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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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20th Century Fox

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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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

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

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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