Portlandia (TV series)

Portlandia is a sketch comedy television series set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.[1] The show was produced by Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions. It was created by Armisen and Brownstein, along with Jonathan Krisel, who directs it. It debuted on IFC on January 21, 2011.[2]

The show shared its title with the sculpture of the same name that sits above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland,[3] which appears in the show's title sequence. The show has won a Peabody Award.

In January 2017, the series was renewed for an eighth and final season, which concluded on March 22, 2018.[4]

Portlandia
An image of an orange banner, in white text the banner reads "Portlandia".
Genre
Created by
Starring
  • Fred Armisen
  • Carrie Brownstein
Opening theme"Feel It All Around" by Washed Out
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes77 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Portland, Oregon
Camera setupSingle camera
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkIFC
Picture format480i (NTSC)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 21, 2011 –
March 22, 2018
External links
Website

Production

Conception and development

Brownstein and Armisen first met in 2003 and began collaborating on a series of comedy sketches for the Internet in 2005 titled 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.[5]

In July 2009, the duo pitched their idea for a full-fledged sketch comedy show to IFC and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video production company, and the project was quickly approved.[5]

Some of the content on the show first appeared in the web series; the "Women & Women First" feminist bookstore sketch and its owners' characters, Toni and Candace, originated there.[6]

Filming and production

The series is set and filmed on location in Portland, Oregon. Production for the first season, consisting of six episodes, began in August 2010 and was completed in September 2010.[7] The budget for the first season was set at less than $1 million (US).[5] 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.[8]

Portlandia - Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein crop
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, stars of the show.

The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in various roles. Guest stars include: Kirsten Dunst; Olivia Wilde; Selma Blair; Chloë Sevigny; Roseanne Barr; Steve Buscemi; Aimee Mann; Johnny Marr; Sarah McLachlan; Brownstein's Sleater-Kinney bandmate, Janet Weiss; KD Lang; Jello Biafra; Kurt Vile; Heather Graham; Michael Nesmith; Aubrey Plaza; Kumail Nanjiani; Jason Sudeikis; Ehren McGhehey; Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam; Edward James Olmos; J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.; Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age;[9] Gus Van Sant; Tim Robbins; Martina Navratilova; Jeff Goldblum; Joanna Newsom; Annie Clark; Jack White; Portland Trail Blazers players LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez as themselves and Kyle MacLachlan as a fictional mayor of Portland. Actual Portland mayor Sam Adams is also featured as an assistant to the mayor.[2][10] Another episode, including a fictionalized music festival similar to Portland's actual MusicfestNW, featured a rock band played by Colin Meloy and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists; James Mercer of The Shins; Brownstein's Sleater-Kinney bandmates: Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss; and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.[11]

On February 14, 2011, IFC ordered a ten-episode second season, which began airing in January 2012.[12] On March 21, 2012, IFC announced its renewal of the show for a third season.[13] On June 12, 2013, the network announced its renewal of Portlandia for fourth and fifth seasons, of ten episodes each, that aired in early 2014 and early 2015.[14] On February 10, 2015, it was announced that IFC had picked up Portlandia for sixth and seventh seasons.[15]

In January 2017, the series was renewed for an eighth and final season to debut in 2018.[4] Filming for the final season began in Portland in June 2017.[16]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16January 21, 2011February 25, 2011
210January 6, 2012March 9, 2012
311December 14, 2012March 1, 2013
410February 27, 2014May 1, 2014
510January 8, 2015March 12, 2015
610January 21, 2016March 24, 2016
710January 5, 2017March 9, 2017
810January 18, 2018March 22, 2018

Characters

Most of the sketches on Portlandia feature Armisen and Brownstein playing one of a variety of pairs of characters, most of which appear in multiple episodes. One of those pairings is "Fred and Carrie", a naturalistic depiction that is supposed to represent versions of the actors as if they were friends living together in a house in Portland. Most of the others use makeup, costumes, and wigs to depict pairings both young and old of various types. Sometimes cross-dressing is used, as when Armisen portrays Candace, co-owner of the Women and Women First bookstore, Brownstein plays Andy, a men's rights activist, or when Armisen and Brownstein swap genders to play the couple Nina and Lance.

There are also a small number of recurring characters played by other actors, such as the Mayor of Portland and his assistant (played by Kyle MacLachlan and Sam Adams, the actual mayor from 2009-2012), Fred and Carrie's landlord (played by Steve Buscemi, who also directed several episodes), Angel (played by Angel Bouchet, who appears in multiple episodes as herself), a swinger couple (played by Ebbe Roe Smith and Kristine Levine), an owner of many quirky shops (played by Jeff Goldblum) and Carrie's mom (played by Mickey Ronningen, seasons 2, 3, and 5).

Reception

Lorne Michaels, Jonathan Krisel, Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Andrew Singer at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards (cropped)
Executive produers Lorne Michaels, Jonathan Krisel, Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Andrew Singer at the Peabody Awards.

Portlandia debuted on IFC on January 21, 2011.[17] 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.[18] As of May 1, 2012 the series was available to watch on Netflix in Ireland and the UK.[19]

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 the site's range of "generally favorable reviews".[20][21] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times called the show "funny and charming."[22] 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."[23] 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."[24] Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is a fan of the show. In a 2014 interview he said, "I think that's the best comedy on TV right now, and it's easily one of the best comedies of all time".[25]

The sketches set in the feminist bookstore "Women and Women First" were filmed in an actual independent bookstore, In Other Words; this name can be seen on the chalkboard listing in-store events behind the cash register. At one point the real bookstore and community center used the show to promote itself, but the relationship broke down in 2016. The volunteer board wrote a blog post that "the location and staff were mistreated during a filming session, the show is trans-antagonistic and trans-misogynist, becoming more offensive as time goes on, the show doesn't reflect the diversity of the Portland area and contributes to gentrification."[26]

Awards and nominations

Portlandia won a Peabody Award in 2011 "for its good-natured lampooning of hipster culture, which hits the mark whether or not you’re in on the joke."[27] Portlandia also 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.[28] Former Portland mayor Sam Adams (2009 to 2012) also appeared on the show and proclaimed January 21, 2011, Portlandia Day. The proclamation included a decorative bird, referring to a joke in the TV series.[29] A bicycle tour company began offering Portlandia tours.[30]

For the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, the show received nominations in Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Fred Armisen, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series for Jonathan Krisel, and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Steve Buscemi for the episode "Celery".

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Music Program, or Special Amanda Needham and Nichole Dimitras (for "Farm") Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Jonathan Krisel (for "One Moore Episode") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel and Karey Dornetto Nominated
Peabody Award Area of Excellence Portlandia Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley Won
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Jonathan Krisel (for "Alexandra") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel and Bill Oakley Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special Amanda Needham (for "Blackout") Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Multi-Camera Unscripted Series Tyler Robinson, Schuyler Telleen and Katherine Isom Won
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Fred Armisen Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Buscemi Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Jonathan Krisel (for "Getting Away") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner and Karey Dornetto Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program Tyler B. Robinson, Schuyler Telleen and Katherine Isom (for "Celery") Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Bill Benz and Daniel Gray Longino (for "Getting Away") Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Direction in a Comedy Series Portlandia Nominated
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Buscemi Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Portlandia Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Programming Tyler Robinson, Schuyler Telleen, and Katherine Isom ("Dead Pets") Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Carrie Brownstein Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Male Performance in a Fiction Program Fred Armisen Nominated
Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program Carrie Brownstein Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Fiction Program Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Portlandia Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner and Karey Dornetto Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Series Schuyler Telleen and Katherine Isom (for "Family Emergency," "Pickathon," "Weirdo Beach") Won
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Variety Program Portlandia Nominated
Best Female Performance in a Variety Program Carrie Brownstein Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Variety, Reality or Non-Fiction Program Nominated
Best Writing of a Variety Program Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Variety, Reality or Competition Series Schuyler Telleen Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Portlandia Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program Amanda Needham, Jayme Hansen and Jordan Hamilton (for "Carrie Dates a Hunk") Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Series Schuyler Telleen and Katherine Isom (for "Fred's Cell Phone Company") Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Portlandia Nominated [31]
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Carrie Brownstein (for "Riot Spray") Nominated
ACE Eddie Awards Best Edited Comedy Series for Commercial Television Heather Capps, Ali Greer and Jordan Kim (for "Amore") Nominated [32]
Art Directors Guild Awards Variety or Competition Series/Awards or Event Special Schuyler Telleen (for "Portland Secedes", "Ants", "Fred’s Cell Phone Company") Won [33]
Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karen Kilgariff, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner Nominated [34]

Home media and international 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.[35][36]

Portlandia: Season Two was released on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on September 25, 2012, and Region 4 on August 7, 2013. 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.[37]

There is also a combination set of both seasons available.[38] Portlandia was also distributed in some countries on the iTunes store, Netflix and Amazon Video.[39] In Australia it is screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's station ABC2 and on its iView video streaming service.[40] The series was premiered in Latin America on March 27, 2012 on the channel I.Sat.

See also

References

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Fred and Carrie: played with minimal costumes, makeup, and hairstyling, these are the show's version of Armisen and Brownstein themselves, living in a house together in Portland. Their onscreen relationship was inspired by Bert and Ernie's relationship on Sesame Street.

Milton: Fred and Carrie's landlord, played by Steve Buscemi (who also directed several episodes). Milton has an overly casual approach to Fred and Carrie's privacy and a lax attitude regarding necessary repairs.

Peter and Nance: an earnest and open-hearted middle-aged couple. Peter speaks with a stammer and is open to trying new things, albeit hesitantly; Nance gives him her full support but is often the voice of reason in the couple. They have a tendency to go farther into their new enthusiasms than they expected at first. (for example, a desire to know the source of their free-range chicken ends in their joining a cult).

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Nina and Lance: a couple exhibiting stereotypical gender roles. Lance, played by Brownstein with an electronically deepened voice, is mustached and emotionless and loves fixing cars and riding motorcycles; Nina, played by Armisen, is his high-maintenance girlfriend who loves social media, birthdays, parties, and romance.

Candace Devereaux and Toni Rose: the proprietors of Women and Women First, a feminist bookstore. Caricatures of Second-wave feminists, they run their bookstore without amenities such as alphabetized stock or a computer to search for books, and are often hostile to customers on the grounds that they lack proper feminist attitudes or use words or gestures that trigger them in various ways. Candace (played by Armisen) harbors barely repressed rage which often boils over into threats of grievous bodily harm to customers who annoy her. In the fifth season it is revealed that before running Women and Women First, both Candace and Toni were high-powered executives in the New York publishing world.

Spyke and Iris: a hipster couple constantly looking for whatever is more authentic, more undiscovered, and more alternative, and always ready to drop something when it is "over". Spyke is known for his opposition to driving and cars in general, given his firm stance on "Bikers' Rights." (This stance eventually shifts in season 4 when Spyke must buy a car for his job.)

Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman: entrepreneurs who start many businesses based on quirky concepts. These characters were the source of the catchphrase "put a bird on it!" from a sketch featuring a business that sold a variety of products with silhouettes of birds attached to turn them into "art". (In the opening sketch of the first episode of the series, Brownstein's character comments that Portland is a city where one can still "put a bird on something and call it art".) The characters are featured again in a skit called "We Can Pickle That", which involves putting certain objects in brine.

Jeffrey and Quinn: young transients living on the streets of Portland who spend their days panhandling and busking with improvised musical instruments (such as drums made of plastic buckets). In one episode, we learn that Quinn is actually a "trustafarian," from a wealthy background.

The Mayor of Portland (played by Kyle MacLachlan): an enthusiastic but naive booster for the city who constantly thinks up not-quite-plausible improvement schemes which he asks Fred and Carrie to implement. It is revealed that some of the improvements he has made to the city of Portland are actually funded by his parents. Sketches involving the mayor often feature the actual mayor of Portland from 2009 to 2012, Sam Adams, who plays his assistant.

Royce and Alicia: Public information associates for the Portland Milk Advisory Board who are constantly coming up with new and exotic ways to get people excited about milk and how to promote their kooky new forms of it. Such wacky ideas include cookie milk, berry seed milk, and raw cow milk (an unpasteurized version of milk that has the uncanny presence of blood in it). Alicia often states, "He's my boss!" even though she obviously has better qualifications than Royce, having attended UC Davis. The characters only appeared in interstitial segments in the show during commercial breaks.

Eco-terrorists: A group of young, eccentric individuals who attempt to protest major companies and corporations (such as SeaWorld) in the name of ecological rights. Unfortunately their acts rarely actually pan out due to poor planning and group disorganization.

Kris and Malcolm: an older, mellow couple and parents to multiple children (including one of the eco-terrorists, played by Olivia Wilde). They are overprotective of their children, and portray stereotypes of a relaxed, retired life.

Brendan and Michelle: two over-bearing parents who think they know everything.

Vince and Jacqueline: a stereotypical goth couple who wear black clothes and white face makeup all the time, drive a hearse, and live in a house filled with funereal decorations.

Claire and Doug: Claire is a successful career woman, while Doug stays at home and can barely take care of himself. In a Season 6 episode, Claire breaks up with Doug and starts a romantic relationship with Candace (see above).

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Stuff White People Like

Stuff White People Like (sometimes known by the initialism SWPL) is a blog that takes a satirical aim at the interests of North American "left-leaning, city-dwelling, white people". The blog was created in January 2008 by a white Canadian, Christian Lander, a Los Angeles copywriter who grew up in Toronto and graduated from McGill University in Montreal. Lander co-authored the site with his Filipino Canadian friend Myles Valentin, after Valentin teased Lander for watching the HBO television series The Wire. Lander's blog became popular very quickly, registering over 300,000 daily hits and over 40 million total hits by the end of September 2008.Although the blog "has spurred an outpouring from those who view it as offensive and racist", it is not about the interests of all white people, but rather a stereotype of affluent, environmentally and socially conscious, anti-corporate white North Americans, who typically hold a degree in the liberal arts. Lander claims to be lampooning contemporary versions of bohemian/hipster culture, and jokingly refers to other classes and subcultures of white people as "the wrong kind of white people". Despite the site's satirical edge, Lander regards the people he describes with affection and numbers himself among them, describing himself as "a self-aware, left-wing person who's not afraid to recognize the selfishness and contradictions that come on the left". The initialism "SWPL" has been adopted in some circles as a (usually pejorative) shorthand term for the type of people depicted on the blog.

A book (Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions) was released on July 1, 2008. Lander is listed as the sole author of the book, although some of its content comes from the blog posts written by Valentin. The book remained on The New York Times bestseller list for months. Lander was reportedly given a $300,000 advance by Random House, the book's publisher. He released a sequel (Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews) on November 23, 2010.

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