That '70s Show

It was the decade of “disco” and social change, the 1970′s.  Now, WBBZ-TV brings the contemporary classic comedy, “That 70′s Show” to you weeknights at 10 & 10:30p.m.

That ’70s Show is a sitcom that originally aired on the Fox network from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point PlaceWisconsin, during the fictional time of May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.

The teenage all star cast members include Topher GraceMila KunisAshton KutcherDanny MastersonLaura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama. The main adults on the show includedDebra Jo RuppKurtwood SmithDon Stark and, during the first three seasons, Tanya Roberts.

The show picks up on social issues of the 1970s such as feminismsexual attitudes, generational conflict, the economic hardships of the 1970s recession, mistrust of theAmerican government by blue-collar workers, and teenage drug use. The series highlights developments in the entertainment industry of the time, including the television remote(“the clicker”), the video game PongMAD magazine, and Eric’s obsession with Star Wars.

The dynamic of the relationship between Eric and Donna grows through the seasons.  While a situation comedy, “That 70′s Show”  presents the problems faced when the Formans were in danger of losing their home due to Red’s hours being cut back at the auto parts plant where he worked.

The show also featured guest-starring actors from 1970s TV shows that air on WBBZ-TV through the MeTV Network, such as Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show); Valerie Harper (Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show); Tom Poston (The Bob Newhart Show); Pamela Sue Martin (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries); Tim Reidand Howard Hesseman (WKRP in Cincinnati); Eve PlumbBarry Williams and Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch); Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (Happy Days); Monty Hall (Let’s Make A Deal); Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show); Don Knotts,Richard Kline and Jenilee Harrison (Three’s Company); and Danny Bonaduce and Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family).

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