TV - Movies
The Smoke In
That '70s Show
Isn't At All What
You Thought
By JULIA SELINGER
That ‘70s Show was known for creating recurring gags and lived-in inside jokes, the most famous of which is probably the smoke-filled circles that came to punctuate the entire series. The sitcom had an uncanny ability to lean into the discretion required of a primetime series, and the periodic smoke circles were most emblematic of this.
In a conversation with Smashing Interviews Magazine, Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde, spilled the details on the fake smoke, revealing that it was a heady combination of cigarette smoke and incense. "They would just pump in this movie smoke that smelled like strawberries," said Masterson.
At the same time, Masterson, Ashton Kutcher, and Laura Prepon would hold their own cigarettes out of frame, allowing some real smoke to billow up from below. With "That '90s Show" set to follow Eric and Donna's daughter Leia, audiences will have to wait and see if the new show will adopt any of its forebear's gags.