Nearly 18 years after That ’70s Show wrapped its eight-season, 200-episode run, Netflix is set to do a reboot of everyone’s favorite basement dwellers in That ’90s Show, a spinoff set smack dab in the decade of grunge rock, super Divas, Super Nintendo, big hair and Tamagotchis.
Cameras officially began rolling on the highly anticipated offshoot in February, with a new generation of teenagers (including Eric and Donna’s daughter Leia) set to raid Red and Kitty’s fridge on a regular basis.
The 10-episode offshoot picks up in 1995, and Eric and Donna’s teenage daughter Leia is “desperate for some adventure in her life… or at least a best friend who isn’t her dad,” according to the official logline.
“When she arrives in Point Place to visit her grandparents, Leia finds what she’s looking for right next door when she meets the dynamic and rebellious Gwen.
With the help of Gwen’s friends — including her lovable brother Nate, his smart, laser-focused girlfriend Nikki, the sarcastic and insightful Ozzie, and the charming Jay.
Leia realizes adventure could happen there just like it did for her parents all those years ago. Excited to reinvent herself, she convinces her parents to let her stay for the summer.”
Spoiler Alert: That ’90s Show is once again set at the Foreman house in Wisconsin, where Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) and Red (Kurtwood Smith) are now empty nesters, their son Eric (Topher Grace) long gone and married to his longtime love, Donna (Laura Prepon).
But one summer in the ’90s, Eric and Donna’s daughter Leia (yep, named after the Star Wars character) comes to visit, hanging out in the basement with a new group of friends. Of these new friends, Kitty and Red will have to contend with Jay Kelso (Mace Coronel), the son of Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Jackie (Mila Kunis).
The original cast, will also make their appearances, and everyone is excited to experience than the one and only Fez portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama. The foreign exchange student turned dreamboat is living the American dream as the proud owner of a chain of hair salons called Chez Fez
Why the 90’s were special:
The decade tracked a timeline-wise (the original series ended nearly 20 years ago), and apart from our current obsession with all things Y2K, the ’90s were the last era that teens would actually be sitting around just chatting without the distraction of a screen.
Lindsey Turner, daughter of the original creators and another creative on the reboot, told Variety, “The ’90s was the last time that people were looking up; they weren’t looking down at their phones.
It was that last place of a real kind of engagement, having to make your own fun and really connecting with each other”. “They were magical times”
A bunch of newcomers will round out the cast, including Callie Haverda as Leia Foreman; Ashley Aufderheide as Kitty and Red’s neighbor Gwen; Maxwell Acee Donovan as Gwen’s brother Nate; Sam Morelos as Nate’s girlfriend Nikki; and Reyn Doi and Mace Coronel as their pals Ozzie and Jay.
That ‘90s Show is set to premiere on Netflix on January 19th, and we can’t wait to witness the magic for the first season.