Fred Armisen

A Field Guide to the Subcultures of ‘Portlandia’


It may have lost the zeitgeist, but if there’s one thing Portlandia still does well, it’s naming — and then lampooning — very specific subcultures. Though the show is often pegged as a parody of hipsters, it deserves credit for not only isolating the many different types of human who tend to get lazily grouped under that heading, but also venturing far beyond it. In honor of last night’s Season 5 finale, in which weirdos nearly took the fall for the eco-terrorists’ attack on Bryce and Lisa’s taxidermy shop, we present a field guide to the diverse, bizarre, and familiar subcultures of Portlandia.
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