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Inside ‘The Grid’: Meet the Experts

Inside ‘The Grid’: Meet the Experts (photo)

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Have you seen The Grid yet? Think you can keep on top of all the latest in pop culture, videogames, gadgets, viral videos, and must see websites on your own? Not if you want to keep your day job. So tune in every Thursday at 7:45 p.m. ET for 15 minutes of the latest and greatest in counter culture.

At a rapid fire pace our experts will give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about what everyone is talking about around the water cooler from tech to games to links to food to movies and the web.

Who are these fast talking experts willing to let you in on the next big thing? Let us introduce you:


Tech expert Sarah Lane knows so much about gadgets, technology, and new media, she can probably even tell you what the internet is (hint: not pipes and tubes) while networking your new printer. Impressive, right?


Alonso Duralde is a good old fashioned film smartypants. As a long time film critic (MSNBC, the Village Voice, Movieline), festival consultant, and author, he is the guy you definitely want on your pub quiz team. Every week he joins The Grid to tell you what’s hot, what’s not, and what movie is going to be most likely to score you points with the cool kids.


Want to know what video games are first-person shooters and which are just a bomb? Video game expert Kathryn Lyn will take a break from her Xbox long enough to keep you up-to-date on everything in the world of gaming.


America’s sweetheart (self-proclaimed) Jesse Thorn is the host of the radio show The Sound of Young America. The wildly popular radio show (and podcast) is distributed by Public Radio International and reaches the ears of eager citizens in 13 states. In The Grid Jesse tells you everything you need to know about viral videos to impress the ladies and make your parents proud.

The Grid airs tonight on IFC at 7:45 p.m. ET

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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