The final season of That ’70s Show was pretty awful, and on top of that, it didn’t give fans the closure they needed. It was undercooked and mostly absent from the leads, with Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace focusing more on their Hollywood pursuits than honoring the once-beloved sitcom that made them household names. Thankfully, That ’90s Show gives everyone the opportunity to right past mistakes and take the franchise into the future.
That ’90s Show will see most of the original characters return, but the sequel will mostly revolve around a new group of teenagers hanging out down the street doing the same thing they did last week. The groovy fashions of the 1970s will no doubt be replaced by plaid flannel shirts, horizontally striped tees and other 90s apparel. Grunge, hip hop and fake pop are the music of the day. However, it’s very likely that the new characters will experience the same youthful angst that Eric, Donna, Jackie, Kelso, and Fez went through in their formative years.
Revivals, reboots, and sequels are always risky ventures, but Netflix has a good track record of doing so in the past. “Fuller House” and “Cobra Kai” are prime examples of modern shows that have captivated fans old and new alike. It remains to be seen if “That ’90s Show” will have a similar impact on audiences, but I believe it will. That ’70s Show has had more brilliant seasons than bad ones, and the cast and crew have had years to refine their ideas for the upcoming sequel. Additionally, the fresh faces will hopefully resonate with a new generation of fans and ensure “That ’90s Show” has staying power.