11 Reasons That 70's Show Is Underrated

11 Reasons That 70's Show Is Underrated

To those six kids in the basement of Point Place, Wisconsin, thank you.

"That 70’s Show" is a series that was created in the late 90’s and carried on through the mid-2000’s. Although it’s been off the air for years now, with forums such as Netflix, it’s still able to be a relevant series to this day. Even though my generation has NO idea what the 70’s was like, those teens in that Wisconsin basement have made for some entertaining memories that the series have given us. Here’s why I love the show.

1. Red Foreman is the funniest dad

As a Korean War vet, he doesn’t take sh*t from anyone, including his wife. His favorite thing to tell his kids is how he’s going to put his foot in their ass, and he talks about how everyone is a dumbass. Ninety-nine percent of the time, he thinks that Kelso and Hyde are on “dope” and he refers to Fez as “the foreigner.” Being politically correct is not even on his radar, and he’s probably my generation’s version of Archie Bunker.

2. Kitty is the sweetest mom that we all dream to have

Aside from being a loving and compassionate nurse, Kitty comes home to make sure her family has a nice home-cooked meal on the table. They attend to church every Sunday and they don’t miss it, and Eric and all his friends have fresh baked cookies to eat. Plus, it just so happens to be at the right time when their munchies kick in.

3. Ashton Kutcher is like fine wine

When he graced our TV screens as an attractive 18-year-old, it was just the eye candy the series needed. Now that he’s in his early 30’s, he arguably looks better now than he did when he was young. We can’t help but be jealous of Mila. Which brings me to my next point.

4. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are relationship goals

We saw them dating as an on-screen couple and couldn’t help but love them being together. The two goofballs were a match made in heaven. Now several years later, they’re real-life relationship goals as they are now happily married with two kids. And if the fact that Ashton was Mila’s first kiss at 14, doesn’t make your heart melt—leave.

5. Eric Foreman makes you realize every guy has a chance

Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE Eric. He’s the sweetest, the most well-rounded kid that means the best. But no way in hell would a kid like him and a knockout like Donna be together in real life. But Donna had it in her heart to fall in love with Eric. They too were a set of relationship goals.

6. Hyde is the smartass friend we all want in our life

Sure, he might be mean to his friends and tease everyone for everything, but you have to love him. As the correct supplier, he makes every situation fun, teases Kelso to no end, and always seems to have a pair of shades on, even indoors.

7. Fez is the oddball that somehow completes the friend group

As probably the only foreign exchange student I’ve seen fit in so well with a group like this, he has had one hell of a high school experience. He’s left the audience wondering for years, what is his actual name and just where is he from?

8. You kind of wish you could ride around in that Pontiac

Sure that seems like a really geeky car that maybe our grandparents have at this day in age, but tell me you didn’t wish you could recreate that opening segment with them, and scream “Hello Wisconsin…”

9. It was a bit of a history segment in itself

As someone who was not around for the 70’s the pop culture references were explained pretty thoroughly and it was quite interesting to see some of history’s moments brought to life. Such as the first time Eric goes to see Star Wars at the drive in and he thinks it’s the greatest invention God ever created. Or the time that Kitty so badly wanted to watch Roots but Red convinced her to test out the new recording system so they could watch it on their own time. Ahh, history.

10. The location didn’t make a difference

As a gal who grew up on the west coast, there were many mid-west references made. Although Wisconsin may have its own culture and set of customs that are different to where I’m from, it made the show unique and still made it relatable. Hell, I wanted to be a Green Bay fan myself by the end of the series.

11. The simple events made me envious

The group of six, with the addition of their parents and other random characters, taught the viewers that sometimes the simplest of things can be fun. Hanging around in a basement just to listen to a new record is all sorts of fun, and road tripping without any electronics can make for some pretty rad memories.

So, to those six kids in the basement of Point Place, Wisconsin, thank you. Thank you for being another series to give me a form of entertainment. Thank you for taking me to a blast from the past through the entire 70’s, and thank you for the pop culture references that pertain to my parents.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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