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Portlandia is IFC's hit sketch comedy series created, written by, and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist). The show is driven by a series of hilarious character-based shorts all of which take place in ""Portlandia"", the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon where 90s culture reigns supreme and political correctness is all the rage. Armisen and Brownstein play an array of colorful and unique characters in these six hilarious episodes

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  • Actors: Carrie Brownstein, Kyle Maclachlan, Steve Buscemi, Aimee Mann, Selma Blair, Heather Graham Fred Armisen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIDEO SERV
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OZJ430
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: DVD
I'm going to be cautious in my rating for IFC's "Portlandia" due to the divisive nature of the show's reception. I know a lot of people who sampled the show during its six episode Season One run, and the consensus seemed to be split right down the middle. Some called the show hilarious, while some found it a belabored missed opportunity. Almost nobody was left standing in the middle. Obviously, if you already love or hate the show, nothing in any review is going to change your mind. My commentary is mainly focused on new viewers who might be thinking about trying the program out. I might suggest you try to catch an episode on IFC (they rerun frequently) or even on Amazon Instant Video if you don't have that network on your cable provider. I can understand why some would really connect with the show's ideology but I can also see why some would be less enthused by its meandering presentation. For myself, I did love the premise of the show but oftentimes thought sketches needed to be tightened up.

The Good: "Portlandia," first and foremost, starts with a fantastic idea. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have created a comedy that speaks to a very specific portion of the population. In a perfect recreation of indie hipster angst, the show skewers a world in which people are consumed by political correctness. The beauty of "Portlandia" is that it both embraces the self-importance, superiority, and silliness of this extreme sect while poking gentle fun with it. It really is spot-on in showcasing this dichotomy and Portland stands as an ideal muse for illustrating this too cool for school mentality.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on September 29, 2012
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If I didn't live in Portland, I might not watch this as regularly as I do. It's okay. The quality wavers between a notch above and a notch below most contemporary sketch comedy, though the characters are generally well done -- caricatures that are right on target. Armisen is good in his roles, while Brownstein is less so. The main shortcoming of the program is the shortcoming shared by most current-day comedy: An emphasis on the situation itself rather than on specific quanta of humor. Fifty years ago, the basic unit of comedy was the joke. Optimum execution of the joke put a premium on delivery and timing. Today, however, the joke has largely died out, replaced with the overall situation as that-which-is-to-be-considered-funny. This shift in focus has changed humor from a well-defined verbal/mental exercise to an amorphous display which the audience is to perceive as funny. As a result, delivery and timing are neglected. Moreover, if it's the situation itself which is presumed to be funny, then the corollary is that more of the situation is going to be more funny. All this is a roundabout and perhaps clumsy way of saying that many of the skits just aren't that humorous or witty to begin with, and that they sometimes go on far too long. Too often, the vibe of the show is, "Watch us because we're funny," rather than really being funny. Still, it's diverting enough most of the time. I do still watch it, after all.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By truview on January 20, 2012
Format: DVD
My wife and I stumbled on this show a few nights ago on NetFlix.
OMG! We could not stop laughing at how funny and unique the show is laid out.
The acting, humor and creativity flows so good together.
We are now ordering the DVD because we fell in love with this show.
I hope the producers, writers etc continue these series, they're great!
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By AK on December 31, 2011
I work a creative field but hate pretentiousness, so I'm often around people who I think deserve a good mocking: people who roll their own cigarettes, yet preach the health benefits of organic produce; people who seem to forget how many streaming shows and movies they watch online when they proudly boast about not owning a TV. That's right, the dreaded hipster. In short, I am the target audience and I was ready to love this show.

Some moments had me laughing, but overall it was very disappointing. Most sketches have a funny idea at the core, but the funny is killed by scenes that run too long and jokes that are beaten until they're dead, or more often, by bad timing and bad delivery. Each of the characters played by Brownstein and Armisen is entirely over the top. In some instances, this works in their favor -- the cyclist who's always loudly declaring that trends are "OVER!" rings true in my experience with avid city bikers and really cracked me up -- but I was mostly left thinking about how funny a scene would be if acting wasn't so hammy. Satire can be subtle without losing its edge ("Flight of the Conchords" comes to mind), so it gets a little frustrating to see funny ideas lost to the scenery chewing. If I told you that half the scenes end with characters yelling at each other, would you think I was watching an indie darling or an Adam Sandler broad comedy?

Obviously what's funny is different to all of us, and based on the success of the show, there are many people out there who will disagree with my own opinion. However, I think even fans of the show will find that it doesn't hold up to repeated viewing.
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