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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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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

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was written, produced, directed and narrated by Robert Evans. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

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

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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

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20th Century Film Corp

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

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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

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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 and the IFC app.

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