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Does the timeline continuity bother anyone else?

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    joemono

    [1]May 12, 2006
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    So the finale ends on New Year's Eve 1979. That's absolutely fitting
    for this show, of course, but the problem is that it's very clearly not
    1979, but rather 1982!

    I
    know the show hasn't followed real-time as far as the seasons go. But
    if you look at the holiday-themed episodes, you'll see that there had
    already been FIVE Christmas episodes before season 8 began. Even if
    they were consecutive years (which they weren't), that'd be Christmas
    of 76, 77, 78, 79, 80.

    EP#     Title                                          Holiday/Year
    9          Thanksgiving                             Thanksgiving 1976
    12        Christmas                                  Christmas 1976
    30        Halloween                                 Halloween 1977
    55        Too Old To Trick or Treat...      Halloween 1978
    60        Hyde's Christmas Rager             Christmas 1978
    88        An Eric Forman Christmas         Christmas 1979
    135     Christmas                                  Christmas 1980
    164     Winter                                       Christmas 1981

    Yeah,
    I've got a bit too much time on my hands. In reality it doesn't really
    bother me that much. Not nearly as much as how bad the show has been
    for the past couple/few seasons.

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    j3ssiicaa

    [2]May 12, 2006
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    i didnt even notice until you pointed it out
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    EvilSausage

    [3]May 12, 2006
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    Yeah, some years had two Christmases. Last year, they did a Christmas 1979 episode, but those last couple days of December were long I guess.
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    Coronapoet

    [4]May 12, 2006
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    I never even noticed that before, interesting.
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    FezNJackie

    [5]May 12, 2006
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    I noticed it and it drives me crazy! i wish I knew why they did it that way.
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    sitcomfreak

    [6]May 12, 2006
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    Yeah that's quite a large continuity error. I mean even if they acknowledged that they're staying in one year for more than one season, they should at least keep track of how many holiday episodes they do. Anyway, I'm still happy we got 7 sucessful seasons out of it.

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    jovigirl5230

    [7]May 12, 2006
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    yeah, and they all (besides Jackie) graduated class of  '78.  the continuity has bugged me as well but it isn't too big of a deal.
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    JuTin_Man

    [8]May 13, 2006
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    It's gonna be a pretty big deal come Thursday when they try to tell us that they're celebrating New Years Eve 79 when they are obviously in mid 80's now...

    I hated the final season of Roseanne until it was revealed that it was all a series of novels... now I love the entire series...

    That's 70's Show better have something in store like that or I'm only buyings season 1-6 on DVD and calling it the entire series...

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    j3ssiicaa

    [9]May 13, 2006
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    that doesnt make sense, wasnt the christmas of '79 in season 7? Thats a huge mistake if the want to do a new years episode in like the last episode, okay now it bugs me now that i have thought about it

    So basically, all the stuff that happened in between is what happened all in one month, which is pretty believable 

    Edited on 05/13/2006 4:37am
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    specialk79ny

    [10]May 13, 2006
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    Eric Should be 20 when this show ends b/c in the first few epiosdes he turns 17 and it is 1976 so when the show ends the 70's he should be 20 but I think they consider him 18 or 19.
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    akdorsey27

    [11]May 13, 2006
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    Yeah he should be 20 because the episode with his birthday aired before the one about christmas.
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    brian81486

    [12]May 13, 2006
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    I love how when the show first aired, I was just about to start 7th grade, which made me 3-5 years younger than all of the characters(jackie being a year younger than everyone, kelso being a year older). Now, through the magic of television, I am about the same age as all the main characters. 
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    _masterchief_

    [13]May 14, 2006
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    j3ssiicaa wrote:
    i didnt even notice until you pointed it out


    neither did I... it dosent really matter its an amazing show anyway
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    jxsilicon9

    [14]May 14, 2006
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    The creators through continuity out the window two seasons ago. They pretty much stop carrying if it looked like the 70s on not. We have seen them use stuff for the 90s. And have seen background things from the 90s. The contiuity was gone along time ago.
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    kurby123

    [15]May 14, 2006
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    It doesn't bother me, I just like the greatness of the show.
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    FezNJackie

    [16]May 14, 2006
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    It annoys me so much. They should have done a christmas episode at the end of season 3, and one at the end of season 5. The creators of the show want us to believe it's been 1979 for 3 seasons. That's stupid, but I still love it anyway and it's just tv and it's one of those little things that annoys me and drives me so crazy and gives me a headache when I think about it.
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    TooSense

    [17]May 15, 2006
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    Well, clearly the show was written by postmodernists who believe all time is relative & not linear.

    Hey, it's a sitcom, you gotta roll with it.  I've noticed other incontinuities (songs played that weren't released until the early '80s, clothing that wasn't popular until the early '80s).  But what the heck, it's a great show w/great actors & writing, so you have to cut some slack.

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    ale3ia

    [18]May 16, 2006
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    Maybe Season 8 was 'unnecessary' because it didn't add much to the whole story and wasn't that funny, so in other words was mostly a 'drag', but otherwise, the timeline continuity does not bother me.

    There is a really simple explanation for that, which also answers all your questions combined.

    When the show started, it was 1976. Back then, they had no idea it would be such a big hit, let alone last for 8 whole seasons (a.k.a. years). So the error was done back then. Too late to fix it later because, if most of your present 'demands' were met, the show would have either been forced to end at the end of Season 4, or continue in the 80's. The second choice I guess was quickly rejected due to the actual show's name.

    I guess that it had been a major concern among the creators, but they had to make a decision: Keep the characters 'lagging back in time', or end it while it's so popular, successful, and full of many more brilliant ideas.
    I don't think that any of us would have liked it, if it all ended 4 years ago.

    So instead of jumping to immediatelly judge the people who created this magnificent sitcom, my opinion is to try to be a little more rational about the situation, and a little less doubtful of their professionalism.

    Enjoy the finale!

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    joemono

    [19]May 16, 2006
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    ale3ia wrote:

    I guess that it had been a major concern among the creators, but they had to make a decision: Keep the characters 'lagging back in time', or end it while it's so popular, successful, and full of many more brilliant ideas.
    I don't think that any of us would have liked it, if it all ended 4 years ago.

    So instead of jumping to immediatelly judge the people who created this magnificent sitcom, my opinion is to try to be a little more rational about the situation, and a little less doubtful of their professionalism.



    I think I might have given you the wrong impression with my original post. It seems that you're taking it entirely too seriously. And out of curiosity, what's irrational about pointing out that there have been five Christmas episodes during what they are trying to pass off as a four year period?
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    Ahammer2487

    [20]May 17, 2006
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    The time thing bugs me to. The thing that bugged me the most was that in episode 102 Eric turns 17 but does not turn 18 until episode 603 explain to me how this works. Oh well
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