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The Cast of That ’70s Show: Where Are They Now?

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With a clever title, and a heaping dose of nostalgia, That ’70s Show premiered on a late summer Sunday way back in 1998, in the plumb spot between The Simpsons and The X-Files. Neither animated nor full of aliens, it seemed at first blush to be just another typical sitcom. But as viewers fell in love with the residents of Point Place, Wisconsin, it became clear that it was something special. One big reason why was the quirky cast, which stood out from a television landscape ruled by the beautiful people of Friends. The only freshman show to survive Fox’s 1998 season, That ’70s Show would go on to run for 200 episodes. The youthful unknowns of the pilot would be turned into stars. Here is a look at what your favorite cast members are up to now.


Danny Masterson (Steven Hyde)

Then: Thanks to a childhood spent popping up in countless commercials, TV shows and movies, along with a run on the sitcom Cybill, Masterson was perhaps the most recognizable of the show’s teens when it premiered. As the sarcastic Hyde, he quickly became a fan favorite.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: Sticking around for the show’s entire run, Masterson spent the years after it went off the air focused on his work as a DJ and restaurateur. In 2012, he hopped back onto television, as a series regular on the TBS comedy Men at Work. Look for Danny on a new Netflix show called The Ranch, where he plays brothers with none other than Ashton Kutcher.

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Sony Pictures Television


Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti)

Then: Prepon was best known for her work as a model and on the Internet soap opera They Go On, when she booked her part as feminist next door Donna on That ’70s Show.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: Following her long run on the show, Prepon bounced between movie and TV work. She played the wife of a serial killer in the movie Karla, and fronted Chelsea Handler’s NBC sitcom Are You There, Chelsea?, which lasted only one season. But that quick cancelation thankfully paved the way for her most popular role in years as Alex Vause, Piper Chapman’s drug dealing ex-girlfriend on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black.

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Lionsgate Television


Wilmer Valderrama (Fez)

Then: Valderrama had a few small roles to his name when he was cast as sweet, horny foreign exchange student Fez.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: Valderrama has spent the last few years bouncing between his acting, music and charity work. He created, produced and hosted the MTV game show Yo Mamma for three seasons, and has recently been starring in the El Rey networks From Dusk Till Dawn TV series. He has recorded music as alter ego Eduardo Fresco, and recently won an ALMA award for Outstanding Social Activism.

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Rodriguez International Pictures


Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart)

Then: Kunis was only 14 when she auditioned for the role of sassy motormouth Jackie. Knowing they couldn’t cast anyone under 18, she told them she would be 18 soon, leaving out the whole “in four years” part.

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Now: Kunis is arguably the most successful That ’70s Show alum, although her husband might have something to say about that. She’s gone on to become a full-fledged movie star, starring in everything from hit comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to indie darling Black Swan, to whatever Jupiter Ascending was. And she’s done all this while voicing the role of Meg Griffin on the long running hit Family Guy. But to fans of That ’70s Show, her most popular role may be that of wife to Ashton Kutcher and mother to his child. That’s right, Jackie and Kelso got together in real life! Those crazy kids actually made it work.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures


Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso)

Then: A Midwest boy moonlighting as a male model, Kutcher moved to LA after booking his first audition, as loveable dope Kelso.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: Kutcher would prove to be the first breakout hit of the cast, starring in Dude, Where’s My Car? and The Butterfly Effect while still on the show. But not content to be just a movie and TV star, he went the full mogul route, creating and hosting MTV’s Punk’d and helping to make sideways trucker hats THE look of the mid-aughts. He has since gone on to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, earning a whopping $750,000 an episode. He has also founded venture capital firm A-Grade Investments, and joined co-star Danny Masterson as a restaurateur. And, as mentioned above, he’s married his longtime co-star Mila Kunis, and has a new show in the works with Danny Masterson, so he clearly loved That ’70s Show as much as you did.

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Warner Bros. Television


Topher Grace (Eric Forman)

Then: Grace was cast as lead Eric Forman after the show’s creators saw him in a high school play. He had never acted professionally before.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: While Grace hasn’t had the household name status of some of his peers following That 70s Show, he’s become an in-demand character actor, co-starring in a series of big movies. He’s played everything from smart-aleck villain Venom in Spiderman 3, to smart-aleck serial killer Edwin in Predators, to smart-aleck smart-aleck Jason Morris in Valentine’s Day.

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Legendary Pictures


Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman)

Then: After a long career in the theater, Rupp was cast as nervous laugher and superstar mom Kitty Forman.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: In the last few years, Rupp has largely returned to the stage, playing Olympia in Georges Feydeau’s 1907 farce A Flea in Her Ear at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth Off-Broadway, which one would imagine had its own fair share of nervous laughter.

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Kurtwood Smith (Reginald “Red” Forman)

Then: Smith was already a beloved character actor by the time he joined That ’70s Show as “Red” Forman, Eric’s dad who did not suffer fools well. Perhaps most famously, he played the villainous Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop, an overbearing father in Dead Poet’s Society, and three different roles in the Star Trek universe.

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20th Century Fox Television

Now: Since the show went off the air, Smith has returned to his character actor roots. He’s played a senator on 24, a grieving father on ABC’s Resurrection and is set to star in 2016’s Amityville: The Awakening.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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