I started watching Portlandia semi-recently on Netflix after reading a really positive review for it online. Since then, I’ve been barreling through episodes faster than a one-legged man in a kicking contest.
I was hooked after the first song in the first few minutes of the first episode. If you don’t mind harboring an ear worm, check it out!
Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy that is filmed in and around Portland, Oregon, and stars Carrie Brownstein and former Saturday Night Live (SNL) actor Fred Armisen. Both cast members are also main writers for the show, along with Allison Silverman from The Colbert Report and Jonathan Krisel, a writer for SNL.
Premiering in 2011, the show recently concluded its fourth season, and has been renewed for a fifth.
Portlandia depicts its city as a place in which people of all subcultures are welcome to blatantly express themselves. This concept is repeatedly mocked and exaggerated through a medley of characters featured in the show, from persnickety feminist bookstore owners to a duo obsessed with pickling things.
Check out the free-spirited couple who goes through great lengths to learn about the life of a chicken they are considering eating!
The entire series is made up of an endless stream of free-associating sketches, but the later seasons seem to build more of a plot line, with certain characters extending across multiple episodes. I, for one, welcome the change because some of the characters are well worth watching again and again!
8/10 – perfect short-length show to put on as entertainment while you do boring household tasks.