That ’90s Show: Everything We Know About the Upcoming Netflix Series

That 90s Show

Avid fans of That ‘70s Show can’t wait for the Netflix spin-off coming our way. That ‘90s Show continues the story of the original series but with an obsession of a new decade. Instead of focusing on the original crew, we’ll get to focus on the coming-of-age story of Donna and Eric’s kid growing up in the ‘90s. 

So what’s in store for this update? How many returning cast members will join the project? And when can we expect its release? Let’s talk about everything there is to know about That ‘90s Show.

What to Expect from That ‘90s Show

That ‘70s Show told us from the title that the series would be deeply ingrained in ‘70s American culture. The show glorified and lovingly mocked the trends of the time: bell bottoms, chukka boots, roller disco, and rock shows. While many of the fads of the ‘70s will get replaced with ‘90s nostalgia, some things will stay the same. For example, the love of Star Wars will certainly continue on. Firstly, Donna (Laura Prepon) and Eric (Topher Grace) named their daughter Leia. Plus, while we enjoyed the crew loving the original series, the first prequel, The Phantom Menace, came out in the 90s. We hope to see the new crew enjoying the film in theaters for the first time.

So what’s the same behind the scenes? The same production company, Carsey-Werner Company, will produce the new show as well. Plus, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, the original creators, will write the show. But this time, they’re bringing in their daughter Lindsey Turner to write with them.

So what’s the plot? Whose story will the series focus on? Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix on the premise of the show. “Hello, Wisconsin! It’s 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red. Sex, drugs and rock ’n roll never dies, it just changes clothes.”

That ’90s Show Cast

So here’s the first question on any fan’s mind: which of the original cast members will reprise roles in That ‘90s Show? We have confirmation that Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will return as Red and Kitty Forman, Leia’s grandparents. Smith and Rupp will also act behind the scenes and executive producers. 

*Update 5/31/22*

We can now confirm that Topher Grace (Eric Forman) and Laura Prepon (Donna) are returning. Asl scheduled to come back is Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso) and real-life wife, Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart). And while Wilmer Valderama (Fez), promised that “Fez will never happen again” in a 2017 interview with People, it’s also confirmed that he will be making an appearance as well.

Another face we should not see is Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde as he’s in the midst of litigation in response to his alleged rape of multiple women.

But here’s the new faces that will constitute the Point Place Crew:

  • Callie Haverda as Leia Forman, Donna and Eric’s daughter. She’s smart, snarky, and craves adventure. 
  • Ashley Aufderheide as Gwen, the “Riot Grrrl” who’s loyal, rebellious, and full of heart.
  • Mace Coronel as Jay, a charming and flirty guy whose lines don’t always land. He’s always got a video camera on hand to capture the action.
  • Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate, Gwen’s older brother, who gives the crew a set of wheels for their adventures in his van.
  • Reyn Doi as Ozzie, a sarcastic guy who offers perspective and insight.
  • Sam Morelos as Nikki, a smart, driven girl with focus who’s got just a touch of rebellion in her. 
Ashley Aufderheide
Ashley Aufderheide attends presser for ABC Emergence series during New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center / Photo Credit: Lev Radin

That ‘90s Show Release Date (Speculation)

So when can we expect to see That ‘90s Show hit our Netflix queue? We need to know where the creators will take the original show. And we’d be lying if we said we weren’t curious if originals like Ashton Kutcher would make a cameo or two. 

We know that the series was ordered back in October 2021. And we know that production has begun, because you can sign up to be a part of the studio audience and watch the filming! Since they still have filming dates scheduled into June, we can’t know for sure what the release date will be. Once production wraps, we’ll get a better idea of when the show might air. Until That ‘90s Show hits Netflix, we’ll have to just keep watching That ‘70s Show reruns to bide our time until then!

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  1. As somebody who was a young kid in the 1990’s, it’s pretty bizarre to hear about That 90’s Show.