Portlandia: Season 4 (2014)


Season 4
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Air date: Feb 27, 2014

In the Season 4 premiere, extremely intelligent ghosts haunt a young lady; Doug and Claire decide to make a commitment; Kath and Dave cram a lot into a 15-minute period; Sandra discovers a soul mate; and the Date Fact Checker checks up on Fred.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Ecoterrorists get in the face of a makeup company that uses animals to test products; Toni and Candace visit a car wash; Fred discusses how much he misses hip-hop; and Kath receives help from Dave in her efforts to sleep through the night.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2014

A celery salesman cooks up a plan to increase its popularity; the Order Grill opens for lunch; Carrie admits to social bankruptcy; a frustrated office worker contemplates a career as a gutter punk.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2014

A 1980s punk awakens from a coma; a neglected e-mail causes a stir; Nina shares surprising news with Lance; Malcolm and Kris tailgate at a live "Prairie Home Companion" show; and Carrie goes on a date with a tax lawyer.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2014

Peter rushes Nance to a hospital emergency room; Spyke becomes a car owner; Ghavin quizzes a singer whose band passes through town; Fred and Carrie stage a garage sale; dinner-party guests suffer through a story that won't end; and Claire and Doug decide to treat each other like dogs.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2014

Fred considers making a music documentary; Peter reunites with his old band and his ex-wife, their lead singer; Trudy and Craig compose a song; and Carrie and Fred have a postconcert rendezvous.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2014

Toni and Candace kick it into high gear when they take over the Portland Trail Blazers dance team; Joaquin concocts a smoothie; Sandra drops in on a tattoo-removal parlor; and Malcolm and Kris produce their own clothing.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2014

The mayor organizes a pride parade; Brendan and Michelle finally get around to sampling recreational drugs; the Punslingers christen some new businesses; Carrie's brother visits with his new boyfriend; the police drop in on Toni and Candace; and Spyke and Iris dine at a bad Thai restaurant.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2014

A minister tries to modernize the churchgoing experience; art students create anti-corporate paintings; the mayor inaugurates the city's official 3-D printer; Santa worries about the future of Christmas; a TV-commercial director struggles to be creative; and Lance and Nina's lizard dies.

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Air date: May 1, 2014

The Season 4 finale sends the gang on a weekend getaway to New Beavertown, Ore., where Toni and Candace oversee a feminist retreat that is interrupted by a macho bus driver, and Kath and Dave's efforts to relax are disturbed via a surprise entanglement. Also, Peter and Nance do a walking tour of the town in hopes of discovering something special.

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Season 4 of the comedy series finds co-creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein continuing to lampoon the culture of the Pacific Northwest city in a series of sketches. Among the highlights: A celery salesman cooks up a plan to increase the food's popularity; ecoterrorists get in the face of a makeup company that uses animals to test products; and Malcolm and Kris tailgate at a live "Prairie Home Companion" show. Other standout sketches featured Peter reuniting with his old band and his former wife, their lead singer; and Toni and Candace kicking it into high gear and stepping up their game when they take over the Portland Trail Blazers dance team. Star cameos this season featured Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, Maya Rudolph, Gus Van Sant, Paul Allen and k.d. lang.

Critic Reviews for Portlandia Season 4

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

I've always appreciated the way the show doesn't so much skewer modern society as poke at it from odd angles.

Mar 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Armisen and Brownstein's ambition is on display in a fourth season that enriches the show's world by allowing the supporting characters to carry more of the show than before.

Feb 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

For a much richer comedy, hop over to Portlandia..

Feb 26, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In its fourth season, Portlandia's peculiar self-awareness continues to be its greatest strength.

Feb 23, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

When the sketches hit their marks, the results aren't just comedy, but pretty good social commentary, too.

Mar 3, 2014 | Rating: 7.7/10 | Full Review…

If there's anything quantifiably different about this season, it's the confidence of Armisen and Brownstein, now assured that there's mileage in their concept and an audience for it.

Feb 27, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Portlandia: Season 4

  • Jan 09, 2015
    Now more comfortable with a longer season, Fred and Carrie continue to amaze with the creativity and snappiness of their humor and the growth of their zany Portland universe.
  • Sep 02, 2014
    PORTLANDIA I have seen all episodes in the 4 seasons so far of this and I am really looking forward to seeing the third season. His is a skit comedy show and there are several running characters and actors in it, but it’s mostly Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. I mean they are in every skit and they are the creators and writers. I love their running characters like the two hard core lesbian book store owners and the two people who work for the mayor played by Kyle McLaughlin, who is a real odd-ball in. The skits are so witty, like the one where they go to a movie theater and have to go up a million escalators before they get to their ironic movie and when the town council gets together to name a street and they can’t make up their mind, so they just name the street all the names they come up with and the sign is several feet long. Taking out party loans, to all the power in Portland going out because the government didn’t pay the electrical bill. The banter back and forth between the characters makes for some true genius comedy. They argue over how many magazine they’ve read and how many people they know. There are a couple of skits guest starring Jeff Goldbloom which are just my favorites. I think the Knot Store skit may be one of the funniest things ever. You have to check out this show. You will laugh your butt off.
  • Jul 20, 2014
    Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are quirky and some will not respect their humor, but, for those who do, this show is one to look forward to.
  • Jun 20, 2014
    The best modern day sketch comedy show! After living in a city full of hipsters, I can relate to almost every skit!
  • May 01, 2014
    Portlandia is extremely hit and miss with it's sketches. Most often it is a miss.
  • Mar 23, 2014
    This show is hilarious and brilliant.
  • Feb 15, 2014
    The dream of the 90's is alive in Portland.

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