The ’90s are making a comeback on Netflix — but are we really ready for this?!
’90s kids, get ready to feel old — like “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” old. A spin-off of That ’70s Show is reportedly coming to Netflix, and it’s going to be all about the decade of butterfly clips, dELiA*s catalogues, and baby tees. That’s right — That ’90s Show is officially a go.
While there’s no word yet on whether Eric and Donna or any of the rest of the bell-bottomed, feather-haired gang from the original show will be back, there’s a decent chance we’ll get to see what at least some of them are up to in the ’90s (Lots of rollerblading? Sitting around waiting for their dial-up internet to connect? Perusing the shelves at Blockbuster?).
Per Variety, the show will center around 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 will reprise their roles as Kitty and Red.
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.
Are we sure we wanna dredge all that back up? Isn’t it too soon — like way too soon — to be revisiting the ’90s?
I hate to do this to you, but I’m going to go ahead and answer that question. As much as I don’t want to admit it, the 90s obviously ended more than 21 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. I feel like I need to go check my retirement account after typing that, because apparently I’m old AF.
According to Deadline, the show will start off in 1995 — basically right at the height of the Boy Band era, not to mention the Spice Girls phenomenon, which definitely gives the show plenty of nostaglia fuel.
The creators of That ’70s Show have tried this spin-off thing once before, with the very short-lived That ’80s Show — but Netflix is reportedly banking on the new generation of fans that discovered That ’70s Show on the streaming service to make this latest follow up a hit — and who knows how many of those potential viewers were even born yet in the 90s? Ugh.
While we wait for the show to debut (there’s no date set currently), I’ll just be over here waiting to find out if Netflix is going to start offering me a senior citizen’s discount soon.