Portlandia

(2011)

Portlandia Synopsis

The 6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series PORTLANDIA, created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney), premieres on IFC Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon.

"I love Portlandia. It really represents so much of what I love culturally, musically and in so many other ways," said Fred Armisen. "This started as just a fun summer activity for Carrie and me. We'd be hanging out in Portland and shooting whatever made us laugh, and that evolved into Portlandia."

PORTLANDIA's inhabitants include but are not limited to: the owners of a feminist book store; a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who attach cut-outs of birds to everything ("put a bird on it!"); an organic farmer who turns out to be a cult leader; an adult hide and seek league; and a punk rock couple negotiating a "safe word" to help govern their love life. The first episode depicts Armisen and Brownstein meeting with the Mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) who solicits the duo to write a new theme song for the city. This segment features a cameo from the real mayor of Portland (Sam Adams) playing the assistant to MacLachlan's "mayor." Much of the series' original music is written and performed by Armisen and Brownstein.

An assortment of guest stars inhabit PORTLANDIA, including Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Hellboy), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show), and Gus Van Sant (Milk). Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann also guest stars, alongside James Mercer (The Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).

Brownstein and Armisen spent years observing the joyous eccentricities of Portland, Oregon (when Fred was on hiatus from SNL), which spawned their "Thunderant" project, a compilation of online videos that combined their unique music styles and comedic sensibilities. Their artistic collaboration garnered an online cult following, as their "Thunderant" characters resonated with a young audience celebrating individuality, free spirit and weirdness.

Latest 'Portlandia' News

Fred & Carrie Finally Have Sex in Portlandia Season 6 First Look

Fred & Carrie Finally Have Sex in Portlandia Season 6 First Look

Fred and Carrie awkwardly hook up in the first clip from Portlandia Season 6, which arrives with two posters.
Portlandia Renewed for 2 More Seasons on IFC

Portlandia Renewed for 2 More Seasons on IFC

Creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will be back for twenty more all-new episodes of Portlandia.
Portlandia Season 4 DVD Debuts August 26th

Portlandia Season 4 DVD Debuts August 26th

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein return to Portlandia with 10 all-new Season 4 episodes on this new DVD set, featuring guest stars such as Kirsten Dunst and Jeff Goldblum.
EXCLUSIVE: Portlandia: The Movie Might Not Take Place in Portland, Oregon

EXCLUSIVE: Portlandia: The Movie Might Not Take Place in Portland, Oregon

The show's director Jonathan Krisel offers his plans on bringing the Portlandia team to the big screen.
Portlandia Season 2 Dream of the 1890s Music Video

Portlandia Season 2 Dream of the 1890s Music Video

Fred and Carrie redesign the Portland Police Department in a look at tonight's all-new episode, airing February 3rd on IFC.
Portlandia the Tour Expands to Six New Cities

Portlandia the Tour Expands to Six New Cities

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein continue taking Season 2 on the road after an overwhelming response from their first live shows.
EXCLUSIVE: Carrie Brownstein Talks Portlandia Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: Carrie Brownstein Talks Portlandia Season 2

The singer-turned-comedian takes us into the Pacific Northwest for a look at these all-new episodes coming to IFC this January.
EXCLUSIVE: Fred Armisen Talks Portlandia Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: Fred Armisen Talks Portlandia Season 2

The hit IFC comedy returns with all new episodes starting January 6th.
Portlandia Season 2 the Tour Featurette

Portlandia Season 2 the Tour Featurette

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen bring their hit IFC series on the road for a series of live shows before the January 6th launch of all-new episode.
Portlandia Season 2 Battlestar Galactica Inspired Poster

Portlandia Season 2 Battlestar Galactica Inspired Poster

Portland artist Justin Hampton has created a new poster to commemorate One Moore Episode, coming to IFC this January.
Portlandia Season 2 Launches Interactive Pickling Website

Portlandia Season 2 Launches Interactive Pickling Website

Now you can pickle any website, and engage in the Portlandia Activity Book, before the debut of all-new episodes on January 6th.
Portlandia Season 2 Dog Park Clip

Portlandia Season 2 Dog Park Clip

Kath and Dave make a scene at the local Portland dog park in this all-new short from the IFC series, returning January 7th.
Portlandia and Todd Margaret Wish Fans a Happy Thanksgiving

Portlandia and Todd Margaret Wish Fans a Happy Thanksgiving

Both of these hit IFC comedy series are set to return for their second seasons this January.
Portlandia Season 2 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Portlandia Season 2 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Go Inside Portlandia as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein prepare to launch all-new episodes on IFC this January.
Portlandia Hit the Road with Cross Country Tour

Portlandia Hit the Road with Cross Country Tour

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will play live music and preview clips from Season 2 of IFC's hit comedy starting this December.
Portlandia Season 2 Gets Eddie Vedder and Isaac Brock

Portlandia Season 2 Gets Eddie Vedder and Isaac Brock

Other musicians making an appearance on the hit comedy series include Steve Jones, Johnny Marr, Joanna Newsom, and Annie Clark/St. Vincent.
NYCC 2011: Portlandia Season 2 Premiere Clip

NYCC 2011: Portlandia Season 2 Premiere Clip

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein return to IFC this January with all-new episodes of their hit Oregon-based comedy.
Tim Robbins and Kristin Wiig to Guest Star on Portlandia

Tim Robbins and Kristin Wiig to Guest Star on Portlandia

Other notable turns are expected from Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, and Andy Samberg when this hit comedy series returns to IFC in January.
Portlandia and Todd Margaret Head to NY Comic-Con 2011

Portlandia and Todd Margaret Head to NY Comic-Con 2011

Both of these hit IFC series will return with all-new episodes in January of 2012.
EXCLUSIVE: Carrie Brownstein Talks Portlandia

EXCLUSIVE: Carrie Brownstein Talks Portlandia

The former Sleater-Kinney front woman moves into comedy with IFC's latest original series, which premieres this Friday.
Portlandia Details
  • First Aired
    2011

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