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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).