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The two disc set features the ten regular episodes of Season Three plus the Winter Special that aired a few weeks before the season began properly on IFC. In essence, therefore, there are eleven self-contained shows for approximately 4 hours of programming in total.
Included on DVD/Blu-ray:
Winter Special: Winter in Portlandia
Regular episodes: (1) Take Back MTV, (2) Missionaries, (3) Nina's Birthday, (4) Squiggleman, (5) Off the Grid, (6) The Temp, (7) Soft Opening, (8) Alexandra, (9) No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge and (10) Blackout
Bonus Features: 2 Deleted Scenes and tours of Portland with recurring guest star and comedian Kumail Nanjiani.
"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.Read more ›
The season starts off strong. I really enjoyed the first two episodes. I didn't start thinking something was 'off' in the show until later on, but it definitely crept in there. I feel like a good batch of two or three episodes could be made from the best material of the remainder of Season 3 after the first two episodes. This isn't a great batting average for a show that was easily the funniest new show on television for the first two seasons.
I know this will be downvoted by hardcore fans of the show and hurt my reviewer rating, but the fact remains that hardcore fans of the show aren't on the fence about this - indeed they have already purchased it. I am writing this review for people who do not already own a copy and who's opinion isn't already made up.
If you want to see the cute idea of stop motion rats taken to a point where they are featured not once in a charming aside but six or seven times, this is the season for you. If you are willing to sacrifice fresh, interesting premises for the sake of filling out a bland, over-arching 'narrative,' you'll love watching Fred & Carrie deal with their new roommate.Read more ›
But this isn't about me, is it? (Don't be rude! I heard you.)
I'm not sure how they latched onto Portland, Oregon, of all places, but I'm perversely glad they did. Seattle gets way too much attention for a city with a double deck freeway on the waterfront.
These folks make a Normal out of neuroticism that hasn't been explored since Woody Allen went big budget mainstream. They have issues. In this first episode, Pasta is one of them. Binge eating is another. And oh the two lesbians at the bookstore---has anybody made us so delightfully uncomfortable? Changing diapers without noting the gender of the baby, so you don't gender imprint it? It opens with the crowd chasing the sun through the clouds (it actually rains twice as much in New Orleans as it does in Portland or Seattle, but the suicide rates in the Pac Northwest are much higher because of the clouds). There's as little sun in Portland as there is rain in San Francisco, and I'd take the rain.
It should be San Francisco it's so freakishly ridiculous, but who would watch it?
Yeah, it's Portlandia. Portland would be offended, if it weren't so happy that for once it's not Seattle. I still remember the Portland of Rafters and Embers, because I have no choice, I was there. But this isn't that Portland. It's much more weird. Weird is fun.Read more ›
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One of the funniest shows on tv. Love it! So clever and it is not your typical humor. Can be super weird sometimes, but I find it very refreshing and it always makes me laugh. Read morePublished 8 days ago by oakandleaf
Fred can do no wrong in my book. If you love low tech high concept
you'll be happy. The format, sketches that may or may not have
recurring characters keep it clicking. Read more
I just don't like this show. My boyfriend makes me watch it occasionally b/c he likes it. But it's just not for me.Published 11 months ago by Busy Mom