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Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Sunday, July 22 2012

Piercing the Shell of Portland's Hype

As America’s pop culture boomtown, Portland may be held hostage to its own ever-expanding clichés. Or not.


Monday, July 15 2013

Place and Satire in 'Portlandia'

The genius behind Portlandia is its gentle lampooning of a very specific population that still manages to be accessible to those who live outside the limits of the Portland metropolitan area.

Tuesday, September 25 2012

Excuse Me, This Is Usually Our Spot: 'Portlandia: Season Two'

Although much of what makes Portlandia so funny is its specificity, it still manages to point out types that are somewhat familiar and identifiable, regardless of geography.

Wednesday, February 8 2012

'Portlandia': The Tour: 18 January 2012 - Chicago

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were not out to throw a big production, nor re-enact characters and sketches. Instead they were onstage as Fred and Carrie, real people with a knack for casual conversational comedy looking to hang out.


Wednesday, January 25 2012

'Portlandia' The Tour: 20 January 2012 - Brooklyn, NY

Television comes to life on stage in similar surroundings.

Thursday, July 28 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 8

The Onion News Network didn't break any new ground, but it treaded over old ground so deftly to make the format seem completely fresh. Portlandia was another matter entirely.


Friday, June 22 2012

‘Portlandia’ boosters wryly seek Emmy nomination

LOS ANGELES — The heavy-duty Emmy “for your consideration” onslaught is in full, garish swing. Network and cable outlets are pulling out all the stops, weighing

Friday, January 21 2011

'Portlandia,' premiering Friday on IFC

LOS ANGELES — In "Portlandia," a funny and charming new six-episode, single-camera sketch comedy from IFC, Fred Armisen, of "Saturday Night Live," and Carrie Brownstein, formerly

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