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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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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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Mirror, Mirror

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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