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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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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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