Hanging out down the street, you could find the cast of That ’70s Show, Fox’s go-to sitcom from 1998-2006. Lasting eight seasons and even 200 episodes, That ’70s Show had an ensemble that found a charismatic group of characters in the Wisconsin burbs and making the most out of that basement. Making its debut on Fox in the fall of 1998, the show quickly became a cultural phenomenon. It made superstars out of much of its young cast, including Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, and even the adult leads, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith (with Red Foreman a far cry from this role in Robocop).
Yet, as lighthearted as the show was, some very dark business was going on behind the scenes, as co-star Danny Masterson’s rape trial and conviction proved. What happened to the cast of That 70s Show is a disturbing epilogue to a show that, at its best, brought a lot of joy to tons of fans but had a very dark side. In this episode, we dig into what’s happened to the close-knit cast, many of whom came under fire for their support of Masterson throughout his trial and after his conviction, with this a tale of Scientology, wealth, power, and abuse. That said, it’s not all dark, with co-stars like Topher Grace and Laura Prepon going on to long-running careers, and, despite everything, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have had one of the better Hollywood marriages. Yet, one can’t deny the Masterson case and the icky support from many of the cast members have cast a shadow over the show’s legacy, as well as Netflix’s ill-timed sequel series, That ’90s Show.