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      Season 5 – Portlandia

      2015 Comedy List
      100% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 86% 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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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Jan 8, 2015 The Story of Toni and Candace The origin of the feminist bookstore; a merger between two corporate book retailers pits Toni and Candace against one another in fierce competition to be head of the Chick Lit Department. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 15, 2015 The Fiancee Lance and Nina feel pressure when Lance's mom and her new boyfriend visit. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 22, 2015 Healthcare Medical solutions are sought when a series of health ailments occurs. Details Episode 4 Aired Jan 29, 2015 Sea World The Ecoterrorists travel to San Diego to take down their next target, Seaworld. Details Episode 5 Aired Feb 5, 2015 4th of July Kath and Dave decide to host an unforgettable 4th of July barbecue; the Mayor searches the deep Web for some very special fireworks. Details Episode 6 Aired Feb 12, 2015 Fashion Quinn is recruited at Portland's Dollar Store as the face for their rebranding campaign; Spyke faces trial for making unlicensed Bart Simpson merchandise. Details Episode 7 Aired Feb 19, 2015 Doug Becomes a Feminist Doug discovers that he is a male feminist; Sandra takes a rideshare for the first time. Details Episode 8 Aired Feb 26, 2015 House for Sale Fred and Carrie's landlord moves into their house; Kath and Dave decide to buy a new home for their next renovation project. Details Episode 9 Aired Mar 5, 2015 You Can Call Me Al Kath and Dave get a little frantic when they need to rehearse for a karaoke party. Details Episode 10 Aired Mar 12, 2015 Dead Pets Police start profiling people that are considered odd after arsonists burn down a taxidermy shop. Details Next
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      Previous Rolling Stone Staff Rolling Stone Five seasons into its run, the loving spoof Portlandia continues to take risks, tinkering with its format and letting its ambitions grow, even dedicating whole episodes to just one storyline. Sep 13, 2018 Full Review Les Chappell AV Club Given the strength of the pairings they've set up over the last few years, there's enough material to power a season that may live up to its loftiest reputation. B+ Jan 9, 2015 Full Review Chris Cabin Slant Magazine Portlandia renders the strange, unique, and beguiling both alluring and welcoming. 3/4 Dec 31, 2014 Full Review Chris Longo Den of Geek Portlandia is one of television's most underrated shows because the jokes and set pieces can be so bizarre that the dialogue almost becomes another language, like the script was sent from another planet. 5/5 Mar 27, 2018 Full Review Mark A. Perigard Boston Herald The show has delved deeper into its rich stock of characters, mostly played by Armisen and Brownstein. B+ Mar 12, 2015 Full Review Christine N. Ziemba Paste Magazine Portlandia took us by surprise with this episode-in a good way-by shaking up the formula. Hopefully, this great first episode bodes well for the rest of Season Five. 8.6/10 Jan 9, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Andrei D Still more hits than misses Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Written by and starring Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney fame, and Fred Armisen, of Saturday Night Live fame, a sketch comedy show set in Portland, Oregon. Funny, clever and original comedy. Captures well the absurdities of everyday life as well as parodying many organisations and types of people. Often irreverent in the institutions and people they take on. The humour spans subtle to over-the-top. Therein lies the one problem with the show - the subtler stuff can be too subtle and you miss the joke. Add in the fact that each episode concentrates on a different topic and this makes the individual episodes a bit hit-and-miss. Brownstein and Armisen are wonderful as the lead actors. While Armisen's comedic credentials are already well known and respected, Brownstein is a revelation. Her background, through Sleater-Kinney, is in socially-orientated rock music, and here she takes on sketch comedy, and does so extremely well. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review justin k I loved the previous seasons - this one just didn't work for me at all. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Portlandia is exceptional in its originality and its ability to speak a message with complete obsurdity. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Hipsters mocking hipsters...and sometimes other things. It took a while for me to warm up to this show stylistically but now that I have, I must say I think it's pretty ingenious. Fred and Carrie are hysterical and together they've set some sort of new bar in sketch comedy. I find much of the humor to be slightly derivative of Tim and Eric and that's not a bad thing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Jonathan Krisel, Daniel Longino, Steve Buscemi
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      Release Date
      Jan 8, 2015
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