Portlandia (TV series)
|Created by||Fred Armisen
|Opening theme||"Feel It All Around" by Washed Out|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||27 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lorne Michaels
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Broadway Video
IFC Original Productions
|Original run||January 21, 2011– present|
Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in (and near) Portland, Oregon; it stars Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen, as well as lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag and formerly Sleater-Kinney, Carrie Brownstein. The show is produced by Andrew Singer and Jonathan Krisel for Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions. It debuted on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on January 21, 2011.
The show shares its title with the sculpture of the same name above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland, a statue appearing in the show's title sequence. The show has won a Peabody Award.
27 episodes of Portlandia have been produced and aired for the show's first three seasons, as well as one special hour-long episode.
Conception and development 
Brownstein and Armisen first met in the early 2000s and began collaborating on a series of comedy sketches for the Internet in 2005, under the name ThunderAnt. The sketches became increasingly Portland-centric, with premises ranging from irate diners at a popular Hawthorne District restaurant registering ridiculous complaints on the review website Yelp!, to a character's disastrous one-man performance at the city's Hollywood Theatre.
Filming and production 
The series is set and filmed in Portland, Oregon. Production for the first season, consisting of six episodes, began in August 2010 and was completed in September 2010. The budget for the first season was set at less than $1 million (US). Along with Allison Silverman, a former head writer and executive producer for The Colbert Report and Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel, Armisen and Brownstein wrote the sketches that appear in the first six episodes. Lorne Michaels served as executive producer.
The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in various roles. Guest stars include Selma Blair, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan, Heather Graham, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Sudeikis, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Gus Van Sant, Tim Robbins, Martina Navratilova, Jeff Goldblum and Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor of Portland. Portland mayor Sam Adams is also featured as an assistant to MacLachlan's fictional mayor. Another episode including a music festival similar to Portland's MusicfestNW featured a rock band played by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, James Mercer of The Shins, Brownstein's former Sleater-Kinney bandmate and ex-girlfriend Corin Tucker, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse, and Decemberist Jenny Conlee.
On February 14, 2011, a second season of ten episodes was ordered; it began airing in January 2012. On March 13, 2012, in an interview with Australian radio station Triple J, Carrie Brownstein confirmed that Portlandia has been picked up for a third season. She said that filming had not yet started, but production would begin after she returned from her current Australian tour with her band Wild Flag.[dead link] On March 21, 2012, it was officially announced by IFC that the series had indeed been renewed for a third season.
Portlandia debuted on IFC on January 21, 2011. IFC "cheered" the first episode's Nielsen ratings of 263,000 viewers (live plus same day); factoring in repeats and three days' worth of DVR viewings, the number grew to 725,000, a figure that does not include an estimated 500,000 online preview viewings on IFC.com, Hulu and YouTube during the days before the official IFC premiere. As of May 1, 2012 the series was available to watch on Netflix in Ireland and the UK.
The show has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. Review aggregator site Metacritic has given the first season a rating of 71 out of 100, and the second season a rating of 75 out of 100. Both of these ratings fall within in the site's range of "generally favorable reviews". Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times called the show "funny and charming." Verne Gay of Newsday awarded the series an "A" grade and called it "hilarious". He noted that "Brownstein and Armisen move so effortlessly between characters, then execute their riffs, tics, styles and voices with such skilled abandon that before long this doesn't seem like satire any longer but a fun house mirror reflection of intensely real people." Contrarily, Brian Lowry, writing for Variety, noted that the show was "clearly on a shoestring budget," and said that it featured an "array of tiresome characters" that provided "further proof not everyone deserves a sketch comedy showcase — especially when the premise cuts no deeper than vignettes inspired by the wheat-germy, hippie-ish environs of Portland, Ore."
In 2012, Broadway Video and IFC were recognized as winners for the 71st Annual Peabody Awards; Portlandia was praised for its "funhouse mirror reflection of Portland" and "satire [that] is fresh, organic and cage-free." Portlandia won an Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or Special, and was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Portland mayor Sam Adams, who also appeared on the show, proclaimed January 21, 2011 Portlandia Day. The proclamation included a decorative bird, referring to a joke in the TV series. A bicycle tour company began offering Portlandia tours.
Home video release 
Portlandia: Season One was released on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on December 6, 2011 and Region 4 on August 1, 2012. The one disc set consists of all six episodes of its first season. Special features include; Extended Scenes, Bloopers, An IFC Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, "Thunder Ant" Sketches and Audio Commentary by Armisen and Brownstein.
Portlandia: Season Two was released on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on September 25, 2012. The two disc set consists of all ten episodes of season two. Special features include; "Portlandia: the Tour: Seattle" Featurette, "Inside Portlandia" Featurette, "Feminist Bookstore" Deleted Scene, "Brunch Village: the Director's Cut", Excerpt from the Portlandia book and Audio Commentary by Armisen, Brownstein and Krisel.
See also 
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- "I Have a New Band". NPR: All Songs Considered. NPR. September 22, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
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- "Portlandia, the TV Show". Portland, Oregon: KOIN. September 13, 2010. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2010. "The series gets its name from the Raymond Kaskey sculpture above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue."
- Aaron, Mesh (3 November 2010). "Mock Star – Carrie Brownstein is Making Fun of You". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
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- "Portlandia Comes Only to Netflix in the UK and Ireland, and the first season is available in the US.". Netflix. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Portlandia – Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic.com. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
- "Portlandia – Season 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic.com. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- Lloyd, Robert; Critic, Television (January 21, 2011). "Television review: 'Portlandia'". Los Angeles Times.
- Gay, Verne (2011-01-19). "'Portlandia' is a Hoot of Satire". Newsday. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- Lowry, Brian (January 19, 2011). "Onion News Network, Portlandia". Variety. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
- "Complete List of Recipients of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards". The University of Georgia. April 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13. "A funhouse mirror reflection of Portland, Oregon, a city that takes its progressivism—and its diet—very seriously. The satire is fresh, organic and cage-free."
- "IFC Original Comedy Series "Portlandia" Nominated for Two Emmy(TM) Awards". The Futon Critic. July 19, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- Maerz, Melissa (30 January 2011). "For the birds? 'Portlandia' lovingly pokes fun at Portland, Ore.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
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