THAT 70’S SHOW (1998 – 2006)

That '70s Show (1998–2006)

Creators: Mark Brazill, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Cast: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Yes we are going back in time to bell-bottoms, disco balls, and unmistakably implied drug experimentation ladies and gents it is the 70’s again. For those who has lived in the 70’s and was a teenager like I was back then this show is for you.

It centers on six teenaged friends from fictional Milwaukee suburb Point Place, Wisconsin. Meet  Eric Forman (Topher Grace) the sarcastic dude who is most of the time in the basement with his friends and what do they do in the basement of his house well they talk gossip and most of all smoke dope. His friends are: girl next door/love interest Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), male bimbo Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Kelso’s sophomore girlfriend Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), antiestablishment tough kid Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), and foreign exchange student Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), whose real name and country of origin remain mysteries as a running gag. funny here foreign exchange student I was one back in 1977. So I could related to this series  / sitcom big time. Kurtwood Smith is the father of Eric who disciplines Eric sternly and often calls him out as a “smartmouth” and a “dumbass.” wife Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), who coddles Eric and can score laughs from simply a weird out of this world laugh. Eric  has an older sister in slutty, scheming University of Wisconsin student Laurie (Lisa Robin Kelly).

That 70’s show is a spoof of the 70’s with pop culture it has everything that you did I mean dumb thing that you did in the 70’s and more the gag the drugs the sex the concert smoking pot the cars. the clothes as colorful as they was. It is a cool series twitch and fun has hell the one with the drive in yeah! I could tell you some stories. Overall have fun with this one and for those who were A teenager in the 70’s like me well it is a trip to memory lane.

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THE ODD COUPLE (1970 – 1975)

The  Odd Couple (1970–1975)

Creators: Jerry Belson, Garry Marshall

Cast: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro

Felix (Tony Randall) has moved in with his old friend Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman), but there is a problem. Neat-freak Felix now is driving slob Oscar crazy. And the two tries to get along but Oscar gets in trouble and needs to get out of them with the help of his friend Felix. Can two divorced man can live with each other without killing each other.

The series was an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play of the same name. They did the movie then decided to do the series. First you have the play then the film and the series. It has a clue following like you will not believe. Do not see the remake that they did in 2015 it is not good stick withe original. The series won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series (Jack Klugman) with nominations for Outstanding Series—Comedy, Outstanding New Series, and Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series (Tony Randall). One of my best friend told me that was on one day back in the 1977 there were still reruns playing. I loved it. Funny as hell well written and casted. The thought that on neat freak and one who is not and disorganized  as hell who gets in trouble all the time and disrupt the peace and quiet that Felix need with funny one liner jokes was entertaining as hell. The first season was the introduction of Felix and Oscar. Terrific series and good times only.

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TAXI (1978 – 1983)

Taxi

Creators: James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, Ed. Weinberger

Cast: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

 

This is one of many of my favorite from the late 70’s and what the great series that was. It was about a cab company and their cab drivers here is the rundown:

  • Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) A fortyish lifelong New Yorker with an ex-wife, an estranged daughter.
  • Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner) Divorced mother of two, Elaine has devoted her early thirties to pursuit of a career in the arts, but has found it necessary to drive a cab nights to make ends meet. Elaine is attractive and streetwise, rarely without male attention that often brings problems  to the table.
  • Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conaway)  An aspiring actor and fashion victim, Bobby has little on hid mind , weathering an endless series of self-esteem crises. He always returns to his arrogant self in the end.
  • Tony Banta (Tony Danza) The classic gentle fighter. Tony is a good guy,  despite his war experience; even a bit of a bore sometimes,
  • John Burns (Randall Carver) Designated regular guy.
  • Latka Gravas ( Andy Kaufman). Latka is a crack mechanic; the only problem is communicating with him. Seems capable of learning only idiomatic English. and his from some country somewhere some kind of funky country that you never heard theme ever before.
  • Louie DePalma (Danny DeVito) The bully, usually parked in his high-mounted dispatching cage, or throne as he would have it. Louie is verbally abusive, money oriented, and wants his cab on the street at all the time well so he can make money.

The show was great as I said. it revolves around those characters with the everyday life and their daily problems with customers and each other. Tony Danza an amateur boxer himself in real life played one here that how he got his start in this sitcom a lucky break. There were Latka having difficulties with his visa, Elaine problems with her dates and her kids. They always ending up in the garage talking teasing each other with the Boss always complaining that they are not ou there to make him money. Great time with this series. There were an episode where Alex delivers a baby in his cab. Taxi broke new ground in the sitcom department. You might catch in the rerun somewhere on some channel. Take a look at it you are going to live it.Taxi is a show about adults in the blue-collar workplace. You can get it on DVD or on Netflix which I am sure they have it. Good times with this one. I was in my teens when this one came out. I used to watch it  with my best friend every week never a dull moment.

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