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Five seasons into its run, the loving spoof Portlandia continues to take risks, tinkering with its format and letting its ambitions grow, even dedicating whole episodes to just one storyline.
Given the strength of the pairings they've set up over the last few years, there's enough material to power a season that may live up to its loftiest reputation.
Portlandia renders the strange, unique, and beguiling both alluring and welcoming.
Portlandia is one of television's most underrated shows because the jokes and set pieces can be so bizarre that the dialogue almost becomes another language, like the script was sent from another planet.
The show has delved deeper into its rich stock of characters, mostly played by Armisen and Brownstein.
Portlandia took us by surprise with this episode-in a good way-by shaking up the formula. Hopefully, this great first episode bodes well for the rest of Season Five.
The humor is broader and funnier in this half-hour that also delivers some surprising plot twists while acknowledging their "logic problems."
Audience Reviews for Portlandia: Season 5
Feb 11, 2017Written by and starring Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney fame, and Fred Armisen, of Saturday Night Live fame, a sketch comedy show set in Portland, Oregon. Funny, clever and original comedy. Captures well the absurdities of everyday life as well as parodying many organisations and types of people. Often irreverent in the institutions and people they take on. The humour spans subtle to over-the-top. Therein lies the one problem with the show - the subtler stuff can be too subtle and you miss the joke. Add in the fact that each episode concentrates on a different topic and this makes the individual episodes a bit hit-and-miss. Brownstein and Armisen are wonderful as the lead actors. While Armisen's comedic credentials are already well known and respected, Brownstein is a revelation. Her background, through Sleater-Kinney, is in socially-orientated rock music, and here she takes on sketch comedy, and does so extremely well.
May 18, 2015I loved the previous seasons - this one just didn't work for me at all.
May 17, 2015Portlandia is exceptional in its originality and its ability to speak a message with complete obsurdity.
Jan 16, 2015Hipsters mocking hipsters...and sometimes other things. It took a while for me to warm up to this show stylistically but now that I have, I must say I think it's pretty ingenious. Fred and Carrie are hysterical and together they've set some sort of new bar in sketch comedy. I find much of the humor to be slightly derivative of Tim and Eric and that's not a bad thing.