Parents' Guide to

That '90s Show

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid reboot of '90s fave sitcom has some language, sex.

TV Netflix Comedy 2023
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Me and my parents enjoyed this That 70s spinoff. It has crude jokes and weird behavior. You may think drug jokes are too much for your child,it's not.(never mentioned what it is I'm still on the hook) I'm 9 and my sister is 7. Greatest spinoff of all time.(couldn't find thumbs up emoji)
age 16+

Nostalgic for the adults but this is for the new generation.

Look i have to admit , some parts just make you crinkle your nose from the “cringe experience”. But for us who grew up watching and rewatching the show, we gotta admit that seeing character such as Kitty and Red on the screen once again is so nostalgic. Makes me truly happy. I say if you can you can look past the “kid friendly acting” well i call it kid friendly because its more like “hey in your face pay attention to me” just like a Disney show… if you can overlook that well its not half bad. Oh but the new interpretation of the intro , I am not a fan of that… made me tear up a bit. But i think the new generation will enjoy this I enjoy the fact that the kids will have what we had.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

No one's trying to reinvent the wheel in this reboot, and what worked before surprisingly still works at times, though this throwback's not for everyone. On the surface, That ‘90s Show should be much worse: A relaunch of a popular old sitcom that self-consciously gathers a new group of teens for hijinks while members of the old cast reprise their roles and pop in for guest spots? Yikes. And yet, there are some things to love about That ‘90s Show, and Debra Jo Rupp is chief amongst them. Once again playing the matriarch upstairs to a motley group of teens growing up mostly downstairs (yes, in the same basement with the same furniture as in the original), Rupp is once again a solid hoot, landing every joke she gets (and she gets plenty).

But anyone who's seen That ‘70s Show knows that Rupp was one of its secret weapons, how's the new gang of young'uns? Not half bad, due to the actors' charm, despite the fact that the show clearly tried to recreate some of the original's cast dynamics: Jay is a mini Kelso (and is also Kelso and Jackie's son, as we find out when Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher show up to tell us so), Gwen is meant to be the Donna of the group, and so on. Their interplay is sweet, even if it raises only mild chuckles. The show is more interesting when it tackles meta issues, such as Donna and Eric's surprise that they're now on the other side of teen battles. "Enjoying yourself, kids? You're upstairs people now," needles Red as the couple sits with Red and Kitty while their daughter does god knows what in the basement downstairs with her new friends. For viewers who grew up with the original, it's piquant humor that really hits home, which may be enough of a reason to give this reboot a look.

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