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Mike Judge, conservative hero

Mike Judge, conservative hero (photo)

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Since he created “Beavis & Butthead” and made “Idiocracy,” Mike Judge is pretty much one of my favorite people around. But he is also an unlikely conservative hero, something I wasn’t aware of until “The Goode Family” dropped. It was then that my personal favorite insane right-wing site Big Hollywood started championing Judge as a True Conservative Artist, something that wasn’t so clear during the “Beavis & Butthead” era. Big Hollywood’s basic tenets are simple: Hollywood is run by stupid liberals enforcing a strict blacklist on conservatives. Barack Obama is a Marxist who may not have been born in this country. “The Hurt Locker” is a piece of anti-Army propaganda. And so on.

“The Goode Family” — the only Mike Judge product ever not to have its staunch defenders — was an ABC show that ran from May 27th to August 7th, mostly on the Friday night dead zone. The reason Big Hollywood loved it was because it was supposed to puncture liberal holy grails — a granola-munching family so obtuse they’d sport a bumper sticker reading “Support The Troops…And Their Opponents,” etc. Even the movement’s own fanbase wasn’t thrilled by the show — apparently, it’s kind of lame — but that retroactively transformed Judge into some kind of conservative trailblazer, sparking the bright light of truth in the darkness of liberal dogma.

So Big Hollywood is pumped for “Extract,” not least because Judge has been giving interviews in which he talks about how, after “Beavis & Butthead” hit, “I suddenly had 50 people working for me, and I started to sympathize with bosses I’d had and realized, ‘This is not easy.'” This probably doesn’t mean Judge is a union-busting zealot, but hey, whatever makes for ideological consistency. If anything, I suspect Judge — like, say, John Carpenter — is a cranky libertarian with a healthy non-political pessimism about human nature.

But it doesn’t matter if Judge is really (in the creepy blog phrase that unconsciously quotes 1932’s “Freaks”) “one of us.” Because Big Hollywood has seen “Extract” — the Judge comedy opening Friday — and it approves. This isn’t very surprising: aside from BH’s editor-in-chief John Nolte — who’s ideologically driven, but fair enough to concede he found “Che” repugnant, but riveting — the site’s reviews tend to toe a straight party line. But I find this review curious for one reason: writer Carl Kozlowski saw it in advance of release. This means he presumably got invited to an advance screening, quite possibly by either a friend in publicity (he’s a working comedian) or by someone promoting the film. Which quite possibly means someone at Miramax picked up on the fact that Judge has an ideologically-based conservative following, and reached out to quietly play up the film to that crowd. Which is niche marketing of a surprisingly sharp degree. If so, well played, Miramax.

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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

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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.

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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

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