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What to Watch on IFC: January 30 – February 5


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As we move into February winter is really getting on our last nerve. So we’re giving you lots of good reasons to stay inside. Including, of course, a new episode of “Portlandia” on Friday.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Who says Friday should get all the frights? Monday can be pretty morbid, too, so we’re showing the graphic-novel-turned-movie “From Hell” all about Jack the Ripper at 8/7c. It stars Johnny Depp so no one in your house will be complaining. We won’t leave you on the edge of your seat without trying to scare your pants off, so we’re also showing “Ginger Snaps.” If you don’t know the film, a fearsome transformation takes place after a death-obsessed teen (Katharine Isabelle) and her sister (Emily Perkins) are attacked by a supernatural beast.


If you ever wonder what Angelina Jolie saw in Billy Bob Thornton, watch his performance in “Monster’s Ball.” His eloquent and understated turn as a racist prison-guard who has an intense affair with a black woman after her husband dies on death row is nothing short of mesmerizing. And his performance is nothing compared to Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning turn as a woman with nothing to lose. It starts at 8/7c and don’t be late, because you won’t want to miss a minute.


Guess the movie: A conflict between black and Jewish gangsters in New York City and a case of mistaken identity land a man (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a revenge plot of a crime boss (Morgan Freeman). It’s a taut thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge. Yep, it’s “Lucky Number Slevin” at 8/7 c and you’re going to love it.


In “Lock Up,” a jailed hero (Sylvester Stallone) is sent to a twisted warden’s (Donald Sutherland) private hell all for the crime of escaping to see his dying father. Do you really need to know anything other than Sly Stallone and Donald Sutherland? NO. Well, wait: It starts at 10:15/9:15 c


It’s Friday, which means only one thing: New episodes of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” Watch as Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and David Cross entertain you for an hour, much like little monkeys wearing adorable outfits and tiny hats while dancing to organ music, but without the awkward coin tossing and inevitable letters from PETA. The fun starts at 10/9c and don’t forget you can live chat with other fans during the show right here on


It’s a winter Saturday, but we’re pretending it’s midsummer when we air the perfect summer camp comedy “Meatballs” at 6/5 c. But when it comes to summer fun, you know the best stuff happens after hours, so we’re also showing the 90s Kid N’ Play classic “House Party” at 8/7 c. So put on your shortest shorts, whip up some s’mores and spray your hair up high high high because it’s summer. Sort of.


Whatever your Sunday ritual is (church, brunch, sleeping) we have one thing it doesn’t have: A double dose of Ellen Ripley a.k.a. Sigourney Weaver. If you find yourself about to ask “Who is Ellen Ripley?” save yourself the humiliation of being hopelessly out of the best-movies-ever loop and just tune in at 6/5 c when we are showing “Alien” followed by “Alien 3.”


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…