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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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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

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