January 30, 2023

The Pitch: 17 years after the Formans shuttered their basement doorways ceaselessly, a brand new period of revels, reefer, and joyrides is unfolding in Level Place, Wisconsin — this time on Netflix, reasonably than Fox. That ’90s Present follows Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon)’s daughter, Leia Forman (Callie Haverda), as she spends the summer season crashing along with her grandparents, the inimitable Crimson and Kitty Forman (performed by Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, respectively).

Now within the period of grunge-influenced vogue, Alanis Morrissette, warehouse raves, and disposable cameras, That ’90s Present introduces a brand new period of fun-seeking basement dwellers: Ashton Kutcher’s Michael Kelso and Mila Kunis’ Jackie Burkhart are largely out of the image, however their son Jay Kelso (Mace Coronel) seems as a central member.

In the meantime, The Formans have some new neighbors — Riot grrrl-tinged insurgent Gwen Runck (Ashley Aufderheide) and himbo-esque jock Nate Runck (Maxwell Acee Donovan) are half-siblings that dwell with their haphazard mom, Sherri (Andrea Anders). Rounding out the sextet is the sassy-but-hilarious Ozzie (Reyn Doi) and the trendy and mature Nikki (Sam Morelos), and the group is consistently on the hunt for brand new adventures earlier than Leia heads again to her native Chicago.

All through the sequence’ 10 episodes are main cameos from That ’70s Present‘s principal forged: Topher Grace and Laura Prepon make some memorable appearances, Kutcher and Kunis reunite briefly, Wilder Valderrama friends as a hair guru and Sherri’s love curiosity, and Tommy Chong returns because the spacey stoner Leo for a few episodes. (Notably absent is Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde, who’s at present within the midst of a felony trial for sexual assault.)

The period could also be totally different than That ’70s Present‘s earlier choices, however the dependable multi-camera sitcom fashion is again and in full swing. The 360-degree digital camera pans of a basement smoke sesh returns, acquainted areas just like the water tower and video retailer are featured. And, just like the present’s predecessor, there are era-specific needle drops galore.

The New Gen X: One of many smarter selections in That ’90s Present isn’t just to give attention to a brand new set of forged members, however to offer the brand new group some room to develop. Every member of the core group is someplace round 15 or 16 years outdated, and Leia Forman specifically is a bit of inexperienced in the case of the standard small-town teenager adventures. Preserving the forged members younger (they usually all look like they’re 15, which doesn’t all the time occur on Netflix “highschool” reveals) cements that the sequence will take after the identical foolish tone as That ’70s Present, and can observe the group as they develop out of adolescence and into the challenges and maturity of maturity.

That ’90s Present (Netflix)

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