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I love the women's bookstore owners!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4503/13/2015

The first episode was okay. Not a classic, but some funny bits.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 101/13/2012

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 201/13/2012

I watched the first season, even though I found the show quite annoying. Are Portlanders really narrow enough to think the city is the only place in the country with a pretentious overemphasis on locavore dining and overly proud of its live music scene? Seattle, Brooklyn and even Austin can claim both.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 301/13/2012

I watched it for the first time last week and thought it had some funny moments. The bit where Fred Armisen and that woman he hangs with went to a restaurant in L.A. and got into an insane back and forth with a waiter about their menu was very funny.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 401/13/2012

[quote]Seattle, Brooklyn and even Austin can claim both.

Don't forget Athens, GA!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 501/13/2012

I thought the first season was very good overall. Also love the women bookstore owners.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 601/13/2012

Put a bird on it!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 701/13/2012

I can never decide of I like this.

At times, brilliant, very funny. Other times, so consciously aware of itself and just lame.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 801/13/2012

Skits suffer from the SNL syndrome.

They always last just a little too long to be truly funny.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 901/13/2012

R3: Have you been to Portland? They take it to the next level.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1001/13/2012

Yes, R10, I've been there many times. I found it most amusing that they decided to satirize the Ace Hotel (rechristened as the Deuce), considering it's a mini-chain that originally started in Seattle (and the NYC outpost leapfrogs over both in terms of taking it to another level - it's like the entire neighborhood of Williamsburg uses it as its massive communal living room). Austin doesn't have an Ace, but it has the Hotel San Jose, where one can find similarly precious vinyl albums and old-school typewriters.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1101/13/2012

I hate Fred Armisen. So fucking unfunny and so ugly he's hard to look at.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1201/13/2012

Agree r12,Fred Armisen is too fugly. They should have picked a different lead.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1301/13/2012

[quote] Fred Armisen is too fugly. They should have picked a different lead.

It's his show.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1401/13/2012

[quote]Are Portlanders really narrow enough to think the city is the only place in the country with a pretentious overemphasis on locavore dining and overly proud of its live music scene?

No.

If the show were funnier, we wouldn't care how annoying it is. But it's not very funny. (It definitely does have the SNL defect of wringing one joke dry for much too long.)

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1501/14/2012

People of a third tier town with nothing else to offer except Portlandia

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1601/14/2012

Honestly, Portland is just the setting. The humor is about satirizing different groups of self-important people. (For example, the kind of useless turds who think that looks somehow equal talent.) I like it, and am particularly impressed by how committed a minor-legend guitarist like Carrie is to doing comedy. This show has also made me like and appreciate Fred Armisen (another professional musician turned comedian) way more than anything I've ever seen him do on SNL.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1701/14/2012

Aside from 30 Rock and SNL, it is the greatest show on television now.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1801/14/2012

We can pickle that.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 1901/14/2012

Are Portlanders really narrow enough to think the city is the only place in the country with a pretentious overemphasis on locavore dining and overly proud of its live music scene? Seattle, Brooklyn and even Austin can claim both.

It's not something that came out of Portland, really.

Of the two co-creators, Fred Armisen is from Mississippi and lives in Manhattan; Carrie Brownstein lives in Portland now, but she spent her childhood and much of her adult life in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area, which is hours away.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2001/14/2012

Awwww, what's with the Fred hate? He's sweet.

I haven't seen it, but heard the Chicken/Menu bit on NPR. I live near Ithaca and it's pretty spot-on for this type of person. They're all over the place here.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2101/14/2012

J'adore Fred Armisen for his Prince impersonation alone.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2201/14/2012

R17 is correct. People like R3 don't get it.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2301/14/2012

Born in Mississippi, moved to Long Island as a baby, raised there. That doesn't count as being from Mississippi.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2401/14/2012

I think it's pretty funny although I would agree there are some real misses. The best scenes this season for me have been with the guy who played the cell phone salesman and then the waiter in SoCal.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2501/14/2012

It's over!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2601/14/2012

It's too bad that the character/impression Armisen is best-known for sucks on every possible level because I think he's pretty weird and funny otherwise. I always forget he was married to Sally Timms before he was on TV; if not for that I would assume that he was the world's most obvious desperate nutjob closet case

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2701/14/2012

Fred's not a closet case. He's fucking madly in love with Carrie.

That became obvious after reading the New Yorker piece on season two.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2801/14/2012

[quote]Born in Mississippi, moved to Long Island as a baby, raised there. That doesn't count as being from Mississippi.

Of course it does.

What a bizarre assertion.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 2901/14/2012

Funny!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3001/15/2012

Alas Carrie make les les, R28.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3101/15/2012

I loved that Battlestar Galactica bit.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3201/15/2012

I finally saw a clip that made me laugh out loud: season 2's "helicopter parents."

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3301/15/2012

I have so many mixed feelings about Portlandia. I like what they're trying to do, I do. Not everything has to be same and catered to a broad audience.

My reaction to the shows is all the fuck over the place. I genuinely find it laugh out loud funny at times, other times a smile and giggle after the fact as the sketch unfolds. But, also other times where I roll my eyes and think it's just not funny, and sometimes annoying to the point of wanting to change the channel.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3401/29/2013

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by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3508/12/2013

Maybe Fred does have a thing for her, but it's definitely unrequited because Carrie Brownstein is dating Annie Clark from St. Vincent.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3608/12/2013

We're in the tapas ghetto down here.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3708/12/2013

I worked with Fred recently and told him that I liked Portlandia. His response: You do?

Uncomfortable silence.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3808/12/2013

I like the mayor and his printer named "Prints."

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 3908/12/2013

I like Carrie's new American Express ads. Super hip and edgy!

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4008/12/2013

It has its moments. I don't think there's any sketch comedy show that isn't hit-and-miss. The Battlestar Galactica skit was the best thing they ever did though.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4108/12/2013

I liked the 'fart patio' skit.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4208/12/2013

[quote]Maybe Fred does have a thing for her, but it's definitely unrequited because Carrie Brownstein is dating Annie Clark from St. Vincent.

Fred TOTALLY has a thing for her. It's not a secret.

It's also not a secret that Carrie is a lesbian. She's been open about her sexuality since Sleater-Kinney began in the mid 90s.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4308/12/2013

She's says she's bi, but she seems to only date women.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4408/12/2013

This season has not been funny and everything seems tired. Now that both Fred and Carrie are busy with their music, they seem to be phoning it in.

by Search ain't working-hope its not a duplicate reply 4503/13/2015
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