Trivia: That '70s Show

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Billy Dee Williams, known for playing Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars Trilogy, guest starred in an episode as a preacher offering marriage advice to Donna and Eric. His character is just as obsessed with Star Wars as Eric.
    • Dwayne Johnson was cast as his father, Rocky Johnson, in a wrestling-themed episode. His last line, to Red, was that one day he hopes his son will become "the most electrifying man in sports entertainment." Red answers, "Yeah, good luck with that."
    • "It's a Wonderful Life" featured Donna hooking up with Hyde instead of Eric. In real life their actors Laura Prepon and Danny Masterson were dating.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Partially. The teenagers were about sixteen/seventeen at the beginning (with Michael a year older and Jackie a year younger): Mila Kunis (Jackie) was fourteen when the show started, Laura Prepon (Donna) was seventeen, and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) was eighteen. The rest of the gang was played by actors aged twenty and over. Eventually, they all became examples, since they aged normally over the eight years, while their characters only aged two years.
    • When Mila Kunis was considered for casting, they wanted to know if she was old enough. She said, "I'll be eighteen on my birthday." She just didn't say which birthday.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Hyde, who has a black dad and a white mom, even though the actor who plays him isn't half-black
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Tanya Roberts, who plays Midge Pinciotti, has the distinction of having been one of Charlie's Angels as well as a Bond Girl.
    • Legendary (in America) stand-up Mitch Hedberg appears in one episode, as does a young Amy Adams. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
    • Katey Sagal (the voice of Leela and the actress best known as Peg Bundy) plays Hyde's mother as well, making it the second time Sagal has played a selfish, negligent mother on a FOX sitcom.
    • That recurring character later in the series played by Jim Gaffigan.
    • In "Bye-Bye Basement" Leo's cousin is Richard Karn who played Al Borland.
    • Officer Kennedy is James Avery (a.k.a Uncle Phil).
    • Randy is Josh Meyers, a former cast member from MADtv (known for being paired with Ike Barinholtz in sketches and his celebrity impressions of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, Owen Wilson, Eminem, and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow) and younger brother of Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers (and even though they're born three years apart, they look as if they could be twinsnote , so for any viewer who sees a final season That 70s Show episode and thinks Seth Meyers was on this show, it's not him).
    • Pastor Dave is the legendary (in Canada) Kevin McDonald; one of the Kids in the Hall, and also Agent Pleakely.
    • Donna is Alex Vause.
    • Red Forman played another strict father, and not at all in a comedic way. He's also Clarence Boddicker.
    • Newman appears in the It's a Wonderful Plot episode as an angel.
    • Cole and Dylan Sprouse torment Kelso at an amusement park.
    • Pam plays a bitchy wedding planner in Season 7.
    • Mrs. Wolowitz is a conniving receptionist in Season 8.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Jackie is the second voice of Meg Griffin.
    • Princess Azula makes a rare live-action appearance as Ms. Kaminsky in "Prom Night".
    • The mascot of the aforementioned amusement park is Dog.
  • Name's the Same: Eric Forman and Eric Foreman from House.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Laurie was portrayed by Lisa Robin Kelly until Season 6, where she was replaced by Christina Moore (who, like Josh Meyers, was a MA Dtv, but only lasted a season).
    • Jackie's mom was played by Eve Plumb for a brief appearance in Season 1. She returned as a recurring character in Season 6, played by Brooke Shields.
    • Narrowly averted with Eric when Topher Grace left after Season 7. Originally, the producers wanted Josh Meyers to play Eric in Season 8, but they instead wrote Eric off as spending a semester in Africa, and cast Meyers as a guy named Randy who became the gang's newest member. Either way, audiences didn't like the arrangement, and Randy was barely in the series finale.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Star-Making Role: Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Mila Kunis. The other actors were also unknowns prior to the start of the show, but did not really have much success afterwards (although Laura Prepon would eventually have a Career Resurrection with Orange Is The New Black.
  • Throw It In: In "The Best Christmas Ever," Kelso hops over the couch but slips and crashes his legs against the table. This was a real accident on Ashton Kutcher's part, but it was left in because it felt in-character for Kelso.
  • Trope Namer: That '70s Show has named That Nostalgia Show, a type of work which focuses on a specific era, not as an attempt to portray it accurately, but to play to the nostalgia of the audience, whether they have experienced the era first-hand or not.