Air Dates: August 23, 1998–May 18, 2006
Stars: Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, Kurtwood Smith, Debra Jo Rupp, Tanya Roberts, Tommy Chong, Don Stark
Stoner guys and gals in bell bottoms just shootin' the shit in 1970s suburban Wisconsin—that's what made That '70s Show so damn good. For its eight-season run, the show succeeded on its ability to mix dumb fun and toilet jokes with the awkwardness of real teenage issues, like college and virginity. Not to mention, it gave us one of the most memorable characters to ever grace television: delusional ladies man, Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), i.e. the Screech of the new generation.
But the show not only introduced audiences to their new group of TV best friends, it also launched the careers of a couple of the funnier actors in Hollywood, namely Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Evidently, no similar sitcom could live up to the precedent it set, and that includes the quickly canceled dud, That '80s Show. —TA