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Christmas With the Formans

5 Festive Holiday Moments From That ’70s Show

Get in the holiday spirit with a That '70s Show Christmas Day marathon.

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Its Christmas time in Point Pleasant, Wisconsin, and Kitty’s making ham while the basement’s all-a-glow. The joint is stuffed and Kelso’s eating something that smells like cheese, while Red shouts at Eric and Hyde to pick up the damn trees. To get you in a festive mood, check out the times Eric, Kelso, Red and the rest of the That ’70s Show gang had a very Forman Christmas.

5. The gang steals presents, Season 7

The guys know how to appreciate Christmas with childhood glee, especially Kelso, who lands a Funyon in his mouth with a remote controlled helicopter. What is more fun on Christmas than a flying funyon? The toys came from a box Kelso accidentally took from the police toy drive, which prompted the guys to open all of them. But, this Grinch-like act does seem somewhat justified when Eric revealed that his childhood was spent getting a raincoat every year before being hosed down by Red. He’s the real Grinch.


4. Hyde’s Christmas rager, Season 3

In this episode, the circle has no smoke and the guys play the drinking game Quarters at the keg party they threw at the apartment of Hyde’s father. This leads to them all picking Eric to drink, which inevitably leads to Eric coming home drunk and imitating Red on the driveway before noticing his pop standing behind him. Red teaches Bud, Hyde’s father, the importance of treating teenagers like the idiots they are, and Eric almost gets a gift that doesn’t involve punishment. That was before he realized that the wrapped gift box Red gave him contained Red’s shoes that Eric had thrown up on the night before. “Ho. Ho. Ho. Dumbass.”


3. Red’s a mall Santa, Season 6

The gang makes their return to a high school party in this Season 6 episode in which Jackie begs Hyde to take her to the school Christmas party after being kicked off the Cheerleading squad. The guys attempt to impress the high school girls by strutting into the party to the tune of AC/DC’s “TNT.” Unfortunately, Fez runs straight into a Christmas tree. Also in this episode, Kitty convinces Red to play Santa at the mall and Donna spends the night as her alter ego “Hot Donna” on the radio. Forget Billy Bob Thornton — there’s no better bad Santa than Red Forman. Hey, kids need to learn that their Christmas ponies will eventually die and math flash cards are better gifts than a Slinky.


2. The Best Christmas Ever, Season 1

According to Fez, “Nothing says Christmas like a big, green Grinch ass” as the gang watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Surprisingly, the Grinch with a “Red” heart lets Eric have a party in the basement and gives him $40 for a tree. The guys keep the money and pull the bonehead move of chopping down a tree off the interstate, leading to state troopers arriving to bust the upstairs party before Red breaks up the basement party and almost busts his foot in Eric’s ass.


1. An Eric Forman Christmas, Season 4

This episode is a hilarious homage to TV holiday specials with Eric basically taking on the role of Charlie Brown as he agrees to direct the Christmas play at Pastor Dave’s church. Red is naturally the Grinch of the episode, stealing Bob’s Christmas decorations and uttering the brilliant line “If I had a mistlefoot, it would be in your ass.” Of course it was Pastor Dave who pulled the football out from under Eric’s directing glory by walking in on him in the Christmas circle. The point where Eric completely loses the Christmas spirit in true Charlie Brown fashion and actually makes an “aaggh!” sound is just perfect. Plus, Claymation Kelso!

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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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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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