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A Fond Farewell to Oprah

A Fond Farewell to Oprah (photo)

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After 25 years on network television, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” airs its final show today. Oprah’s talk show has been a staple of daytime television for the entirety of its run and helped the nascent talk show format become the behemoth that it is today. Over the course of it’s time on television, Oprah has become a one-named wonder and one of the most powerful (and richest) women in America. She is leaving the show after launching her own television network, OWN, and is truly bravely going out on top.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which is pretty much always called just “Oprah,” has featured tens of thousands of guests and touched countless viewers’ lives here and abroad. Oprah’s combination of complete enthusiasm, ability to listen, and openness about her own struggles made her seem like America’s best friend. Her struggle with her weight was a frequent topic for conversation:

Over the years, Oprah has sired a slough of new talk show hosts: From Dr. Mehmet Oz to designer Nate Berkus to financial guru Suze Orman. Her most famous scion is, of course, “Dr. Phil” McGraw:

Oprah’s Book Club seemed to single-handedly save the beleaguered book publishing industry by encouraging her millions of viewers to read tomes like, “The Good Earth” and finally make author Pearl Buck a millionaire. However, in 2006, Winfrey put author James Frey in the hot seat after it was revealed that his memoir (and Oprah’s Book Club pick) “A Million Little Pieces” was fiction:

Over the years, Winfrey had a knack for getting even the most elusive celebrity to come on her show. She nabbed Michael Jackson’s first live TV interview in 14 years for a 1993 special at Neverland Ranch. Even Maria Shriver was on the show just this week, despite very public marital trouble and an impending divorce from husband Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Tom Cruise famously jumped on Oprah’s couch declaring, “I’m in love! I’m in love!” in 2005 about then-girlfriend Katie Holmes. Will Smith, Usher, Tom Hanks and Stevie Wonder all turned up to Winfrey’s Farewell Spectacular, which aired as her second and third-to-last shows. She even got to interview the 2008 Presidential candidates:

Oprah’s Favorite Things was always the hottest ticket in town. Whether Winfrey was gifting Burberry jackets, popcorn, or cars, the show had EMTs on hand for the overwhelmed guests. Last year, Oprah and her best friend Gayle King, took over 300 viewers on an 8-day Australian getaway. The show had to end after that, because what would be next? Luxury condos? College educations for the children?

Oprah always made time for causes she believed in, be it education, AIDS awareness, animal cruelty, sex trafficking, or getting the Olympic Games to come to Chicago:

And, of course, Oprah had a baby with Dave Chappelle:

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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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