This existential-comedy show is sure to be loved by many. The premise of Portlandia is to satirize hippie characters that can be found in (you guessed it) Portland, Oregon. Created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, each episode is composed by a couple of vignettes. There are reoccurring characters, but the episodes are usually not connected in a storyline. The characters include feminists, couples, and just straight-up weirdos. Some of the guests include: Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudeikis, Kumail Nanjiani, Kyle Maclachlan (Plays Mayor of Portland; reoccurring), and Aimee Mann.
I believe the show is a must-see and is definitely pure genius. My favorite show is Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the reason why I believe Portlandia is such a great show is that it’s just fun. There are improv-like scenarios and it really gives you hard laughs. I think this show is influential as it makes the audience think about things differently and you can develop new positions on certain topics.
My favorite scene in Portlandia is when Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen go to a cell phone store and are thrown all of these different phone packages by an employee (played by Kumail Nanjiani). They’re main purpose of going to the cell phone store is to find and track the missing Mayor. With all of these premium and super premium packages to choose from, this stalls their attempt to do find the Mayor. In the end they get the top-tier package that includes two cell phones, two free sunglasses with an engraving of “B***h” on the side.
I think overall that this show is really interesting for anyone looking for a show to get hooked on. There are plenty of things in each episode to laugh about.
Some of the quotes from the two feminist characters played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein:
“Are you some kind of gender detective?”
“It’s a pullover jacket for my daughter.” So you own your daughter?”
“It’s a top selling author. Do we want that in here?”
“I will hold your hand, and go out into the street, and make us both get hit by a car.”
Portlandia is on IFC, but is also on Netflix all 5 seasons. There are more seasons to come.