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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

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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

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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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