That ’70s Show was an American sitcom aired on FOX America and ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006. It centers on the lives of six teenagers as they were going through various social issues during the ’70s which included generational conflict, sexual attitudes, the 1970s recession, and teenage drug use. These social issues are of course, capped off with hilarious dialogues and damn good delivery. Situated in a fictional place in Wisconsin, USA, the show reached a cult following for its stars and its near resemblance to ’70s America.
Viewer-involvement - That ’70s Show may be set during the heydays of the ’70s, but teenage viewers still managed to get themselves involved with the different early adolescent dilemmas depicted on the show like parent-child relationship, allowance shortage, drug use*, school issues, and teenage love. Viewers who lived in the ’70s can easily relate to the crazy antics done by the characters and can say to themselves that they once did all those things back then.
Conflict - Of course, a program would not last for 8 long seasons without a conflict in the story, right? The show focuses on the lives of the 6 teenagers who are dealing with teenage problems. It’s pretty basic elementary actually. For example, the main character Eric Forman wants to buy beer but fails to do so because he’s only 17 yrs. old, plus his dad won’t let him borrow the car and his friends are pressuring him all at the same time. Yes, the conflict is simple but the show makes up for it through good writing and acting.
Comedy/Sitcom/Demonstration: The program’s general format is SITCOM. It runs for 22 minutes, good enough to please the viewers with very simple story conflict as told through jokes and mishaps. I guess one can say that the program That ’70s Show can fall under the demonstration format as it shows how life was during the ’70s. I don’t know, that’s just me.