Why ’90s Kids Love That ’70s Show

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Why ’90s Kids Love That ’70s Show

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander


t a time, when TV was rife with shows about friendship, love, and dating for older audiences, Indian teenagers were in a spot – their favourite characters were invariably aged between their late 20s and 30s. At 14, in between multiple reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and Two and a Half Men, I yearned for characters who would articulate adolescent dreams, ambitions, and rebellion.

It was then that I stumbled upon That ’70s Show. The show, which turned 20 a couple of days ago, depicted post-war ’70s life in a middle-class neighbourhood in Wisconsin and revolved around the troublesome shenanigans of six impudent teenagers. There’s gawky Eric Forman, pretty-boy knucklehead Michael Kelso, burnout Steven Hyde (who’s actually a softie), no-nonsense Donna Pinciotti, self-absorbed rich girl Jackie Burkhart, and Fez, the foreign exchange student. These proud badge-holders of the “basement-blazers club” were often found in the throes of adolescence, taking baby steps into the real world, and standing up to their parents. I mean, they could’ve easily been my friends.