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10 Groovy That ’70s Show Musical Moments

Catch back-to-back episodes of That '70s Show Mondays & Tuesdays starting at 6:30P on IFC.

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Anyone who grew up in the ’70s will tell you that the decade gave us some of the greatest music humanity has ever produced. And few shows captured the hazy, hard rockin’ vibe of the Me Decade better than That ’70s Show. (Heck, the show even named episodes after songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and more.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, check out some moments where the gang turned things up to 11.

1. The Theme Song

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Of course That ’70s Show starts with a classic rock track, and a particularly catchy one at that. The gang can be seen rocking out to Big Star’s “In the Street” as covered by Cheap Trick. (Todd Griffin sang the theme during the first season before Cheap Trick’s version was used for the rest of the show’s run.) And every time you find yourself singing along, take heart in the knowledge that Big Star’s Alex Chilton got an apropos $70 payment every time it was aired.


2. ‘Who’ Was That Guest Star?

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Who better to play Fez’s music teacher than Roger Daltrey, the man who gave us some of the greatest teen anthems of all time? The Who frontman also joined the gang in “The Circle” to profess his love for cheeseburgers.


3. Alice Cooper Plays D&D

Another rocker changed the meaning of “play” by appearing in the show to roll dice and slay dragons. Who wouldn’t want Alice Cooper in their Dungeons & Dragons game?


4. The gang sings “The Joker”

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That ’70s Show‘s musical episode — cunningly called “That ’70s Musical” — was a treat for fans of the decade. The gang (sans Jackie and Fez) performed the Steve Miller classic complete with trippy light effects and Hyde singing the “midnight toker” line.


5. That Disco Episode

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A web of jealousy and confusion entraps the characters, but the glitter and glee of disco keeps them boogie-ing in “That Disco Episode.” And Eric’s later revelation of roller disco mastery is a real blast from the past.


6. (Still) Stayin’ Alive

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Disco never dies, and “That Velvet Rope” saw Eric Foreman definitely “Stayin’ Alive” to the most strut-able beat ever laid down in his shag-carpeted tribute to Saturday Night Fever. It’s just a shame the bouncer wouldn’t let him into the club.


7. Charo Brings the Coochie Coochie

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Charo’s bubbly persona led to her starring in shows decades after her original fame, enabling her to “coochie-coochie” with Kitty long after her Love Boat and flamenco guitar heyday.


8. Isaac Hayes Serenades Fez

Who is the man, who will help Fez when no one can? Someone even better than Shaft — Shaft theme song singer, Isaac Hayes. The smooth crooner and South Park star provided the soundtrack for the cool cat ladies man known as “Work Fez.”


9. Hyde Loves Zeppelin

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Good music can get you through anything, and Hyde had to go through more than most. Luckily he had excellent taste to see him through those trying times.


10. Eric Goes Full Kiss

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Red’s vision of what an undisciplined Eric would be like was every ’70s parent’s worst nightmare.

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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.