That '70s Show

Class Picture - S4-E20

Corrected entry: During the episode, it goes back to 1968 and in the closing credits Eric is listed as being 7. However, he can't be because in 'Eric's Birthday' it was 1976 and he had turned 17. Thus in '68 he would have had to be 8 or 9 (depending on his birth) but certainly not 7.

Correction: Eric's Birthday is officially March 5 1960, per the show's website. So he would have been 7, turning 8, in 1968. However, in the show, his birth date is inconsistent and it's for those episodes that a mistake should be listed (such as e01s02).

Bishop73

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the episode where Bob and Red are competing with their Veteran's Day barbeques, Red is seen wearing the uniform of a Chief Boatswains Mate (BMC). However in a later episode where Kitty and Red are trying to remember how they met, in a flashback, Red is seen wearing the uniform of a Machinist Mate 2nd Class (MM2). Surely he advanced in rank, but I doubt he changed rates (jobs).

Correction: Changing ratings would not be unheard of especially in war time - Red may have started as a machinist mate but could certainly have used on-the-job training to switch to a boatswain's mate. He does indicate that he piloted patrol boats during the war. Generally a MM wouldn't do that but a BM might.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: Believable character mistake.

Correction: His last day on his job isn't until the next episode "Red's Last Day." He already knows he lost his job. There is nothing wrong with them showing him having a Garage Sale to help expenses. He could have had the Garage Sale on a Saturday and his last day at the plant was the next week. So there is no plot problem with them having the Garage Sale prior to his last day at work.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: It's intentional and a joke. Professional wrestling is "sports entertainment" as opposed to a "sport." I have always found the scene pretty humorous because of the phrasing. Besides which, there is no reason why Rocky cannot use the euphemism in the '70s. They are just words that he believes describes his business. It's not like he referred to a "laptop computer", something that would have been totally unknown in the 70s.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: Donna never says "the British." She indeed does say "the Statute of Liberty was a gift from the French." To which Kitty replies, "the French? I didn't know that."

Bishop73

Hunting - S2-E13

Corrected entry: At dinner near the end of the show, Red apologizes for the buck shot in the meat. Since he used a rifle in the hunt, there would not be any buck shot.

JDSquared

Correction: There was buckshot in the meat because red mentions that Erik had to shoot it with a shotgun because it was squirming around to which Erik replies "I had to. It was screaming."

The '70s Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In the opening scene, the boys are looking at a Playboy centerfold, circa 1976. However, the magazine is perfect bound, not saddle stitched (stapled) as Playboys were at that time.

Correction: It is not a Playboy. It is difficult to read the writing but it is definitely not a Playboy. In a later episode, Hyde is looking at a "Layboy". They didn't use the real magazines. Therefore, since it is "not" a Playboy, the binding is not a mistake.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: Yeah, that would be the blue M&M that was created in 1998. Not the green, which has been around for longer, say, since 1960. But it was taken out in 1976 due to the food coloring and brought back in 1987 according to this website: http://www4.district125.k12.il.us/faculty/mfinlay/webFall02/timelines/Rothfeld/m&mhistory.html

Nikki

Season 5 generally

Corrected entry: In the new season (2003-2004) there's a show where Kelso drinks raw eggs to amaze Jackie, he swells up because he is allergic to eggs. However you see him eat brownies and peach cobbler in previous seasons and those desserts include eggs in their ingredients.

Correction: Yes, but it is raw eggs that he is allergic to. I'm allergic to food colouring in raw cake, but not when it has been cooked. Brownies and peach cobbler have been cooked.

Kelso's Serenade - S2-E21

Corrected entry: With the episode set in 1977, Kelso's final serenade to Jackie includes the lyric "I'll Get the Knack, see," though The Knack's debut album "Get the Knack" didn't come until 1979, 2 years after the fact.

Correction: To "get the knack" means to learn how to do something well after practice. The phrase was around long before the band The Knack. Their debut album was simply a play on words with their band name.

Bishop73

Season 4 generally

Corrected entry: In the house basement or wherever the teens hangout. Right next to the entrance door hangs a smoke detector. This TV show is supposed to take place in the late 1970's but smoke detectors were not available for homes until the late 1980's to early 1990's.

Correction: The first commercially successful smoke detector was available in the 50s, and by the early 70s hundreds of thousands were sold a year: http://www.mysmokealarmla.org/history-of-smoke-alarms/

Correction: While it's true that the first consumer camcorders were sold in 1983, Fez said "video camera", not "camcorder"; obviously, video cameras such as those used for TV broadcasts and the like were around in the 1970s, though they were somewhat harder for individuals to acquire. Also, Fez was not always realistic about things anyway.

zendaddy621

Correction: Pastor Dave was young. Pastor Dan only appears in this episode.

Correction: This was the FIRST episode to not use the theme song. There were several (at least 2 in Season 4 and 3 in Season 5) that didn't use the theme song. They just showed the credits over the action of the moment.

Zwn Annwn

Love, Wisconsin Style - S4-E27

Corrected entry: Eric Mentions Sue Ellen from Dallas. However, even taking into account the time that's passed since the series began, Dallas had not yet made its 1978 premier.

Correction: The directors on the show were very loose with their time schedules. However, the stated date for Season 4 was 1978, as seen on the license plates at the end of the show. As they state the year as 1978, they are justified in using the Dallas references.

Zwn Annwn

Stolen Car - S1-E14

Corrected entry: According to the official website, Point Place is a suburb of Green Bay, WI. Midge can't make meat loaf for Bob because she is taking a class at a community college in Kenosha, which is about 2.5 hours away from Green Bay. Kenosha gets mentioned in other episodes as well.

Correction: There may have been no place closer for Midge to take the classes she wanted. I would imagine "Woman Warriors" would not be a big curriculum item in the mid-70s at colleges. Even though 2.5 hours could be a bit excessive to drive, she could certainly do it. She is shown getting home very late at night. The other mentions of Kenosha never make notice that Kenosha is 5 minutes away or so - just that something is happening in Kenosha.

Zwn Annwn

Eric's Corvette Caper - S4-E22

Corrected entry: When Red tells Eric he can drive the car, and they are sitting in it together, Eric turns on the ignition and the stereo can be heard. That is how Red knows Eric drove it and grounds him for a month. But, earlier when Eric moved the car back into the garage before his dad came home, he would have heard the stereo blaring.

Correction: Hearing the radio blaring and having the presence of mind to turn it off are two different things. He was probably so used to the radio in his car that it just didn't register that it was on. Besides which, this is a character mistake, not necessarily a mistake for the show.

Zwn Annwn

Correction: While there is never a LOT of snow on the ground, house, cars, etc., there are numerous times that there is snow on the driveway and the yard. The days that we see in the show are just those days without a lot of snow. Not really a mistake, just a choice of the writers.

Zwn Annwn

The Good Son - S1-E25

Corrected entry: At the 17 or 18 minute mark of the show, Hyde is doing dishes, Eric is behind him with a carton of milk, and Fez & Kelso sit at the counter as Kelso peels a banana. While Eric is griping that Hyde does too many chores around the house and makes him look bad to Red, Kelso takes a bite from that banana. You can plainly see that when he does this be breaks the banana, but when it cuts back a few scenes later, the banana isn't broken anymore

Correction: The banana is still broken, the top part is just sitting flat against the break and the break is difficult to see.

Zwn Annwn

The Career Day - S1-E18

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene in Bargain Bob's where Donna is talking to Bob, the end of the set and lights can be seen in the reflection of metal cookware that Bob is tying balloons to. (00:07:50)

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Eric's Burger Job - S1-E5

Trivia: In the fifth episode of the first season, Donna is left alone to babysit her little sister Tina. Both Tina and Valerie, Donna's older sister, were written off the show, much the same way as Richie's older brother Chuck, on Happy Days, or Laura's younger sister Judy, on Family Matters.

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Hot Dog - S5-E7

Question: This goes where Red give the puppy to Kitty. In real life whose dog is that?

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