Tommy Chong (pictured above, left) is back on the small screen.
This is indication enough that in That ’90s Show, the Netflix sequel series to That ’70s Show, will be heavily under the influence—of both nostalgia and marijuana.
Almost the entire original cast returns, from Topher Grace to Ashton Kutcher, either as series regulars, recurring characters, or brief cameos.
But it’s enough to make any fan of the original sitcom happy.
Plus, we haven’t had enough shows flashback to the 1990s as much as the ’70s and ’80s, so we’re excited to see how ashamed we’ll be of all the “cool ’90s things” in retrospect.
And because it’s now 2023, the cast and characters have a welcome diversity that reflects the evolution of society, even if the world was only barely catching up with the reality of LGBTQ people in the ’90s. Nonbinary actor Damia Terriquez joins the cast, plus there’s a gay character named Ozzie (Reyn Doi) who has a truly touching, beautifully acted coming-out scene with matriarch Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp).
We didn’t watch That ’70s Show regularly, so we can’t speak to how well this show serves fans and sets up a new narrative. But as a casual watcher, we’re totally on board with this sequel and its affectionate look at one of our own personal favorite decades.
So settle into the sofa with a pile of munchies and get ready to binge.
Or as we like to call it, “Netflix and puff, puff, pass…“
That ’90s ShowPhoto courtesy of Netflix