Last night I watched an episode of That 70’s Show that was probably the funniest television show I’ve seen in a very, very long time.
It’s hard to explain why the show’s been so successful. When it first started out, it was a new idea – a new concept. A show based around a different era that kids would like because it was one of those teenage kinda shows, but that adults could appreciate because they grew up in that time period.
In the last few seasons, however, it’s become less about the time period and more about the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I still thoroughally enjoy the show. It just seems that it’s changed its focus.
In the early days, it was largely about the time period. There were, of course, stories relating to the characters but there was always a strong backdrop with something to do with the time period that the show is set in.
Lately, that has become less true. While there are still references to the 70’s, they are not as frequent and not as strong.
You can also see a definite attempt on the part of the writers to not let “Kelso” overshadow the entire show. Ashton Kutcher’s success outside of the show has been overwhelming in the last little while and there are new fans tuning in just to see him. You can tell it’s been a conscious effort not to have the Kelso character go in to overkill. It really is a a great character that alwasy brings a laugh but I think if he was given more time and lines on the show the character would be overkilled and would become just annoying.
The show is funnier now, even than when it started out and the writers deserve a lot of credit for keeping the show fresh. It has the potential to become a long term success similar to a show like Friends. While I’m personally not a huge fan of Friends, you have to give the behind the scenes people there credit for keeping the show funny but at the same time, knowing when it’s time to quit before it goes stail.
I’ve heard rumour that this will be the last season of That 70’s Show though nothing ahs been confirmed. I would hope this is not the case as the show is still getting bigger and bigger and it’s far too soon to snip the wings off of this one.
More later on. Maybe even from Steve.