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The top eight Portlandia episodes are…

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Portlandia is back this Friday with The Brunch Special, which airs at 11/10c. The special is an epic director’s cut of the season finale, which had Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle Maclachlan and Peter and Nance waiting in line for the city’s most popular brunch spot and its world famous marionberry pancakes. The episode also featured a memorable appearance by Tim Robbins. The Brunch Special promises an extended look at the adventures of brunch seekers in Portlandia plus behind-the-scenes videos with the Fred and Carrie along with director Jonathan Krisel.

Before the Portlandia Brunch Special airs, we’re showing back-to-back episodes of the show. For the last two weeks fans have been voting for their favorite episodes. The eight episodes that got the most votes will air in a Portlandia Mixtape Marathon on Friday, July 20 from 6-10 p.m. ET leading up to the special.

Now the votes are in! Here are our top eight videos, which will air before Portlandia’s Brunch Special:

1. Season 2, Episode 2: One Moore Episode

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2. Season 1, Episode 2: A Song For Portland

3. Season 1, Episode 1: Farm

4. Season 2, Episode 1: Mixologist

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5. Season 1, Episode 3: Aimee

6. Season 2, Episode 6: Cat Nap

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7. Season 2, Episode 8: Feminist Bookstore 10th Anniversary

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8. Season 2, Episode 4: Grover

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Portlandia returns to IFC on Friday at 11/10c with the Brunch Special

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Portlandia is making a mix tape and you can help

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Portlandia is making a mix tape and you get to pick the tracks.

As you know, the Portlandia Brunch Special is coming on July 20th at 11/10c. The season finale of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show, showed Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and Kyle Maclachlan and Peter and Nance waiting in line for the city’s most popular brunch spot and its world famous marion berry pancakes. The episode featured a memorable appearance by Tim Robbins and capped off a season filled with antic episodes, incredible guest stars like Andy Samberg, Eddie Vedder and Kristen Wiig, and hilarious appearances by the cast of characters perfected by Fred and Carrie.

The Brunch Special airs on July 20th at 11/10c. It is an epic director’s cut of the episode and promises an extended look at the adventures of brunch seekers in Portlandia plus behind-the-scenes videos and the show’s stars and creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and director Jonathan Krisel talking us about the genesis of the scene and just what it is about brunch.

Before the Portlandia Brunch Special airs, we’re showing back-to-back episodes of the show. But we need your help. Starting today, fans will have the chance to craft their own Portlandia marathon by voting on their all-time favorite episodes on Facebook. The eight episodes with the most votes will air on Friday, July 20 as part of the “Portlandia Mixtape Marathon” from 6-10 p.m. ET. If you tell us why a particular episode is your favorite, you may see your comment on air during the marathon.

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The Portlandia Brunch Special airs on IFC on July 20th at 11/10c

Portlandia Season Two DVD and Blu Ray out Sept. 25

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The Portlandia Season 2 Blu-ray cover is hot off the presses! The second season will be released September 25 on both DVD and Blu-ray with more bonus features than a bike mover can transport in a day, including IFC’s upcoming special “Brunch Village: Director’s Cut.” Stay tuned for more details, but here’s what we know now: The second season of Portlandia, Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s endearingly quirky sketch comedy show, is finally coming out on DVD/Blu Ray!

In the second season, some of Portlandia’s most loved and notable characters from season one return. You know, the people who brought you memorable catchphrases such as “Put a Bird On It” and “Cacao”! They are back, along with Portland’s trusty openly reggae bass playing Mayor (Kyle MacLachlan, Desperate Housewives, Twin Peaks); Peter and Nance, Spyke, the militant bike messenger, Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman, who aren’t putting birds on things anymore, and, of course, Toni and Candace, the shopkeepers of the feminist bookstore, “Women and Women First.”

Many new residents moved into Portlandia for the show’s season two, including the “Sanitation Twins,” some serious Battlestar Galactica fans, and Kevin the Cat. Plus a whole new crop of guest stars graced Portlandia with their presence, including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Joanna Newsom, Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent, Miranda July, Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse, Tim Robbins, and many more.

Fans who pick up the Blu Ray/DVD of Portlandia’s second season will also get a bunch of extras. The DVD and Blu Ray come with commentary with Fred, Carrie and director Jonathan Krisel over 4 episodes. You’ll also get behind-the-scenes footage and highlights from Portlandia: The Tour and a peek at the making of the show as well as deleted scenes. Also on the Blu Ray/DVD are two specials, both “The Brunch Village: Director’s Cut” and an “Introduction to Portlandia.”

Portlandia returns to IFC for a third season in January 2013 with a special airing this summer and another during the holidays

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