It’s the golden age of revamps of beloved shows, so it’s not surprising that Netflix recently announced the upcoming debut of That ’90s Show, a continuation of That ’70s Show, which ran on Fox from 1998 to 2006.
That ’70s Show was to the ’90s what Happy Days was to the ’70s: a light-hearted, nostalgia-fueled sitcom looking fondly back at a specific decade 20 years prior. That ’70s Show’s Richie Cunningham was Eric Forman (Topher Grace), a teenager with a stern dad (Kurtwood Smith as Red), a loving mom (Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty), an oddball collection of friends, and a huge crush on the red-headed girl next door (Laura Prepon as Donna). The sitcom offered a cheeky look at the decade (Who could forget the circular pot conversations in the basement? The trippy segues? The numerous guest spots by ’70s luminaries like Charo, Shirley Jones, and Alice Cooper?), grounded in the Formans’ cozy brand of family comedy and the genuine affection among the close friend group of Eric, Donna, Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Hyde (Danny Masterston), Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), and Jackie (Mila Kunis).
Along with Netflix’s That ’90s Show announcement comes the news that many of the main ’70s Show cast members will be seen in the new 10-episode series. Red and Kitty will be regulars, as the grandparents of Eric and Donna’s daughter Leia Forman (shout-out to the season one Star Wars episode, “A New Hope”), played by Callie Haverda, who comes to stay with them for the summer in Point Place, Wisc. So it looks like Eric and Donna will show up eventually, along with some other Point Place natives, as it’s been confirmed that Grace, Prepon, Kutcher, Kunis, and Valderrama will all be making appearances in the new series (probably in the first episode, dubbed “That ’90s Pilot”). But news of the cast’s return got us to wondering what that ’70s crew has been up to over the past 16 (!) years. Read on to find out.