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 and thinks she adds a lot of funny moments to the show, others think she's a Jerkass and a hypocrite who uses feminism to get her way in an argument or some other aspect of her life when she has shown she's not above acting like a stereotypical woman if it benefits her somehow. The fact that she often overacts to some of the smaller thing's Eric has done and treats him like crap even when he really hasn't done anything wrong and never gets called out on it doesn't help.
  • 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.
  • Clueless Aesop: Sometimes it does drop a few anvils that need to be said, but most of the time, most of aesops come off as "women are just inherently better than men and men aren't allow to criticize their actions no matter how heinous they are." As many actual feminist will tell you, not only is this the complete opposite of what actual feminism is, note  but is both equally offensive to men and women. note 
  • 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."
  • Designated Villain: Kelso occasionally. He was a jerk, but sometimes he was portrayed as the bad guy when he was really being reasonable. When he lent Jackie his van and she smashed it, he reasonably wants her to pay to have it fixed, but Jackie refuses because she bought him gifts while they were together.
  • 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.
  • 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, and as of 2015, they 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.
  • Eric's love of Star Wars when one considers that Topher Grace edited the Prequel Trilogy into a single 85 minute film and removed several of the most hated elements of those films.
  • 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.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Even though most people prefer it to Randy, Eric and Donna's relationship over the series gets to this level at several points, to the point it seems like writers were trying to think of any reason to break them up so they could get them back together again. The crowning example is when them breaking up because Donna wouldn't accept Eric's promise ring, not wanting to be "trapped" in Point Place, listing several reasons because of it. Maybe this would have been understandable... had Donna not almost immediately hooked up with Kelso's brother, who's pretty much the living embodiment of everything she supposedly left Eric because. Let's just say it's some of those things that caused Donna to be one of the more "diverse" characters in the cast...
    • This at least gets acknowledge semi-frequently in universe though, with several characters, with Hyde being the most frequent offender, stating they keep getting rather sick of hearing Eric and Donna constantly talking about and discussing every little thing about their relationship in universe.
  • Seasonal Rot: The opinion is out on exactly how early it started, but many agree that the season where Kelso and Eric left and it brought in Randy to replace them was the single worst season of the show.
  • 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.