Portlandia Season 5, Episode 5: Baby, You’re a Firework


Movies & Television
The Peeves: Fourth of July parties, saying goodbye at parties, punk parties, fireworks, the Deep Web Put a Cap on It: This episode’s a lot like the third from this season, "Healthcare": a bunch of sketches revolving around one theme. This time around, the theme is the Fourth of July. On a rainy Thursday in February. Whether poor planning or deliberate sadism, it amounts to the same. Anyway, it’s ...   More
Thursday, February 5, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 4: Free Fred and Carrie


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The Peeves: Animal rights activism, goths, taxidermy, San Diego, timeshares, shitty YouTube conspiracy videos, picking people up at the airport.Put a Cap on It: After messing around with two episodes that stuck with one story arc, and a third that slapped together a bunch of subpar sketches that all had to do with, uh, healthcare (which ran, by total coincidence, I'm sure, exactly three weeks and one ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 3: For Your Health!


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The Peeves: Hypochondria, non-Western medicine, raw milk, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, organ transplants, water aerobics.Put a Cap on It: If you thought Republicans were the only ones out to skewer healthcare, then you, my friend, were mistaken. It’s Fred and Carrie’s target in the latest episode of Portlandia.The season’s first two episodes found the show doing away with its sketch format, opting ...   More
Thursday, January 22, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.

On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAY HORTON

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 2: 10 Rules for Dating My Mom


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The Peeves: Couples' therapy, stepparents, masculinity, GoPro culture, elaborate wedding proposals that go viral on YouTube.Put a Cap on It: The second episode of the season begins with an ad for Creative Jungle Digital Playground, a media production company—err, glorified wedding videography service. It then cuts to Nina (Fred) and Lance (Carrie)—perhaps best known from Season 1’s “cacao” ...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Watch a Bunch of Famous People Sing a New Sleater-Kinney Song

Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Samberg, Daryl from The Walking Dead and others lend their celebrity (and voices) to "No Cities to Love."


Sleater-Kinney were a fairly well-known band when it went on hiatus in 2006. Thanks in no small part to Carrie Brownstein transforming into a bonafide mainstream celebrity, though, the reunited group's profile is arguably higher now than it ever was during its initial 11-year run.  Case in point: This promo video for new album No Cities To Love, featuring a gaggle of famous folks—including Ellen ...   More
Thursday, January 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 1: Power Lunch with Toni and Candace


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The Peeves: Origin stories, corporate culture, cocaine, pantsuits, feminism, yachts.Put a Cap on It: Usually, the only characters who get backstories are those who’ll generate millions in revenue—your Wolverines, your Darth Vaders, etc. In this season's Portlandia premiere, it's Toni (Carrie) and Candace (Fred), the bespectacled, confrontational owners of feminist bookstore Women and Women First.A ...   More
Friday, January 9, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Feb. 15, 2003: Fred meets Carrie...

40th Anniversary
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have gone on some memorable dates. They’ve investigated the life history of a free-range chicken they were about to consume, fled zombie hordes of moonlighting   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.

We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH


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