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Watch the first clip from Portlandia Season 3, returning Jan 4 at 10/9c

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Portlandia’s second season was great. It started with a mixed drink that Andy Samberg made for Carrie Brownstein and it ended with Fred and Carrie waiting in line for brunch, waiting for Mayor Kyle Maclachlan to kayak his way over, and Tim Robbins was meting out judgment to line skippers, and Ed Begley Jr. trying to get people in his diner and Candace and Toni yelling at everyone.

Those were fun times, but after watching all the episodes Battlestar Galactica style, we’ve already worn out our DVD. Luckily, the third season of Portlandia is almost here! Are you ready for a brand new season of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show? Are you excited for all new adventures with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein? Of course you are, and we are too. Portlandia is returning on January 4 with two all-new back-to-back episodes beginning at 10/9c, and we can’t wait to see what some of our favorite characters are up to now and to meet a whole new group of residents from the fair city of Portlandia (including Fred and Carrie’s new roommate Chloë Sevigny). And if that wasn’t enough, an all-new “Winter in Portlandia” episode will also air Friday, December 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

With no further ado, here is the first clip from the third season of Portlandia:

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Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like us on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter at @IFCPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia Season Three premieres January 4 at 10/9c.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Join the Portlandia Co-Op

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In Portlandia, we’re a very co-operative bunch. We recycle, we eat local, we don’t use plastic bags, we are civic-minded, we like team sports, and have you seen the way we drive? We all just want to get along!

As we get ready for Portlandia’s third season (premiering Friday, January 4 at 10/9c!) we want to make sure you know that you belong here. You’re one of us! You are a valued member of the circle of Portlandia life and are part of the Portlandia Co-Op. Or you will be once you sign up. Sign up to join the Portlandia Co-Op, and receive a limited edition poster. There might be a bird on it. It might be pickled. It might be something entirely new. Sign up for the Co-Op and find out.

Want to get even more involved?

There are three ways you can earn your Portlandia Co-Op status:

1) You can apply to take over the @ifcportlandia Twitter feed. To do this, simply follow @IFCportlandia and keep an eye out for the latest challenge that we’ll be tweeting out to followers. The first challenge, which will start when we launch is, “Tell us in 140 characters or less why you should tweet for @IFCportlandia”

2) You can knit Portlandia-inspired coffee cozies, which we’ll be handing out in independent coffee shops nationwide. Even better? We’ll pay you $10 per cozy. Simply e-mail your creations to cozies@ifc.com or click here for more info.

3) Snap photos that are inspired by the wonderful world of Portlandia. Upload them to Instagram with the hashtag #portlandia. We’ll use the best of the best to inspire our graphic designer who is making some sweet posters.

For more info on everything here, visit the official Portlandia Co-Op site!

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter@ifcPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia returns to IFC on Friday, January 4 at 10/9c, with an all-new “Winter in Portlandia” episode airing Friday, December 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

Spend Winter in Portlandia December 14 at 10:30/9:30c

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Winter is Coming. Even better though? A brand-new season of Portlandia is starting on January 4 at 10/9c. That’s right come the new year, Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s wildly funny sketch comedy will be back. But because the holidays are coming and we want to stay on Santa’s good side (and he’s a huge Portlandia fan) we are planning on putting a bird on winter with an all new special called “Winter in Portlandia.

In the special, which will air on December 14 at 10:30/9:30c, your favorite recycling, brunch eating, dog loving, feminist, crafting, allergy aware, coffee-drinking Portlandia residents are back plus you’ll meet a few new Portlandia dwellers, too.

Want to know how they spend wintertime in Portlandia? Well Peter and Nance struggle to keep off winter weight by cutting pasta from their diets. Candace’s son visits Women and Women First bookstore for the holidays. A couple tries to keep their food cart Stu’s Stews in business in cold weather. Bryce and Lisa offer a winter vacation at their newly opened Outlet Hotel. And Gahvin Quin spends the season inside building an elaborate recording studio in his basement. Don’t worry, they still have to recycle, read, and fight for bicycle rights in their free time. So come spend Winter in Portlandia with us! You’ll love it here.

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like us on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter at @ifcPortlandia, and using the hashtag #portlandia.

“Winter in Portlandia” airs on IFC on December 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

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