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      Season 3 – Portlandia

      2012 Comedy List
      88% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 90% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Fred Armisen and rock 'n' roll guitarist Carrie Brownstein first cracked up audiences as the internet sketch-comedy duo ThunderAnt. That led to this absurdist series set in Portland, Ore., that gently pokes fun at the laid-back Pacific Northwest city and the many eccentric characters that call it home. Among the many recurring guest stars on the series are Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Goldblum, Natasha Lyonne, Kumail Nanjiani and Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Portlandia's mayor. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Aug 11 Buy Now

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      Episode 1 Aired Dec 14, 2012 Winter in Portlandia It's wintertime in Portlandia and Peter and Nance struggle to keep off winter weight by cutting pasta from their diets; Candace's son visits Women and Women First bookstore for the holidays; a couple tries to keep their food cart in business. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 4, 2013 Take Back MTV Spyke and Iris join forces with a gang of former MTV stars to take back MTV from the Tweens; a group of frustrated college grads stage a protest on the dance floor; Sandra has a crush on a mysterious man in her meditation class. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 4, 2013 Missionaries The Mayor sends Fred and Carrie on a door-to-door mission to Seattle to recruit new citizens for Portland; pedicab driver hustles for clients; Peter and Nance prepare for the opening of their Bed and Breakfast with a visit to The Doily Shoppe. Details Episode 4 Aired Jan 11, 2013 Nina's Birthday Nina goes to great lengths to throw an extravagant 32nd birthday party for herself. The day-long event is set to include activities ranging from horseback rides to sunrise yoga that will last well into the night. The party turns into a Tapas Dinner. Details Episode 5 Aired Jan 18, 2013 Squiggleman Concerned parents Brendan and Michelle start a band that makes kids music; The Portland Nerd Council issues a Public Service Announcement; Malcom and Kris have an uncomfortable lunch at a vegan restaurant. The Feminist Bookstore hosts a comedy night. Details Episode 6 Aired Jan 25, 2013 Off the Grid Following an environmental scandal, The Mayor steps down from office and moves off the grid; a dolphin discovers that plastic bags have been banned in Portland; musicians compete in a Battle of the Gentle Bands. Details Episode 7 Aired Feb 1, 2013 The Temp A temp worker hopes to turn her stint as Interim Mayor of Portland into a full-time job with Fred and Carrie's help; a wedding is interrupted; local baristas draft a coffee shop manifesto; Kath and Dave struggle to find a table at a restaurant. Details Episode 8 Aired Feb 8, 2013 Soft Opening Peter and Nance practice hosting friends at the soft opening of their bed and breakfast; a magazine features a local furniture maker in their Man Issue; steampunks attend a convention; Fred takes a love interest on a bold third date. Details Episode 9 Aired Feb 15, 2013 Alexandra The City of Portland is overrun with art projects; Fred and Carrie's relationship is complicated by their roommate Alexandra; a movie theater sells artisanal concessions. Kath and Dave are concerned about the coyotes in their neighborhood. Details Episode 10 Aired Feb 17, 2013 No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge The Rats decide to move out of their newly-gentrified neighborhood; first-time parents read various child-rearing books; Gahvin and his girlfriend go to the movies; Carrie and Alexandra have dinner at a communal table. Details Episode 11 Aired Mar 1, 2013 Blackout Electricity is shut off for the entire city as a result of unpaid bills at the Mayor's office; Peter and Nance have a mysterious guest at their bed and breakfast. Details

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      Chris Wade Slate At its best, it walks this great fine line between celebrating and satirizing a very specific niche of indie-hipster-yuppieness, one I'd consider myself right in the pocket for. Mar 27, 2018 Full Review Les Chappell AV Club I've said before that I think Portlandia has the potential to be more than a sketch show, as Armisen and Brownstein have gradually gotten better at constructing the narratives of the main sketches and building recurring characters and elements. Rated: B+ Jan 5, 2013 Full Review Matt Zoller Seitz New York Magazine/Vulture For a show that once displayed a knack for smiling sweetly while twisting shivs in juicy targets it all feels like evidence of slow motion decline. Jan 4, 2013 Full Review Kyle Lemmon Under the Radar It's rare to find a sketch show that's both whip-smart and culturally prescient. Rated: 8/10 May 14, 2018 Full Review Stephen Marche Esquire Magazine The beauty of Portlandia is that it shows the terrible labyrinth of cool, but then it also shows the way out. Mar 27, 2018 Full Review Chris Longo Den of Geek Portlandia has excelled at providing a social commentary on awkward situations...It's the little things that make Portlandia a show we come back to every week. Mar 27, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Andrei D Grooving and cruising Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/18/23 Full Review Audience Member While they struggle a bit to fill a much longer season, Fred and Carrie still have enough comedic skill (and enough great characters) that when everything falls into place you remember why you're still watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Post a review

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      Dec 14, 2012