How do I know this? Because, after moving to a household provided with Netflix , in a geogaphic climate where it's too hot to leave the house., I've taken up a temporary and yes, revolting, hobby. After seeing more than 120 episodes (or is it "having more than 120 episodes"--like individual epileptic attacks) in the past 2 months, I can honestly say, I know this show.
At first--say, for the first 75 episodes, I asked myself, "What is it I like about this show?" I mean, it's sexist, and the language is offensive. The word "whore" is supposed to be funny, so they use it as a running non-joke in most episodes. Oh yeah, and "slut". An alien watching this show (that's me, I guess) would have to draw the conclusion that humans are foul, selfish creatures that like to hurt each other. This show-- It's stupid and often mean. It stinks, actually.
At first, I couldn't stop watching it because I was fascinated by my own reactions to it. It's like the feeling you get when you know you've eaten way, way too many Cheetohs are are definitely going to feel really sick tomorrow. But you just have to have. One. More. Cheetoh.
So, why did I like it?
(Note the word "did", because by episode 85, I noticed the laugh track has become so hysterical and intrusive that it's hard to focus on the dialog. Ooh, smart choice, producers, because the dialog (and plot) is hopeless. The writers have clearly lost the plot, and because character development was never a concept in the concave narrative arc, there was just no place to run to.)
This show would make a great dissertation, but who's got that kind of time? I'm going to make a list. Feel free to send notes about things I may have missed.
Things I Like(d) about That 70s Show Things I Will Always Dislike about That 70s Show
Kitty, who is funny and loving Nasty words about women
Kitty, who creates family despite her family The inane focus on "doing it"
Leo, because he got away with it "Oh my god!", repeated endlessly
The way Fez danced, and Hyde too (not together) Nobody grows, ever
The Formans give a home to other people's abandoned teens Stupid sex jokes & references
Red reminds me of my dad Red reminds me of my dad
Popsicles in the freezer at all times Michael's a perv & so is Fez (and it's presented as normal! Yuck!
"Friends" rat each other out, and that's considered "funny". Yuck
I'll wrap up with a quote I found funny...
Kitty to Red: Where did you learn your parenting skills?