The Ranch/That 70s Show TV Criss-Cross!


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Happy hump day everyone!  Hope you all had a great 4th of July celebration.  My past few days have been full of hot dogs, burgers, watermelons, ice-cold beers, and loads of colorful fireworks.  It’s been a great couple of days partying with some friends, but I’m ready to log back into my blog to showcase the latest and greatest in entertainment PR.

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Before our holiday comes to a close, I wanted to celebrate America’s birthday one last time.  What topic could be so patriotic at this time of the month?  A TV criss-cross, of course!

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Ah yes, television – one of the greatest inventions for America since the 20th century.  With television comes great programs and those TV programs feature amazing criss-crosses that people don’t recognize.  Lucky for you, you got the entertainment PR guru showcasing the greatest TV criss-crosses!  Today’s post is the scoop on the latest criss-cross that I discovered a few days ago.

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Here’s the story – I’ve been binge-watching the second season of The Ranch on Netflix the past few days during my free time.  This sitcom details the life of the Bennetts working the family ranch.  The main cast includes Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliot, and Debra winger.

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It’s a humorous sitcom here and there, but it was the surprising cameos that got my attention.  During the beginning of season 2, we’re introduced to Abbey’s parents Chuck and Janice.  This was when I noticed something peculiar about the guest stars.

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I didn’t even need to conduct a IMDB research to realize that Janice was Debra Jo Rupp, who ALSO played Kitty Forman on That 70s Show!  Ashton, Danny, and Kitty were some of the main stars of That 70s Show long before The Ranch aired on Netflix.  Ashton and Danny ARE the main cast of The Ranch, but the criss-cross was too obvious to point out.

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But wait, it gets even better!  Rooster and Colt worked with the iron River ranch hand Umberto.  If you actually watched That 70s Show, you would’ve known that Wilmer Valderrama (who plays Umberto) ALSO played Fez in the series!  There was not just one, but TWO TV criss-crosses in the newest season of The Ranch.  Could there be anything more American than that?

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For those of you who are lost in this inside joke, let me fill you in on the trivia.  That 70s Show was a period sitcom following the lives of teenage friends in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin.  The sitcom followed the cast of Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, and Laura Prepon from May 17th, 1976 to December 31st, 1979.  It was eight seasons filled with 70s references, teenage hijinks, and lots of pot use (‘the circle’ shots were the subtle cannabis jokes).

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That 70s Show ended over a decade ago, but some of the main cast reunited on the silver screen for The Ranch.  Ashton, Danny, Wilmer, and even Debra reunited under the same camera 10 years later.  It was truly an amazing criss-cross to discover.  Even though TV series come and go, the legends will never burn out.

And that’s all for today’s patriotic TV criss-cross between two hilarious American sitcom series.  Fourth of July may be over, but you always celebration our nation’s pride every day.  Here’s to many more TV criss-crosses that’s sure to come in the near future!

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