The inconsistencies in the timeline are because the show is the memories of the characters.The gang from the show did a LOT of toking back in the 70s. It could very well be that what we see on the show are the memories of the characters in modern day trying to remember their experiences as teenagers in the 1970s—except that they fail in many respects due to their hazy memories. Under this "hazy memories" umbrella:
Season 8 was one big middle finger from the writing staff to the show's renewal.
The whole show was just a purgatory for each character, where they tie up their unresolved conflicts in season 8.The gang had been living pretty comfortably for 7 seasons, a status quo became established. Them BAM, season 8 shakes everything up. The cast face scenarios that entirely clash with what they identified themselves with, for 7 past seasons. Kelso finally has to finally grow up and accept responsibility, with his job and daughter etc. Hyde found himself slipping into a systematic routine of normality of having a wife. Eric had to face up to the realization that he couldn't hide away from life in his parent's basement forever, and begun experiences in Africa. Jackie found herself attracted to an ethnic minority, conflicting with her family's traditional conservative values. Donna found herself technically cheating, and thus displaying the same characteristics she would criticize a man for under Feminist doctrine. Fez I'm still struggling with, but I'm presuming Randy was an aspect of Fez' unresolved conflict that he was no longer the new stranger, and that Randy was achieving more than Fez did even as an obscure newbie. They all become changed people as a result of certain realizations, and when the clock hit midnight on new years' eve, and the 80s started, the gang all ascended to heaven. Season 8 might be a poor season from the fandom's perspective of what they're comfortable with, and certain aspects of it may have been painful to watch, but the purpose behind it could be the greatest thing That 70s Show has ever done.
Donna's younger sister, Tina had an active social life that kept her away from the house a lot.And when Midge left, Tina went to live with her. Hey, it sure as hell beats her just vanishing from existance after 1 episode. As for Valerie (Donna's older sister who was in college and was mentioned once) she just never visited.
Donna got slut rabies.
Sometime in the next couple of years, there's gonna be a show similar to this one about life in The Nineties.
The final season's change in cast and shift in focus occured because it's like every other show in the 70s.I always thought the show kept on running even into its final season with the changes in casts and shifts in focus because like any other show in the 70s it would actually do that.
Fez is really from somewhere ordinary but is really exaggeratingLike Panama. Or Cuba. Or Curacao. He's just making up the stuff he says because he's embarrassed. And anyway it's part of his personality to be enigmatic.
Fez is a child of (what we think is his) his host families extramarital affairWe know little about his host family except for they are extremely religious.They are shown to be over-zealous even freakishly devout- the kind of religious people that take all of Fez's money and kick him out with just a bible. Fez seems confused about his background and can never tell a consistant story about where he's from or divulge almost any details about his life before moving to point place. It would be very possible that the religious couple he thought was his host family is so ashamed they lie to him about his origins and then are relieved to get rid of him once he is old enough for them to no longer be held liable for him. Fez may know that, which would explain why he never says where they are from, and is happy to be the butt of jokes if it means he doesn't have to face the shame of being an unwanted child.
Fez's host parents were missionaries in his nationWould work with their characters, and it makes sense that they'd want to take someone in temporarily, to send him back in hopes he would become a preacher, kinda backfired though...
Steven Hyde is bipolar.The clues are in his name: Steven Hyde. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
"Halloween" was all Hyde's dream.At the end of this episode, Hyde wakes up from a nightmare. Who is to say that everything in that episode up until he woke up wasn't a dream? This would mean that there were not two Halloween episodes that took place in 1977. (The other episode was "Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die.")