Netflix's latest offering, "That '90s Show" is a nostalgic spin-off of the beloved sitcom "That '70s Show." Set 15 years after the original series, the show centers around Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti, as she navigates her teenage years in the mid-90s.
The series is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, filled with carefully selected fashion and music details from the decade.
Subtle nods to the original series
"That '90s Show" is a spin-off of the iconic "That '70s Show," a sitcom that ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006.
The original series followed the adventures of a group of teenagers in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, between 1976 and 1979. In the new series, viewers will see familiar faces as Debra J Rupp and Kurtwood Smith reprise their roles as Kitty and Red Forman, while most of the original gang make at least cameo appearances.
A new generation in the familiar setting
The first episode of the series sees Eric and Donna returning to Point Place with their teenage daughter Leia, to find his parents as we left them. The Formans' basement is once again the hangout spot for a new generation of teens, consisting of Jay Kelso, the lively girl next door Gwen, and her dark older brother Nate, Nikki, and Ozzie.
The series sticks to the formula that made the original show a hit, with a mix of humor, coming-of-age moments, and relatable teenage struggles. With ten episodes of about 20 minutes each, the show is a perfect binge-watch for those looking for a dose of nostalgia.
Mila Kunis, one of the stars of the original "That '70s Show," recently spoke to TODAY about the upcoming spinoff series, "That '90s Show," set to premiere on Netflix in January 2023. Kunis expressed surprise at the direction the new series has taken, stating that she had originally assumed she would be paired with Wilmer Valderrama's character, Fez, in the spinoff.
However, the show's producers informed her that this would be too strange for audiences, and instead Kunis' character will be with Ashton Kutcher's character in the new series. “When (the spinoff) was presented to us, I was like, ‘So clearly I’m going to be with Fez,’ because I remember ending the show with Wilmer’s character," she said.
"And they’re like, ‘Well, that’s too weird for audiences, so now you and Ashton are together,’ and I was like, ‘That’s even weirder.' " As for the future of the series, whether it will be as successful as its predecessor and whether it will get a sequel remains to be seen.
But for fans of the original show, "That '90s Show" offers a chance to return to the familiar setting and characters that they've come to love.