Hyde is the only original That ’70s Show main character who doesn’t appear in Netflix’s revival.
By Sydney Bucksbaum
Every single original That ’70s Show main character returns in Netflix’s That ’90s Show revival — except for one.
The new series is set during 1995 and reunites most of the original That ’70s Show characters as Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna’s (Laura Prepon) teenage daughter Leia (Callie Haverda) spends the summer with her grandparents Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp). Eric and Donna make multiple appearances throughout the season visiting Leia and seeing their parents, including Donna’s dad Bob (Don Stark). Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Jackie (Mila Kunis) appear in the premiere to visit the Formans before their “second remarriage” and drop the bomb on Red and Kitty that Leia’s new crush Jay (Mace Coronel) is actually their teenage son. And Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) returns in episode 2 as the owner of a salon chain called “Chez Fez” and gives Kitty a haircut and gossip session explaining why he and Jackie broke up (they were together when the original series ended).
However, due to the actor’s actual legal issues, don’t look for Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) to appear in any of the new episodes, which take place 20 years after the first comedy. In June 2020, Masterson was accused of “forcibly raping three women in separate incidents between 2001 and 2003.” All the women were called Jane Does. Masterson was taken into custody and released after posting bond on a $3.3 million bail, despite his denial of all charges. In November 2022, the Los Angeles rape trial was declared a mistrial after the jury said it was unable to agree on a verdict. March is the date for the retrial.
Despite being a main character throughout the entire run of That ’70s Show, sarcastic loner Hyde doesn’t appear nor is he even mentioned by any of the other characters at all in season 1 of That ’90s Show. His absence isn’t explained.
“I think I was the last one to come back,” Stark previously told EW about returning to play Bob. “Everybody was back on the show except for Danny, given the circumstances.”
That ’90s Show is now streaming on Netflix.