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10 ’70s Stars Who Made Us Laugh on That ’70s Show

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If you’re a fan of That ’70s Show, it’s safe to say you are obsessed with the ’70s and have an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Jan Brady and Pet Rocks. Luckily for fans of classic ’70s pop culture, there were dozens of Me Decade cameos over the course of That ’70s Show’s eight season run, with everyone from football legend Joe Theismann to The Partridge Family mom Shirley Jones stopping by. To celebrate the That ’70s Show gang coming to IFC on October 1st, check out a few of our favorite ’70s celebs who popped up on the hit sitcom.


10. Barry Williams/Christopher Knight

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For those of you who’ve been writing slash fiction about Greg and Peter Brady, this cameo was your lucky day. While Brady family members kissing was more subtext on The Brady Bunch, That ’70s Show cast Barry Williams and Christopher Knight as a couple, which only served to befuddle old-fashioned pop Red Forman.


9. Tanya Roberts

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After years of playing B-movie bombshells, Tanya Roberts got her big break as a replacement Charlie’s Angel. While she spent the ’80s as a Bond Girl and in some fun camp like The Beastmaster, her next big break would come on That ’70s Show as Donna Pinciotti’s cougar mom.


8. Charo

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Few celebrities are as identified with the ’70s as Charo, even though she gained most of her fame from being an All-Star guest star. A frequent passenger on The Love Boat helped keep Charo, and her “Cuchi-Cuchi” catchphrase, in the popular consciousness for years after the show went off the air. It’s no surprise she whips out the catchphrase on That ’70s Show, after finishing a Fiddler on the Roof sing-along with Kitty Forman and a Gene Simmons impersonator.


7. Alice Cooper

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Alice Cooper is a master of the cameo, based off of this appearance on That ’70s Show and his famous backstage moment in Wayne’s World. On a memorable season three episode, the rock god is joined by Dr. Johnny Fever himself, Howard Hesseman, and ’80s star Curtis Armstrong in a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons.


6. Tommy Chong

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With a cameo that lasted eight seasons, Tommy Chong brought ’70s stoner gravitas to a show clearly inspired by his work in the Cheech and Chong movies. Playing dim bulb Leo throughout the show’s run, his role was beefed up once dumbbell Kelso (and actor Ashton Kutcher) left the show.


5. Don Knotts

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20th Century Fox

A pitch perfect recreation of a ’70s sitcom theme song wouldn’t be complete without a Mr. Furley cameo. While Knotts has been a star since the early ’60s, his role as the nosy landlord on Three’s Company kept him relevant long after his Mayberry heyday. This cameo just proves you can never have enough Don Knotts in your life.


4. Tim Reid

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Our second appearance by a WKRP in Cincinnati cast member, Tim Reid left his Venus Flytrap days in the past to guest star as William Barnett, Hyde’s biological father.


3. Isaac Hayes

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20th Century Fox

Kids today may know Isaac Hayes as Chef on South Park, but to Gen-Xers he was the hit maker who won an Oscar singing about that sex machine to all the chicks, Shaft. That ’70s Show fans will recall the time he helped Fez finally be cool by spreading a little music magic his way.


2. Richard Kline

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20th Century Fox

When Midge and Bob started dating other people, it was only a matter of time before that ultimate ’70s lothario, Larry from Three’s Company, showed up. Still sleazy after all these years, he showed that being single might not be all it’s cracked up to be.


1. Mary Tyler Moore

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That ’70s Show was filmed on the same soundstage as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, so this cameo feels almost inevitable. Moore played the anchor of a daily news show, What’s Up Wisconsin?, a tip of the hat to her trailblazing sitcom.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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