DVD Review: That 70s Show - Season Six
Release Date: May 8, 2007
· Topher Grace
· Laura Prepon
· Wilmer Valderrama
· Danny Masterson
· Mila Kunis
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by Chad Maddux
Published: May 10, 2007
Still one of my favorites, That '70s Show continues its release on DVD with the sixth season. This 25-episode season premiered on October 29, 2003 and ended on May 19, 2004 on FOX.
The entire gang of Eric, Donna, Fez, Jackie, Kelso, and Hyde is back. This season features a few twists. Kelso becomes a police cadet. Not surprisingly, his new found power manifests itself in a new "police" voice as well as a demonstration of his superiority to the civilian public.
Eric finally turns 18 and he is expecting his traditional birthday breakfast. Unfortunately, Kitty is trying to revitalize her sex life with Red and forgets. But the biggest shocker of the season: Eric abandons Donna at the alter. As he prepares for his wedding, Eric decides that he can't be responsible for holding Donna back so he splits.
The gang is getting older but the great thing about this show is that the characters never really outgrow their antics. The comedy still stays humorous with each successive season. Fez is still trying to get the girls. Kelso is still a bumbling moron. Hyde is still...well, Hyde. Jackie is still her annoying self. And Eric and Donna are still the weird couple.
My favorite new "character" this season is "Hot Donna," Donna's new radio personality. Other than that, the season is not much different from the other seasons. The good part about that consistency is that if you enjoyed the past seasons, you'll enjoy this one as well.
The DVD releases of this series have never had good bonus features. This season is no different. The promo spots for all of the episodes are included. A featurette of this season (clip-show highlights), a featurette on Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty), and a featurette on Kurtwood Smith (Red) round out the mediocre offerings.
That '70s Show got bounced around FOX's schedule a number of times, returning for one more season than it was supposed to have (the eighth season). The sixth season is the last really good season of the show. The seventh season starts a slide towards the end of the series that would see the disappearances of Kelso and Eric (and the introduction of a couple of odd new characters). At about $35 online, this season is a good purchase for strong fans of the show. For mediocare fans, I'd buy one of the earlier seasons over this one. Wait for a sale to get this one.
Also available for purchase: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5