Warning: This text comprises spoilers about season 1 of That ’90s Present.
Howdy once more, Wisconsin! Nearly each That ’70s Show character returned to hang around (down the road) on That ’90s Show. Netflix’s revival of the enduring Fox comedy delivered heavy doses of nostalgia whereas additionally updating followers on what occurred to a lot of the beloved characters virtually twenty years after the the occasions of the That ’70s Present sequence finale.
So who returned to reprise their roles, and the place did all of the characters find yourself in 1995? And why was one main character conspicuously absent from the revival?
Kitty and Pink Forman
Out of all the unique characters, the Forman dad and mom have the most important position to play within the revival. A lot of the motion as soon as once more takes place in Pink (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty’s (Debra Jo Rupp) beloved home in Level Place, Wis. There is a new group of teenagers taking on the basement, nonetheless, since Eric (Topher Grace) and his associates have all grown up and moved away, however they nonetheless have a serious connection to the unique crew since Leia (Callie Haverda) is definitely Eric and Donna’s (Laura Prepon) daughter. And since Kitty unintentionally offers Leia Eric’s outdated stash of pot from when he was a teen, she inadvertently brings the enduring “circle” conversations to a brand new technology.
Patrick Wymore/Netflix Topher Grace as Eric Forman and Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti on ‘That ‘90s Present.’
Eric and Donna
Within the premiere, Eric and Donna return to Level Place with Leia to go to Pink and Kitty for the Fourth of July. It was solely supposed to be a brief keep for the vacation, however the inexperienced Leia makes new associates within the neighborhood who get her out of her consolation zone to attempt new issues, so she finally convinces her dad and mom to let her spend the entire summer time dwelling along with her grandparents.
By the tip of the premiere, a reluctant Eric and Donna return house to Chicago, the place she’s an writer and he’s an adjunct professor educating the Faith of Star Wars. Nevertheless they return in later episodes to verify in on Leia all through the summer time for varied causes, and to take her house to Chicago when summer time ends within the finale.
Prepon additionally took on a much bigger position behind the digicam, as she directed the ultimate two episodes of the season.
Netflix Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso and Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart on ‘That ’90s Present.’
Jackie and Kelso
Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) and Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) did not get their fortunately ever after on That ’70s Present. The previous highschool sweethearts ended the unique sequence as exes, and Jackie was in a relationship with Fez (Wilmer Valderrama). However they’re all alright now — they discovered their manner again to one another in That ’90s Present.
The premiere reveals that Jackie and Kelso are literally on their strategy to their “second remarriage” once they cease by Pink and Kitty’s home to drop the bomb that the neighborhood boy Leia is crushing on is definitely their teenage son Jay (Mace Coronel). Kelso is proud to introduced that Jay takes after his father’s playboy methods (he even drops a traditional “BURN!” later within the season, additional proving he is his father’s son) but additionally has his mother’s brains. To say that Pink and Kitty are horrified is an enormous understatement.
As for Jackie’s ex, Fez returns a number of instances all through the season. He first seems in episode 2 to spill the tea on what occurred to his relationship with Jackie since we final noticed them onscreen within the That ’70s Present finale.
Now the proprietor of the profitable salon chain Chez Fez, Fez offers Kitty a haircut and divulges that he and Jackie finally broke up as a result of he discovered she nonetheless had emotions for Kelso. He really caught her on the telephone with Kelso whereas they have been on trip collectively, and he or she finally left him there. He spent the remainder of the journey getting kicked out of sizzling tubs for “speaking an excessive amount of.” Fez is now courting the Formans’ neighbor Sherri (Andrea Anders), the mother of two of Leia’s new associates, and he returns once more within the finale to solidify their relationship.
The one unique essential character who would not return for the revival is Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) because of the actor’s actual life authorized troubles. Masterson was charged in June 2020 with “forcibly raping three ladies in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003.” The ladies have been all known as Jane Does. Masterson, who denied all fees, was arrested and launched after posting bond on a $3.3 million bail. The rape trial in Los Angeles ended in a mistrial in November 2022 after jurors stated they could not attain a consensus. A retrial is scheduled for March.
Regardless of being a essential character all through your entire run of That ’70s Present, sarcastic loner Hyde would not seem neither is he even talked about by any of the opposite characters in any respect in season 1 of That ’90s Present. Additionally, his absence is not defined.
Netflix Wilmer Valderrama as Fez on ‘That ‘90s Present.’
Donna’s goofball father Bob (Don Stark) could not stay in Level Place subsequent to Pink and Kitty anymore, however he nonetheless makes his return in episode 6 to shock his granddaughter Leia for her birthday. It turns into a contest to out-impress Pink and change into Leia’s favourite grandpa, and Bob finally brings the cringe by performing probably the most inappropriate karaoke track at Leia’s celebration in true Bob vogue.
It would not be proper to convey again That ’70s Present characters with out lovable stoner Leo! The legendary Tommy Chong makes his return in a number of episodes, and over 17 years later, he is nonetheless as excessive as a kite as he was within the unique sequence.
Jim Rash is the final shock cameo of the season, showing within the finale as Sherri’s tough landlord. However he and Fez lastly squash their longstanding beef when Fez offers him a gorgeous blonde wig in change for him lastly fixing up all the problems in Sherri’s home, which in flip proves to Sherri that Fez is a worthwhile boyfriend to maintain round.
That ’90s Present is now streaming on Netflix.
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