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Portlandia: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Carrie Brownstein Fred Armisen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carrie Brownstein Fred Armisen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VIDEO SERV
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089AJE96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

The sophomore season of the comedy series Portlandia expands upon the promise of its six-episode television debut with more offbeat, inspired, and frequently hilarious sketch comedy. Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen and musician Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) remain the core of the show, bringing back favorite characters from its first season (feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, sappy married couple Peter and Nance) while introducing a host of new eccentrics, including Doug and Claire, who develop an unhealthy obsession with the revamp of Battlestar Galactica, and Sanitation Twins Marcus and Madeleine. Kyle MacLachlan is also on hand as Portland's hapless mayor, while notable guest stars include Kristen Wiig (as an unhinged fan of the two-person-one-cat band Cat Nap), Jack McBrayer, Battlestar creator Ronald D. Moore and stars James Callis and Edward James Olmos, as well as rockers Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, and Steve Jones. In its best moments, Portlandia is a direct descendent of such alt-comedy landmarks as Kids in the Hall and Mr. Show--big shoes to fill for a show with only 16 episodes to its credit, but the quality of the material in this season-two set shows plenty of potential to rise to that level. The two-disc Blu-ray set includes funny, informative commentary by Armisen, Brownstein, and co-creator Jonathan Krisel on four episodes, as well as clips from the stars' promotional tour in 2011 and 2012 and a lengthy making-of featurette; an extended version of the season finale, "Brunch Village," includes a throwaway "behind the scenes" mockumentary featuring series executive producer Lorne Michaels, while a single deleted scene and an excerpt from Armisen and Brownstein's upcoming spinoff book round out the extras. --Paul Gaita

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still funny but not as good as season one July 21, 2012
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What I love about this show is there isn't one second that isn't outright silliness.

There is so much comedic creativity here. The two lead characters even do gender reversals with the woman dressed as a man with his girlfriend in her red wig played by the man. And they do it so well including the voices, that it's easy to forget who is whom and just laugh.

The people are all whacky, the situations are all outlandish, and the entire city apparently is off kilter. I can't wait to go there after watching this. While this is extreme craziness I do feel that there is a lot of truth here about how Portland actually is after knowing some charming delightful people from there. I was wondering if it was just this particular group of friends that seemed funnier than people I know on the east coast or what but now I'm thinking it's a funny place in general.

This show keeps the spacey hipster goofiness coming at you non stop. It seems like the initial burst of steam the first season displayed has quieted down several notches.
It's still funny but not hilareous like it was. And what makes it so special is it seems to frequently feature situations we are all familiar with. Waiting in line for hours at a popular restaurant for a table, overeager parents of a preschooler trying desperately to get their boy into the right preschool, the child hearing his parents making funny sounds in the bedroom, are some of the episodes.

This show is more creative than most things out there and is a breath of fresh air. Not many shows make me smile and laugh any more but this one lightens my mood better than any.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE PORTLANDIA April 14, 2013
By C.Mumm
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Love Fred.
Love Carrie.
Love Portland.
14 more words are required in order to complete this review.
A silly requirement.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Season two, A Gilded Lily December 20, 2012
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Season two is overdone.

The caricatures were stretched too far, and it just didn't work. Portland, and Seattle too, are cities with their own special kind of culture. We get it; it's different in the Pacific Northwest. Why Jonathan Krisel pushed so hard to point to the obvious?

Watching season two reminded me of someone who tells a joke, continues long after everyone has stopped laughing, asks repeatedly if everyone got it, and then proceeds to explain why the joke was funny in the first place. In short, the comedic timing felt off. These sketches that poke fun at the unorthodox habits and lifestyles maintained in Stumptown extended long beyond the punchline, which didn't serve the scenes at all. Instead they compromised the integrity of the show. Season two, absent of the wit and charm expressed in the first season, appeared as a parody of itself. It's too soon for this to happen, and really, it shouldn't at all since the show had a brilliant start, however; if any of the cast members have abandoned their love for Portland, it was apparent this past season.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Kids are Wacky! March 28, 2013
By Coley
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I used to live in Portland, kind of get the self-conscious posturing of Portland denizens; kind of phony, but at heart sincere and well-intentioned. Carrie and Fred have nailed the lifestyle-I remember waiting in line for an hour for famous pancakes that supposed to be organic, natural and healthy, but were as dense as corrugated iron. Enjoy the easy-going spoofing and seeing the sites of Portland-it really is a beautiful place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit or Miss October 1, 2013
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This season doesn't differ much from the rest of Portlandia. There are some hilarious skits and some that you just sit through hoping it'll end. Overall, it is enjoyable enough that I will put it on while doing other things and can get some good laughs out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but they need new ideas August 2, 2013
By Reader
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I recommend it but some skits remind me of others I've seen. It's like they've just recycled old ideas. I hate when I can see vestiges of old episodes in "new material." Not cool. Maybe they need more creative ideas or new writers joining their team.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructing Portland October 3, 2014
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Being an Oregonian for many years, the gentle and barbed skits about the biggest city in the state is both welcomed and fully appreciated. They are all true, every one. This partiular season is special for the "local" actors featured. Thank you, Oregon Department of Movies, TV and Other Media (or whatever it's called).. This series, like any spoof, is funnier the more you know
about the subject, so even if you know nothing at all about Portland, it's still wry and sly and funny. I'm looking forward to theother seasons. Oregonian Kyle McLaughlin is perfect as the mayor, just flaky enough, and Les Hanson as the police chief was perfect.
Thanks, Carrie and Fred, for your deconstruction of a favorite city.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time to move on. November 20, 2013
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The first season was entertaining, but it's time for this series to move on. The joke has grown tired and stale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny show. Amazing that something related to Saturday Night Live can be funny
Published 6 days ago by Scott Vogler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by John B Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun abounds watching this cast. Truly nuts !
Published 2 months ago by Mel46
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Creative show!
Published 3 months ago by Allie
5.0 out of 5 stars Episodic "therapy" is what "Portlandia" supplies in endless sketches...
Episodic "therapy" is what "Portlandia" supplies in endless sketches that are as real as they are bizarre in the coolest sort of way!
Published 3 months ago by Madelynne Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with item and service!
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shows on television so you just have to own ...
One of the best shows on television so you just have to own the series. Not really that many extras on the disc but it's great to have anyway.
Published 3 months ago by MR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this show!
Published 4 months ago by Dinty Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Series on TV
Portlandia has been one of my better discoveries in a while. For this person who refuses to purchase cable service (for various reasons), I am happy to spend a little on purchasing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lisa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of talent, quirky characters, and laugh-out-loud scenarios
Brownstein and Armisen continuing hitting the high notes of hilarity in Season 2 of Portlandia. If you're already a fan, you won't be disappointed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zoe Kessler
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