The Unfortunate Problem With That '70s Show's Donna Pinciotti

The Unfortunate Problem With That '70s Show's Donna Pinciotti

Laura Prepon’s Donna Pinciotti was of of the most important characters in That 70’s Show. She may not have been as popular as Forman, Kelso, or even Fez, but her character was the backbone to what made That 70’s Show so successful. That is, until the show’s final season after Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher left the series. That 70’s Show took Donna and completely ruined her characters arc and the heart of the series.

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Written by Dave Baker
Edited by Paul Ritchey


31 thoughts on “The Unfortunate Problem With That '70s Show's Donna Pinciotti”

  1. The last season was completely useless they should have wrapped it up in Season 7 and had an actual finale. You could have had Kelso becoming a Point Place Police officer, Eric and Donna Getting Married, Hyde and Jackie reconciling at the wedding and getting back together and Fez finally meeting "his girl" which would be an attractive foreign exchange student nurse that started working at the hospital with kitty. Red could have gotten his American dream in winning back a corvette in a contest, Bob would be bob and Laurie could have returned fresh from working as a hair stylist in Cincinnati. You could have wrapped it all up nicely and than done a follow up episode a year later as a reunion a That 70's show New Years special and ended it well.

  2. I love your videos. However, I have to disagree with the major points you made.

    What did you want Donna to do? Stay single forever and be true to foreman? Well she tried. And Eric knew the long distance thing wasn't working and that he didn't want to keep Donna away from living her life, which is why (in the show) Eric pushes her away and away. This is a reality where people don't always come back. And that seemed like the case for Eric. Donna felt the same way, so she tried moving on. Her arc over the last season is dealing with Eric's departure and absence. And just as in life, love happens. Just like in life, Donna and randy spent more time together, and got feelings for eachother. They're all pretty much adults by this time as well, so seems like normal adult things to me haha. Plus, she never knew when or if he was coming back.

  3. I always thought Eric was the character they ruined starting with Season Four, the first season after the breakup. It opens with an episode in which he wishes the kiss never happened and then a contrived It's a Wonderful Life scenario occurs, featuring Wayne Knight as an angel who shows him how much his life would suck if they hadn't dated. Then the rest of the show depicts him getting stupider and weaker. His character was always weaker than everyone else but he had redeeming intelligence and wit. By the end of the show, his only redeeming quality was that Donna liked him. The show would have worked better if they committed themselves to the "coming-of-age" genre that it purported to be and watch them grow up without the relationship.

  4. Never heard Donna described as a "manic-pixie-dream-girl" but I'm so sick of that trope label. Short of "My Dinner With Andre" in which the audience spends the entire movie with both of its leads, most audiences don't even spend 45 minutes with any of the characters, not even the lead. That means personalities have to be exaggerated in order for the characters to be memorable. Why is the exaggerated lead usually the female and not the male in a romantic situation? Well I'd throw it down to the same reason why women pick out elaborate dresses for their wedding and men pick out uniform tuxedos; the typical male fantasy is to get with the interesting and beautiful princess and the typical female fantasy is to be the beautiful and interesting princess. It's why these movies underperform when the shoe is on the other foot.

  5. The last part of the show was very disappointing. Eric and Donna was a cool relationship. They should have ended in a different way when Topher left the show. They messed up a great show.

  6. I always thought the terribleness of the final season was an intentional choice based on the shows "That 70's Show" emulated: Happy Days, Three's Company, The Brady Bunch, and pretty much any classic 70's or early 80's sitcom had notoriously dreadful final seasons with last minute character changes and nonsensical plots. I liked the final season being so awful, because it was a play on the tropes the show was based on.

  7. Man, I'm so glad that I've dropped the 70s show in the 3rd season, but some yrs ago i tried to watch from the beginning but it just doesn't hold up for me anymore, just like scrubs, friends etc

  8. Donna just came off too masculine for Eric. I never saw it as great fit. My wife mentioned the other day that she thought Berta from 2 1/2 men almost seemed like what Donna would have become. I have seen her in other this and played them well.

  9. This was one of those shows I would occasionally watch. But I never followed it to the end. Now knowing how they treated Donna Pinciotti, it seems a smack in the facts to find this out now. She was a beautiful red-haired woman who could use her smart-ass & wit to rope you in. If what this video is saying is true, it seems a shade cruel to place Laura Helene Prepon's character in such a bad light at the end of the series.

  10. All the characters were mistreated. Donna especially was a shitty friend this season. He told Hyde to stay married to the stripper and convinced Jackie to go after Fez.
    And just to add, Donna was a feminist, that was completely ruled out as well.

  11. Donna was written confusingly near the end. But it's literally The 70's Show(emphasis on that time in America) when a girl/woman could like and love a guy without selling out,trading up or tallying the highest body count. It's refreshing to be reminded of that time. Now in the days of Only Fans and women divorcing the Gates,Bezos and Pitt's for finance — romance actually WAS possible.

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