The 10 Funniest TV Stoners


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In the olden days of television, pot smoking was usually depicted in a “Just Say No”/”Very Special Episode” context. But as times changed, so did television’s attitude towards our baked brethren. Stoners stopped being bad news, and started being our dopey, snack loving friends. With That ’70s Show coming to IFC,  join us as we honor some of the funniest stoners in TV history. 

10. The gang from That ’70s Show

That ’70s Show was far from the first sitcom to use stoner humor, but it may very well be the first to put the potheads front and center. To get around the network censors, the ’70s gang just skipped the whole smoking part, and jumped straight to being stoned. As marijuana legalization spreads, never forget to thank pioneer Ashton Kutcher for convincing your parents that getting high with your buddies in the basement was normal.

9. Daniel Desario and Ken Miller from Freaks and Geeks


Freaks and Geeks is remembered as the launching pad for a generation of comedy actors and filmmakers, but never forget how honest it was in showing us the life of outcasts like Daniel Desario and Ken Miller, who liked to toke from time to time to forget their troubles. Like accidentally dating a hermaphrodite tuba player, or even worse, having to listen to disco.

8. Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development

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High school kids aren’t the only ones who like to smoke a spliff. Oscar Bluth was an aging hippy with some seriously bad luck, but there was one thing (besides getting frisky with Lucille) that could always mellow him out.

7. Otto the Bus Driver on The Simpsons

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Granted, a stoned metal head may not be the first person you’d want driving your kids to school. But while Otto may not be the best at his job, he’s held it for 25 years, so he must be doing something right. Originally conceived by cast member (and Spinal Tap bassist) Harry Shearer, Otto is a fan of all kinds of illicit substances and once announced at an AA meeting, “My name is Otto. I love to get blotto.”

6. The boys of Workaholics

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Weed is so prevalent on Workaholics, we’re shocked it doesn’t get its own billing. Bored? Smoke weed. Need to motivate? Smoke weed. Need to chill? Smoke weed. Want to smoke weed? Smoke weed.

5. Towelie on South Park

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Oh, Towelie. Just 17 years old in towel years, and already so troubled. Originally introduced as a “RG-400 Smart Towel,” who moonlighted as an alien spying device, Towelie has had a hard life. Taking the edge off with a little sweet cheeba isn’t the worst thing in the world, but when you start to self medicate, it might be time to get some help.

4. Taco MacArthur on The League

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When you start keeping guest bongs in friend’s and families’ houses, you’ve probably crossed the line from stoner to drug addict. Not that we’re judging. Whatever Taco’s deal is, he seems to be keeping it together. You don’t become CEO of TacoCorp by accident.

3. Abbi and Ilana on Broad City

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Ilana may be the first character on this list to hide weed from a drug sniffing dog in her lady business. That’s some serious commitment to the stoner lifestyle.

2. Doug Wilson, Andy Botwin, Tara Lindman, ah, pretty much everybody on Weeds


When your show is called Weeds, you’re probably going to have a character or two who likes to partake. That’s just common sense. But it seems like everyone on the Showtime series has taken a toke over the years. Heck, even Mary Kate Olsen’s conservative Christian character avoided booze and sex, but loved to smoke a little herb.

1. The Reverend Jim “Iggy” Ignatowski on Taxi

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The burnout who started it all, Revered Jim represented all the baby boomers who never quite made it out of the Sixties. In fact, a now classic episode of the show revealed how Iffy first went astray, thanks to some tasty pot brownies (and some peer pressure from Tom Hanks, naturally).

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

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Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

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In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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