That ‘90s Show, the sequel series to the hit sitcom That ‘70s Show, finally premiered on Netflix on Thursday. And with the entire first season of the sequel now available to stream on the platform, fans were given an update on where some of their favorite characters from the original ended up 15 years after the events of the parent series.
What happened to Donna and Eric on That ‘70s show?
Eric Foreman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon) had an on-again, off-again relationship throughout the entire run of That ‘70s Show. Although it seemed that the two had gone separate ways for good after Eric left for Africa in the final season, he came back in the series finale, where he and Laura shared a kiss.
At the start of That ‘90s Show, it was revealed that Eric and Donna are married and living in Chicago. Donna is an author, while Eric works as a professor of Star Wars studies, which explains the name of their now 14-year-old daughter, Leia (Callie Haverda).
In the first episode of the sequel series, Eric and Donna brought Leia to the house of her grandparents, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty Foreman (Debra Jo Rupp), for a quick vacation. Eric and Leia were supposed to go to space camp together, but after Leia made friends in Point Place, she decided to stay for the entire summer.
The father and daughter duo argued over the latter’s decision, with the former getting a taste of what it’s like to be a parent to a teen. Although they eventually made up, Eric headed to space camp alone, leaving Leia to spend time with her new friends.
Eric didn’t return for any more episodes, but Donna came back for a couple more. She popped up in the middle of the season when she mistakenly thought her daughter was going to have sex, and one last time in the finale when she picked Leia up.
What happened to Hyde at the end of That ‘70s Show?
In the latter part of That ‘70s Show, Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) was given the last functioning Grooves record store owned by his father, suggesting that he would be staying in Point Place for good after returning from Las Vegas and marrying a stripper named Samantha (Jud Tylor). But in the finale itself, Hyde confirmed that he and his “wife” Samantha had officially split, pointing out that she was actually married to another man.
Unfortunately for fans, Masterson was not asked to return for That ‘90s Show due to the sexual assault allegations made against him. The sequel series didn’t also mention his character all, leaving fans clueless about Hyde’s whereabouts 15 years after the events of the original’s finale.
Is Brooke’s baby Kelso’s?
Yes. Brooke Rockwell’s (Shannon Elizabeth) child is Michael Kelso’s (Ashton Kutcher). For those who may have forgotten, Kelso was the first member of the original gang to experience adulthood when he had sex with Brooke and impregnated her. At first, Brooke didn’t want Kelso in her child’s life, but the pair talked things out and prepared for the birth of their baby, which happened at the beginning of season 7. They named their Betsy, who was revealed to be conceived during a Molly Hatchet concert. In the final season of the original series, Kelso moved to Chicago to be with Brooke and Betsy.
Kelso appeared in an episode of That ‘90s Show, but there was no mention of either Brooke or Betsy.
Who did Kelso marry?
Kelso didn’t marry Brooke during the original series, but it was revealed in That ‘90s Show that he and his former lover, Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) got back together at some point after the original’s finale. The reunited lovers eventually got married and now have a teenage son, named Jay (Mace Coronel). Jay Jay is a ladies’ ma like his father and a straight-A student like his mom. In the first season of the sequel series, Jay struck up a romance with Leia.
Why did Jackie end up with Fez?
Kelso wasn’t the only one who dated Jackie in That ‘70s Show. Jackie also had a romantic relationship with Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), who was actually the man she ultimately chose to be with at the end of the series finale.
Although Kelso proposed to her, Jackie remained single for the most part of the eighth and final season of That ‘70s Show. While she admitted that she loved and thought of Kelso as her soulmate at the time, Jackie didn’t accept his proposal. At the end of the season, Jackie realized Fez had all the qualities she was looking for in a man, which led the two to share a kiss in the finale.
Apparently, Jackie and Fez had broken up, because, as previously mentioned, the latter is now married to Kelso. Kelso and Jackie briefly appeared in the first episode of That ‘90s Show, when they stopped by the Forman’s to pick up their son Jay.
Goofy as ever, Kelso was seen giving goofy advice to his son and flirting with Kitty, Jackie came in yelling for them to leave. Before the pair go, they revealed that they’re having their “second remarriage,” which suggests that they have never stopped breaking up and getting back together.
As for Fez, That ‘90s Show revealed that he now owns a chain of salons called Chez Fez. He also began dating the Forman’s neighbor, Sherri Runck (Andrea Anders), who lives in the Pinciotti’s old house. Although the two ended up splitting in episode 3, they rekindled their romance in the finale.
Aside from Red and Kitty, Eric and Donna, Kelso and Jackie, and Fez, three other That ‘70s Show characters appeared in the sequel series. And those are Leonard “Leo” Chingkwake (Tommy Chong), Bob Pinciotti (Don Stark), and Fenton (Jim Rash).
About That ‘90s Show
Set in 1995 Wisconsin, 15 years after the events of That ‘70s Show, the 10-episode first season of That ‘90s Show follows Leia Forman (Callie Haverda) ― daughter of Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinchiotti (Laura Prepon) ― who is visiting her grandparents for the summer and bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of her grandmother Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp) and the stern glare of her grandfather Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith).
In addition to Haverda, Jo Rupp, and Smith, the show’s main cast also includes Ashley Aufderheide as Gwen Runck, a rebellious Riot grrrl with a loyal heart; Mace Coronel as Jay Kelso, a charming, flirty young videographer; Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate Runck, Gwen’s easygoing and fun-loving brother; Reyn Doi as Ozzie, an insightful and perceptive teen who is openly gay; and Sam Morelos as Nikki, Nate’s ambitious and intelligent girlfriend.
That ‘90s Show tackles the topics of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, as the synopsis for the new show notes that these three never die, but simply “change clothes.”
Produced by The Carsey-Werner Company, That ‘90s Show is showrun by Gregg Mettler, with Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Lindsay Turner, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner serving as executive producers. Aside from starring in the spinoff, Rupp and Smith will also serve as exec producers.