Some Historical Bloopers From ‘That 70s Show’ [VIDEO]
That 70s Show debuted on Fox television on August 23, 1998 and ran for eight seasons, with its last show happening on May 18, 2006. The show took place in a fictional town known as Point Place, Wisconsin. For 200 episodes the show centered around a group of teens and their parents. Cast members included Topher Grace, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
What made this show special was that it was a period sitcom and set during the later half of the 1970s (1976-1979).
With a period piece, producers had to be very careful of what was shown on screen or referred to, so the viewer is not brought out of the ‘reality’ of the show.
An exaggerated example would be if one of the main characters made a reference to Ronald Reagan as being The President of the United States. Since this show is set between 1976 and 1979 they would talk about President Jimmy Carter. (Reagan took office in 1981)
A lot of period consumer products and technology were used as props to help keep the time period in tact, but every once in a while a keen eye will spot something that the producers missed.
Here are a few examples of things that were not historically accurate on the show.
Cassette tapes made of clear plastic – Everybody loved a good mix tape in the 70s, but they should have been a solid color because the clear plastic ones were not made until 1984.
Snack Pack Pudding – Snack Pack’s were introduced to the public in 1968. So far so good, but it wasn’t until 1984 that the Hunts Company began to package them in plastic. During the time period of That 70s Show, the guys should have been spooning out their pudding from a tin can.
Green light saber – Topher Grace’s character, Eric Foreman, was a huge Star Wars fan and you may remember him with a green light saber in an episode or two. Well, the green version wasn’t produced until Return of the Jedi hit movie theaters in 1983.
So, now that we’ve gone over a few of the subtle bloopers, let’s take a look at some that not so subtle over the 8 year run of the show.
You can always see if you spot more inaccurate product placement by checking out the episodes HERE.