several episodes and, at first, she's confined to her bed over the grief that her youngest child has gone through this rite of passage. The reaction is also out of proportion given Laurie's behavior, her daughter. In a modern television show, fans would assassinate a character for such a reaction to this situation.

2 Kitty Has A Habit Of Collecting Eric's Wayward Friends

Whenever one of Eric's friends is threatened with losing their home or even the stability of their home, Kitty is there to take them in and be the mother they need. It's admirable but in today's world, it would be considered overstepping and probably illegal. Forget the red tape that comes along with fostering children, she'd also have to deal with their parents.

1 Holding On To Eric Even When He Grows Up

In today's world, a child who leaves the home when they become an adult is a trophy that parents want to hold up in triumph. In Kitty's world on That 70s Show, she'd be happy if he never left. When Eric and Donna almost move to Madison for college, she goes nuts over all the amenities that will sever Eric's need to come home, like having a washer and dryer in their apartment. When Eric decides to go to Africa, Kitty hides the letter that tells him he needs immunizations and then hypes it all up to be the worst thing Eric will ever experience in order to deter him. She does everything in her power to keep her baby from leaving home. Set in a modern world, fans would criticize the codependency.

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Bond Girl & 'That '70s Show' Star Tanya Roberts Dead at 65

02-01-2021 · Tanya Roberts Dead at 65. 10:26 AM PT -- Tanya's husband of 18 years, Lance O'Brien, says he was unable to visit her in the hospital because of …

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10:26 AM PT -- Tanya's husband of 18 years, Lance O'Brien, says he was unable to visit her in the hospital because of COVID restrictions. However, hospital staff made an exception when they realized the actress likely wouldn't pull through.

Lance tells us, "As I held her in her last moments, she opened her eyes. I was able to see her beautiful eyes one last time. Tanya had the most beautiful eyes."

Tanya Roberts -- a one-time Bond girl and cult classic '80s star -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Tanya's rep tells TMZ, she was on a walk with her dogs on Christmas Eve and when she returned home she collapsed. She was taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator but never got better. We're told it was NOT COVID-related. Tanya died Sunday.

In the days leading up to her collapse, we're told Tanya appeared perfectly healthy ... even doing video chats for her fans.

Tanya was a go-to model and actress in her heyday -- so much so, she even appeared as one of the Bond girls, Stacey Sutton, in "A View to a Kill," opposite Roger Moore.

She also starred in campy adventure fantasy flicks like "Sheena" and "The Beastmaster," plus a bunch of raunchy comedies, slashers movies and action/erotica B-films like "Sins of Desire," "Legal Tender," "Deep Down," "Inner Sanctum," "Night Eyes," "Almost Pregnant," "Favorite Deadly Sins" and "Tourist Trap," plus several others. All-in-all, she has 41 acting credits to her name dating back to '70s.

Speaking of that era, she might best remembered as Donna Pinciotti's mom, Midge, on "That '70s Show" -- who was always getting ogled by the boys in the neighborhood. Tanya was portrayed as a dumb blonde, who eventually left her TV family and the show entirely to deal with her hubby's real-life illness.

Tanya also had a year-long stint on the old "Charlie's Angels" show, in which she played Julie Rogers ... a side character who helped the Angels solve crimes. She also helped launch the TV series 'Mike Hammer' after starring as a secretary in the made-for-TV movie, but declined a part in the show that followed.

Of course, Tanya was also a successful model. She'd posed for Playboy, as well as for a ton of TV commercials. She did ads for Excedrin, Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses.

She was married to Barry Roberts for several years before his death in 2006. They didn't have any children. Tanya is survived by her current husband, Lance, and her sister Barbara Chase.

She was 65.

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Debra Jo Rupp

04-12-2021 · American actress and comedian Debra Jo Rupp

04-12-2021
American actress and comedian
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Debra Jo Rupp
Rupp in 2019
Born (1951-02-24) February 24, 1951 (age 70)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • voice actress
Years active1980–present

Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951) is an American actress best known for her roles as Kitty Forman on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show and Alice Knight-Buffay on the third, fourth and fifth seasons of Friends. She voiced Mary Lou Helperman in the animated series Teacher's Pet and its sequel film, as well as playing timid secretary Miss Patterson in Big (1988).

Early life and education

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Rupp was born in Glendale, California, to Margaret A. Williams Rupp and John E. Rupp Jr., and raised in Boxford, Massachusetts, where she attended Masconomet Regional High School, graduating in 1969. She has two sisters Robin Lee Rupp and Rebecca Louise Rupp.

Rupp always dreamed of being an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They even sent her to the University of Rochester in New York because it offered no theater classes, but the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year. On campus, she was an active member of Drama House, a small theater club and venue. After graduating with a B.A. in 1974, she moved to New York to begin her acting career.

Career

1980s

Rupp left Massachusetts in 1979 to pursue an acting career in New York City. She frequently performed on stage and appeared in commercials before winning her first television role in 1980 as Sheila, a topless dancer, on the daytime drama All My Children.[1] Earlier the same year, Rupp played Helen, the wife of a cheating husband, in Sharon Tipsword's one-act comedy Second Verse, produced as part of a play festival at New York's Nat Horne Theater.[2]

Another notable stage performance was as the young bride Eleanor in the 1985 production of A. R. Gurney's The Middle Ages at the Whole Theater Company, established by Olympia Dukakis in Montclair, New Jersey.[3]

She garnered praise from Walter Goodman in a New York Times review of one of her many off-Broadway performances: as June Yeager, a young wife who feels she is never "loved enough", in the 1986 York Theater Company production of Arthur Laurents' dramatic play, The Time of the Cuckoo[4] staged at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York's Upper East Side.[5]

Rupp's list of stage credits includes appearances in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Cynthia Heimel's A Girl's Guide to Chaos, the Broadway role which propelled her career forward. She originated the role of Cynthia in 1986, a character based on Heimel's observations made during her stints as a columnist for Playboy and The Village Voice. Directed by Wynn Handman, and sharing the stage with Rita Jenrette, Rupp's performance as Cynthia was immortalized by legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld and described in a New York Times review as "an appealing mixture of pluck and pathos".[6] In his review of Chaos, New York Newsday theater critic Allan Wallach called Rupp "a real find".[7]

In early 1987, Rupp was featured in an article written by Enid Nemy for the "Broadway" section of The New York Times. Entitled "New York is beckoning, but first, Los Angeles", the interview revealed how Rupp's success in the theater so soon after her arrival in New York City had scared the young actress enough to take time off from acting for several years. After returning to the stage, Rupp explained, she was often cast as an ingénue, but after her portrayal of Cynthia in Chaos, she began getting calls to audition in Los Angeles for "really crazy neurotic" parts in television pilots. She was realistic about the unpredictability of an acting career, and since she had promised her mother she would never wait tables when she left for New York, she had not given up her part-time work as a bookkeeper and was "learning computers" as something to fall back on.[8]

Rupp continued to devote herself to acting full-time through the 1980s and performed in numerous regional stage productions. One such production was Sherry Kramer's Wall of Water in New Haven, Connecticut, at the Yale Repertory Theatre's Winterfest play festival of 1988.[9] She guest-starred on numerous television shows, including Kate & Allie, Spenser for Hire, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. In 1988, Rupp landed her first feature-film role as Miss Patterson, the timid secretary of Tom Hanks' Josh Baskin, in the comedy Big.

1990s

In 1990, Rupp returned to New York City to perform in a Broadway stage production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. In it, Rupp portrayed Mae (Sister Woman).[10] Her television work during the early 1990s included recurring roles as Ms. Higgins on the television series Davis Rules with Randy Quaid, and as Sister Mary Incarnata on Phenom with Judith Light, as well as guest roles on Blossom, Family Matters, L.A. Law, and ER.[citation needed]

In 1995, she began her stint as Jeff Foxworthy's sister-in-law Gayle on The Jeff Foxworthy Show, appeared in the science fiction miniseries The Invaders with Scott Bakula, portrayed Jerry Seinfeld's eccentric booking agent Katie on an episode of Seinfeld (a role she reprised in 1996), and performed on stage as Meg in Broken Bones, a dark drama about spousal abuse by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, as part of a one-act play festival at Hollywood's Met Theater.[11] She also provided the voice of Lana Lionheart in the "MGM Sing-Alongs" Videos back in 1997.

She appeared in several episodes of Friends as Alice Knight, a home economics teacher who fell in love with and married Phoebe Buffay's (Lisa Kudrow) much younger half-brother, Frank Jr. (Giovanni Ribisi). (Rupp had previously appeared with Kudrow in the 1997 independent film Clockwatchers.)[citation needed]

In 1998, she began her role as Kitty Forman in the comedy series, That '70s Show, her most successful role to date. She also portrayed Marilyn See, wife of astronaut Elliot See, in episode 11 of the Emmy Award-winning television miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Sally Field.[citation needed]

2000s

Her distinctive voice was heard as the character of Mrs. Helperman in Disney's animated series Teacher's Pet in 2000, and again for the 2004 movie version. She starred as a stand-up comic with a secret in the highly acclaimed independent short film The Act, directed by Susan Kraker and Pi Ware, and received praise for her performance.[citation needed] The short film was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and won several awards at film festivals around the world.[12][better source needed] In 2004, she played Brad Hunt's nagging mother in Lucky 13, a full-length independent film starring Lauren Graham. She returned to All My Children for one episode in December 2005, playing a homeless woman named Victoria.[citation needed]

Rupp has often returned to Massachusetts and New York to appear in regional and off-Broadway stage productions. In 2004, she played Dotty Otley in Michael Frayn's Noises Off at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts.[13] In 2006, she appeared on stage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as a kooky mother in French playwright Jean Anouilh's comedy Ring Round the Moon at Barrington Stage Company.[14]

New York theater-goers saw Rupp return to the off-Broadway stage in June 2007, as Valerie in the Second Stage Theatre production of Marisa Wegrzyn's The Butcher of Baraboo, directed by Judith Ivey.[15][16][17][18] Two months later, she performed in the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as Ida Bolton in a revival of Paul Osborn's 1939 play, Morning's at Seven.[19][20][21]

That '70s Show ended in 2006. Rupp appeared soon after in a dramatic television role as the wife of a murdered pharmaceutical CEO, on the crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In the episode, entitled "Infiltrated", Rupp's character desperately attempts to hide her slain husband's past sexual abuses. In early 2007, the feature film Kickin It Old Skool was released, in which Rupp was cast as Jamie Kennedy's mother. In 2008, she appeared as a restaurant owner who helps two homeless men in the comedy-drama-musical, Jackson, written and directed by J. F. Lawton. In the same year, she returned to daytime television in a guest role on As the World Turns.[citation needed]

Massachusetts theater-goers saw Rupp onstage in 2008, playing Olympia in Georges Feydeau's 1907 farce A Flea in Her Ear, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, and as Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.[22]

In 2012, Rupp portrayed Ruth in She Wants Me, an independent romantic comedy. In June and July 2012, Rupp starred as Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Dr. Ruth – All the Way on the St. Germain Stage of the Barrington Stage Company.[23] She reprised the role Off-Broadway in Becoming Dr. Ruth.[24] She provided the voice of Mrs. Snowman in one of Fred Meyer's commercial ads in 2013.[citation needed] In 2021, Rupp joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in WandaVision as Mrs. Hart, Wanda and Vision's neighbor.

Personal life

She has two homes, one in Lee, Massachusetts, where she stays when she is doing theatrical projects in New York, and another one in Los Angeles where she stays during television and film projects. She has never been married and has no children. She has mentioned through an interview that she is a Methodist.[25]

Stage

Year Title Role Venue Notes
1985 The Middle Ages Eleanor The Whole Theater
1986 The Time of the Cuckoo June Yeager York Theatre Company
1987 A Girl's Guide To Chaos Cynthia American Place Theater
1988 The Wall of Water Meg Yale Repertory Theatre
1990 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Mae Eugene O'Neill Theatre Broadway debut
2004 Noises Off Dotty Otley Cape Playhouse
2006 Ring Round the Moon Isabelle's Mother Barrington Stage Company
2007 The Butcher of Baraboo Valerie Second Stage Theater
2007 Morning's at Seven Ida Berkshire Theatre Festival
2008 A Flea in Her Ear Olympia Williamstown Theatre Festival
2008 To Kill A Mockingbird Miss Maudie Barrington Stage Company
2009 True West Mom Williamstown Theatre Festival
2012 Dr. Ruth, All the Way Dr. Ruth Barrington Stage Company
2013 Becoming Dr. Ruth Dr. Ruth TheaterWorks Hartford
2013 Becoming Dr. Ruth Dr. Ruth Westside Theatre Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance (nomination)

Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance (nomination)

2014 Annapurna Emma TheaterWorks Hartford
2016 Kimberly Akimbo Kimberly Levaco Barrington Stage Company
2016 Love Letters Melissa Gardner Barrington Stage Company
2017 The Cake Della The Echo Theater Company Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award: Lead Performance

Ovation Award: Lead Actress in a Play

2018 The Cake Della Barrington Stage Company
2018 The Cake Della Geffen Playhouse
2019 The Cake Della Manhattan Theatre Club Drama League Award: Distinguished Performance (nomination)
2019 Time Flies and Other Comedies performer Barrington Stage Company
2020 Three Viewings performer Barrington Stage Company virtual staged reading

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Big Miss Patterson
1988 Robots R. Jane Direct-to-video
1992 Death Becomes Her Psychiatric Patient
1996 Sgt. Bilko Mrs. Hall
1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Searching for Your Dreams Lana Lionheart Short film; voice role
1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Having Fun Lana Lionheart Short film; voice role
1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Friends Lana Lionheart Short film; voice role
1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy Lana Lionheart Short film; voice role
1997 Clockwatchers Barbara
1998 Senseless Fertility Clinic Assistant
2004 Teacher's Pet Mrs. Mary Lou Moira Angela Darling Helperman Voice role
2004 Garfield Mom Rat Voice role
2004 The Act Rosy Marconi Short film
2005 Lucky 13 Mrs. Baker
2006 Spymate Edith
2006 Air Buddies Belinda Direct-to-video; voice role
2007 Kickin' It Old Skool Sylvia Schumacher
2008 Jackson Nice Lady
2010 She's Out of My League Mrs. Kettner
2011 Spooky Buddies Zelda Direct-to-video; voice role
2012 She Wants Me Ruth Baum
2012 Congratulations Nancy Riley
2013 Super Buddies Cow Direct-to-video; voice role
2014 The Opposite of Sex Tracy
2019 Fair Market Value Carol Coogan
2019 The Social Ones Sheila Berger

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Spenser: For Hire Helen Episode: "Gone Fishin'"
1987 Kate & Allie Toy Store Clerk Episode: "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
1988 The Equalizer Marge Episode: "Regrets Only"
1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Waitress Episode: "Here's What Happened to That Earring You Lost"
1989 Mothers, Daughters and Lovers Lottie Television film
1989 Newhart Irene Sadler Episode: "Ramblin' Michael Harris"
1990 Grand Cheryl Ann Episode: "The Pretty Good Mother"
1991 Davis Rules Ms. Higgins Recurring role; 10 episodes
1991–1994 Empty Nest Danielle / Dr. Simmons / Claire Guest role; 3 episodes
1991 Civil Wars Florence Herrigan Episode: "Have Gun, Will Unravel"
1992 A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Alice Television film
1992 Blossom Lucy Robinson Guest role; 2 episodes
1993 Family Matters Miss Connors Episode: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad House"
1993 Evening Shade Mrs. Holloway Episode: "Teaching Is a Good Thing"
1993 In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco Dorrie Television film
1993–1994 Phenom Sister Mary Incarnata Recurring role; 6 episodes
1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again Plaza Asst. Manager Television film
1993 L.A. Law Gretchen Tomba Episode: "Pacific Rimshot"
1994 MacShane: Winner Takes All Alice Television film
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Ms. Plowright Episode: "Stagecoach"
1994 MacShane: The Final Roll of the Dice Alice Television film
1994 Hearts Afire Brenda Swain Guest role; 2 episodes
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Nora Stebbings Episode: "The Busy Body"
1995 The Office Beth Avery Recurring role; 6 episodes
1995 ER Mrs. Dibble Episode: "Men Plan, God Laughs"
1995–1996 Seinfeld Katie Guest role; 2 episodes
1995 If Not for You Eileen Recurring role; 7 episodes
1995 The Invaders Rita Guest role; 2 episodes
1995–1996 The Jeff Foxworthy Show Gayle Recurring role; 9 episodes
1996 High Incident Guest role; 2 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Melody Episode: "Caroline and the Red Sauce"
1997 Crisis Center Marilyn Recurring role; 4 episodes
1997–1998 Friends Alice Knight Buffay Recurring role; 6 episodes
1997 7th Heaven June McKinley Episode: "See You in September"
1997 Touched by an Angel Mayor Risa Hoigard Episode: "Jones vs. God"
1997 Over the Top Rose Episode: "Pilot"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Marilyn See Television mini-series
1998 To Have and To Hold Margaret Jarrod Episode: "Pilot"
1998–2006 That '70s Show Kitty Forman Main role; 200 episodes
2000–2002 Teacher's Pet Ms. Mary Lou Moira Angela Darling Helperman Recurring role, 11 episodes; voice role
2001 The Hughleys Karen Clark Episode: "Daddy's Lil' Girl"
2004 The Tracy Morgan Show Ms. Laneworthy Guest role; 2 episodes
2005 Robot Chicken Kitty Forman Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"; voice role
2005 All My Children Victoria Episode: #1.9266
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Debra Hartnell Episode: "Infiltrated"
2008 As the World Turns Edna Winklemeyer Recurring role; 4 episodes
2010–2011 Better with You Vicky Putney Main role; 22 episodes
2013 Hart of Dixie Besty Maynard Episode: "Where I Lead Me"
2014 Cuz-Bros Merle Television film
2015 He's With Me Alice Adams Guest role; 2 episodes
2016 Pearl DeeDee Television film
2017 Elementary Sheriff Malick Episode: "Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown"
2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Ginger Episode: "Old Tricks"
2017–2020 The Ranch Janice Phillips Recurring role; 12 episodes
2017–2018 This Is Us Linda Guest role; 4 episodes
2018 I Feel Bad Griff's Mom Episode: "My Kid Has to Grow Up"
2019 Grey's Anatomy Jo's Therapist Episode: "Nothing Left to Cling To"
2021 WandaVision Sharon Davis / "Mrs. Hart" 5 episodes
2021 Marvel Studios: Assembled Herself Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of WandaVision"

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Where Are They Now: That '70s Show

11-02-2017 · Where Are They Now: That '70s Show. It's been ten years since That '70s Show aired its 200th and final episode, so we decided to take a look at what the cast have been up to. In 1998, Fox and creators Mark Brazill and Terry and Bonnie Turner sent TV viewers back two decades to a small Wisconsin town in the mid-70s.

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In 1998, Fox and creators Mark Brazill and Terry and Bonnie Turner sent TV viewers back two decades to a small Wisconsin town in the mid-70s. That ‘70s Show became a huge hit, mixing the standard teen coming-of-age sitcom with the trappings of Middle America in ‘70s.

The double-dose of nostalgia proved to be gold, as the series ran for 8 season and 200 episodes (with all but one being directed by David Trainer in a truly uncanny feat). It also led the way by introducing absurdism into sitcoms, thanks to its regular cutaway gags and dream sequences, an idea that would later be run into the ground by shows like Family Guy and 30 Rock.

Along the way, the show proved the jumping-off point for a number of actors while telling the story of its core cast of teens and their families. Though mostly centering on the Forman and Pinciotti households, the years slowly introduced us to many of the character's parents and siblings. With a decade having passed since the show ended its run, we want to take a look back at the cast of That ‘70s Show and see where they are now.

15 Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti)

200 episodes is a lot of TV to fill, especially with a young cast eager to move on to new things. Still, Laura Prepon, who played Donna Pinciotti, is one of only 7 actors on the show to appear in every episode of the series. Donna served as something of a Mary Jane Watson to Eric’s Peter Parker, though, of the two, she would certainly be the one granted superpowers. Presented as a brass tomboy-next-door, Donna often served as the well-read feminist voice of the show, helping to counteract the ‘70s machismo that permeated the storytelling.

For awhile, it looked as if Prepon wouldn’t be able to escape the vacuum of That ‘70s Show. She had a few small movie roles over the years, but mostly just popped on for occasional episodes of TV without her character ever sticking. All of that changed when she landed a starring role Alex Vause in Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black. She may always be known for playing Donna, but her work on OITNB is quickly eclipsing her first role.

14 Wilmer Valderrama (Fez)

Joining Prepon in all 200 episodes of That ‘70s Show was Wilmer Valderrama. Known only as Fez, Valderrama was the show’s sole person of color for many seasons. It’s unfortunate that the very "joke" of his character was his vague foreignness. On top of that, he was portrayed as a creepy and lecherous loser who often lashed out at those around him. He was just as often the heart of the show, however, and the source of much of its absurd humor. Still, he’s likely one of the elements the series would change if it were cast today.

While Valderrama has never had as high profile of a role as Fez, he’s got over 60 parts to his name thanks to a number of TV roles, like a stint hosting Yo Momma on MTV. He’s also had fairly long runs on NCIS, From Dusk Til Dawn, and Minority Report. His biggest role, however, is one you may not recognize him from. For six years and 97 episodes, he played the title character on the animated show Handy Manny. He’ll likely never outlive Fez, but he’s still going strong.

13 Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman)

Unlike the younger actors on the series, Debra Jo Rupp was acting for a solid decade before landing the part of Kitty Forman on That ‘70s Show. Appearing in all 200 episodes, despite her son’s departure from the series late in the show’s run, Kitty was the soothing balm to her husband Red. Not only was she the parent that didn’t seemingly despise Eric (though she wasn’t to keen on her daughter Laurie), Kitty got most of her laughs by being fun and effervescent around her stern husband. Their odd couple chemistry helped make the scenes involving the parents just as fun as those down in the basement (especially when Kitty and company decided to sit in The Circle themselves).

Since the series ended, Rupp hasn’t been up to that much. She’s continued working on television with parts on Better With You and He’s With Me, and has done a couple of small films as well. Still, she’s only had a handful of roles since That ‘70s Show ended. She was on a recent episode of Elementary, though, and you can look for her in the upcoming film Fair Market Value.

12 Kurtwood Smith (Reginald “Red” Forman)

Like Rupp, Kurtwood Smith has been in all 200 episodes of That ‘70s Show and has been working since the ‘80s. Despite how well-known he is as Red "Bet You Didn’t Know His Real Name Was Reginald" Forman, however, he’s likely one of the few actors on this list who’s recognizable for many of his other roles. Thanks to his parts in Rambo III and RoboCop, you’re likely familiar with a number of Smith’s gruff and often villainous roles. Though Red wasn’t necessarily a bad guy, he was certainly the antagonist to the show’s protagonist; his son, Eric.

With 147 credits to his name, Smith has done a lot since his first part in 1980. His work in TV, film, and animation hasn’t slowed down since That ‘70s Show ended, either. He joined Valderrama on an episode of Handy Manny, has had an arc on 24, and played Commissioner Gordon on Beware the Batman. Most recently, he played the not-so-secretly evil Vernon Masters on Agent Carter, was a recurring voice on Regular Show in Space, and, most intriguingly, played a character called Angry Old Raisin on Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Good to know he doesn’t take things as seriously as Red.

11 Tommy Chong (Leo)

Tommy Chong was sadly not in all 200 episodes of That ‘70s Show, but he’s still number 11 for most appearances. Part of that is thanks to the relatively tight ensemble the show had, but the rest is because once Chong appeared as the mononymous Leo in season 2’s “Sleepover,” the writers knew they’d struck gold. Though he was almost cartoonish in his portrayal of a stoner, Leo provided a great foil for Hyde, Fez, and, most hilariously, Red.

Even more than his partner in crime Cheech Marin, who you may have forgotten had an arc on Lost, Chong’s career has followed a pretty straight path. Well, perhaps "straight" isn’t the right word, as almost all of his roles since his debut in 1978’s Up in Smoke have been that of the token pothead. He’s only had 20 or so parts in the 10 years since That ‘70s Show ended, and most of them were either part of a Cheech & Chong project, or playing a similar role.

His most recent gig was as the voice of Yak in Zootopia, so while he doesn’t work much, he still nabs a strong role here and there.

10 Danny Masterson (Steven Hyde)

Back to the 200 Club, Danny Masterson will probably always been known as Hyde. Like a number of the main cast, he’s never really been able to overcome the rebellious stoner from the series. It’s not a bad role to be remembered for, however, as Masterson perfectly embodied the part of the renegade, small town teen on the show. Despite starting off as mostly just a generic cool guy, the show slowly fleshed out his character and backstory over the years, exploring his absentee parents and his upbringing in poverty.

Masterson actually worked as an actor on and off for ten years before landing That ‘70s Show, including a long run on the show Cybil. He worked regularly during the run of That ‘70s Show, and since 2006 has kept himself pretty busy with small film and TV roles. In 2012, he landed a starring role in the show Men At Work which ran for 3 seasons. Now, he stars alongside fellow That ‘70s Show alum Ashton Kutcher on the Netflix comedy The Ranch.

9 Katey Sagal (Edna Hyde)

Katey Sagal actually only appeared in 3 episodes of That ‘70s Show, but her role was pretty sizable. Her arc aired during the show’s first season where she played Edna Hyde, Steven’s deadbeat mother. At least, that’s how he portrayed her. Though they clearly had some issues, she seemed like a loving enough parent who just worked a lowly job to provide for her son. It’s a bummer that she never came back, especially when Hyde’s father and half-sister were brought into the mix years later.

Still, she’s been doing fine since then. She had a similarly small but meaningful arc on Lost as Locke’s former partner, and landed the role of Leela on Futurama right after she left That ‘70s Show. Since then, she’s starred in Sons of Anarchy and Kurt Sutter’s follow-up series The Bastard Executioner. And later this year, she’ll be co-starring in the TV musical remake of Dirty Dancing, so look out for that.

8 Don Stark (Bob Pinciotti)

If you were to guess who of the main characters of That ‘70s Show are part of the 7 who were in all 200 episodes, Don Stark’s Bob Pinciotti probably wouldn’t be one of them. And yet, Red’s annoying neighbor and Donna’s father wormed his way into every plot the show ever constructed. Goofy yet lovable, Bob was the ultimate frenemy to Red, as he was the exact opposite of the gruff and emotionless man, and still, somehow, his only friend.

With almost as many roles as Kurtwood Smith, Stark has been acting since the mid-'70s in movies and TV. He didn’t land a big role, however, until he got the part of The Rhino on the animated Spider-Man series of the mid-'90s. Since That ‘70s Show ended, he’s kept pretty busy with small film parts and a bunch of TV appearances. His biggest roles have been on IFC’s Maron and as Dean Cain’s co-star on Hit the Floor, a three-season show about dancers at basketball games.

7 Tanya Roberts (Midge Pinciotti)

Bob’s wife Midge, played by Tanya Roberts, didn’t get quite as much screentime as her husband, but she’s still one of the show’s top ten characters in terms of appearances. Like her husband, she never got to play more than one note, as the dim object of the neighborhood boys’ affections. Like Bob, her role was mostly to highlight how Donna managed to be the show’s smartest character despite having the two dumbest parents, but it allowed Roberts to get a lot of comedic lines.

Roberts actually hasn’t had a single role since That ‘70s Show ended. She did work on various projects while it was running, but she’s almost the inverse of many of the actors on this list, as That ‘70s Show is the after to her before. Beginning her career in the mid-'70s, Roberts was an ‘80s it-girl, landing starring roles in BeastmasterSheena, the Charlie’s Angels reboot series, and the 007 movie A View to a Kill. Roberts actually left That ‘70s Show in the middle of its run to be with her terminally ill husband, and his passing in 2006 is likely the reason she left the entertainment industry. Still, she’ll always be remembered for her many roles over the years.

6 Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso)

As part of the core cast of That ‘70s Show, Ashton Kutcher’s Michael Kelso appeared in most of the series. His rising star, however, caused him to leave just 17 episodes shy of the full 200-- he returned a couple of times after his initial departure. Seeming more like the son of Bob and Midge, Kelso is the group’s resident idiot who's mostly skated through life on his good looks. Most of his humor comes from his stupidity, and his proclivity for pratfalls.

Like many of the teen actors, That ‘70s Show was the start of Kutcher’s career. More than the others, however, he seemed the one truly destined to breakout. During the show, Kutcher was the actor from the series you’d most often see popping up in films, though movies like The Butterfly Effect and Dude, Where’s My Car? hardly helped him gain acclaim.

Though he’s continued working since the show ended, and mirrored Valderrama by hosting an MTV show (Punk’d), he's never really had much success. He joined Masterson on an episode of Men At Work before the two landed The Ranch, and his biggest roles have been replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men and playing Steve Jobs in the movie about the former Apple head that didn't win awards. Though his name and face are well-known, Kutcher never quite lived up to the legacy many people imagined for him.

5 Lisa Robin Kelly (Laurie Forman 1.o)

Lisa Robin Kelly is one of two actors to play Eric’s sister Laurie on That ‘70s Show. Like Midge, she was a fairly one-dimensional character. She was mostly portrayed as mean and sexual liberated. Though she had occasional moments of shading, the show preferred treating her as an object of either lust or scorn.

Sadly, Kelly’s real life wasn’t much better. Though she had a number of TV movie, film, and television roles before being cast as Laurie, her struggles with alcoholism during the show’s run ended most of her career. She left the show for a time and was written out, before returning for a few episodes. Kelly's substance abuse problem forced her to leave once again, and the show decided to honor the tried and true TV trope of replacing the character with another actor.

Tragically, she finally passed away while in rehab in 2013, leaving her role as Laurie her biggest legacy.

4 Christina Moore (Laurie Forman 2.0)

Though Christina Moore only played Laurie Forman for 6 episodes, she’s worth discussing just based on the role she took over. Considering the writers had already written Laurie out during one of Kelly’s absences, it’s peculiar that they’d make the decision to recast Laurie but only put her in 6 episodes. Considering how little she added to the story, it was a jarring choice. Then again, the writers seemed dead set on doing a “Fez gets a green card marriage” plot and maybe figured Laurie was disposable enough to be the other half. Plus, what better way to piss off Red than make Fez his son-in-law?

Moore has actually kept insanely busy since then. She’s had runs on Hot Properties, True Blood, and 90201, just to name of few of her many TV roles. She’s also got an incredibly packed 2017, with two TV parts and 5 films currently in production. She may be barely remembered for her time on That ‘70s Show, but she’s not letting that stop her.

3 Brooke Shields (Pamela Burkhart)

Following the departure of Tanya Roberts, That ‘70s Show decided the best way for Bob to move on was to start dating again. They also wanted to introduce Jackie’s mother, so they combined the two plots and had Brooke Shields join the show for 7 episodes as Pamela Burkhart. Much to Jackie’s chagrin, her mom Pam immediately took a liking to Bob. Though their relationship didn’t last long, it forced the proud Jackie to accept that Donna’s doofy dad might become her step-father.

Acting since the ‘70s, Shields had a long and successful career before she guested on That ‘70s Show, with most of her acclaim stemming from her starring in the long-running sitcom Suddenly Susan. She’s kept busy since her time as Pamela Burkhart, acting mostly in TV show with roles on Scream QueensArmy Wives, Lipstick Jungle, and as Miley’s mom on Hannah Montana.

She’s also begun a voice acting career with arcs on Creative Galaxy and Mr. Pickles. Her role on That ‘70s Show may have been short-lived, but Brooke Shields will likely always be working.

2 Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart)

The final member of the 200 Club and perhaps the most successful actor post-That ‘70s Show is Mila Kunis. Kunis was acting on TV for a good five years before she landed the role of snobby rich girl Jackie Burkhart. It’s never quite clear why she’s friends with everyone on the show, as even her relationship with Donna is contentious. It mostly seems to stem from her dating Kelso, and then Hyde after that. Much like Red with Bob, Jackie seems to begrudgingly hang out with the Gang, as she doesn’t appear to have any other friends, despite her supposed popularity.

Kunis wasn’t as pegged to be a star as Kutcher, but she still had a solid career during and after That ‘70s Show. It was her role opposite Natalie Portman in 2010’s Black Swan, however, that really catapulted her into the stratosphere. Though she doesn't work a ton, she’s been able to gather a lot of acclaim from a number of indie film roles while also quite regularly appearing on Robot Chicken. Her biggest part has been as Meg Griffin on Family Guy, and she’s even attempted a few blockbuster films like Oz the Great and Powerful and Jupiter Ascending.

Her most recent role in Bad Moms continued to build on her comedy chops and a sequel is currently in the works.

1 Topher Grace (Eric Forman)

Like Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace made it just a little shy of 200 episodes thanks to Eric’s character departing at the end of season 7. Though he returned for the finale, it was still an odd choice for the lead of the show (and the person whose basement everyone hung out in) to leave. With Grace and Kutcher both gone, the show felt weirdly rudderless, and it’s no surprise the series ended just one season later.

Grace has had a mixed career. That ‘70s Show was his first role, but it gave him the clout to start pursuing other work. Unlike much of the rest of the cast, he tried to put as much distance in between Eric and his other work as he could. He immediately landed a role in Traffic in 2000, though movies like Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! pulled him back to the Eric character. He then broke nerds’ hearts (and likely Eric Forman’s) by giving us our one and only live-action Venom in the Spider-Man-Movie-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

Luckily, a series of indie film roles and parts in American Ultra and Interstellar have helped Grace redeem himself. He’s by no means a star and Eric Forman is still his biggest role, but he’s made a solid career since That ‘70s Show kicked things off for him. He also has five films currently in production, so perhaps his fate can yet change.

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The streaming platform also shared a first look at Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles as Red and Kitty Forman on That '90s Show, for which they will serve as series regulars and executive producers on the 10-episode multi-camera series.

Smith, 78, shared the photo to Twitter, showing himself and Rupp, 71, sitting at the Formans' kitchen table. "Same Red and Kitty. Different decade," he wrote.

Grace, 43, also celebrated the news with a photo of himself rocking a T-shirt for the show's fictional high school, the Point Place Vikings, class of '77. "Yup, still fits," he captioned the photo.

Additionally, Ashley Aufderheide, Callie Haverda, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Reyn Doi, and Sam Morelos join the cast as the show's young new stars.

A plot description from Netflix reads: "Hello, Wisconsin! 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. Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll never dies, it just changes clothes."

Although Grace previously told PEOPLE he would return to his That '70s Show roots "in a heartbeat," he said of the possibility last month on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show: "Oh, I don't know. It's all top-secret."

The Emmy Award winner said to PEOPLE in 2017 that he'd come back "mostly just to hang out with everyone 'cause it's such a great group of people and I miss them so much," adding: "I love that group. I thought I was lucky to get the part but I now realize I was really lucky to get a part that was with that group of people."

"I'm a little busy right now, but I support them so much. I'm rooting for them. I wish them nothing but the best," he said, adding: "If the timing is right, I'd never say no."

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The original show series, which ran for eight seasons on Fox from 1998 to 2006, followed Point Place teens Eric Forman (Grace), Donna Pinciotti (Prepon), Michael Kelso (Kutcher), Jackie Burkhart (Kunis), Steven Hyde (Masterson), and Fez (Valderrama) as they navigated life, love, and adolescence in 1970s Wisconsin.

A short-lived spinoff entitled That '80s Show ran for one season.

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15-05-2017 · The show first made it's television debut in 1998 and lasted eight seasons until 2006. One word to properly describe the series is iconic. That '70s Show is a comedy that revolves around a group of teens as they grow up through the 1970's. The television show is everything from funny to serious to sad, and touches on some pretty serious issues.

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Star Tanya Roberts, 65, died Monday night after she was hospitalized for a UTI. Roberts was known for her role in “That ’70s Show” and for being a Bond girl.

Bond girl and "That '70s Show" star Tanya Roberts died Monday night at age 65 after being hospitalized for a non-COVID-19 related illness, TODAY previously confirmed. On Tuesday, Roberts' longtime partner, Lance O'Brien, told TODAY that she had been hospitalized for a urinary tract infection that spread to her kidneys and gallbladder, which played a role in her death.

Urinary tract infections are the most common type of outpatient infection, with 50-60% of adult women developing at least one in their lifetime, according to recent research published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Urology. What's much less common, however, is dying from a urinary tract infection, Dr. Kameelah Phillips, an OB-GYN at Calla Women's Health in New York City, told TODAY.

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"People don't die from an uncomplicated UTI," she explained. "People die from ... complications of a UTI, which is called sepsis. That's when the bacteria that cause a bladder infection actually spreads into the bloodstream. And when it spreads into the bloodstream, it can cause what we call multisystem organ failure, and that can lead to death."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection. A simple infection can trigger a "chain reaction" in the body, and without treatment, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.

With UTIs in particular, "the amount of bacteria (can) overwhelm the bladder system, and the bacteria leaves the bladder and enters the blood chain because you have blood vessels that run through your bladder," Phillips explained. The amount of bacteria can make this more likely to occur, as can the type of bacteria. Some types are more prone than others to leave the urinary system, Phillips said.

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UTIs that lead to sepsis, a condition called urosepsis, are more common in older adults, Phillips said.

In part, that can be because older adults may be asymptomatic and go untreated for longer, she explained.

"Older people tend to have less strong immune systems," Phillips added, and underlying health conditions. "(This) can also impact your body's response to treatment ... and make it harder for you to recover from symptoms sometimes," she said.

It's "not very common" for a UTI to lead to sepsis, according to Phillips.

"Women shouldn't be afraid that their average UTI is going to kill them," she stressed. "(But) it teaches us that we shouldn't ignore UTI symptoms and should go to the doctor. If you think you have symptoms, have your urine checked as opposed to just ignoring it or trying to treat it over the counter."

It's important to be aware of UTI symptoms, which can include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling the need to go to the bathroom despite an empty bladder
  • Bloody urine
  • Pressure or cramping in the groin

Roberts' rep initially told media outlets that she had died on Sunday night, but news broke on Monday morning that Roberts was still alive. Her rep later confirmed that she died on Monday night.

Roberts was best known for playing Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to a Kill” and Midge Pinciotti on “That ’70s Show” between 1998 and 2004.

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Tanya Roberts, who co-starred on That ’70s Show and Charlie’s Angels, passed away Sunday at 65.

Roberts reportedly collapsed at home following a walk with her dogs on Christmas Eve, a rep for Roberts told TMZ. She was hospitalized and put on a ventilator, but never recovered. The official cause of death is currently unknown. (UPDATE: According to a new statement from Roberts’ rep, the actress is actually still alive.)

The actress was perhaps best known as Donna Pinciotti’s mom, Midge, on That 70’s Show, a woman who was consistently the center of attention to all the young neighborhood guys. She appeared in 81 episodes from 1998-2004, but eventually left the series to care for her sick husband.

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Roberts had a year-long stint on Charlie’s Angels, playing Julie Rogers in Season 5 (1980-1981). Rogers helped fellow Angels Kris and Kelly (Cheryl Ladd and Jacyln Smith, respectively) solve crimes until the series’ cancellation in 1981. Her other TV credits include The Love Boat, Silk Stalkings, Fantasy Island, The Blues Brothers Animated Series and Barbershop.

Though she began her career as a model in commercials for products like Excedrin, Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses, Roberts ultimately bridged her career to film, where she was best known for starring in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, in which she played Stacey Sutton opposite of Roger Moore. In addition, she starred in slasher movies and B-films like Tourist Trap, The Beastmaster and Sheena.

Roberts is survived by her husband, Lance, and her sister Barbara Chase.

That ‘70s Show Cast: Where Are They Now?

24-02-2020 · That ‘70s Show Cast: Where Are They Now? That '70s Show came out of nowhere to become one of the best sitcoms of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Here's what the cast is up to now. By Jack Beresford Published Feb 24, 2020. Share Share Tweet Email. 0. Comment. When husband-and-wife writing team Terry and Bonne Turner first conceived of a sitcom about a group of teenagers growing …

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When husband-and-wife writing team Terry and Bonne Turner first conceived of a sitcom about a group of teenagers growing up in 1970s America, they never envisioned calling it That ‘70s Show.

The name of That ‘70s Show wasn’t the only thing the Turners could never have predicted. With a cast combining fresh-faced newcomers with seasoned acting pros likes Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, the creators could never have predicted what could come next for them. From misfiring roles in major blockbusters to marriage, more small-screen success and some personal tragedy – here is what the cast of That 70s Show is up to now.

11 Topher Grace

Topher Grace played protagonist and movie geek Eric Forman for seven seasons before departing the show to further his career. Eric was a role that provided the perfect showcase for his comedic wit, but Grace sparked fury among comic book fans after he was cast as Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3.

Though he continued to work steadily, it wasn’t until 2014 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar that Grace garners mainstream acclaim again. He earned even better reviews in 2018 playing real-life Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman. Since then he’s appeared in Black Mirror and is due to star in Jon Stewart’s feature film debut Irresistible. He also hosts his own podcast Minor Adventures with Topher Grace.

10 Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis made her name as Jackie, the spoiled, and often immature member of the group who develops a more genuine streak as the series progressed. Though Kunis has enjoyed steady work – thanks in part to the fact she voices the character of Meg Griffin on Family Guy – her film career only really got going from 2010 onwards after misfires like American Psycho 2 and Max Payne.

Thankfully things have improved since with films like Black Swan and Ted showcasing an impressive range. On a personal level, Kunis also found happiness with her That ‘70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher. The pair married in 2015 and have two children together with that experience helping inform her most recent success in the Bad Moms movies.

9 Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher was already well on his way to stardom before his run as the dumb but loveable Michael Kelso ended on That 70s Show. Parlaying his popularity into films like Dude Where’s My Car and Just Married, Kutcher’s abrasive comedic style also came to the fore in his infamous MTV hidden camera series Punk’d.

While Kutcher continued to enjoy success with romcoms, his more dramatic turns in films like The Butterfly Effect, failed to find a strong enough audience. He eventually returned to the small screen, first as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on Two And A Half Men and more recently on The Ranch.

8 Danny Masterson

A child actor who moved from work on commercials to an early role in the sitcom Cybill, Masterson hit pay dirt as the sardonic yet quietly sweet Hyde on That 70s Show. It was a role that led to several major movie projects including alongside Jim Carrey in Yes Man yet major breakout big-screen success largely alluded him.

Masterson ultimately returned to sitcoms in the 2010s, with the short-lived Men At Work and later, alongside Kutcher on Netflix’s The Ranch. Ultimately Masterson was forced to leave the latter in 2018 amid a series of serious allegations of major misconduct in his private life.

7 Laura Prepon

Despite a standout turn as feisty female co-protagonist Donna on That 70s Show, Laura Prepon’s work has largely come on the small screen. An outspoke Scientologist, Prepon starred and executive produced the dark drama Lightning Bug and has also picked up roles in films like The Girl On The Train in the years since.

There were several near-misses – Prepon was the voice of Hayley Smith in the unaired pilot of American Dad and starred in the short-lived shows October Road and Are You There Chelsea? – but she eventually hit pay dirt in 2013 with Orange Is The New Black. Playing inmate and love interest Alex Vause, Prepon won widespread acclaim.

6 Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama’s played foreign exchange student Fez, adopting a distinctive accent style designed so fans would not be able to attribute it to a specific nation. Away from Fez, Valderrama showed an impressive degree of flair. Since finishing on That 70s Show, he went on to play Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, done a stint presenting diss-battle show Yo Momma for MTV and provided the voice of Manny on the hit kids’ series Handy Mandy.

All that and he’s racked up film roles in movies like Larry Crowne and Fast Food Nation. Once romantically linked to Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato, Valderrama recently became engaged to Amanda Pacheco.

5 Debra Jo Rupp

Previously best known for playing Alice Knight-Buffay, the teacher-turned-lover of Phoebe’s half-brother Frank Jr. on Friends, Debra Jo Rupp finally hit it big as Eric’s mom Kitty Forman. It was just rewarding for a career spent largely as a guest star on everything from ER to Seinfeld. After That 70s Show finished, Rupp has taken up a string of voice roles in the Air Bud movie franchise as well as the Disney animated series Teacher’s Pet.

Though much of her work is now focused in the theatre, Rupp continues to pop up with guest star roles in the world of television, most recently with Grey’s Anatomy and The Ranch.

4 Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith was already something of a legend prior to playing Red Forman on That ‘70s Show with killer turns like that of Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop earning him a cult following.

Already a voice actor working on a glut of animated shows prior to That 70s Show, Smith’s work in that particular field continues to this day, with the actor lending his vocal talents to a string of DC Comics animated movies. He’s found further acclaim on the small screen too, joining the That 70s Show reunion on The Ranch and starring alongside Michael Dorman in the acclaimed comedy but sadly short-lived drama The Patriot.

3 Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts was a major star in her own right long before playing Donna’s ditzy mom Midge on That 70s Show. Best known for her roles in Charlie’s Angels, The Beastmaster and the James Bond outing A View to a Kill, Roberts was a regular on the show for the first three seasons.

She was forced to exit the series ahead of season four after her husband, Barry Roberts, became terminally ill. She later returned in a limited capacity for seasons six and seven. Her husband sadly passed away in 2006 with Tanya all but retired from the business in the years since then.

2 Don Stark

A dancer, bodybuilder and martial artist in his younger days, Bob Stark played Donna’s bumbling dad Don Pinciotti on That 70s Show for the entirety of the show’s run. Already something of a small screen mainstay, Stark has continued to rack up small roles in major film and television projects in the years since the sitcom went off the air.

He’s appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Castle and, most recently, Shameless, while his film work includes parts in everything from John Carter to Green Book. It’s not bad going for an actor previously associated with such kung-fu fare as 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up and American Dragons.

1 Lisa Robin Kelly

Lisa Robin Kelly played Eric Forman’s older sister Laurie on That ‘70s Show but abruptly left the series halfway through season three with the writers explaining she departed to “attend beauty school".

Though Kelly returned in the fifth season for four episodes she was eventually replaced with Christina Moore for the sixth season.  Tragically, she passed away on August 15, 2013, just days after checking in to a California rehab center.

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09-09-2021 · Josh Meyers joined the cast of "That '70s Show" as the character of Randy Pearson for the final season after Topher Grace left the show. Although Donna's new love interest was not a part of the show for long, he still charmed the audience with his …

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"That '70s Show" quickly skyrocketed in popularity following its debut on Fox in 1998, with a total of eight seasons over nine years, 77 award show nominations, and 15 wins (via IMDb). Chronicling the lives of a group of teenagers in Wisconsin who memorably hung out in a basement during the 1970s, the show was reminiscent of all the groovy, psychedelic, and far-out energy that the time period was best known for. It was also the set where a 14-year-old Mila Kunis met now-husband Ashton Kutcher and where Laura Prepon was Donna Pinciotti before she was Alex Vause in "Orange Is the New Black."

Today, over two decades since the show first premiered, fans are still loving "That '70s Show" and reminiscing over the days when many now-established actors were just getting their start. When asked about the show's success in an interview with Fan Fest, actor Don Stark, who played Donna's dad, explained that the show is still so relatable and beloved by teenagers decades after the time period it took place in because "it's just all about the same thing that kids go through today and the same things they were going through there: first kiss, first love, trying to break away from the parents."

That being said, let's take a look back at some of your favorite members of the cast to see where they are now.

Viewers watched Jackie Burkhart do a lot of growing up throughout eight seasons of "That '70s Show," and now, fans have witnessed Mila Kunis' stunning transformation from playing the love-obsessed teenage girl on the show to a total movie star.

Since "That '70s Show," Mila Kunis has gone on to become a household name, starring in films like "Bad Moms" and "Black Swan." In a 2014 interview with W magazine, Kunis noted that she wanted to prove her versatility as an actress. She said, "I auditioned to prove that I could do whatever they thought I couldn't do."

Kunis married Ashton Kutcher, her love interest on the show, in 2015, much to the delight of Jackie Burkhart and Michael Kelso shippers (via Us Weekly). In 2018, Kunis shared with comedian Marc Maron on his podcast, "WTF," that the pair had remained good friends when the show ended. And after they both filmed movies in which their characters were involved in "friends with benefits" situations, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher found themselves in the exact same scenario as their characters — they had fallen in love with each other. In a sweet confession to W magazine, Kunis admitted, "We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine."

Although his character on the show, Michael Kelso, only seemed to be interested in girls and his hair, Ashton Kutcher, on the other hand, has expanded his interests from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. Following his time on "That '70s Show," Kutcher has become a big-time tech investor and cryptocurrency advocate. His project, Stoner Cats, encourages users to purchase NFTs in order to unlock a "series of animated shorts from Mila Kunis and friends."

When asked about his investments in technology in a 2016 interview with CNN Business, Kutcher explained, "One of the things that I get from working in the creative space and being an actor is really understanding feeling and touch and art. And you know it's an art, being able to create an impulse within a consumer to do something is an art form."

Although Kutcher is incredibly active in Silicon Valley, he's still managed to continue making a name for himself in Hollywood, starring in several big projects, including "Jobs," "No Strings Attached," "Two and a Half Men," and "The Ranch." Kutcher has also been married to fellow "That '70s Show" star Mila Kunis since July 2015, and the pair have two children, Wyatt and Dimitri (via Insider).

The leading man on "That '70s Show," Topher Grace, who played the role of Eric Forman, has always spoken very fondly of the series' cast and crew. However, he told E! Online that he's found another magic cast with "Home Economics," a project that he stars in and produces. Grace shared, "There's no weak link. It's a murderer's row."

Grace, who appeared as Venom in "Spider-Man 3," has also flexed his versatility as an actor by playing parts completely different than his role as Eric Forman, telling Backstage, "I wanted to do stuff that was really different from that character." And he certainly has. In 2018, Grace starred in the Spike Lee film "BlacKkKlansman" as the role of white supremacist David Duke. Grace explained in an interview with Vanity Fair that he decided to take on this controversial role because he thought that the message of the film was extremely relevant and important to the time period. He noted, "Obviously David Duke is a horrible person. But the role was so juicy."

Laura Prepon — also known as the redheaded girl next door, Donna Pinciotti — has starred in iconic roles following "That '70s Show," most notably as Alex Vause in "Orange Is the New Black." While Prepon is clearly a talented actress, she's also interested in what's going on the behind the camera. In an interview with PureWow, Prepon shared how she also discovered her passion for directing on the set of "That '70s Show," and she eventually ended up going to film school at night after she finished shooting the TV series during the day.

Prepon has also written two books, "You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood" and "The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shed Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health." Prepon, a mother of two, told The Weekend Jaunts in 2020 that she knew she had to write a book about motherhood. She explained, "I realized we are all struggling with a lot of the same things — from stress, loss of control, mom guilt, self care — there were so many things [that] were common."

Known as Steven Hyde on "That '70s Show," Danny Masterson continued to act after the show with various TV and film roles, including the character of Jameson "Rooster" Bennett in Netflix's "The Ranch," in which he starred alongside fellow "That '70s Show" alum Ashton Kutcher.

But things weren't all positive in Masterson's time after "That '70s Show." According to CBS News, the actor and outspoken Scientologist faced accusations of "three counts of rape by force or fear, charges that could get him up to 45 years in prison," after the commencement of an LAPD investigation. Although Masterson pleaded not guilty, a judge ruled in May 2021 that Masterson will have to stand trial for the allegations, which were presented by women who are former members of the Church of Scientology.

According to the New York Post, Masterson put his Hollywood Hills home on the market for almost million in August 2021, as he awaited his trial. 

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Known as the charming and goofy foreign exchange student Fez on "That '70s Show," Wilmer Valderrama has been outspoken about issues with diversity in Hollywood since the show ended. Valderrama shared in a 2021 interview with Good Housekeeping that playing the role of Fez meant a lot to him and the Latino community. He explained that there's a "resurface of this pride of being a Latino and that's the achievement of many of my colleagues and a small wave of us back in the past 20 to 25 years that were able to kind of normalize who we are on screen and as personalities, public figures, and activists."

Notably, Valderrama voiced the lead character in "Handy Manny." He's also well-known for playing Nick Torres on "NCIS." In a 2019 interview with ET, Valderrama spoke about the legacy of the show. He boasted, "I think that audiences can see that something on set is working and that people like coming to work and they're still trying." 

The actor, producer, and director is also the host of the podcast "Essential Voices," on which he speaks with "people on the frontlines of the food system, transportation, child-care and other workers who are so often overlooked." In a July 2021 interview with Variety, Valderrama shared that he was inspired to create the podcast after his father was diagnosed with COVID-19, and that "Essential Voices" is his way to give back.

Debra Jo Rupp has played plenty of roles in several TV series, including "The Ranch," "This is Us," and "Better with You," following her time as Eric's mom, Kitty Forman, on "That '70s Show." She even joined the MCU as Mrs. Hart/Sharon Davis in "WandaVision."

In a 2021 interview with Looper, Rupp shared that she thinks the role of Kitty Foreman contributed to her landing her job on "WandaVision." She explained that the director, Matt Shakman, was looking for someone "who could be a little dramatic." She shared, "I think my experience in a sitcom helped me land the job."

Although Rupp is acclaimed for her work in TV, she is just as talented on stage. She starred in "Boca" by Jessica Provenz, a comedic play that details the lives of a group of senior citizens in Florida. In an August 2021 interview with Theater Mania, Rupp explained that she was happy to participate in a new project after the pandemic, saying, "I love doing new plays, but this one is being rewritten every day, so that's been a little traumatic."

Although Kurtwood Smith was already well known in Hollywood from previous roles such as Mr. Perry in "Dead Poets Society" and Clarence in "Robocop," it's difficult for people to forget about a character as hilarious as Red Forman. However, Smith shared with The Wrap that "it's not a frustration" when people associate him with his "That '70s Show' role, but that "it's always good to remind people that you're an actor with some kind of range, instead of somebody who does one thing."

Since "That '70s Show," Smith has had roles on "24," "Agent Carter, "The Ranch," and "Jupiter's Legacy," and he joined the cast of the 2022 Hulu mini-series "The Dropout." He also voiced the character Carpenter K. Smith in the six-episode mini-series "Ultra City Smiths," which featured stop motion dolls and premiered July 22 on AMC . The show's cast also included Dax Sheppard, Kristen Bell, and many more recognizable names.

Tommy Chong — who played the part of Hyde's stoner boss, Leo, on "That '70s Show" — is more similar to his character than you may realize. Although cannabis has been associated with Chong's identity ever since comedy duo Cheech Marin and Chong starred in the 1978 film "Up in Smoke," in recent years, Chong has introduced his own cannabis company, Tommy Chong's Cannabis. The company sells CBD topicals, full spectrum oils, and nano CBD, among other products.

According to a 2020 interview with the Cannabis Business Times, during which Chong chatted about his hopes for his new business, he said that he sees himself and Cheech as the "almighties" of cannabis. Chong shared, "If there was a post higher than Pope, that would be us. Cheech and Chong: We're one toke above the Pope, that's where we are."

According to The Guardian, Chong spent nine months in jail in 2003 for selling glass pipes could potentially be used to smoke cannabis online. According to a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, he only had "just one bad half hour in jail." Since then, he has continued his career in film and TV, voicing a character in "Zootopia" and competing on "The Masked Singer." Chong also briefly hosted a podcast with his son, Paris Chong. In "The Tommy Chong Podcast," the father-son duo talked about everything from cannabis to the 2016 presidential election.

Tanya Roberts was a star in Hollywood long before she joined the cast of "That '70s Show," thanks to iconic roles in "Charlie's Angels" and "A View to a Kill." Roberts had roles in the TV series "Eve" and "Barbershop" following "That '70s Show" and made several reality TV show appearances, but she took a break from acting when her husband, Barry, became terminally ill, according to The Guardian. After the death of her husband, Roberts was able to find love again with Lance O'Brien.

Roberts died at age 65 in January 2021 from sepsis. Former castmates from "That '70s Show" grieved the loss of Roberts. In an Instagram post paying tribute to Roberts, Kurtwood Smith fondly noted, "She was a real character on #that70sshow set," noting, "We all loved her." Topher Grace also admitted in a tweet following Roberts' death, "I had never acted before and, to be honest, a little nervous around her. But she couldn't have been kinder. We'll miss you Midge."

Lisa Robin Kelly played the role of Laurie on "That '70s Show," but she was ultimately recast by Christina Moore during Season 6. According to a 2012 interview with ABC News that took place after Kelly was arrested on domestic abuse charges, she explained that she had been excessively using alcohol which led her to taking a break from the show and from Hollywood. Kelly shared, "I had lost baby. As a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do." Unfortunately, Kelly was never able to fully recover and died in her sleep at age 43 after accidentally overdosing in 2013, as the New York Daily News reported.

Before Kelly's death, she appeared in other projects, including the short "The Food Chain: A Hollywood Scarytale" in 2005 and the 2012 short "SUX2BME," which she also had a producer credit for.

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Bob Pinciotti, Donna's eccentric and well-meaning father, is arguably one of the most unforgettable characters on "That '70s Show," and it seems that Don Stark agrees. Stark confessed in an interview with Fan Fest, "I'm a character actor so I play different characters. Having that one persona ... actually, after 'That '70s Show,' it took a while to kind of recover from being Bob because it was such a specific kind of character."

Despite this struggle, Stark has gone to act in other films, including "7 Days to Vegas," "Green Book," and "Café Society." He's also starred in the TV series "Hit the Floor," as Oscar Kincade. On the show, he worked with actors such as Katherine Bailess and McKinley Freeman. In a 2016 interview with Entertainment Scoop, Stark praised his fellow castmates, saying, "They're all incredibly talented, but they're all wonderful, really exciting, you know, people."

Josh Meyers joined the cast of "That '70s Show" as the character of Randy Pearson for the final season after Topher Grace left the show. Although Donna's new love interest was not a part of the show for long, he still charmed the audience with his floppy, long hair and endearing grin.

Today, Meyers, the younger brother of Seth Meyers, has many more acting credits under his belt, including roles in the TV series "Red Oaks" and "The Awesomes," and he has appeared in film, such as "Brüno" and "Date Movie." He's also appeared on his brother's show, "Late Night with Seth Meyers," several times throughout the years, and the two discuss everything from family vacations to karaoke.

A true comedian at heart, Meyers is also well known for his work on the sketch-comedy show "MADtv," where he worked as actor and writer for two years.

15 Sitcom Moms From The 90s We All Dreamed About

24-03-2017 · It's time to jump into our time machines and head back to a decade where hot moms filled our TV screens.

24-03-2017

"Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children," Eric Draven said in The Crow. A comment that just about everyone can appreciate. For the purposes of this list, though — you might want to toss that thought out the window since there are moms and then there are... hot moms.

Nowadays as far as television is concerned, just about every single female character needs to be 100% certified completely to die for. But in the nineties, when there began a seismic shift from the wholesome image of mom that TV had seen since the days of Donna Reed and began to sex up mommy just a little bit, by casting her some beautiful buxom ladies.

It's that time once again to jump into our time machines and head back to a decade where indifference also met a lot of neon, where Alt-rock and coffee shops went mainstream and invaded our TV shows – here are 15 TV moms that we all fantasized about in the nineties.

15 Fran Fine - The Nanny

Even now, at almost 60 years old, the New York native, Fran Drescher still looks every bit like she did almost twenty years ago when she starred as Fran Fine on The Nanny. For those of you who don’t know, Drescher played a stereotypical New York would-be fashion queen who, after a chance meeting trying to sell cosmetics to Maxwell Sheffield, becomes nanny to his three children, because…TV logic.

It was a “She’s the Boss” take on the old nanny/butler/caretaker ruling the whole household trope with a bit of the rom-com, will they or won’t they between Fran and Maxwell throughout the years. Always clearly having the hots for one another, the pair finally tosses out the professional courtesies of their relationship and marry at the end of season five, turning the Kew Gardens JAP into a sitcom step-mom, and at the end of the show, she gives birth to twins.

The big elephant in the room is that nails-on-a-chalkboard voice of hers, certainly not attractive by most people’s standards. But nevertheless, if you can drown that nasally sound for a minute, then you know full well just how great Ms. Fine looks.

14 Becky Katsopolis - Full House

According to her IMDb profile, Lori Loughlin began her career as a model in print advertisements. But of course her eventual biggest claim to fame would be making just about every female in the world uber-green with envy as she became the femme fatale who was woman enough to tame the wild at heart Uncle Jesse on Full House.

Becky started the series as a foil for Danny Tanner, his co-host on Wake Up San Francisco. But rather quickly did she steal the heart of the motorcycle riding, Elvis loving, hair combing, loveable Jesse Katsopolis. Played by the seemingly immortal and ageless John Stamos (who pretty much has looked the same since Stephanie accidentally chopped off his epic eighties mullet), he had the look and the ability to be best Uncle ever. Its simple math, Hot Guy Great with Kids = women’s ovaries explode.

The couple married on Valentine’s Day in “a very special episode,” which included Jesse crooning it up to his bride, who would eventually give birth to twins Nicky and Alex, which turned the adorable couple into an adorable family, who would eventually come to live upstairs in the Tanner house, because there was no way the two best looking people on the show would be allowed to leave.

Even better, is that similar to some other ladies on this list, Loughlin too has only gotten hotter with age, and we still get to see her get her saccharine schmaltz on these days on Fuller House.

13 Debra Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond

The show might have been called, Everybody Loves Raymond, but rest assured most of us were leering at his wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton). For nine seasons, like most sitcoms of the time, Debra's greatest plights were dealing with her in-laws and of course her doofus husband.

She does her best to hide her malcontent for her in-laws from them, which leads to a lot of classic sitcom manic behavior, but with a mother-in-law like Marie Barone, this is a near impossible task. Not to mention the fact that her in-laws live right across the street and have no qualms about just walking over.

12 Carol Foster-Lambert - Step By Step

It was billed as a Brady Bunch for the nineties. So why not take a TV hunk from the late seventies and the early eighties, Patrick Duffy and one of the hottest women of the seventies, the insanely popular Suzanne Somers and make them the parents of six unruly children on Step by Step.

ABC offered Somers enough money to walk away from schilling Thighmasters (in case you were wondering where Somers got her tremendous yams from) to play Carol Foster, mother of three kids who would meet Duffy’s Frank and his three kids all while vacationing in Jamaica, getting hitched and forcing their kids to get along and love each other.

Just with this premise alone, anyone could see the Brady Bunch similarities. But this was the nineties, when it was perfectly fine for mom and dad to want to get it on a lot more than just at night, but unfortunately as we often saw on the show, with six kids ranging from toddler to teenager, that was insanely hard to do. You can’t blame Frank – he married a bombshell stunner, of course he would like to occasionally be with her without any of their children around.

Step by Step was part of the very popular TGIF lineup from ABC, and Somers was the rock this family leaned on for all kinds of advice, because no matter how beautiful she was, Carol was also a loving mother of three and did her best to show her three step-children she would always be there for them as well.

11 Nora Tyler Bing - Friends

Friends had the benefit of not one but three twenty-something cuties running around. What would become a staple of a lot of sitcoms was started with this show and it lives on in reruns to infinity and beyond.

While Monica always wanted to be a mom, she only becomes a mom at the end of the show. It would be Chandler's mom, Nora, who fits the bill on this list.

The equivalent of Stifler's mom (from American Pie), but on Friends, the group meets her while she is on a book tour. Not only is she hot, she's erotic novelist hot. The author of 'Mistress Bitch' actually crossed a line a lot of friends would never think would be crossed when she hit on and kissed Chandler's best friend Ross.

Played by one of television's most vivacious vixens, the sultry Morgan Fairchild, allowed Nora to be sweet, sexy, and most importantly for a sitcom, pretty funny. Honorable mention for Fairchild as well: another role she played for one episode was Brooke's (Shannon Elizabeth) mom on That '70s Show.

10 Jesse Warner - Jesse

Already one of the hottest girls of the nineties, Christina Applegate was known for playing the dumbest blonde, but also the hottest blonde bombshell in the world as Kelly Bundy on Married…with Children. She also got to show the world she isn’t as dumb as Kelly is when she played the lead role in the cult classic flick, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.

After her run as Kelly ended in 1997, she headed over to NBC to star in Jesse as Jesse Warner, a single mom trying to raise her nine-year-old son in cold AF Buffalo, NY. It didn’t run all that long, getting cancelled after two short seasons. But Applegate’s first starring role does land her on the list and fun fact – her son was played by Eric Lloyd, best known for playing Charlie in the Santa Clause movies.

Fans of Applegate’s will best remember the show for having her don a traditional German dirndl, as her job in the first season was working in a German bar.

9 Lisa Ann Hunter - Life's Work

During the nineties, seemingly every single stand-up comedian was offered a chance to have their own sitcom. Long before comedic cuties Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman made a splash, we had Lisa Ann Walter who first had an opportunity for Fox with a show called My Wildest Dreams. But when that didn’t work out, ABC tapped her to create her own show – Life’s Work.

On the show, Walter grew up liking to argue with her parents and therefore wanted to practice law. The show also starred Michael O’Keefe (Fred from Roseanne) and a young Alexa Vega as one of Lisa’s kids. The show was about something plenty of dual-income parents know about– juggling jobs and parental duties. Although it was short-lived, the show gave Walter enough clout to grab parts in films like the Parent Trap, Killers, and Bruce Almighty.

Nowadays, she’s still a hot mom, working on her stand-up routines to make a comeback to show today’s stand-up sexpots how it should be done.

8 Charlotte York Goldenblatt - Sex And The City

Definitely not a conventional sitcom, but after trying for so long, the hopeless romantic member of the SatC girls, Charlotte adopted Lily towards the end of the series run and eventually give birth to another daughter as well. Being a mom being hot being on a 90s sitcom lands you on the list, even if you became a mom in the series finale.

Charlotte spent a lot of years on Sex and the City looking for love, the kind that of love that people might call puppy love. Thinking she finally found it in Trey, she discovered things were going terribly wrong; the poor guy was actually impotent, and on top of not wanting to address it in therapy, landed the couple in hot water. But it was her own infidelities that really sealed their fate.

She would then meet Harry Goldenblatt, who also happened to be her divorce lawyer and the rest was history, even if the pair seemed like total opposites.

7 Midge Pinciotti - That '70s Show

She might have been nominated for a Razzie for her portrayal of Stacey Sutton, a Bond girl in A View to a Kill, and she sadly didn’t bring the ratings to Charlie’s Angels, where she played Julie Rogers, but just look that woman – Tanya Roberts was one of the hot girls of the eighties, which made her the perfect choice to play Donna’s mom, Midge on That '70s Show.

On the show, Midge was the neighborhood fantasy girl. No male was safe from her blonde bombshell dimwitted charms, and every single man on the show had something to say about how amazing Midge looked, especially in sweaters. But it was also some of those lines to Donna that let the world know, she’s not as much of a bimbo as you might think – in fact she says as much when telling Donna “Women have to pretend to be weak and fragile so that men can feel superior…Oh honey, men don’t control the world.”

Like most good women know, their looks can do a lot to control a man.

6 Rachel Green - Friends

Down to the nitty gritty here and it should come as no surprise that this woman is on this list. Often considered the hottest of the Friends cast, Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green.

Never before had any woman in television have as much affection lavished over her hair as Rachel had – in fact, the style was simply called 'the Rachel'. On the show, much of the rom-com drama came from the 'will they or won’t they' possibilities of a Happily Ever After for both Rachel and Ross. Their pairing and on-again/off-again romance was a big lynchpin of the series.

It was due to their frenetic romance that eventually Rachel would go from sitcom cutie to hot momma when she and Ross’ birth control failed, and nine months later Emma Geller-Green was welcomed into the world.

5 Marge Simpson - The Simpsons

For over 25 years we've all had a thing for a lady in a green dress with really tall blue hair. The matriarch of the Simpson clan, Marge Simpson, has had to juggle rearing three young rapscallions along with a complete moron of a husband and she has done with the grace and demure of any other real woman on this list.

Like the rest of her family, she has seemingly done it all over the course of thirty years – she was a flower child, a lounge singer, world class chef, the list is more or less endless and like the South Park episode once proclaimed, anything a sitcom can think of, more likely than not, “The Simpsons Did it.”

For those of you who don’t think Marge is attractive or even questioning why an animated character makes the list – the woman has posed for Playboy for crying out loud! Clearly, Hugh Hefner knows a thing or two about beautiful women.

4 Denise Huxtable - The Cosby Show

Nowadays, Bill Cosby and The Cosby Show might not be remembered as fact Roy as it once was. But for those who don't remember, in the late eighties and early nineties every single Thursday night we laughed and learned life lessons with the Cosby family.

With eight million Cosby kids running around the house, you're bound to get a wild card here and there and Denise Huxtable was the wildest child of them all. On screen and off, she was one of the hottest girls of the time, especially when the actress behind Denise, Lisa Bonet, was in the steamy Angel Heart and posing nude in Interview magazine, which landed her in very hot water with producers, getting fired when she became pregnant with Zoe Kravitz in real life.

Becoming a young mother in real life, eventually, Bonet would make amends with Cosby and return to the show, this time married with a step-daughter; the saccharinely adorable Olivia (Raven Simone), who would become Cosby’s comedic foil for the final few years of the show.

3 Peggy Bundy - Married... With Children

We’ve all met her before, the mother from hell. The mom who doesn’t seem to know her kids names let alone where they are or what they might be doing. On TV, this mom’s name was Peggy Bundy from the one of the crassest shows ever, Married…with Children.

This was one of the Fox network’s first big hits, and it lasted an amazing 11 years! The live audience hooted and hollered whenever trollop daughter Kelly was on screen. But her mother, Peggy certainly got her fair share of cheers as well. As wife to Al Bundy, Peg was someone who would always want to be heard, loved, and more importantly be made love to was a rough task to try and achieve, since the shoe salesman never seemed to want anything to do with her.

Katey Sagal (who also was mother from Hell of a different kind on Sons of Anarchy) played the role, playing off the stereotypical stay-at-home mom. Instead of vacuuming, cleaning, and cooking; she was lying around, watching Oprah, and smoking cigarettes.

Despite the wild red hair and ridiculous leopard stretch pants, fans knew how hot Peg was, and occasionally, even Al showed his true feelings for his wife by doing his best to please her.

2 Amy Matthews - Boy Meets World

Danielle Fishel's Topanga might have had the milkshake for a lot of younger viewers, but on the nineties cult classic, Boy Meets World, Betsy Randle's Amy Matthews was no slouch either in the looks department.

Amy Matthews had a lot of mother in her with three kids. There was the youngest of the three Morgan (remember her? Because Boy Meets World barely did), oldest son Eric being girl crazy and rapidly becoming a dope during the show (because every sitcom back then needed a bimbo character), and the titular Boy of the title, Cory, just finding himself about to hit the ever fun puberty part of growing up. Not to mention his best friend, latchkey kid, Shawn Hunter. She had her hands full like most TV moms, let alone real life ones, but she always handled things with the sweet natured goodness that made just about every kid want Amy for their own mom.

Not to mention every adult male wanting her for a wife, especially in several episodes where the focus was taken off of the kids and put on parents Alan and Amy.

1 Carol Willick And Susan Bunch - Friends

Before the very first scene inside of Central Perk, before the show Friends started, Carol Willick (Anita Barone) was married to Ross Gellar. Poor Ross got dumped in one of the worst ways a person could be – their significant other came out of the closet. Carol makes this list by getting preggers with Ross’ kid, and in a two-for-one sale, being played by two different actors.

In her first appearance, "The One with the Sonogram at the End", Carol was played by Anita Barone, a blonde girl-next-door looking woman, who would wind up becoming another sitcom mom on the War at Home, had the honors of announcing the pregnancy to Ross.

For every appearance after that, Carol was played by Jane Sibbet who would eventually bring along girlfriend and wife, Susan Bunch (Jessica Hecht). This would provide not one, but two more hot mommas to add to the list– to Ross' dismay, who did not get along with Susan at all, blaming her for the reason Carol turned gay.

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Whether you watched That '70s Show while it was on the air, or just binge watched it afterwards on Netflix, you can confirm it’s an amazing staple to the '70s - and it wasn’t even created 'til 1998! (Woah, has it really been that long?) That '70s Show is the perfect blend of awkward teenagers turning into adults, '70s counterculture, and sitcom humor. It's genius. Running for eight seasons, you can enjoy the show being a modern day teen or as someone who grew up as a teenager during the '70s. The show sparked the careers of many actors and actresses that are very well-known today (Hey Ashton and Mila!), but here are some lesser-known bits of trivia about the beloved That '70s Show:

15 Mila Kunis Lied About Her Age To Get The Role As Jackie

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Mila Kunis, the actress who plays Jackie Burkhart, plays the stereotypical American valley girl on the show. But in real life, her background is much different than that. Kunis immigrated with her family from the Ukraine to Los Angeles when she was seven. She picked up English by watching The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Her parents placed her in a children’s acting program when she was younger to make new friends - and soon she was landing auditions left and right. By the time she hit 14-years old, she was auditioning for the role of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show. But she had to sneak around the producers casting call. They didn’t want a minor because it would cause certain restrictions within the filming schedule. Kunis really wanted the role, so she didn’t exactly say she was a minor. Kunis told People, “I told them I was going to be 18. But I didn’t tell them when I was going to be 18!”

14 They Weren’t Allowed To Show Marijuana On Camera - So They Got Creative

One of the most well-known aspects of That '70s Show (along with the era of the seventies itself) was the reoccurring stoner circle scene (like the video above). It was the perfect way to capture the vibe of the era along with being the perfect tool to pull out the character’s deep thoughts with some added humor. Due to censorship rules, the showing of smoking marijuana was not allowed on cable television. The producers found their way around this by using a filming technique to shoot the character’s in a circle to imitate the passing of the said blunt. It eventually became a staple of the show. A fun fact to know about the smoke used in the shoots was that it was actually strawberry-scented movie smoke. Danny Masterson told Smashing Interviews Magazine; "They just pumped smoke. Most of us… Laura, Ashton, and I smoked cigarettes at the time. We’d be smoking cigarettes and holding them low, and then they would just pump in this movie smoke that smelled like strawberries. It was like some incense in the background."

13 Topher Grace Got Scouted At A High School Play

Who says high school productions mean nothing? For Topher Grace it actually meant the start of everything to him, being that it was the kick start to his career that got him his lead role on That '70s Show. The co-creators of the show, Bonnie and Terry Turner, were attending their daughter’s high school production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Topher Grace, the play’s lead, caught their eye. His performance was so powerful that a year later—while attending the University of Southern California— they called him up to audition for the part. Grace recalls the moment, telling The Washington Post “I was like, 'Yeah, babe, have your people call my people. We'll have lunch.’” Grace got a little luckier than just getting lunch, and instead got the role of a lifetime.

12 The Jackie/Hyde/Kelso Love Triangle Wasn’t The Original Love Triangle

It’s hard to imagine watching That '70s Show without constantly debating if you wanted Jackie with Kelso or Hyde. And then being bitterly disappointed when she ended up with (sorry, spoiler!) Fez in the finale! That love triangle really framed the show to have some crazy scenarios and wonderful tension, but it wasn’t the love triangle the writers originally intended. Pref explains that the writers wanted the romantic drama to spin from Eric and Hyde battling over Donna. Weird, right? When it went into production, the idea was tossed out quickly, switching to the love triangle between Jackie, Hyde, and Kelso—the trio we all know and love. If you watch closely in some earlier episodes, you can see the writers beginning to play with the Hyde and Donna concept.

11 Mila Kunis' Height Caused Some Framing Issues

Most people who have worked in some form of media production, know that staging the frame of a shot can be very important to the scene. The camera needs to see all actors perfectly. Those in media also know that if the actors in the shot have drastically different heights, it can cause some issues. This often was a dilemma on the set of That '70s Show when Mila Kunis and Laura Prepon were in a scene together. Even in the show, Jackie often teases Donna for being so tall, especially compared to her lanky boyfriend, Eric. Prepon stands at 5’10”, towering over Kunis’ petite frame of 5’4”. The producers got around this issue by having Kunis sit down, or dress her in platform heels. Good thing platforms were stylish during the seventies!

10 You Can Tell What Year It Is From The Opening Sequences License Plate

The issue of the time frame definitely got confusing during That '70s Show. Obviously, the entire show takes place during the '70s, but it doesn’t start the show in 1970 exactly. The show ran for eight seasons, starting in 1998 and ending in 2006 (in real life). In the That '70s Show universe, the seasons stretch from 1976, to having the season finale end right before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve to bring them into 1980. So, if you’re wondering why they seem to be in high school longer than usual, you just have to remember that each season doesn’t represent a full year. If this gets confusing, check Eric’s vista cruiser license plate in the opening credits - it always notes what year the episode is taking place. Why are we just finding this out now?!

9 Leo’s Character Was Based Off His Real Life Actor Tommy Chong

Leo is one of the show’s most prominent fan favorite characters (as minor as he may be). Leo owns the Foto Hut where Hyde begins to work. Even though he is Hyde’s boss, he doesn’t really care much about running the business as opposed to his other hobbies—like smoking weed. The gang even lets him join the circle sometimes. The actor that plays Leo, is Tommy Chong from Cheech & Chong. He's a comedian emulating stoner culture in the seventies. During the filming of the series, Chong even had to miss several seasons to serve jail time for drug paraphernalia. He did come back during the eighth season as a regular cast mate, though. Kurtwood Smith also based his character of Red Forman on a real person; his stepfather. Yikes, we can’t imagine what growing up with him must have been like.

8 Fez (Supposed To Be FES) Stands For 'Foreign Exchange Student'

One of the main mysteries of the show about Fez is trying to figure where the hell he came from. The other running gag regarding his background is his real name. While the spelling of Fez became popular as the show went on, Fez’s real nickname should actually be spelled Fes. Fes, is an acronym for foreign exchange student, because in his initial meeting with the gang, they realized they won’t be able to remember or pronounce it. Only once in the entire show does Fez say what his real, full name is. It is blocked out though, due to a loud noise overpowering his voice. We see Wilmer Valderrama, the actor of Fez, saying a long name, but it’s actually just him Pref Magazine tells us he's just listing the show’s characters’ names.

7 Jackie Is The Only One Who Calls Everyone By Their First Names

Speaking of names on the show, Jackie is the only character who calls everyone by their actual first name (besides Fez, of course). While everyone else will say, Foreman, Hyde, Kelso (and even sometimes Pinciotti), Jackie always says Eric, Steven, Michael, and Donna. It depicts her as less laid-back than her friends and sometimes makes it seem like she has the “mother yelling at her kids” tone of voice. Especially when it came to her yelling at her on-off boyfriends Hyde and Kelso. The characters weren’t the only ones who had troubles with names. The show's producers did as well. IFC explained that they wanted the show to be named after The Who lyrics; either “The Kids Are Alright” or “Teenage Wasteland,” but copyright laws prevented that. The show kind of ended up naming itself after all those legal issues, and we can’t imagine a more perfect name.

6 Some Of The Cast Members Were Not As Close As Their On-Screen Counterparts

According to E! True Hollywood Story on the show's cast and crew, the actors and actresses weren't all as close as the on-screen gang. Topher Grace and Lauren Prepon were good friends, but Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama, and Danny Masterson were always spotted around Los Angeles hanging out or partying together. They formed a boys crew during the heyday of That ‘70s Show, without Grace. It has never been confirmed or denied if there was actual tension or not between Grace and the other male actors, but the rumors were fueled when Grace left the show to pursue a film career. And apparently, when Grace returned for the final, he dashed to his car immediately after the last scene— while the rest of the cast and crew were getting emotional and saying their goodbyes. It seems if there was any beef between the gang, it was squashed after the show ended. Becayse they all reunited in 2013 and Masterson captured a snapshot of all of them for his Instagram.

Lisa Robin Kelly played the role of Eric’s sarcastic, promiscuous older sister, Laurie Forman. The sibling rivalry between Eric and Laurie was especially amusing to the show’s fans. The two characters were quick to take any opportunity to throw a jab at the other, providing the show with a lot of laughs. Issues off the screen were bubbling up for Kelly, however. The substance abuse issue eventually caused her to leave the show in the third season. The actress of Laurie was replaced by actress Christina Moore in season six, but she never quite captured Laurie the same way that Kelly did.

Kelly noted her abuse came after dealing with a miscarriage. Kelly was extremely effected by the loss, telling ABC News “as a result of that - I lost it. I lost everything and I was abusing alcohol.” Kelly attempted to recover from her issues with rehab, but sadly passed away on August 13th, 2013 due to a multiple drug intoxication.

4 The Theme Song’s Co-Writer Got Paid Every Time The Show Was On...

One of the best parts about watching an episode of That 70’s Show is jamming out with the rest of the cast to their theme song as the opening credits roll. Then we all yell out “Hello Wisconsin!” at the end in synchronization.

We have a fun fact, though. Every time the theme song aired, the co-writer of the song, Big Star singer Alex Chilton, got . He finds the amount ironic, stating in a Rolling Stone interview, “Yeah. It's actually ironic that the amount is . To me it's 'That Show.'" Music plays a big part in the show, capturing the psychedelic rock-driven era, and Hyde’s ongoing praises of Led Zeppelin. In the later seasons of the show, all the episodes are titled after songs from bands that defined the musical style of the seventies. Season five was "Led Zeppelin"; season six was "The Who," seven was "The Rolling Stones," and eight was "Queen."

3 Topher Grace Left The Show To Film 'Spider-Man 3'

At the end of season seven, Topher Grace’s character (Eric) left Point Place, Wisconsin in efforts to get a fully paid tuition after completing a year of teaching in Africa. In real life, Topher Grace himself left the show in order to play the role of the villain Eddie Brock or "Venom" in Spider-Man 3. This caused a huge shift in the dynamic of the show, due to Eric’s character being the focus of the show. Josh Meyers, the brother of SNL’s Seth Meyers, came on as Eric’s replacement, Randy Pearson.

Grace wasn’t the only actor to dip out early, though. Ashton Kutcher switched to a reoccurring guest role to slowly phase his character out - also to pursue his career further. Leo’s character became a regular again to take over Kelso’s goofy humor aspect of the show. Additionally, the film careers of the cast affected the cast in other ways than just stealing them away. Remember when Donna went blonde? It's because Laura Helene Prepon had to go blonde for another movie.

2 Jackie And Kelso Got Married IRL

If you were a fan of Jackie and Kelso’s relationship on the show, you probably lost your mind when they started dating in real life. Kunis and Kutcher kept in touch after the show wrapped in 2006. But the romantic feelings didn’t start until they met at an awards show later on.

Kunis recalls seeing Kutcher from the back, telling People “Then he just turns around and it was literally like if we were in a movie, the music would start playing and the violins would go. I think for the first time ever, he took my breath away–I was like f—, he’s good-looking.” The couple began dating in 2012, making their first public debut as a couple on September 23, 2012. In January of 2014, Kunis was spotted wearing an engagement ring, and soon after in March of the same year, the couple announced they were pregnant with their first child. On September 30th, 2014 baby girl Wyatt was born. Their second child, a boy named Dimitri was born in November 2016. It’s sweet to think that years prior, Kunis was nervous to perform an on-screen kiss with Kutcher as her costar (because that was her first kiss ever). And now they're married with kids! No, we’re not crying - you are!

1 They Tried To Make 'That 80s Show' - And Failed HARD

All good things have to come to an end at some point, and for That ’70s Show, the ending came at 11:59 P.M. on December 31st, 1979. A show all about the seventies couldn’t continue into the eighties; but producers and writers found a way around this.

A new show, That 80s Show, was created to tackle the neon-colored, teased-hair era. The show flopped during the first season and was later canceled. You may be surprised to know that the actor of Dennis Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia played the lead of That ‘80s Show, Corey Howard. There was also a British version of That ’70s Show called Days Like These produced also by the American version’s production company Carsey-Werner. The British show mimicked the American version so closely, that they went as far as using the same exact scripts, and just switching out American pop culture references with British ones! 

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