Another strong, consistent season for the splendidly entertaining sitcom. It’s interesting that the writers embraced the breakup between Eric and Donna as a means of furthering the show along as its characters mature, and it provides multitudinous opportunities to explore oft-uncomfortable adolescent topics in a direct but lighthearted manner. This also applies to the dynamics between Jackie and Kelso, who experience a number of maturing moments both together and individually, and watching the growth of these characters makes for a surprisingly compelling experience. The cast remains unified through its extraordinarily warm chemistry, although it’s hard not to notice that Lisa Robin Kelly’s Laurie seems to have been quietly written out.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)