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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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20th Century Fox Television

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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20th Century Fox

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

Tommy Chong

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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20th Century Fox

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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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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