Portlandia

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The 6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series PORTLANDIA is created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist). Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon.
Starring
Fred ArmisenCarrie BrownsteinKyle MacLachlan
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Farm
    January 21 2011
    22min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A bohemian couple goes to great lengths to make sure that their restaurant order is ethical and humane. Guest starring Steve Buscemi and Jason Sudeikis.
  2. 2. A Song for Portland
    January 28 2011
    21min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fred and Carrie meet the Mayor of Portland who gives them a special assignment. Special Guest Star Kyle MacLachlan. Also guest starring Aubrey Plaza and Sam Adams.
  3. 3. Aimee
    February 4 2011
    23min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fred and Carrie discover that their maid is none other than their favorite singer-songwriter Aimee Mann. Guest Starring Aimee Mann and Sarah McLachlan.
  4. 4. Mayor is Missing
    February 11 2011
    22min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When the Mayor goes missing, Fred and Carrie begin a frantic search for him. Special Guest Star Kyle MacLachlan. Also guest starring Edie McClurg, Aubrey Plaza, Kumail Nanjiani and Sam Adams.
  5. 5. Blunderbuss
    February 18 2011
    22min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    All of Portlandia is swept up in the excitement of a new music and film festival. Guest starring Selma Blair, Jenny Conlee, Colin Meloy, James Mercer, Corin Tucker and Gus Van Sant.
  6. 6. Baseball
    February 25 2011
    23min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Mayor turns to Fred and Carrie to help him put together a big league baseball team. Special Guest Star Kyle MacLachlan. Also guest starring Heather Graham and Nick Kroll.

More details

Directors
Jonathan Krisel
Supporting actors
Sam AdamsAubrey PlazaSelma BlairHeather GrahamEdie McClurgKumail NanjianiJason SudeikisGus Van SantSarah McLachlanAimee MannJames MercerJenny ConleeColin MeloyCorin Tucker
Producers
Fred ArmisenCarrie BrownsteinJonathan KriselLorne MichaelsAndrew Singer
Season year
2011
Network
IFCAMC Plus Independent
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

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4.6 out of 5 stars

299 global ratings

  1. 81% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 8% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Andrew A. DegenReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
WHAT A FIND!
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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!
10 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
A crunchy series.
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If you already know that crunchy refers to a life style of ecological awareness, granola eating, political correctness, and self conscious hipness; then you probably will love this series. If you didnt know that, you might like it also.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are the core characters in this series of skits. Each show has several skits and many of the same characters recur. These people have very low self awareness other than their place in the crunchy culture. My favorite pair of characters is obsessed with gear. They are the ones that show up for any event with every possible hip gagdet. They reserve areas for themselves and fret over their packing. They rarely have time for the event itself. If you have ever been annoyed by such a couple, you will laugh. Another skit concerns the local and organic movement taken to its logical nonsense end.

I get the fact that this series doesnt amuse everyone. That is kind of a given with comedy. But I think that overall it is very funny. I guess a piece of myself appears on the screen, and it is nice to laugh at myself, in a crunchy way.
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Cali-kaneReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very Different
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I’m sure it deserves more stars, but I couldn’t even make it completely through episode one.
This was recommended to me by a client. Obviously we have diverse opinions on funny and entertaining. I found it idiotic.
However, I think if you like SNL, Benny Hill, or Monty Python you’ll find it humorous.
2 people found this helpful
Deseree' Jean ShulerReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Put a bird on it
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I love it
5 people found this helpful
bnjReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disgusting
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This is a disgusting R Rated program.
Ron DeVooReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laugh out loud humor. Super smart.
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How funny is this show? Really funny.
2 people found this helpful
Brett RReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
We Love Portland, and we love Portlandia....
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My wife is a Portland born-and-raised and recognizes many of the neighborhoods and locations shown in this series. We have both found it to be quirky, funny, and very entertaining. We Love Portland, and we love Portlandia -- Keep 'em coming Fred and Carrie.....
8 people found this helpful
B&S About MoviesReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect!
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What a treat -- getting to watch the entire first season again with no commercials and all in one place.
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