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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20th Century Fox Television

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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20th Century Fox

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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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
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Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
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Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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