YMMV: That '70s Show

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • In this 'verse, Canada is an entire nation of Butt Monkeys. At least in one episode.
    • Laurie was considered fair game because of what a complete bitch she was, and that made it okay to make fun of how she sleeps around.
  • Base Breaker: Donna. Some people like her, others think she's a bitch and a hypocrite who treats Eric like crap and never gets called out on it.
  • Canon Sue: Randy to the nth degree. He had all of the best attributes of Kelso (Chick Magnet) and Eric (Deadpan Snarker) with none of their flaws, Red adored him, he hooked up with Donna, but she dumps him, and became the group's leader out of nowhere. He was like a really bad self-insert character.
  • Creator's Pet: Randy. Apparently the writers assumed if all of the characters thought that he was perfect, so would the audience.
    "Randy is perfect. That lady at the fair who did the caricatures? She refused to draw him cause she couldn't find a flaw."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Leo was very popular with the fans, to the point where he became a main character in the eighth season.
      • He actually became a main character back in Season 4, but Tommy Chong was sent to prison midway through the season. His Promotion to Opening Titles in Season 8 coincided with his return to the show.
    • Sad sack Roy Keene (played by Jim Gaffigan) only appeared occasionally but ended up very popular.
    • Red, due to his no-nonsense attitude along with having some of the best lines in the show.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The finale cut off at the very last second of 1979, and never featured a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue or Distant Finale. Many fanfic writers came up with their own, and given how things turned out in Season 8, most of these are Fix Fics.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans refuse to acknowledge the existence of the eighth season and prefer the cut-off to be somewhere mid seventh season.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple Hyde/Jackie, which is also a subversion; the two were together for a large chunk of the series (about 3 seasons), but officially ended in season seven after some other temporary break ups.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The episode parodying Charlie's Angels, including the boys' giving their reason for watching: "the hot blonde with the big rack", happened to air in syndication the day Farrah Fawcett died.
    • An In-Universe example, as Eric is with his grandmother.
    Eric: You know, it wouldn't kill you to be nice once in a while. (cue her dropping dead)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Eric wearing an all-black outfit wishing he could shoot webs and later saying he learned how to fight from Spider-Man. Topher Grace went on to play Venom in Spider-Man 3, who had all of Spidey's powers, wore a symbiote that was black as a costume, and could shoot webs.
    • In "Going To California," Hyde tells Eric that he "has no problem fooling whitey." Eric reminds Hyde that he's white, and Hyde responds by saying, "Barely." Cut to Season 7, where it is revealed that Hyde is half-black.
    • The fact that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis started dating in 2012 after playing a couple when the show started. It became Heartwarming In Hindsight in February 2014, when they announced their engagement.
      • The pair now have a baby together.
    • In the episode "Tornado Prom", Jackie has an Off to See the Wizard dream sequence in which she is Dorothy. Her actress, Mila Kunis, would later play Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West, in Oz: The Great and Powerful.
    • In "Hyde's Father," Bud tells the kids "That's what his mom says" when asked if he's really Hyde's father. Fast forward a few seasons and turns out he wasn't so far from the truth.
    • A Kelso invoking Has Two Thumbs and....
    • All of Jackie's lines are funnier when you picture her as Meg Griffin (who, like Jackie, is a Butt Monkey, though Meg's abuse does cross the line to Dude, Not Funny! territory, while Jackie's humiliations are more light-hearted).
    • Donna once said "I could get arrested. I could go to a girl prison". Cut to 2013...
    • After he and Red modify a Pong game, Kelso proclaims that home computers are the wave of the future. Ashton Kutcher would later play Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs, as well as computer tech guru Walden Schmidt on Two and a Half Men.
  • Ho Yay: There was an episode where a Eric became friends with a guy called Buddy (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt). There was a montage of them hanging out to a Best Friends song, only for it to turn out that Eric's friend was gay. At the end of the episode, Red and Bob had a Best Friends montage.
    Hyde: You're like half in love with him aren't you?
    • There's also this little gem:
    Kelso: ...Did you just kiss my ear a little?
    Fez: ...Yes.
    Kelso: [beat] I kinda liked it.
    • Then there was the episode where Fez had an erotic dream about Kelso.
    • They've also kissed:
      Fez: Ah, this is tomorrow's school paper. Oh my god, on the front page, there's a picture of me kissing Kelso by the lake!
      Eric: Fez, why are you kissing Kelso by the lake?
      Fez: We caught a fish, I was excited. I kissed the fish too, but, of course, they don't show you that.
    • Discussed in-universe with Gilligan and The Skipper.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Hyde, although Red similarly has qualities of it.
    • Played straight in the following dialogue:
    Fez: Jackie, are any of your college-bound friends "vir-gins"?
    Jackie: Fez, it's pronounced "virgins".
    Fez: What? No, but, Hyde said—
    [Fez realizes his folly and looks at Hyde]
    Fez: Oh, you Magnificent Bastard.
    Hyde: I'm sorry, buddy. Oh, and it's pronounced "bas-tard".
  • Memetic Badass: Red.
  • Paranoia Fuel : Fez could be hiding in your closet right now!
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jackie is the second voice of Meg Griffin.
  • Seasonal Rot: Most fans hated season 8.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Donna and Randy. Donna is noticeably attracted to Randy while she's still in a relationship with Eric. The fact that the writers also broke up the Official Couple (and having it be an off-screen Eric's fault, no less) just to get them together doesn't help.
  • Strawman Has a Point: After getting Brooke pregnant, Kelso is initially reluctant to get involved or take responsibility, which leads to the others criticizing him. While they're certainly not wrong, Kelso has a pretty understandable response: "Y'know, it's real easy to talk about the right thing when it's not your life."
  • What an Idiot:
    • Kelso, being The Ditz, is naturally a fountain of this.
      • One of the group's favorite stories is of the time Kelso tried to do the "burning bag of dog poop" prank on someone, but lit the bag prematurely and then stomped it out himself. A frustrated Kelso counters "THE BAG WAS ON FIRE!"
    • Eric more or less invokes the Idiot Ball in "The Good Son," when he tries to lash out by doing something stupid and allows Kelso of all people to persuade him to bounce a bowling ball off the couch. However, the idea turns out to be even dumber than he thought, as the ball ends up bouncing into the TV. Not many viewers are sympathizing with Eric's Oh, Crap face at this point.