That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 1

That '70s Pilot

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 23, 1998 on FOX
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That '70s Pilot

While Eric Forman is swiping beer for his best friends Donna Pinciotti, Michael Kelso, and Steven Hyde, his parents Red and Kitty hint that he may be getting the old Vista Cruiser. Now Eric can drive all of his friends � including the new foreign exchange student, Fez � to a Todd Rundgren concert in Milwaukee. A minor snag occurs when Kelso�s obnoxious girlfriend Jackie Burkhart finds out and invites herself along. An even bigger snag occurs when Red tells Eric that he can�t drive the car out of Point Place.


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  • best show

    starting off that 70's show. you know they call it that 70's show but maybe it should of started in 1970 in the show timeline but it starts in 1976 yeah but most of the cast are close to adult years. We Eric forman: the nerdly but cool guy that collets GI joes. Hyde:Eric's cool bad dude best friend. Donna: Eric tomboy attacting best friend who he is in love with. Kelso: Eric's other diwited Best friend. Fez:Eric's new foreign exchange student friend who we don't know where he's from. And last jackie Kelso's girlfriend. Man I love this show.moreless
  • An Explosive start to an amazing sitcom!

    Eric Forman's Parents give him the Vista Criuser Station Wagon, feeling that he is old enough and that he can handle the responsibility.

    So, he uses it that day to drive his friends: Steven Hyde, Michael Kelso, Donna Pinciotti, Jackie Burkhart and Fez (Foriegn Exchange Student) to a Todd Rundgren concert, there the car breakes down because it was old and the battery is dead. So they give up Kelso and Jackie's tickets away for the battery. They have a great time.

    At the end of the day (Neighbours) Eric and Donna share a kiss, and that is the end of the pilot.moreless
  • this was a good pilot

    its the pilot of that 70s show were there down in the basement and they want erik to go get some bear and then erik gets some but over hears he may get the vista cruiser. and when he hears that they may be going to a concert. and jackie finds out and askes kelso to go but kelso wants to break up with her . but the battery dies and they have to give two tickets to get a new one . and they give jakies and kelso tiket and they go and at the end erik gets a kiss from donna . this was a good epmoreless
  • The begining of a great show!

    This episode pretty sums up the begining of the series.The show starts off with eric foreman who tres stealing beer for his friends hyde kelso and his soon to be girlfriend donna. The episode also shows how foreman gets the vista cruiser which plays an important role in the series.Eric takes the cruiser out with his friends to see a concert even though he is not supposed to take it out of the orders of his dad red foreman. The cars battery runs out and the gang ends up having to give two of their tickits to mechanics so they can get a new battery which works out in the end.The episode ends with donna giving eric his first kiss marking the begining of their relationship.moreless
  • Eric Forman, with the stationwagon he has 'inherited' from his parents, takes his five friends to a concert.

    This was the first of two hundred great episodes of That '70s Show. Eric and three friends: Donna Pinciotti, Steven Hyde, Michael Kelso; plus the new foriegn kid, Fez, and Kelso's girlfriend, Jackie go to a rock concert in another town out of Point Place with Eric's new 'Vista Cruiser' he has inherited from his parents. The gang has a good time, as Eric and Donna share their first kiss, Fez experiences his first American concert, and Kelso and Jackie get their first opportunity to make out in the back of Eric's Vista Cruiser. (a stationwagon) This was a great way to start the series; Any way was pretty great. All of the characters on this show are awesome, and can't be played by anyone else; I mean, Topher Grace can only play Eric, and Laura Prepon can only play Donna, and Ashton Kutcher can only play Kelso, and Danny Masterson could only play Hyde and so on and so on. The adults are funny in this show, unlike a lot of other shows, which makes the show more enjoyable to everybody.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the only episode in which Eric calls Red "Pop." In every other episode he calls him "Dad" (or "Sir.")

    • The music used in this episode was:
      Love Will Keep Us Together (1975) by Captain & Tennille;
      Jackie Blue (1974) by Ozark Mountain Daredevils;
      Space Truckin' (1972) by Deep Purple;
      I Saw the Light (1972) by Todd Rundgren;
      Hello It's Me (1972) by Todd Rundgren.

    • Donna calls Eric a "17-year-old man" even though he turns 17 in the next episode.
      Response: This is a casual remark. It's said only days before Eric turns 17 and it's not strange for a person to refer to their age rounded up when your birthday is within a few days or weeks.

    • In the scene where Eric steals two beers from the bar in front of Red, when Eric talks about getting the cruiser, he holds up two cans of beer: one is upside down and the other is not. In the next cut both are upside down. Note also that the people in the background changes between the cuts.

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  • NOTES (5)

    • Meg Liberman and Marc Hirschfeld were nominated for an Artios Award (given by the Casting Society of America, USA) for "Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot" for this episode.

    • Mila Kunis actually embellished her age at her audition, claiming that she would be 18 on her birthday, but did not specify how many birthdays away that was; she was fourteen at the time. According to the interview, the producers were very surprised when she told them she would need a set teacher because she was underage.

    • This is the only episode not directed by David Trainer. It is most likely due to the fact that when networks give shows the green light to film a pilot, they are not sure which directors they will have for the bulk of the season if the show is picked up. Therefore, this might explain why Terry Hughes directed only the pilot before they found their permanent director, David Trainer.

    • There used to be a studio musician who worked for the jazz-rock duo Steely Dan named Jackie Kelso and they wrote a song called "The Fez." Coincidence?

    • The working titles for the show included Feelin' All Right, The Kids Are Alright, Reeling in the Years and Teenage Wasteland.