Feature show of the month: That 70’s Show, a nostalgic blast from the far out past

“That ’70s Show” is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from Aug. 23, 1998 to May 18, 2006. The series focuses on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wis., from May 17, 1976 to Dec.31, 1979. Even though the show is set in such a distant time period it is targeted to the teenage audience of today’s day and age.

What I like most about  the series is the relatability and familiarity of the characters. The cast felt as if they were my friends telling me a story from the past.

My favorite character was Leo, the hitchhiker. I found him fascinating because at the beginning we, the audience we come to think of him as nothing but the typical hippy, but as the show goes on more and more details are unraveled about his life story and realize just how complex his character is. 

I liked how careless and forgetful he was but things always seemed to work out for him. I admired him in many ways such as his easy going attitude, kindness, and most of all his friendliness and humbleness. He embodies everything I wish to be when I reach adulthood.

Fez was my second favorite character, because I could relate to how he felt as a foreigner. I also enjoyed the long running mystery of where Fez comes from and how every time he is about to reveal his secret he is conveniently interrupted.

It is so silly and simple, yet that 70s show effectively captures the complexity of the life of a teenager. Even though it is set in a time period that is so distant, it closely resembles what teenagers go through in this day and age. It helped me realize that everybody goes through the struggles of growing up and experiences relationship problems with friends or family no matter where or when they grow up.

“Adolescence seems to last an eternity, until you’re over it and the only thing that seems to last that long is the time that passes between sleep. “That ’70s Show” gets that, and it also gets the significance we bestow on places and events,” Top critic on rotten tomatoes, Erik Adams said.

That 70s show definitely places in my top 10 favorite TV shows of all time. However the writing has had some low brow humor at times and has been a bit too plain. Nevertheless, I found it  the writing hilarious and at times, and unpredictable at others. 

The cast’s strength was key in overcoming some of the flaws in the show’s broadly pitched humor…but even the show’s failings point back to its core strengths,” top critic Rob Humanick said.

I recall finishing the entire show,  which consists of 8 seasons, within a couple of weeks. It is extremely addictive and it will leave you wanting more after the show ends. Overall, however, the show was delightful and hilarious and I give it eight and a half “I said good day”s out of 10.