"Portlandia" on IFC is an original short-based comedy series created, written by and starring Fred Armisen ("SNL") and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney). Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon.

"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 and 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.

Season 4

An array of talented guests will visit co-creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in Portlandia this season: Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live"), Kirsten Dunst ("Melancholia," "Spider-Man"), Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), singer-songwriter k.d. lang, Duff McKagan (Gun N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Silas Weir Mitchell ("Grimm"), Michael Nesmith (The Monkees), Mark Proksch ("The Office"), Maya Rudolph ("The Way, Way Back," "Bridesmaids"), columnist Dan Savage, Nick Swardson ("Reno 911!"), jazz duo Tuck and Patti, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Olivia Wilde ("Her," "House"). Paul Allen and members of the Portland Trail Blazers also stop by this season.

Nothing is safe this season as Fred and Carrie have fun with bacon mania, couples sharing finances, technology overload, wannabe musicians, dog lovers and more. "Portlandia's" most familiar faces will encounter new characters such as eco-terrorists Benji and Dakota, vivid storytellers Robert and Gabriella, and restaurant workers Troy and Lillian.

Season 5

The stakes are high for everyone this season. Bryce and Lisa's precious Taxidermy Shop is vandalized, Malcolm and Kris are a public failure as parents, Lance and Nina seek out couples therapy, Fred and Carrie attempt to buy a home in Portland's cutthroat real estate market—and throughout, the show remains as sharply observant as ever.

New guest stars this season include artist Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Peter Giles ("Kroll Show"), Matt Groening ("The Simpsons"), Anna Gunn ("Gracepoint," "Breaking Bad"), Justin Long ("Mom," "New Girl"), Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Natasha Lyonne ("Orange Is the New Black"), Seth Meyers ("Late Night with Seth Meyers"), Brigitte Nielsen ("Rocky IV," "Red Sonja"), Parker Posey ("Louie"), Paul Reubens ("Pee-wee's Playhouse"), singer-songwriter Paul Simon and Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch.

Season 6

In Season 6, Fred and Carrie deliver even more of their Portland point of view: a couple inadvertently create a ramen noodle monster that wreaks havoc on the city while the Mayor tries to lure a tech company to Portland ... Doug and Claire break up, only to wind up frustrated by a way-younger party girl and an overly caring feminist, respectively ... Dave and Kath decide to run a marathon that takes place the following day ... The Mayor puts the moves on Carrie with a canister of frozen sperm from his office refrigerator ... Fred turns grey overnight and, in seeking answers from the universe, gets sucked into a black hole.

Guest stars this season include Jillian Bell ("Workaholics"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), musician Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, musician Glenn Danzig, Gregory Gourdet ("Top Chef"), Mitchell Hurwitz ("Arrested Development"), Moshe Kasher ("Another Period"), Zoe Kravitz ("Dope," "Mad Max"), John Levenstein ("Kroll Show"), NPR's Kai Ryssdal, Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"), Robert Smigel ("Saturday Night Live") and Bitsie Tulloch ("Grimm").

Returning guest stars include Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Natasha Lyonne ("Orange Is the New Black"), Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") and Portland's Mayor Kyle MacLachlan ("Twin Peaks," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D").

Season 7

This season, the series returns to its sketch-driven roots as characters find themselves in all-too-relatable situations: Fred and Carrie attempt to become storytelling experts to impress friends at a dinner party; the Goth couple discover the wonders of Bed Bath and Beyond; Toni and Candace retire from the feminist bookstore and contemplate what's next for their lives; Carrie dates a hunk; Fred tries to start his own Portland-based cell phone company; and much more.

New guest stars coming in Season 7 include Maria Bamford ("Lady Dynamite," "Adventure Time"), Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live," "Inside Amy Schumer"), Ana Fabrega ("Boy Band," "The Special Without Brett Davis"), John Early ("Search Party," "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising"), Judy Greer ("Archer," "Married"), Portland's Mayor Charlie Hales, Ryan Hansen ("2 Broke Girls," "Central Intelligence"), Tim Heidecker ("Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories," "Decker") Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City," "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising"), pro-basketball player Damian Lillard, Laurie Metcalf ("Getting On," "The McCarthys"), Megan Neuringer ("Kroll Show," "Comedy Bang! Bang!"), musicians El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, musicians Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, and Cindy Wilson of The B-52's, Linda Ramone, Sam Richardson ("Veep," "The Office"), Andy Richter ("Conan"), model Cameron Russell, and Jessica St. Clair ("Review," "Enough Said").

Shot entirely on location in Portland, Oregon, the series was created and written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel ("SNL," "Tim and Eric Awesome Show," "Great Job!"). Krisel also directs "Portlandia." The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels; Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel and Broadway Video's Andrew Singer are co-executive producers. The show is executive produced for IFC by Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack, Jennifer Caserta and Evan Shapiro.


Network: IFC
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: January 21, 2011
Seasons: 8
Production Company: Broadway Video

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