‘That ’70s Show’: How Many Christmas Episodes Are There, and in What Years Do They Take Place?

The hit comedy ’70s exhibition aired for eight seasons, from 1998 through 2006. However, as the name suggests, the show takes place in the 1970s.

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But since it begins in 1976, the series (especially the later seasons) works on a bizarre floating timeline. These are the ’70s exhibition The Christmas event and the years in which they (apparently) occur.

‘Best Christmas Ever’

The series begins in the spring of 1976. Before Season 1, Episode 12, Christmas is 1976. In the program, Eric decides to throw his own Christmas party in the ground floor while and his own parents are upstairs. Laurie spins the punch, and Jackie and her friends get drunk.

Plus, Kelso has to go to Bob’s store to buy Jackie’s gift from Red (who is involved in Christmas Eve work). The cops come to cut the tree back Eric to save money for the party. And Eric and Hyde try to win Donna with gifts, but it’s clear who she prefers.

‘Hyde’s Christmas Rager’

Time goes on a bit slower in seasons 2 and 3. The entire second season takes place in 1977, so there is no Christmas program. In season 3, episode 9, “Hyde’s Christmas Rager,” Hyde, who lives with Bud, throws a holiday keg party in the apartment. Eric gets an alcoholic, and they take him home.

Meanwhile, Jackie and Donna go out because Jackie doesn’t want to be alone for Christmas. But the firefighter she once flirts with is her mother. Red and Kitty invite Bud to come over and give him a talk about his parenting. Bud goes back and closes the party. Red teaches Eric a lesson.

‘Eric Forman’s Christmas’

’70s exhibition Season 4, Episode 12 takes place in 1978. Eric is depressed, so Kitty hires him to lead the church’s Christmas show. He enters the whole group, but no one cooperates with his vision. After Pastor Dave is caught smoking marijuana, he burns it.

The others host Pastor Dave, and Leo tells them they have to apologize for Eric. Michael wants to watch the Christmas specials on TV, but everyone makes fun of him. At home, Red steals Bob’s overcoat but eventually comes around.

‘Christmas’

This is where things get a little confusing. By the following seasons, it was growing too close to the ’80s, so the writers had to rely more on the floating timeline. So in Season 6, Episode 7, it’s again at Christmas 1978. But now everyone but Jackie has graduated. They all go to a Christmas dance with her to help her get back on the cheerful squad.

There is no explanation as to why it is still 1978, but everything is different. Donna works at the radio station, and Kelso is going to be a father. The boys realize they are colder now that they have graduated. Meanwhile, Red and Kitty work at the mall as Santa and Mrs. Claus. The next program is in 1979.

‘Winter’

The timeline stays on track. Episode 11, “Winter,” takes place in 1979. Kelso finds toys for the toy drive at the police station, and the boys wipe out everything to play with. Jackie is upset that Hyde didn’t grow up.

Meanwhile, Kitty’s official Christmas party responsibilities are taken away, and Red has to help. The boys finally come around and deliver the gifts, saving Kitty’s reputation. But Jackie and Hyde are still on the outside.

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