That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 23

Grandma's Dead

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 12, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Grandma's Dead
Red's mother Bernice has once again managed to make everyone miserable during one of her visits. While driving his grandmother home, Eric lashes out and tells her that it wouldn't kill her to be nice once in a while. Bernice promptly drops dead, leaving Eric to think he killed her. The entire Forman family (including Laurie and Red's brother Marty) comes together for her funeral while Eric gets drunk at a bar with the guys.moreless

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  • This episode was extremely funny

    In general I loved the episode, I find it hilarious. It was so funny seeing Red playing like a little boy with the train! LOL. Other thing that I find funny is the thing that Erics says to his grandmother before she died. "It wouldn't kill you to be nice once in a while" and then she dies!! hahaha. But my favorite scene in this episode is the one at the funeral where each one takes a look at the corpse and think stuff like talking to the grandmother. I loved everything they say. I think this episode is a great example of how funny the show is. I loved it!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show that 70s show erik is driving his grandmother home and he tells her that she can be nasty and she ends up dead falls over in the car and he just drives home leaving her in the car and he does not want to tell red when donna sees that she tells him to tell red and kitty and he does and kitty is upset and she jus deals with it by cooking way to much and red just does not show his emotions this was a funny ep i thought and i that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • You would think Eric would be celebrating that his dad's mother has died, but not when he's guilt-ridden after he has told her it wouldn't kill her to be nicer.

    Grandma Forman has made another one of those visits, where, if you were a member of the Red Forman family, couldn't think the day could go by any slower. Thank goodness, her role in this episode doesn't take that long, as she drops dead on Eric's shoulder as he is driving her home. Eric has to come back with his dead grandmother in the passenger seat. His parents find out quickly, and mourn the death - somewhat. Meanwhile, Eric feels guilty. Why? It's not his fault that his grandmother died, right? Well, apparently, Eric thinks it is. Literally seconds before Grandma Forman died, Eric told her, "You know, it wouldn't kill you to be nice for just one day." Eric never feels the same until the very end of the episode when Red reassures him that he wasn't the cause of his grandmother's death. Me? I don't care. To me, Grandma Forman was very annoying, and I hated her constant insults to Kitty, so I would give this episode a high rating, because it's the end of one of the characters I hated the most in Season 1.moreless
  • Grandma Foreman bites the big one.

    I really liked this episode because it showed a different side of everyone. It was really sad that Grandma died but she was really messed up anyway. I loved how Eric yelled at her, I love how Donna said "What's your grandma doing sleeping in the car?" That was funny Also when Kelso moves her aside to get the 8 track. I also liked when he tells his parents a lie. The saddest part is when they all hug at the end. And when Red sees all his child belongings. Kitty pretending to care about the death was also hysterical. A really funny yet sad episode.moreless
  • I hated her anyway

    Eric Forman's grandmother dies. I'm so glad they decided to kill that annoying old hag. She might have brought some funny moment, but without a doubt, she was the most annoying character on the show. I found the parts funny on how they made fun of her death, it was hilarious.

    The five stages of grief. Yes, they have been going through it as well. I enjoyed seeing how they copped with the whole situation. Very nice. We also get to see a different side of Eric, which was quite OK, but he was really out of character in this episode.

    Overall, excellent episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Kitty, Red, and Laurie are eating, the eggs disappear from Laurie's plate when the camera cuts from her front to her side.

    • During the funeral, Red calls for the pastor to close Bernice's eyes. However, in the beginning of the episode, she dies with her eyes closed.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      (Don't Fear) The Reaper (1976) by Blue Oyster Cult;
      Ain't Nothin' But A Houseparty (1973) by J. Geils Band.

    • When Eric's Grandmother dies and falls on his shoulder she can be clearly seen blinking after she is supposed to be dead.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (1)

    • The opening theme song is not played at the beginning of this episode; the cast names are shown during the opening teaser. There is no license plate showing the year in the opening credits, however, the end credits show the plate with a 1976 validation tag; this episode was production number 1-12, and intended to be shown earlier in the season.


    • Kitty: I don't think you're really mad at Marty. I think you're just going through one of the five stages of dealing with death... denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

      Kitty is referring to the five stages of death or grief, made famous by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death And Dying.