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The Ex Factor

5 Pop Culture Exes We’re Glad We Never Dated

Catch Maggie Wheeler (Janice!) as Marc's ex on tonight's brand new Maron.

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On tonight’s brand new MaronMarc’s journey back from addiction and storage locker-dwelling takes him directly to his ex-wife (played by the hilarious Maggie Wheeler). Maggie is of course famous for playing Janice from Friends, one of pop culture’s most infamous exes. While the exes in our list below may have wreaked havoc on their former paramours, we have to admit they’re pretty entertaining. We don’t want to meet them on Tinder, but we can’t stop watching them.

5. Mystery Woman, Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers
Universal Pictures

Jake Elwood’s ex-fiancee (played by Carrie Fisher) is a romantic Terminator: wielding an ever-increasing arsenal of weapons, she will not stop until she takes out our heroes. She doesn’t just want to delete Jake’s number — she wants to delete him.

4. Alex, Fatal Attraction

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Paramount Pictures

Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) has a hot weekend with co-worker Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas). But when the happily married man tries to put their one-night stand behind him, she goes to terrifying lengths to claim him back. Let’s just say no bunnies come out of this one unscathed.

3. David, Fear

Fear Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg’s intense hunk sweeps Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) off her feet, but soon turns murderous when she breaks up with him. Wahlberg is pretty scary as the literal ex from hell, and he doesn’t even drop any rhymes.

2. Gideon, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim

Ramona’s seven evil exes gang up to make Scott’s life a grueling gauntlet, but it’s Gideon (Jason Schwartzman) who has her under his control. It takes Scott realizing his mistakes and teaming up with both Ramona and Knives to take out Gideon. And that haircut is just the worst. What did Ramona ever see in Gideon, anyway?

1. Janice, Friends

Janice Friends

With her knack for turning up at the perfect moment, Chandler’s on again/off again girlfriend is the epitome of the ex who just won’t go away. But OH MY GOD is she the kind of character we love to hate.

Watch what happens when Marc meets his ex-wife in a clip from tonight’s brand new Maron:


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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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…