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35 Ways 'That 70's Show' And 'The O.C.' Are Almost The Same Show

Sex, lies, drugs, teenage angst, lovable nerds, hot girls next door.... The proof is in the pool house!

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One show is set in the 1970 in Point Place, Wisconson....the other in the 2000s in Newport Beach, California -- but these shows prove that relationships, friends, family, drama, and fun are all basically the same.

One show is set in the 1970 in Point Place, Wisconson....the other in the 2000s in Newport Beach, California -- but these shows prove that relationships, friends, family, drama, and fun are all basically the same.

1. Rad parentals

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Sandy & Kirsten Cohen

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Red & Kitty Forman

2. Lovable, skinny, sensitive nerd

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Seth Cohen

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Eric Forman

3. Enter bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks...

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Ryan Atwood

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Steven Hyde

4. With an absent/drunk/addict mother

Dawn Atwood
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Dawn Atwood

Edna Hyde

5. So the bad boy ends up moving in with the rad parents...

6. And becomes the brother the nerd never had...#bestfriendsforever

7. Then there's the hot girl next door...

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Marissa Cooper

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Donna Pinciotti

8. And her dysfunctional parents

Julie & Jimmy Cooper
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Julie & Jimmy Cooper

Midge & Bob Pinciotti
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Midge & Bob Pinciotti

9. With a promiscuous, sexy, and slightly vapid mother...

10. And a skeezeball father

11. Also, there is a spoiled rich (bitch) who is actually endearing

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Summer Roberts

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Jackie Burkhart

12. Together, they are the best of friends!

13. Most of the show takes place at the rad parental's house...

14. With the kids hanging out in their designated locations...

Cohen's pool house
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Cohen's pool house

Forman's basement
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Forman's basement

15. Drinking margs is a pastime of the adults...

16. At some point, there is an encounter with a crazy obsessive flame...

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Oliver Trask

Caroline Dupree
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Caroline Dupree

17. First loves...

18. There is lots of sexual exploration...

19. The cars are like minor characters!

The Cohen's Range Rover
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The Cohen's Range Rover

Eric's Vista Cruiser
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Eric's Vista Cruiser

20. The kids sneak off on a road trip...

T-J!!
Canada -- for beer of course!
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Canada -- for beer of course!

21. The gang goes to prom -- which turns out to be a disaster

22. And, luckily, everyone graduates high school!

23. There is also some "dabbling" with weed...

Oh, Seth...
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Oh, Seth...

24. Catholic schoolgirl uniforms come into play...

25. They go to some great concerts...

The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, and Rooney (The O.C.)
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The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, and Rooney (The O.C.)

Ted Nugent
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Ted Nugent

Alice Cooper
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Alice Cooper

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Kiss!!

26. Half the gang run off due to relationship tensions

Ryan moves back to Chino after getting Theresa pregnant. Seth sets sail after Ryan leaves and ends up in Portland.
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Ryan moves back to Chino after getting Theresa pregnant. Seth sets sail after Ryan leaves and ends up in Portland.

Donna leaves for California to live with her mother after Eric rejects her plea to get back together. Kelso, who is running from Jackie's obsession with marriage, tags along.
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Donna leaves for California to live with her mother after Eric rejects her plea to get back together. Kelso, who is running from Jackie's obsession with marriage, tags along.

27. Remarkably memorable intro songs...

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California by Phantom Planet

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In the Street by Big Star

28. Teen pregnancy

Ryan + Theresa -- WORST couple ever....
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Ryan + Theresa -- WORST couple ever....

Kelso + Brooke -- BEST couple!
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Kelso + Brooke -- BEST couple!

29. Patriarch heart attack

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Caleb -- straight into the pool...

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Red -- more comical reaction -- and he survives

30. Rachel Bilson made an appearance on That 70's Show!

31. Breakfast foods are like their own secondary character.

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Bagels. Bagels. Schmere. .

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Bacon. And anything else Kitty cooks up.

32. Animation. BOOM.

33. Party girl cameos

Paris Hilton with Seth
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Paris Hilton with Seth

Linday Lohan with Fez
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Linday Lohan with Fez

34. A major character leaves the show before the final season...

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RIP, Marissa.

Eric goes to Africa (but he does come back for the series finale!)
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Eric goes to Africa (but he does come back for the series finale!)

35. And we would love to see a reunion for both shows :)

BONUS: There are nerdy Star Wars cameos in both shows!

George Lucas on The O.C.
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George Lucas on The O.C.

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