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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.