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TV Shows For Life – ‘That ’70s Show’

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

15 years ago, every girl dreamed of being as cute as Jackie (Mila Kunis) and as cool as Donna (Laura Prepon), every dude wanted to be as handsome as Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and as awesome as Hyde (Danny Masterson), while every dad strived to be as badass as Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith).

I was all about which hard rock band is cooler, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin (the second one, obviously), it was all about who will hook up with whom, while the gang did nothing but hang out in Eric’s basement getting high on youth, quality rock music, and well, some other stuff. What else could they ask for, right?

The Timeless Themes

That ’70s Show” addressed some of the major social issues of the 1970s (many of which are still present today), such as sexism, sexual attitudes, generational conflict, the economic hardships and recession, mistrust of the American government by blue-collar workers, and teenage drug use.

Now, almost 50 years later, nothing’s really changed. Sexism is still present, economy is screwed up completely, and the only thing that is different when it comes to teenage drug use is the fact that they are now also dealing them.

The Circle Scene

One of the most memorable parts of the series is the circle scene in which the gang sits in a circle (generally in Eric’s basement), as the camera pans, stopping at each character as they talk about some irrelevant things, or they simply acknowledge just how high they really are right now.

Thick clouds of smoke, frequent coughing and laughing, and the shots were taken via extreme wide-angle lens in order to emphasize the “drug-induced” feel.

However, the audience never saw anyone actually smoking or passing the joint.

The show, on the other hand, praised some of the most popular developments in the entertainment industry – the television remote, or the clicker, is one of the greatest things ever for Red Forman, the video game Pong hints the outbreak of video gaming industry, there’s also the birth of the most awesome music genre ever – progressive/psychedelic rock, and of course, Eric’s obsession with Star Wars.

Yep, nothing has changed, indeed. Should it, though?