Netflix announced on Friday that the That ‘70s Show spinoff will return with 16 more episodes due to its success over the past month.
“All of us at That ‘90s Show were beyond excited by the warm, enthusiastic response to our first season," co-creator Gregg Mettler said in a statement. "We can’t wait to return to Point Place for another summer of laughs and surprises. Hello 1996!”
According to Netflix, the show hit Netflix's Top 10 English TV list in 35 different countries with over 41 million hours viewed just since it hit screens a month ago.
“We owe the fans, old and new, for taking the trip with us in the first season — and we can’t wait to be there with them in the second season," said co-creator and executive producer Lindsey Turner.
The show follows Eric and Donna’s teenaged daughter, Leia, as she spends a summer back in her mom and dad’s Wisconsin hometown with her grandparents. Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith reprise their roles as Kitty and Red.
While spending time with her grandparents, Leia, played by Callie Haverda, meets their nextdoor neighbor Gwen, played by Ashley Aufderheide. She becomes part of a tight-knit friend group who will get together every summer. While viewers don’t know much about Season 2 yet, we do know that each season of the show will represent another summer Leia spends in Wisconsin with her grandparents.
So far, not much has changed in Point Place, Wisconsin, since Eric, Donna, and the rest of the kids came of age. Red Foreman is still a grump. Kitty Foreman is still a sweet, well-meaning mother figure, and kids are still getting stoned in their basement while they are none the wiser.
The producers of That ‘70s Show and now That ‘90s Show say they like the idea of skipping an entire year between seasons of the show.
“They physically change, they emotionally change, their lives have changed, their goals have changed,” producer Bonnie Turner says. “It just was great story fodder.”
Another producer, Terry Turner explained, “Setting it only during the summer gets the whole school and having-to-go-to-class thing out of the way, which we discovered on the original show, that wasn’t where it was interesting. It was more interesting in the basement… also, people change when they go away.”
“They come back nine months later and when they’re teenagers, sometimes there’s a radical change, sometimes not. But sometimes people have decided to go a completely different path,” Turner added.
Several original characters from That '70s Show have made guest appearances on the spin-off, including Eric (Topher Grace), Donna (Laura Prepon), Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), and Jackie (Mila Kunis).
When does Season 2 of That ‘90s Show come out?
The first season only premiered on January 19, 2022, so fans are in for a bit of a wait for Season 2. There’s official word yet on what the timeline will be.
Netflix has already ordered ten episodes of That ’90s Show, and if I’m remembering my youth correctly, I’m guessing body glitter will feature heavily in at least a few of them, as well as plaid shirts, chokers, and platform sneakers. And quick question: did all your ’90s fashion crimes flash through your mind when you read that last sentence? Because mine totally did, and many of them involved JNCO.
And for anyone still lamenting that it’s too soon to revisit the 90s? Here’s the math: the 90s obviously ended more than 23 years ago. That’s actually a longer gap than the one between when That ’70s Show premiered (1998) and the end of the decade it depicted. Go check on your retirement account now, because apparently we’re all old AF.
The creators of That ’70s Show have tried this spin-off thing once before, with the very short-lived That ’80s Show — but it seems like this time, they have a hit on their hands.
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