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5 Stars Who Got Their Start on That ’70s Show

Catch back-to-back That '70s Show episodes tonight starting at 6P.

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When That ’70s Show premiered back in 1998, the most famous cast member was probably Kurtwood Smith, who’d earned some notoriety for trying to kill Robocop. The teens responsible with carrying the series were largely unknown. Of course, they wouldn’t remain that way for long. The show would become a hit, and the cast would become big stars. Even today, names like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are more famous for their tabloid exploits and award nominations than their sitcom roots. But the casting department that struck gold pulling together this ensemble didn’t quit after the pilot. For eight seasons, That ’70s Show managed to cast future stars in small roles. Here are a few of our favorite celebrities who got their start back in the ’70s.

5. Reid Scott

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Reid Scott may be best known as the narcissistic, career-obsessed Deputy Assistant to the Vice President on the Emmy winning HBO sitcom Veep, but That ’70s Show was actually his first gig on TV. He guest starred on the season 5 episode “Over the Hills and Far Away” as Eric’s competition for college girls. As you can imagine Eric lost that particular battle.


4. Jim Rash

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Jim Rash may be an Academy Award-winning screenwriter (and the scene-stealing standout of the cult comedy Community), but he was still a journeyman actor and member of the Groundlings comedy troupe when he booked a recurring role on That ’70s Show as the flamboyant landlord of Fez and Kelso’s apartment building. Fenton and Fez were mortal enemies, and while their hatred was never explained on the show, one popular theory was that they shared a tryst gone bad, meaning Dean Pelton wasn’t Rash’s first character with fluid sexuality.


3. Erika Christensen

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Erika Christensen was still a child actress in search of a grown-up part when she booked a guest star spot on That ’70s Show back in 2001. She played a charming Pricemart cashier who Red wants to set up with Eric, until she starts coming on to him. After a childhood spent playing precocious kids on shows like Touched by an Angel, and a Leave It To Beaver reboot, this would be her coming out as a grown woman, leading to parts like Julia Braverman-Graham on the long running NBC drama Parenthood.


2. Jimmy Pardo

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While not a household name, Jimmy Pardo has carved out a niche as Conan O’Brien’s in-house comedian, warming up the crowd and popping up on the show in a variety of ways. He’s also the host of the popular podcast Never Not Funny, which has hosted everyone from “Weird Al” Yankovic to Jon Hamm. But early in his career, he got a break playing Stan, the sexiest radio station manager who fires Donna for not doing an ad in a bikini. Unfortunately, his role would be overshadowed by another guest star on the episode, Eliza Dushku, playing radio station assistant “Sizzling Sarah.” Maybe if he’d been willing to appear in that bikini himself, it would have made more of an impression.


1. Amy Adams

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Amy Adams, Oscar nominee and modern day Lois Lane, only had a couple of parts to her name when she popped up in the season 2 episode “Burning Down the House,” as an unwanted guest at a party gone out of control. She would soon run through a litany of guest starring roles, on everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to West Wing, before getting her big break in the indie hit Junebug.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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