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Ten Things We Learned From ‘Freaks & Geeks’

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It’s Friday and in honor of that momentous day of the week, IFC has a marathon of Judd Apatow’s painfully hilarious short-lived television showFreaks and Geeks. You’re welcome. The proper show of gratitude is to quit your day job (or set your DVR) and settle in to watch back-to-back-to-back episodes of what is arguably the Best. Television. Show. Ever.

While we were sitting under the bleachers, …er, studying, we came up with a list of all the valuable lessons we’ve learned from Freaks and Geeks. Obviously we could expand upon this to include things like: James Franco always looks stoned hot. Even Busy Phillips can’t make a puffy ski jacket look good. Not everyone can pull off feathered hair. Never borrow your parents’ station wagon without asking. Martin Starr is a god. But we’re underachievers so we just came up with ten.

Did we miss something? Watch the marathon and add your own lessons in the comments:

The Top Ten Lessons Learned from Freaks & Geeks:

1. Less is more when it comes to drum kits.

2. Never write an anonymous note on your Star Trek notebook paper.

3. Don’t start celebrating after the first out in a softball game.

4. $5 may sound like a good price for sex, but you will regret it for the rest of your life.

5. Not every chicken is a petty-pet chicken.

6. There is no street in Benton Harbor named Benton Harbor Street.

7. Sometimes, not often, math is cool.

8. Don’t trust a man who tries to sell you a light blue leisure suit.

9. Expect your parents to read your diary.

10. Just ask WWJBD? (What Would John Bonham Do?)

It may not be a lesson, but one thing we know from watching this show, being a geek is hard:

IFC’s Freaks and Geeks marathon starts at 2:45 p.m. ET

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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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