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10 Memorable That ’70s Show Guest Stars

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Over eight seasons and 200 episodes, That ’70s Show didn’t just launch the careers of Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Topher Grace, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ashton Kutcher. It also basked in the glow of already-established stars and stars on the rise who often made brief but memorable cameos. Check out some of the show’s memorable guest stars below, and flashback with That ’70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 6P on IFC.

1. Alice Cooper

Many guests have sat down in That ’70s Show‘s “circle” for a hang. In season three’s “Radio Daze” episode, heavy-metal/eye-liner icon Alice Cooper shows up during a game of D&D to say, “Let’s get out there and slay that dragon.”


2. Amy Adams

One of Adams’ earliest roles was on a season two episode of That ’70s Show where she played Kat Peterson, “the most popular girl in school,” who — against the odds — is making out with Hyde. Or as he puts it, “She’s slumming it. I’m loving it.”


3. Billy Dee Williams

Donna and Eric get couples therapy from Pastor Dan (Williams), partly because Eric is too obsessed with Star Wars. Well, “it’s the greatest movie of all time,” says Lando Calrissian himself.


4. Bruce Willis

Talk about weird. Demi Moore’s former husband (sporting a bad wig and a worse mustache) appears in a scene with Demi Moore’s then-boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) to talk about getting girls pregnant and not wearing wedding rings. Yikes.


5. Don Knotts

Reprising his iconic role from Three’s Company, Knotts plays an eavesdropping landlord who thinks Fez and Jackie are going at it when they’re just making fruit salad.


6. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

He’s not the Rock this time — he’s Rocky Johnson, a low-rent, side-burned wrestler who wears a black leotard and pile-drives midgets in the ring in the season one episode “That Wrestling Show.” Eric’s a huge fan, but it’s Red (Kurtwood Smith) who ends up getting Rocky’s autograph.


7. Isaac Hayes

Famed musician and future South Park chef Isaac Hayes stopped by during season eight to provide the funky “Work Fez” theme and let everyone’s favorite foreign exchange student dance out his own personal Saturday Night Fever fantasy.


8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Before he kissed Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt locked lips with Topher Grace on That ’70s Show. Too bad Eric wasn’t into it. They would’ve made the cutest couple.


9. Lindsay Lohan

Sometime between Freaky Friday and her career meltdown, Lindsay Lohan filmed this season seven guest spot during which she portrayed Danielle, the love interest of both Fez and Kelso.


10. Gloria Gaynor

Who said that those who can’t teach? Clearly they didn’t know Mrs. Clark, Fez’s music teacher, who belts out Gaynor’s own double-platinum hit “I Will Survive” at the prom as a little pick-me-up.

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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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