First off, this review will be of the Portlandia series as a whole (which, blessedly, will conclude after season 7); I have seen enough of Portlandia episodes in the first 3-4 seasons to know that I've seen enough and provide a critical though accurate review of whatever season 7 has to offer (more of the same banalities and insipid, weak humor...).
Unlike some PDX residents, I won't throw Fred and Carrie completely under the bus for having doublehandedly ruined the city. I simply haven't been here (moved in 2011) long enough to have the right to grumble about how much better Portland was before it was taken over by trendy, (almost entirely) white hipster douches. It is unclear whether people who appreciate the show actually think the 1990's were in any way a time period worth 'dreaming/reminiscing fondly' about. What is clear is that just about everyone who has watched the city transform and gentrify in the last 5-6 years despises it - In Other Words (the feminist bookstore parodied as "Women and Women First") cut ties with Portlandia last year and posted an (excellent) critique of it on their blog in September of 2016.
What I will offer is a timeline of how the reception/perception of the show by many residents (myself included) transformed from 2011 to the present. 2011: "Hey, check it out - there's this great new show on the IFC that mocks Portland's quirkiness and local activism" (Unbeknownst to me, moving to the city in August 2011, I was moving there right about the time everyone was moving there...) 2013: "Well, seasons 1 and 2 were pretty good, but season 3 was kind of a hit or miss." 2014: "Definitely more of a miss than a hit..." 2015: "This better be the last season!" 2016: "Fred and Carrie can seriously rot in hell."
Fred and Carrie's approach to what made Portland an interesting city to live in (the abundance of green space/parks, localism, etc.) is emblematic of the hipster approach to any movement: Decide that the movement takes itself way too seriously, co-opt the movement, mock it, make it 'ironic' and (thereby) ruin it. To this end, I say that in a time of universal irony, being serious, i.e. seriously committed to a cause, is nothing shy of a revolutionary act.
I love season 7 of portlandia as I have with the previous six seasons...I was wanting to see the hilarious "what about men?" musical in episode 1...however I still only got the featured presentation without extras but nonetheless I enjoyed all the episodes of season 7...
Portlandia embraces everything weird, wacko, and wonderful about the city of Portland and delivers it to the world in a most entertaining and provocative way. Thank you Fred and Carrie and the Portlandia crew for making one of the best shows on television. I can't wait for season 8!
yet another witty and lively comedy that has shifted to more and more risqué skits, pushing alternative lifestyles in your face, and less original wit and thinking. loved this show up until this trend became prevalent i.e. this season. won't buy again. wish i could get $ back....:(
Just finished episode 8 of Season 7. Soooo funny and clever. Love the neuroticism over passenger ratings doled out by Uber drivers. Too cool. Steve Buscemi is my favorite guest star too. He did a great job playing the macho gun-loving guy. Wish this show would go on indefinitely.
Portlandia is by far my favorite show. With that said... season 6 and season 7 just are not my go-to. The scenes are dragged out in my opinion. I still applaud them for their acting, corkiness, and originality.