20 Fascinating Things You Might Not Know About That 70s Show

Red Forman: What have I said about comparing your sister to the devil?
Eric: That it’s offensive to the devil?


1. Fez(s)” actually stands for “Foreign Exchange Student”.

2. Mila Kunis lied to the producers about her age – she was only 14 years old when filming began. She had her first kiss with Ashton Kutcher as part of Jackie and Kelso’s romance on the show. The two are also together in real life. The couple had their first child in 2014 and were married in 2015.


3. The stoner circle was a way to get around censors. The producers weren’t allowed to show the characters smoking pot, so they did a stoner circle confessional that clearly indicated they were high. The rotating camera that went from character to character is supposed to mimic a “puff, puff, pass” sequence without showing an actual joint being passed around.


4. Topher Grace (Eric Forman) was discovered when That 70s Show creators Bonnie and Terry Turner saw him in their daughter’s high school play.


5. Kurtwood Smith (Red Forman) is the only actor on the show who is actually from Wisconsin, where the show takes place.


6. Danny Masterson, the actor who plays Hyde, was the eldest of the six main characters. When filming began in 1998, the actor was 22 years old. Conversely, Mila Kunis (Jackie), was the youngest of the group of six. She was 22 when the show ended in 2006.

7. When the show was in its early stages, there was the idea that Eric and Hyde would have a bitter rivalry over Donna. However, when filming started and the characters began to develop, the idea was tossed.


8. Topher Grace took a leave of absence from the show in 2005 in order to film Spider Man 3.

9. In real life, the show lasted eight years (1998-2006). The timeline of the show, however, is half of that, set from 1976-1980.


10. In many scenes, Mila Kunis (Jackie) had to either wear platform heels or sit down in order to appear in the same frame as Laura Prepon (Donna) because of the height difference.

11. Laura Prepon (Donna) dated Christopher Masterson, Danny Masterson’s (Hyde’s) brother.


12. Kelso “falls” off of the water tower a total of 5 times during the show.


13. After Season 3, Kitty Forman’s smoking habit was slowly phased out. This is because Debra Jo Rupp, the actress who played Kitty, kicked the habit in real life.

14. Jackie is the only character to call her friends by their first names no matter what (instead of Forman, Hyde, Kelso, and sometimes Pinciotti).


15. At one point, Donna had two sisters on the show. One was Tina, her younger sister who was eventually written out. There was also a never-seen older sister named Valerie who was off at college.

16. Chuck Norris almost played the character of Red Forman, but was unavailable due to filming Walker, Texas Ranger.

17. In the entire series, Fez only reveals his real name once on the show. But the moment he says it, there’s a loud sound. In real life, Wilmer Valderrama was just saying all of the show’s characters’ names.

18. During the filming of the series’ final episode, Laura Prepon (Donna) could not stop crying. Filming was delayed time and time again so she could collect herself and continue acting.

19. Originally, the show was going to be named either, “The Kids Are Alright” or “Teenage Wasteland”. Both of these names, however, are references to songs by The Who, and legal issues prevented the show from using these names. In the end, the show was named, quite simply, “That 70s Show.”


20. Kitty Forman, played by Debra Jo Rupp, wears a red blouse and floral skirt in the first scene of the first season. She wears the same red blouse and floral skirt in the last scene of the last season.

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