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7 Tips for Surviving Christmas from That ’70s Show

Get cozy with a That '70s Show Christmas Fez-tival all Christmas Day on IFC.

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The holiday season means friends, family, food — and stress. The closest many will come to relaxing will be vegging out in front of the television. Luckily IFC’s That ’70s Show Christmas Fez-tival offers the perfect assistance with digestion, as well as advice for dealing with your nearest and dearest. What tips can Eric, Kelso, Red and the rest of the gang offer for  the holiday season? Grab a mug of egg nog (and a cold beer for Red), and take a look below.

1. Remember the importance of family.

Carsey Werner

Carsey Werner

Red Forman may be the greatest advice-giver of all time. Not only does he give good advice but he’ll make sure you listen — even if that means shoving his foot so far up your ass he can wear you like a winter boot. Here he reminds us all that no matter how obligated we feel to spend time with people, we have a greater obligation to ourselves.

2. Keep your friends (and frenemies) close.

Jackie That 70s Show holiday GIF

Christmas dinner means you can combine this advice into a single step and still be right. Because at Christmas dinner the line between friends and enemies is blurred all over your family tree. And if your greatest attack is feeding people with cookies, one way or another you’ll quickly find you have no enemies.

3. It’s never too late to tell someone you care.

Eric Holiday  Meme

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Eric understands the most important part of the holiday season: appreciating those close to us. Take a moment to make sure they understand how you feel.

4. Watch the holiday classics on TV.

Fez holidays

Fez’s education in all things Christmas consists mainly of television specials. It’s an excellent academic program and one we recommend everyone study this year.

5. Be open to change.

Donna Christmas

Carsey Werner

Donna identifies a slight gender imbalance in most traditional Christmas tales. The implication is that it’s better to consider the feelings of the friends and family you’re actually spending time with than the exact details of old traditions. Make sure everyone feels included!

6. Give the gift of face-melting rock.

Hyde zeppellin

Carsey Werner

Gift-giving is truly the spirit of the season, and Hyde arrives with an excellent combination of traditional items and something that anyone who wants to rock should own.

7. Be kind to those who want to watch their favorite TV shows (like That ’70s Show!).


This is advice we can get behind 100%. Our ideal Christmas is a roaring fire, a That ’70s Show marathon, an endless supply of snacks, and enough couch space for the whole family.

Happy holidays!

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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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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:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

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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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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