It looks like Netflix truly wants to play with our nostalgia, as Variety has just shared they are developing a spinoff of That ’70s Show titled That ’90s Show. It’ll be a multi-cam sitcom with ten episodes currently ordered. It’ll take place in 1995, where we’ll meet Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric and Donna. Over the summer, she’s visiting her grandparents and introduces us to a familiar location 20 years in the future. Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith are set to return as Kitty and Red Forman.
That’s not all that is returning, as alum Gregg Mettler will be serving as showrunner alongside the original’s creators Bonnie, and Terry Turner, who’ll be joined by their daughter Lindsey. Smith and Rupp also join as executive producers. The Carsey-Werner Company’s Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner are also returning to executive produce. We’re seeing a lot of talent return from the 1998 Fox show.
It’s not the first time a continuation was pitched, as they originally wanted to tackle a spinoff in the ’90s way back. So, it’s not too surprising that quite a few of the original writers and even the creators are returning. It’ll be interesting to see how the show captures the spirit and if we might see other familiar faces return. Netflix’s The Ranch acted as a reunion show for many actors from That ’70s Show. The show was popular when it streamed on the service, and it might not be the last time they bring back a classic franchise.