See my reviews of Seasons 2 and 3. I rave. I rant. This stuff is truly fresh and potently hilarious. Portlandia ... the "place where the young go to retire". The place where original, captivating, outlandish humor is being born. Incredibly emotive characters. Carrie and Fred are SO adept at portraying such a wide range of characters. Humor that is both simultaneously gentle, but telling. Plots that are ridiculous, surreal, but somehow everyday. Themes that are incongruous, yet unexpectantly interwoven. Gestures that are raucous, then sweet. No sexual, racial, personality type is exempt as a target; yet all portrayals are loving, tolerant and insightful. Great editing and direction - filled with tasty little sound effects and music bites, perfect segues and surprising trajectories. It is so wonderful to see a new form of humor developing that does not depend on appeals to stupidity, obscenity, crude profiling, predictable pratfalls, ugly subtexts or grotesque mugging to land a laugh. This humor is human in all its dimensions and I pray that it stays this way. There is a surfeit of offensive, obnoxious frat-boy scatology and car-crashing explosions out there posing as being somehow "funny", but it really is just gross and pathetic. I hope audiences have had enough of this crap and start to gravitate back towards wit and cleverness. For me, Portlandia rules!