Is there any show like That’s 70s Show? I struggle to find modern comedies similar to That’s 70s Show where I could laugh at any episode and enjoyed the dynamics between each cast member. Friends and How I Met Your Mother have a similar style to That’s 70s Show—but the cast is definitely more grown up.
I have not found any show similar to That’s 70s Show that’s currently on TV. I was curious to see if there were any articles written about the show when I found one about how Wilmer Valderrama.has tried to distance himself from his role as Fez on the show.
“Valderrama told PEOPLE at an event for his new partnership with Old Spice in Sharps Barber and Shop, in Le Parker Meridien, New York, that “Fez will never happen again.”
This made me think about how such successful sitcoms, and many other popular television shows, establish relationships between the cast and the audience. Some people identify with the characters or have a favorite. In That 70s Show my favorite character is either Eric or Kelso. It’s funny because when I see some these characters in other films I automatically think about them as their character in the show and it’s hard to see them differently. In That’s 70s Show, Fez is an “oversexed” foreign exchange student. Although he is not my favorite character I do believe he adds a different type of humor in an episode.
Wilmer Valderrama apparently has been trying to distance himself from the role, and in an article published in 2006 by EW, they clearly address the contradiction between Wilmer and Fez.
“To sit down with Wilmer Valderrama is to bear witness to a bizarre contradiction: He’s fidgety, friendly, and low-key, sporting a backward baseball cap — but at the same time he delivers everything with such polish and panache that it almost seems scripted. It’s hard to get a clear read on him, and that’s exactly how he likes it. “People have no clue who I really am,” he asserts.” And that’s a fact. People can only make assumptions about me.”
Do characters within a popular sitcom risk their opportunities to be casted in a new show or movie? Does anyone see David Schwimmer beyond Ross in Friends, or Alyson Hannigan beyond Lily in How I Met Your Mother? In my opinion, it depends on what the actor did before the show and whether or not the show made them famous. For example, when I think of Jason Segel I do not automatically see him as Marshall from How I Met Your Mother; I think about his role in Freaks and Geeks, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or I Love You, Man. But still, most of the films were released after How I Met Your Mother. How do actors from such popular sitcoms avoid being associated with that role once the show is over? Why do some actors, like Wilmer, try to avoid even bringing it up if it made them so famous?