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‘Todd Margaret’ So Far

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It’s Friday, which means that we have a new episode of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The show was created and written by David Cross of Arrested Development fame and follows the (mis) adventures of consummate liar and lousy salesman, Todd Margaret. Todd Margaret has an incredible cast, who you can meet here and gets even more awkwardly hilarious as the season progresses.

Before you kick back, crack open a can of ThunderMuscle, and watch tonight’s episode, here’s a quick recap with some audio visual aids to get you up-to-speed before the third installment.

After impressing his boss Brent Wilts (Will Arnett) with his drive, determination, and dirty mouth (based on repeating what he hears on a motivational CD called “Don’t Be Such A Pussy”), Todd is unexpectedly given the task of launching the company’s new product in the UK Market:

But before Todd can move to London, he has a few things to attend to. He leaves his cat with a month’s supply of tuna and a strong admonish to not eat it all at once and then heads off to break up with his girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn). Unfortunately his girlfriend isn’t particularly convinced that she either lives up to (or wants) the title “girlfriend”:

So what is Todd’s illustrious new job? Well he simply has to introduce jolly old England to a newfangled North Korean energy drink called, Thundermuscle. Todd has nothing to worry about though, because a good salesman can sell even an undoubtedly toxic energy drink. Unfortunately the ThunderMuscle goes straight to Todd’s head:

In episode two, A Plan is Hatched and a Date is not a Date, Todd wakes up on the floor of his dismal apartment, covered in a wide assortment of disgusting things. His assistant Dave calls seemingly just to remind him that he has yet to sell any ThunderMuscle. Before going to the office, Todd stop by the cafe to try and repair his reputation with cafe owner and novice molecular gastronomist, Alice (Sharon Horgan), by explaining that he donated blood to a poor cancer stricken girl:

At the office, Todd hatches a plan to sneak ThunderMuscle onto a grocery store’s shelves to drum up demand. Dave helpfully suggests a quaint little shop called Sainsbury’s. Todd instructs Dave to execute the plan alone, because he has asked Alice out for a drink. Todd is so certain that the drink is actually a date that he stops off for a little protection. You know, just in case:

To help make a good impression on Alice, Dave (Blake Harris) sends him to a shop to pick up some fancy new classic British duds. Unfortunately David is a bit ticked off at his boss for making him implement his plan to smuggle the Thundermuscle into Sainsbury’s:

Unsurprisingly, Todd’s date does not go well, but he does get Alice into his apartment. Unfortunately she sees a little shrine he has set up that includes a teddy bear and the condom. Todd tries to explain it away (extremely badly) and Alice runs from the Awkward. Todd ends the evening with a little trip to Sainsbury’s and when he sees the enormous store, even chucklehead that he is realizes that sneaking cans on to the shelves was probably a poor decision.

Want to see what happens next? Tune in to The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on IFC at 10 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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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.

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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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