Don’t get us wrong: Portlandia is one of our favorite TV shows, providing the artisanal-everything set with a much-needed dose of lighthearted satire. But over the course of the past three seasons, we’ve noticed that it isn’t just critiquing the lives of young, hip urbanites — it’s changing them, too, by shaming us out of our most hypocritical and cliché tendencies. In celebration of tonight’s Season 3 finale, we offer a list of everything Portlandia has ruined so far. … Read More
Like many other former fans, I stopped watching The Simpsons sometime in the mid-2000s. It’s not that I think it’s uniformly terrible now — it’s still better than a whole lot of other shows on TV — or I’m boycotting it on principle. Hell, I even end up tuning in a few times per season, for a “Treehouse of Horror” or if someone I like is guest starring. But unlike its newish neighbor in Fox’s Sunday-night animation block, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons just can’t hold my attention anymore.
Sure, part of it is just that, a quarter-century into its run, the show rarely comes up with the kind of brilliantly loopy storylines that sustained it through the ’90s. What bothers me even more, though, is that a show that once had so many smart and original things to say about American culture has long seemed behind the times, its criticism mild and stale. In perhaps the most glaring example of this unfortunate trend, The Simpsons welcomed Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (as well as Patton Oswalt and, briefly, The Decemberists) to Springfield for an episode about hipsters. … Read More
We would have been happy to report one piece of good news about Portlandia, so you can imagine how overjoyed we are to have three. First things first: IFC has announced that the show’s third season will premiere January 4th at 10pm — just in time to cure your week-long New Year’s hangover. Chloë Sevigny, fresh off her terrifying American Horror Story turn, is set to guest star as Fred and Carrie’s roommate, and it wouldn’t be a season of Portlandia without everyone’s favorite mayor, Kyle MacLachlan.
And that’s not all! IFC will also air a special “Winter in Portlandia” episode December 14th at 10:30, which promises Christmas — sorry, non-denominational, optionally religious winter holiday — skits featuring Peter and Nance, the feminist bookstore ladies, and other familiar Portlandians. But don’t worry: if you still can’t imagine waiting another month to check in with Fred and Carrie, Portlandia has also just posted the season’s first preview clip. Watch “Meditation Crush” below. … Read More
Whether he’s playing a feminist bookstore owner on Portlandia or a naughty version of the Queen of England on SNL, if you love seeing Fred Armisen in wigs as much as we do, then you’ll want to check out this clip of the comedian reviving his stellar Penny Marshall impression in the trailer for her new memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, which we just spotted thanks to Into The Gloss. The book hits shelves September 18th, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that there’s an audio version in the works too, because we think they’ve found the perfect narrator! … Read More
1. Thanks to an accidental tweet from Def Jam France, we now know that Rihanna has a new record coming out in November, and the first single is due out this Monday. [via NME]
2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced that next spring’s big show will be “Punk: From… Read More
We all know that the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland, where young people go to retire. But sometimes, in Portland or Brooklyn or Austin, all the DIY pickling and knitting and beard-growing starts to become reminiscent of another ’90s entirely — the 1890s. In the seemingly too-good-to-be-true follow-up to last year’s blockbuster musical number, Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have brought us “Dream of the 1890s.” Microbrew or die, bitches! … Read More
Portlandia is a show that works almost as a series of inside jokes. The sketches are all knowing winks to the audience about the culture they presumably know all about, in which your friend has begun pickling everything and people can “put a bird on anything and call it art.” But it also works because Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are the kind of people who you’d like to share an inside joke with. Both are unquestionably cool in their own right, but it’s their friendship, both on and off television, that’s an equally compelling force behind their television success. In interviews and on the show, they seem like two BFFs having fun as much as professionals with a television show, riffing off each other and cracking wise. But not all twosomes translate as well off the HDTV screen, so it’s a relief that the Portlandia live show, which wrapped up its first leg in New York this weekend, shows the friends to be every bit as fun as they seem. After the jump, the best moments from the show at The Bowery Ballroom, plus what Armisen and Brownstein had to say about spirit animals, overanalyzing text messages, and a possible Portlandia movie. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we saw 50 things that we will never see in real life (a list that includes a chihuahua wearing double cheeseburgers for shoes and someone with a Mrs. Doubtfire tattoo) over on BuzzFeed. We enjoyed Mental Floss’ roundup of 11 outrageously obscure West Wing characters who resurfaced on… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we celebrated National Trivia Day with 119 amazing facts courtesy of our friends at Mental Floss. We got a behind-the-scenes look at Conan O’Brien’s daily life. We enjoyed this fantastic Joker-by-Seuss mashup from DeviantArt member DrFaustusAu. We got incredibly excited watching Fred Armisen and… Read More
“It’s not just regular science fiction,” says Fred Armisen’s character in the latest Portlandia Season 2 clip to emerge. ”It’s actually good.” And that’s how he, Carrie Brownstein, and so many of us get sucked into Battlestar Galactica. What follows will be familiar to anyone who’s skipped out on normal human interaction in favor of an entire evening (or day… or weekend…) glued to all available episodes of any given addictive TV series. We won’t ruin the sketch by saying anymore, but, as usual, Fred and Carrie totally get us. Feel understood (or, you know, terribly ashamed) after the jump. … Read More