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Does the timeline continuity bother anyone else?

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    TVholic1993

    [41]May 24, 2010
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    It's a about time someone talked about this! I love That '70s Show, I just hate how long this show ran while it was set during a four year period ('76, '77, '78, '79.) If the creators actually cared about doing a realistic timeline, here's how it could have been:


    Season One: 1976-77 (1998-99)


    Season Two: 1977 (1999-00)


    Season Three: 1977-78 (2000-01)


    Season Four: 1978-79 (2001-02)


    Season Five: 1979-80 (2002-03)


    Five seasons would have been just fine, and season 8 wouldn't have existed or the continuity problems (like the five Christmas') Though, if they still wanted the series to run for eight seasons, they should have set it 2 years earlier (like 1974 or something). Here's how that could have happened:


    Season One: 1974-75 (1998-99)


    Season Two: 1975-76 (1999-00)


    Season Three: 1976-77 (2000-01)


    Season Four: 1977 (2001-02)


    Season Five: 1977-78 (2002-03)


    Season Six: 1978 (2003-04)


    Season Seven: 1978-79 (2004-05)


    Season Eight: 1979-80 (2005-06)


    See, that would have been a perfect timeline. But, I got no beef with this show and I watch it at any chance I can.

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    TVholic1993

    [42]May 24, 2010
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    mrjimmyjames

    [44]Jun 27, 2010
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    what i don't understand is why the people in charge never thought to stop having holiday episodes after a few seasons when it became obvious that they weren't going to be able to plan the years out correctly and predict when the show would end. the year on the lisence plate could have been dropped after season 3 and we could have had an ambiguous floating timeline where they could stretch the show out as long as they want period pieces can get away with floating timelines


    the year would only change if they did something specific like when they graduated


    the show MASH had a floating timeline and it worked perfectly; it covered about 3 years in 11 seasons

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    TVholic1993

    [45]Jun 27, 2010
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    Yeah, but that's M*A*S*H. That '70s Show began in a specfic year (1976) and ended in a specfic year (1979) but they ran it too long for a real timeline.



    Also, I thought of something funny. If That '80s Show was actually sucessful, here's how long it probably should have run:


    *Season One: 1984-85


    *Season Two: 1985-86


    *Season Three: 1986


    *Season Four: 1986-87


    *Season Five: 1987


    *Season Six: 1987-88


    *Season Seven: 1988


    *Season Eight: 1988-89


    *Season Nine: 1989


    *Finale: 1989-1990

    Edited on 06/27/2010 2:46pm
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