Over the past decade or so, we have seen the entertainment industry enter something akin to a modern day renaissance. Production companies have been producing new films and television series at a rate unlike anything we have ever seen before, and covering a vast array of topics and genres. A considerable proportion of these projects are also spin-offs of past projects that have already cemented their place in Hollywood history, subsequently introducing a new generation of fans to some classic franchises they may not have already been privy to in turn. In fact, just today we received the official trailer for the latest example of just that as Netflix unveiled the first official look for their highly anticipated new series That 90’s Show.
For those who may not already be familiar, That 90’s Show is set to be a spin-off of the classic and hilarious series from the early 2000’s That 70’s Show. Centering around Eric Forman, played by Topher Grace, and his group of friends as they navigate life and high school in the 1970’s, That 70’s Show concluded back in 2006 with the series finale set on the final day of 1979 as the series’ cast prepares to enter a new decade filled with its own uniquely distinct culture. It would now be the 1990’s in that universe as we are 16 years removed from said finale, and Netflix is attempting to imagine just exactly what that universe would look like in their new spin-off series That 90’s Show. In the official trailer for the impending series, fans of its predecessor will notice some similarities to its predecessor as That 90’s Show is also set in the home of Eric Forman’s parents Kitty and Red, which is identical to how it first appeared two decades prior, played by Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith who are set to reprise their original roles. Instead though, the series will center around a new cast of teenagers spearheaded by Callie Haverda who is set to play Eric Forman’s daughter Leia as she spends the summer visiting her grandparents and hanging out with her friends in the same iconic basement that her father grew up in. If you haven’t already seen it you can catch the trailer below, and then you can begin counting down the days until January 19th when That 90’s Show is set to premiere on Netflix.
While many people don’t realize it, this isn’t the first attempt at a That 70’s Show spin-off. In 2002 That 80’s Show attempted to build upon the success of Eric Forman and company, but received poor reviews virtually across the board and ran for just 13 episodes. It looks like Netflix is going to make a strong attempt to not falter like that series did however, and repurposing the original set of That 70’s Show and building upon its plotline will likely serve them very well in doing so as it definitely inspires some nostalgia for fans. Those fans now have something to be very excited about to kick off the new year, with That 90’s Show set to premiere on Netflix