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12 Days of Judd Apatow: Day 4 “The Larry Sanders Show”

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From 1993 to1998, Our Patron Saint, Judd Apatow, was a writer and producer on The Larry Sanders Show. For those of you not blessed with skills in the math arena and/or the calendar challenged, this was before Freaks and Geeks and, thus, before Undeclared. The Larry Sanders Show starred Garry Shandling as the vain and neurotic talk show host Larry Sanders, Jeffrey Tambor as his sidekick and Rip Torn as Artie the producer with the mostest. The show offered a behind-the-scenes and satirical look at the making of a talk show including interactions between host and sidekick, host and guests, host and producer, producer and sidekick, producer and guests, sidekick and guests, and everyone else caught in the crossfire. The show set the bar for celebrity self-effacement with numerous stars stopping by to make fun of themselves. The show was very well received and won three Emmy® awards and received 56 Emmy® nominations. It was included in Time magazine’s list of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.” sitcom. It premieres on IFC Monday, January 3 at 11 pm E.T.

Here are a few of our favorite clips to help you appreciate the genius of Judd Apatow and to get you in the mood for The Larry Sanders Show:

Two 90s heros together! Norm MacDonald and Garry Shandling. Norm was just one of the many great celebrity cameos on the show:

Of course the sidekick, Hank, had a catchphrase:

And you should know that Artie is King. No, really, he is:

The Larry Sanders Show premieres on IFC Monday, January 3 at 11 pm E.T.

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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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