That '70s Show (season 8)

The eighth and final season of the American comedy television series That '70s Show premiered November 2, 2005 on Fox in the United States. The season ended on May 18, 2006 with an hour-long series finale. The eighth season was the only season without the show's star Topher Grace who portrayed Eric Forman, the central character, since he left the series at the end of the previous season. Eric was often mentioned throughout the season, even being an important off-stage character central to an episode's plot upon occasion. Topher Grace returned as Eric for the final episode, although his role was brief and uncredited.

This season also marked a major change in the series, as a new character was introduced to take Eric's place named Randy Pearson (portrayed by new cast member Josh Meyers) and the departure of Michael Kelso, who was portrayed by Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher had quit the show at the end of season seven but remained on the series for five episodes during the eighth season. He appeared in the first four episodes to give closure to Kelso and he appeared again in the final episode titled "That '70s Finale". Also, Leo (Tommy Chong) returned as a main character since his return to the series in the seventh season (in a special guest role).

Many plots of the season involved Donna's new relationship with Randy, Jackie falling in love with Fez, Hyde getting married to a stripper named Samantha, Kelso getting a new job and moving to Chicago, and the Formans adjusting to an empty nest which is too empty for Kitty and not empty enough for Red due to the kids' presence despite Eric's absence.

This season is set entirely in 1979, with the final seconds of the series being the final seconds of the decade. The very last seconds of the series show the license plate of Eric's Vista Cruiser for the final time, now featuring a tag with the year "80" on it, signaling that the 1980s have begun.

All episodes of season 8, except the finale, are named after songs by Queen.

The region 1 DVD was released on April 1, 2008.[1]

That '70s Show (season 8)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
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Original networkFox
Original releaseNovember 2, 2005 –
May 18, 2006
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1791"Bohemian Rhapsody"David TrainerGregg MettlerNovember 2, 2005801
Kitty, Fez and Donna record a tape for Eric, summarizing what happened since he left. Red is ashamed of Kitty's experiment with something their son did prior to leaving. Hyde and Jackie argue about their relationship after Hyde punches Kelso, and it worsens when a stripper named Samantha finds the Formans' house and reveals her marriage to Hyde. Charlie falls off the water tower, but lacking Kelso's amazing luck in repeated falls, dies and has the water tower named after him.
1802"Somebody to Love"David TrainerRob DeshotelNovember 2, 2005802
After Leo leaves an ambiguous note on Grooves' front door, a teenager named Randy Pearson (new cast member Josh Meyers) applies for a non-existing job. Hyde hires him while he is intoxicated, and after sobering up, wonders if it was a good decision. Jackie, Fez and Donna go to a bar so Jackie could hit on guys and then break their hearts to make her feel better. Red and Kitty try to get Hyde's wife, Samantha, to leave.
1813"You're My Best Friend"David TrainerChris Peterson & Bryan MooreNovember 9, 2005803
Randy wants to throw Hyde a belated bachelor party and puts Kelso and Fez in charge of getting Hyde to the Formans' house without him knowing. But Kelso forgets his part of the plan and the guys end up in jail. Meanwhile, the Formans are furious when Leo has the strippers at their house and Jackie is horirfied when Donna befriends Samantha.
1824"Misfire"David TrainerKristin NewmanNovember 16, 2005804
Kelso makes one last move on Jackie, but is offered a job at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Red and Kitty celebrate their anniversary, and Donna feels bad when Eric calls Kitty much more often than he calls her. Randy tries to console Donna. At the end of the episode, Kelso joins his friends in one last circle before he moves to Chicago.
1835"Stone Cold Crazy"David TrainerDave SchiffNovember 30, 2005805
Kitty feels neglected by Red, so Samantha helps her improve her image. Now that Kelso has moved to Chicago, Jackie moves in with Fez, who has to deal with his crazy ex-girlfriend Caroline. With some help from Samantha, Donna takes nude photos to send to Eric; unfortunately, he is not the first one to see them. In a hilarious turn of events, the folder with the photos passes hands from Kitty to Leo; Kitty made the mistake of emptying the folder to put in a Marmaduke comic, and hid it, but it ended up with Hyde. Leo then hid them in a Barry White record that Fez bought at Grooves.
1846"Long Away"David TrainerPhilip StarkDecember 7, 2005806
Donna starts spending more time with Randy, much to Fez and Jackie's suspicion, and the latter decides Eric has to know about this mingling. Red hires Leo to be his photographer at a Veterans' Reunion, as Red is now the most decorated veteran and wants to show off, but Leo steals the spotlight when he reveals his military past. Leo once had a promising life ahead of him following his service in the army, but ended up the stoner he is by accepting a lift home from musicians smoking marijuana. Later, Donna reveals that she and Eric broke up, and that's why she is now hanging out with Randy.
1857"Fun It"David TrainerDavid SpancerDecember 14, 2005807
The gang decide to steal the Fatso Burger mascot, unfortunately upsetting the whole town; Jackie is against it due to her fear of clowns. As they are stealing the clown, Bob drives up to place an order. Fez (who was forced to duck behind the clown to avoid being seen) pretends to be an employee speaking over the intercom and angers Bob so that he speeds away. The guys and Donna emerge from where they were hiding and take the clown back to the Formans' basement. Kitty finds Fatso's head inside the freezer, demanding the kids put him back. They attempt doing so, but Fez doesn't fasten the bolts correctly and accidentally knocks Fatso down, smashing him to pieces. Everyone flees, but only after Donna snatches the clown's nose.
1868"Good Company"David TrainerDean BataliJanuary 12, 2006808
Jackie discovers Donna's crush on Randy, while Kitty is angry at Fez after he begins dating one of her friends. Donna's birthday is approaching and her friends don't know what present to give her.
1879"Who Needs You"David TrainerSarah McLaughlinJanuary 19, 2006809
Kitty and Red get annoyed with Hyde and Samantha's constant fighting. After Jackie floods Fez's apartment and almost gets them evicted, she decides to help in the most feminine way. Donna tries to get people to donate money for a children's library and is in for some disappointment about the fans of "Hot Donna"; her popularity has gone down, forcing her to make drastic promises. Hyde later reveals to Red and Kitty that his and Samantha's arguing is to spice up their love life, which had gotten boring; intrigued, Red and (after some initial confusion) Kitty give it a try.
18810"Sweet Lady"David TrainerAlan DybnerJanuary 26, 2006810
Donna is suspicious of Randy's intentions when he invites her to a cabin under questionable pretenses. Jackie wants to work for Christine St. George (Mary Tyler Moore), a talk show host for What's Up, Wisconsin?. Hyde meets Red's older friends and questions his marriage.
18911"Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy"David TrainerGreg Schaffer & Steve JoeFebruary 2, 2006811
Jackie needs Kitty's help to get Christine St. George to like her. Leo has a crush on someone quite unexpected and asks the other guys for help.
19012"Killer Queen"David TrainerMark HudisFebruary 9, 2006812
It's Valentine's Day, and Hyde forgot. Red shows Hyde a stash of presents he hides in the basement; he keeps them in case of Kitty's birthday, their anniversary or Valentine's Day due to missing Kitty's birthday one year (Kitty's Birthday (That Today?!!) in Season Three). After Hyde makes his pick, Red comes down later for Kitty's gift to find the stash missing; it turns out Samantha had caught Hyde with the stash and mistook it all as his gift for her. Fez and Jackie fake a relationship for Christine St. George on What's Up, Wisconsin? when a guest fails to appear. Donna helps Randy plan out his Valentine's Day and is surprised to learn who his date is.
19113"Spread Your Wings"David TrainerGregg MettlerMarch 16, 2006813
Donna unsuccessfully tries to keep her relationship with Randy a secret. Fez tries to impress a co-worker named Hillary at all costs, while Jackie gets a new job, but finds it quite disappointing. Kitty and Red clean Eric's old bedroom with Randy's help. Things take a turn for the worse when Kitty catches Randy and Donna kissing in the room.
19214"Son and Daughter"David TrainerKen BlanksteinMarch 23, 2006814
Hyde has to watch over his father's house when he goes out of town. A subsequent party goes out of control and only Leo can fix the damage. Kitty is still furious at Donna for kissing Randy in Eric's old bedroom and tries to ridicule her. After defending Randy, Red stays at Bob's to avoid further fights with Kitty. Donna later explains that she broke up with Eric to Kitty, who understands and forgives Red for standing up to her.
19315"Keep Yourself Alive"David TrainerGregg MettlerApril 13, 2006815
Fez loses Kitty's wedding ring and the gang spends their night in the woods looking for it, with Donna and Randy trying desperately to be alone, but unable due to Jackie and Hyde's fighting. Red is uncomfortable when Bob says too much about the same ring in front of Kitty.
19416"My Fairy King"David TrainerPhilip StarkApril 27, 2006816

Hyde finds out a terrible truth about Samantha that causes their marriage to end; she's already married to a much older man, meaning that their marriage is fake. Red finds a rival muffler shop is taking all his customers; without much choice, he decides to go into retirement. Jackie makes up a list of qualities she needs in a man and is overwhelmed when she realizes who her perfect match is... it's no other than the very man who has been after her from the beginning - Fez.

Note: This is the last episode of Jud Tylor as Samantha.
19517"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"David TrainerKristin NewmanApril 27, 2006817
Jackie goes to a therapist to understand her feelings for Fez; she learns that she only wanted Kelso and Hyde before since they were unavailable, and now that Fez is dating, she wants him. Hyde keeps a retired Red busy, but regrets it later. Meanwhile, Fez is shocked to find his girlfriend dumping him for a very unusual reason; believing no-one could do better than Fez for sex, she decides to become a nun. Jackie learns of Fez's dilemma, and much to her own surprise, she finds herself still wanting him.
19618"We Will Rock You"David TrainerChris Peterson & Bryan MooreMay 4, 2006818
The gang meets a variety of people at a "Disco Sucks" bonfire. Jackie unsuccessfully tries to use the occasion to get closer to Fez. Kitty and Red have a visit from new neighbors (Barry Williams & Christopher Knight), but there is just something about them that they didn't expect: the new neighbors are gay.
19719"Sheer Heart Attack"David TrainerSteve Joe & Greg SchafferMay 4, 2006819
After numerous amorous adventures, Fez decides to stay with only one girl, and returns to ex-girlfriend (the psychotic) Caroline, much to Jackie's dismay. Red and Hyde try to sell unneeded heart pills without Kitty's consent; Red's friends are grateful for them, as one can fall asleep before his wife now. When Kitty mistakenly believes Hyde is stealing his stash, he blackmails Red into getting him a television. However, one of Red's friends shows up for some of the pills, blowing their cover.
19820"Leaving Home Ain't Easy"David TrainerChris Peterson & Bryan Moore & Kristin NewmanMay 11, 2006820
Bob wants Red and Kitty to move to Florida with him, while Randy suggests Donna move in with him. To Red's surprise, Bob has decided on the genius move of opening a bait shop in a neighborhood five miles from any other; they end up fighting over what to name the shop, since Bob's ideas are ridiculous puns. Although she had been crying, Jackie snaps back to her old shallow; she has decided to harm Fez emotionally, just as he did to her. Among many things, Jackie ruins the buttons on Fez's shirts and graffitis offensive messages on his car. At his wits end, Fez decides to take revenge on Jackie the best way he knows how; he puts green dye in her shampoo. When confronted, Fez tells Jackie that he just made her as ugly on the outside as she is on the inside.
19921"Love of My Life"David TrainerGregg MettlerMay 18, 2006821

Hyde finds a memo from his father, revealing that the Grooves franchise has been sold for a ridiculous amount of money. Fez's friend visits from their home country, bringing more powerful marijuana. Hyde takes too much and hallucinates everyone as different versions himself; as result, he cleans up his act and becomes a more efficient person. At the same time Red and Kitty try to sell their house, and Randy tries to figure out what went wrong in his relationship with Donna. The gang help Hyde understand it wasn't the marijuana that made him freak out; the thought of losing his job and not knowing what to do next was. Hyde's father visits Grooves, revealing that the Point Place store is to be left to Hyde, who "celebrates" with Leo and his father. Fez's friend convinces him to return home, since Jackie has rejected him. However, once Jackie learns just how heartbroken she made Fez, she decides to give being a couple a try, forgiving him. Kitty informs everyone Eric is coming home from Africa.

Note: This is the last episode of Tim Reid as William Barnett.
20022"That '70s Finale"David TrainerGregg MettlerMay 18, 2006822
In the 200th episode and series finale, it is December 31, 1979, the final day of the 1970s. In a bit of a clip show, all the characters reminisce about the decade. Hyde helps a hesitant Kitty and Red decide about moving. Fez searches for the perfect time and place for his first kiss with Jackie while Kelso returns to spend the last night of the 1970s with his friends. Kelso also falls off the water tower (again), after being tricked by Fez and Hyde. Red and Kitty announce to their guests that they decided not to move to Florida. As Donna leaves the room for some air, Eric returns just in time for New Year's Eve. He apologizes to Donna, who says things "are a lot different now", and they kiss and reconcile. Eric then joins the guys in the final "circle" of the decade when Donna and Jackie tell them to get upstairs. But before they do, Eric states the last person upstairs has to call Red a dumbass. Everyone races upstairs, leaving Kelso behind after Hyde pushes him. Kelso is the final character to be seen as he grabs "the stupid helmet" and prepares to call Red a dumbass. As the 1970s end, the episode ends in a final shot of the Formans' basement with the kids and adults upstairs counting down to one (with the episode ending abruptly just as they reach "one", and the '70s officially end). Then shows the car license plate one last time reading "That '70s Show" along with the year saying 80. The credits show the gang from season 1 singing "Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren.

Notes

  1. ^ Only credited for the episodes he appears in.

References

  1. ^ "That '70s Show - Season 8". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 25, 2010.

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Jackie Burkhart

Jacqueline "Jackie" Beulah Burkhart is a fictional character portrayed by Mila Kunis on the Fox Network sitcom That '70s Show. Jackie is one of the two female leads throughout the show's life, and a love interest of Michael Kelso.

Kitty Forman

Katherine Anne "Kitty" Forman (née Sigurdson) is a fictional character on the Fox Network's That '70s Show, portrayed by comic actress Debra Jo Rupp. A nurse, she has taken breaks from her career when it was economically practical, to nurture her family.

Nurturing but enabling, she has a very recognizable laugh whenever she is nervous about anything (which is often), a fondness for square dancing, and an even greater fondness for liquor of almost all kinds (wine, kahlua, bourbon, mai tais, margaritas, etc.) She puts her family first and tries to smooth over the many conflicts within her household, although her efforts often fail. She is also an unofficial foster mother to the entire group.

List of That '70s Show home video releases

That '70s Show was released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 & 4 by Fox Home Entertainment at an increment of two seasons per year.

The complete series was released in Region 1 on October 14, 2008, the Canadian cost being almost double the U.S. price.

The DVDs contain various bonus features, such as the original promos for the episodes that aired on FOX on the original air date, retrospective interviews with various cast members, and commentaries by director David Trainer on selected episodes.

The first five seasons were released in four slimcases per season with one disc per slimcase, however, beginning with season six, FOX scaled back the sets to two cases with two discs in each. This was also a complaint among collectors. Other complaints of the sets were the reusage of Eric Forman's face twice on the spine and then the discontinuation of characters on the spine. Noticeably also, every set contained the season number on the spine except for season seven.

The music that featured many popular bands was predominantly removed or replaced with stock music on the DVD releases, in order to avoid paying royalties to the artists involved (unlike the actual run of a series, where studios would only have to pay royalties to the artist for that single episode, and maybe for syndication). Episodes were also often edited to remove content by cutting out lines that were deemed to be inappropriate.

Despite his brief appearance in the eighth season, Michael Kelso's picture is still on the front and back cover of the season's DVD. His portrayer Ashton Kutcher's name is credited with the cast which reads "and special guest star: Ashton Kutcher".

On May 4, 2011, Mill Creek Entertainment announced that they had acquired the rights to re-release the series on DVD in Region 1. They have subsequently re-released all eight seasons on DVDOn October 12, 2011, Mill Creek Entertainment announced that they were working on a Blu-ray Disc release of Season 1 and that it would be released on January 10, 2012. However, the date was pushed back to March 20. Season Two Blu-ray Disc was released on October 16, 2012. No further seasons were released due to poor sales.

On May 14, 2013, Mill Creek released That '70s Show - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.On November 3, 2015, Mill Creek released That '70s Show- The Complete Series on Blu-ray for the very first time.The Mill Creek sets claim to contain the original uncut broadcast edits, with most though not all of the original music intact. However, upon closer inspection, it's revealed that they're mostly repeats of the Fox sets with the majority of the music still omitted.

Michael Kelso

Michael Christopher Kelso is a fictional character and one of the five male leads on Fox Network's That '70s Show, portrayed by Ashton Kutcher. Tall, lanky and long-haired, Kelso had been accepted as the local idiot until he moved to Chicago for the eighth season. His behavior is very much in line with a stereotypical oversexed lunkhead or a male-bimbo who gets through life on his good looks. He spends most of the series in a mutually parasitic relationship with the equally vapid Jackie Burkhart, whom he continues to obsess over following their numerous breakups.In spite of his stupidity, Kelso is shown on several occasions not to be immature, simply unmotivated; when he is either forced to or chooses to, Kelso displays startling intelligence unbecoming of his usual personality or hi-jinks. Near the end of the series, Kelso becomes one of the first characters to completely break away from adolescence and into adulthood when he impregnates a girl with whom he had a one-night stand; to his friends' surprise, Kelso took responsibility for the child, moving to Chicago to take a job to support and be near his newborn daughter.

That '70s Show

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998 to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979.The main teenage cast members were Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama. The main adult cast members were Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Don Stark, Tommy Chong and Tanya Roberts.

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