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

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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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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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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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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.