That '70s Show (season 8)
|That '70s Show Season 8|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original run||November 2, 2005– May 18, 2006|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||April 1, 2008|
|List of That '70s Show episodes|
The eighth and final season of the American comedy television series That '70s Show premiered November 2, 2005 on Fox in the United States. The season ended on May 18, 2006 with an hour-long series finale. The eighth season was the first and only season without the show's star Topher Grace who portrayed Eric Forman, the central character, since he left the series at the end of the previous season. This season also marked a major change in the series, as a new character was introduced to take Eric's place named Randy Pearson (portrayed by new cast member Josh Meyers) and the departure of Michael Kelso, who was portrayed by Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher actually quit the show at the end of season seven but remained on the series for five episodes during the eighth season. He appeared in the first four episodes to give closure to Kelso and he appeared again in the final episode titled "That '70s Finale". Topher Grace also returned for the final episode but his role was both brief and uncredited. Also, Leo (Tommy Chong) returned as a main character since his return to the series in the seventh season (in a recurring role).
Many plots of the season involved Donna's new relationship with Randy, Jackie falling in love with Fez, Hyde getting married to a stripper named Samantha, Kelso getting a new job and moving to Chicago, and the Formans adjusting to an empty nest which is too empty for Kitty and not empty enough for Red due to the kids' presence despite Eric's absence.
This season is set entirely in 1979, with the final seconds of the series set in 1980.
Note: All episodes of season 8, except the finale, are named after songs by Queen.
- Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart (22 episodes)
- Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde (22 episodes)
- Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti (22 episodes)
- Wilmer Valderrama as Fez (22 episodes)
- Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman (22 episodes)
- Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman (22 episodes)
- Josh Meyers as Randy Pearson (21 Episodes)
- Don Stark as Bob Pinciotti (14 Episodes)
- Tommy Chong as Leo Chingkwake (11 Episodes)
- Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso (Episodes 1-4,22)
- Judy Tylor as Samantha Hyde (Episodes 1-5,9,10,12,16)
- Tim Reid as William Barnett (Episodes 14,21)
- Yvette Nicole Brown as Sgt. Davis (Episode 3)
- Bret Harrison as Charlie Richardson (Episode 1)
- Don Knotts as The Landlord (Episode 5)
- Allison Munn as Caroline (Episodes 5,19)
- Tom Bosley as Dr. Hammond (Episode 17)
- Justin Long as Andrew Davis (Episode 21)
- Jim Rash as Fenton (Episode 9)
- Topher Grace as Eric Forman (Episode 22,Uncredited Cameo)
- Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith appear in all episodes.
- Ashton Kutcher appears in the first 4 episodes, and later returns in the final episode. In all appearances, he is credited as a "special guest star".
- Josh Meyers joins the main cast in the episode Somebody to Love.
- Don Stark is absent for 8 episodes.
- Tommy Chong joins the main cast after returning in the episode "Bohemian Rhapsody".
- Topher Grace makes an uncredited cameo appearance in the ending moments of the finale.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|179||1||"Bohemian Rhapsody"||David Trainer||Gregg Mettler||November 2, 2005||801|
Kitty, Fez and Donna record a tape for Eric, summarizing what happened since he left. Red is ashamed of Kitty's experiment with something their son did prior to leaving. Hyde and Jackie argue about their relationship after Hyde punches Kelso, and it worsens when a stripper named Samantha finds the Formans' house and reveals her marriage to Hyde. Charlie dies when he falls off the water tower & names it after him.
|180||2||"Somebody to Love"||David Trainer||Rob Deshotel||November 2, 2005||802|
After Leo leaves an ambiguous note on Grooves' front door, a teenager named Randy Pearson (new cast member Josh Meyers) applies for a non-existing job. Hyde hires him while he is intoxicated, and after sobering up, wonders if it was a good decision. Jackie, Fez and Donna go to a bar so Jackie could hit on guys and then break their hearts to make her feel better. Red and Kitty try to get Hyde's wife, Samantha, to leave.Ashton Kutcher
Absent: Don Stark
|181||3||"You're My Best Friend"||David Trainer||Chris Peterson & Bryan Moore||November 9, 2005||803|
Randy wants to throw Hyde a belated bachelor party and puts Kelso and Fez in charge of getting Hyde to the Formans' house without him knowing. But Kelso forgets his part of the plan and the guys end up in jail. Meanwhile, the Formans are furious when Leo has the strippers at their house and Jackie is shocked when Donna befriends Samantha.Special Guest Star: Ashton Kutcher
Absent: Don Stark
|182||4||"Misfire"||David Trainer||Kristin Newman||November 16, 2005||804|
Kelso makes one last move on Jackie, but is offered a job at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Red and Kitty celebrate their anniversary, and Donna feels bad when Eric calls Kitty much more often than he calls her. Randy tries to console Donna. At the end of the episode, Kelso joins his friends in one last circle before he moves to Chicago.Special Guest Star: Ashton Kutcher
Absent: Tommy Chong
|183||5||"Stone Cold Crazy"||David Trainer||Dave Schiff||November 30, 2005||805|
|Kitty feels neglected by Red, so Samantha helps her improve her image. Now that Kelso has moved to Chicago, Jackie moves in with Fez, who has to deal with his crazy ex-girlfriend Caroline. With some help from Samantha, Donna takes nude photos to send to Eric; unfortunately, he is not the first one to see them.|
|184||6||"Long Away"||David Trainer||Philip Stark||December 7, 2005||806|
|Donna starts spending more time with Randy, much to Fez and Jackie's suspicion, and the latter decides Eric has to know about this mingling. Red hires Leo to be his photographer at a Veterans' Reunion, as Red is now the most decorated veteran and wants to show off, but Leo steals the spotlight when he reveals his military past. Unfortunately, it is revealed that Eric had broken up with Donna and that's why she is now hanging out with Randy.|
|185||7||"Fun It"||David Trainer||David Spancer||December 14, 2005||807|
Randy gets himself and the gang in trouble after they steal the Fatso Burger mascot and upset the whole town. Jackie lets out her fear of clowns, Fez unsuccessfully tries to hate Randy and Donna gives in to her dark side.Absent: Tommy Chong
|186||8||"Good Company"||David Trainer||Dean Batali||January 12, 2006||808|
Jackie discovers Donna's crush on Randy, while Kitty is angry at Fez after he begins dating one of her friends. Donna's birthday is approaching and her friends don't know what present to give her.Absent: Tommy Chong
|187||9||"Who Needs You"||David Trainer||Sarah McLaughlin||January 19, 2006||809|
Kitty and Red get annoyed with Hyde and Samantha's constant fighting. After Jackie floods Fez's apartment and almost gets them evicted, she decides to save the day in the most feminine way. Donna tries to get people to donate money for a children's library and is in for some disappointment about the fans of "Hot Donna".Absent: Don Stark
|188||10||"Sweet Lady"||David Trainer||Alan Dybner||January 26, 2006||810|
Donna is suspicious of Randy's intentions when he invites her to a cabin under questionable pretenses. Jackie wants to work for Christine St. George (Mary Tyler Moore), a talk show host for What's Up, Wisconsin?. Hyde meets Red's older friends and questions his marriage.Absent: Don Stark and Tommy Chong
|189||11||"Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy"||David Trainer||Greg Schaffer & Steve Joe||February 2, 2006||811|
Jackie needs Kitty's help to get Christine St. George to like her. Leo has a crush on someone quite unexpected and asks the other guys for help.Absent: Don Stark
|190||12||"Killer Queen"||David Trainer||Mark Hudis||February 9, 2006||812|
|It's Valentine's Day and Red has trouble finding Kitty a gift when his present stash is found empty after he lets Hyde pick one for Samantha. Fez and Jackie fake a relationship for Christine St. George on What's Up, Wisconsin? when a guest fails to appear. Donna helps Randy plan out his Valentine's Day and is surprised to learn who his date is.|
|191||13||"Spread Your Wings"||David Trainer||Gregg Mettler||March 16, 2006||813|
Donna unsuccessfully tries to keep her relationship with Randy a secret. Fez tries to impress a co-worker named Hillary at all costs, while Jackie gets a new job, but finds it quite disappointing. Kitty and Red clean Eric's old bedroom with Randy's help. Things take a turn for the worse when Kitty catches Randy and Donna kissing in the room.Absent: Don Stark and Tommy Chong
|192||14||"Son and Daughter"||David Trainer||Ken Blankstein||March 23, 2006||814|
|Hyde has to watch over his father's house when he goes out of town. A subsequent party goes out of control and only Leo can fix the damage. Kitty is still furious at Donna for kissing Randy in Eric's old bedroom and tries to ridicule her. After defending Randy, Red stays at Bob's to avoid further fights with Kitty.|
|193||15||"Keep Yourself Alive"||David Trainer||Gregg Mettler||April 13, 2006||815|
Fez loses Kitty's wedding ring and the gang spends their night in the woods looking for it, with Donna and Randy trying desperately to be alone, but unable to due to Jackie and Hyde's fighting. Red is uncomfortable when Bob says too much about the same ring in front of Kitty.Absent: Tommy Chong
|194||16||"My Fairy King"||David Trainer||Philip Stark||April 27, 2006||816|
Hyde finds out a terrible truth about Samantha that causes their marriage to end. A rival muffler shop might force Red into retirement. Jackie makes up a list of qualities she needs in a man and is overwhelmed when she realizes who her perfect match is.Absent: Tommy Chong
|195||17||"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"||David Trainer||Kristin Newman||April 27, 2006||817|
Jackie discusses her feelings towards Fez with a therapist, who tells Jackie she is only interested in unavailable men. Hyde keeps a retired Red busy, but regrets it later. Meanwhile, Fez is dumped for a very unusual reason.Absent: Don Stark
|196||18||"We Will Rock You"||David Trainer||Chris Peterson & Bryan Moore||May 4, 2006||818|
The gang meets a variety of people at a "Disco Sucks" bonfire. Jackie unsuccessfully tries to use the occasion to get closer to Fez. Kitty and Red have a visit from new neighbors, but there is just something about them that makes them uncomfortable: they're gay.Absent: Tommy Chong
|197||19||"Sheer Heart Attack"||David Trainer||Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer||May 4, 2006||819|
After numerous amorous adventures, Fez decides to stay with only one girl, and returns to ex-girlfriend Caroline, much to Jackie's dismay. Red and Hyde try to sell unneeded heart pills without Kitty's consent.Absent: Don Stark and Tommy Chong
|198||20||"Leaving Home Ain't Easy"||David Trainer||Chris Peterson & Bryan Moore & Kristin Newman||May 11, 2006||820|
Bob wants Red and Kitty to move to Florida with him, while Randy suggests Donna move in with him. Jackie messes with Fez's car when he rejects her, thus Fez takes revenge in the most harmful way.Absent: Tommy Chong
|199||21||"Love of My Life"||David Trainer||Gregg Mettler||May 18, 2006||821|
|In the first half of the series finale, Red and Kitty try to sell their house, while Jackie must choose if she wants to be with Fez or not, as he considers returning to his home country. Randy tries to figure out what went wrong in his relationship with Donna and Hyde tries to stop using marijuana after a bad experience. Kitty informs everyone that Eric is coming home from Africa.|
|200||22||"That '70s Finale"||David Trainer||Gregg Mettler||May 18, 2006||822|
In the series finale, it is December 31, 1979, the final day of the 1970s. Hyde helps a hesitant Kitty and Red decide about moving. Fez searches for the perfect time and place for his first kiss with Jackie while Kelso returns to spend the last night of the 1970s with his friends. Kelso also falls off the water tower (again), after being tricked by Fez and Hyde. Red and Kitty announce to their guests that they decided not to move to Florida. As Donna leaves the room for some air, Eric returns just in time for New Year's Eve. He apologizes to Donna, who says things "are a lot different now" and they kiss, getting back together. Eric and Kelso join their friends in the final "circle" of the decade. Eric states the last person upstairs has to call Red a dumbass. Everyone runs upstairs, leaving Kelso behind. Kelso is the final character to be seen as he grabs "the stupid helmet" and prepares to call Red a dumbass. As the 1980s begin, the episode ends in a final shot of the Formans' basement with the kids and adults upstairs counting down to one. Then shows the car bumper one last time reading "That '70s Show" along with the year saying 80.
Special Guest Star: Ashton KutcherUncredited Cameo: Topher Grace
- List of That '70s Show episodes at the Internet Movie Database
- List of That '70s Show season 8 episodes at TV.com
- That '70s Show at epguides.com