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Portlandia is a television program based in and around Portland, Oregon (it is also filmed here on location also). The program airs on Independent Film Channel (IFC) and is headlined by former Saturday Night Live cast members Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. The television program has gone onto win numerous awards, including a Peabody.

The production initially started as an Internet based sketch comedy show by the two SNL cast members. They just wanted to have a bit of freedom outside of the stricter realms of broadcast television, so they decided to produce an Internet streaming Web series known as Thunderant. They filmed and based the show out of Portland, and as the Internet series continued, the show became more and more Portland based, with many of the sketches appearing throughout the city. Because of this, the two decided to rename the show "Portlandia."

As the two saw increased viewership with the Internet crowed they decided to pitch the television program to executives at IFC for a full sketch comedy show, based on the same antics and comedy the two do on the Internet based series. IFC purchased the program and it has since signed up for the third season of the show.

There is no real direct storyline with the television show. It, like other sketch comedy shows, such as SNL and MadTV all have different stores and sketches based on events happening in modern pop culture. This is essentially what Portlandia, although most of the sketches occur in different facilities and establishments around Portland. Viewers of SNL are probably familiar with the different filmed segments of the show, not just the live segments. This is basically what Portlandia is. The segments do not go on live but are instead filmed out. Many of the skits have loose dialog, allowing the actors to make most of it up as they go, as long as the reach the necessary tent poles in the story line. With the ability to retake scenes and shots, it gives a bit of a cleaner take on the sketch comedy genre.

Portlandia has received a good amount of success, especially for appearing on a television station such as IFC, which does not have a large viewership. However, with the current cast and excellent writers on staff (including the former head writer for The Colbert Report), there are some rather entertaining and professional writers on staff.

Friday 10:30 PM et/pt on IFC
6 Seasons, 59 Episodes - Currently Airing
January 21, 2011
Comedy
7.8/10
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Portlandia Full Episode Guide

  • Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Fred wakes up with gray hair and sets out on a journey to find out how old he is. Carrie is faced with a life decision. Guest starring Kyle MacLachlan, Natasha Lyonne, Mitchell Hurwitz and Kumail Nanjiani.

  • A tsukemen ramen monster is running wild in Portland. The mayor tries to impress a major brand visiting Portland and hopes Fred and Carrie can help.

  • After Lance gets glasses, he becomes part of an intellectual crowd. Nina hires a tutor to help her impress Lance's new friends.

  • When Portland is declared the most feminist city in the country, Toni and Candace deal with all the buzz. Meanwhile, the town opens a Femi-Mart.

  • Louis C.K. is forced to cancel a show in Portland due to a family emergency; Fred and Carrie are asked to judge a plume contest.

  • Kath and Dave are sidelined after an accident leaves them temporarily disabled. A car service app user avoids surge pricing by calling a cab. Joey lands an internship.

  • Claire is tired of Doug's childish behavior and ends their relationship. They both begin dating new people and discover unexpected things about themselves.

  • The Weirdos plan to go to the beach but are delayed when their hearse breaks down.

  • Fred is desperate for a big change, so he moves to Austin; Carrie experiences motherhood.

  • Fred wakes up with gray hair and is determined to find out how old he is; the Mayor reminds Carrie about their plan.

  • In the sixth season premiere, the Flaming Lips are the main attraction for the town's big music festival, which Brendan and Michelle attend via drone.

  • Police start profiling people "odd" people during an arson investigation.

  • Kath and Dave panic when they need to rehearse for a karaoke party.

  • Fred and Carrie's landlord moves into their house. Kath and Dave search for a home for their next renovation project.

  • Doug makes an unexpected discovery; Sandra takes a rideshare for the first time.

  • Quinn is asked to be the new face of Portland's Dollar Store for their rebranding campaign; Spyke goes to court for making unlicensed Bart Simpson merchandise.

  • Kath and Dave decide to host a memorable 4th of July barbecue; the Mayor searches the deep Web for some very special fireworks.

  • The Ecoterrorists head to San Diego to shut down Seaworld.

  • When health issues arise, medical solutions are sought after.

  • Lance and Nina feel bulldozed when Lance's mom and her new boyfriend visit.

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  • Season 1 Episode 1 Farm 1/21/2011

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Watch the Entire 'Battlestar Galactica' Episode of 'Portlandia' Online

IFC has been airing a delightful comedy show called "Portlandia." SyFy has been airing reruns of a delightful sci-fi show called "Battlestar Galactica." What happens when the two combine? You get an episode of "Portlandia" that features Galactica alumni and Jeff Goldblum. The whole episode is online, and you can watch it right here!

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Portlandia | Fred and Carrie on Characters | IFC Clip (02:20) Portlandia | Fred and Carrie on Directing | IFC Clip (01:53) Portlandia | Fred and Carrie on Sketches | IFC Clip (01:48) Portlandia | Fred and Carrie on Guest Stars | IFC Clip (01:12) Portlandia | Fred and Carrie on Props | IFC Clip (02:21) Portlandia | Mayor for President (ft. Kyle MacLachlan) | IFC Clip (00:57) Portlandia | What About Men? (ft. Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein) | IFC Clip (03:29) Portlandia | Absentee Concert Goer (Ft. Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein) | IFC Clip (02:12)