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The Naughts Project

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We never gave this decade a name.

The Oughts? The Naughties? The Zeroes? For all of the momentous things that happened in the past almost ten years — and 2000, for many reasons, does seem like another faraway era — nothing managed to stick by way of a label. And so, now, it seems a little strange to find ourselves rounding up a decade we couldn’t even decide on a designation for.

In that spirit, instead of offering more best-of-the-’00s lists, we decided we’d look for the identity of the decade in what we know best — the movies. We give you the Naughts Project, a two-week series of features arguing for the emblematic people, pairings, films and, because, we couldn’t resist, television of the 2000s.

When we look back, thirty years from now, we expect these choices to stand in for all that’s occurred in this first span of the new millennium — choices that will prompt people to say, “Oh, that’s so, er… that’s so 2000 to 2009!”

R. Emmet Sweeney on Matt Damon
Actor of the ’00s
Matt Singer on Marlin and Dory
Platonic Pair of the ’00s
Nick Schager on “The Sopranos”
TV Show of the ’00s
Michelle Orange on Nicole Kidman
Actress of the ’00s
Aaron Hillis on “Tarnation”
Documentary of the ’00s
Brandon Kim on “Hey Ya!”
Song of the ’00s
Charles Taylor on Betty and Rita
Romantic Pair of the ’00s
Alison Willmore on Steven Soderbergh
Director of the ’00s

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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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