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VH1 Is Bringing Back Pop Up Video

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After a ten-year hiatus, VH1 is bringing back their legendary show “Pop Up Video.” Back in the mid-90s, “Pop Up Video” and “Behind the Music” put VH1 on the map with their fascinating portraits of life on the set and with the band. If you aren’t aware of the format of “Pop Up Video” (welcome to the world, young’un) it’s pretty much exactly what you think: Music videos play and bubbles of truth pop up and reveal interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits about the video and factoids about the band. It’s engaging, fun, and has a good beat that you can dance to. Also, it’s educational. How else are you supposed to know that Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” used actual whale sounds in the song? The show’s co-creator Woody Thompson is on board as executive producer of the reboot, so fans can expect more of the delightful, snarky format that originated way back in 1996. This time around fans can expect the show to expand its genre from pop and rock to include rap and hip-hop, a genre that was off limits before because they were considered the domain of sister network MTV.

Since we’re feeling nostalgic now and can’t hardly wait for the show to get back on air, here are a few of our favorite Pop Up Videos past:

There are so many things to love in Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law”:

In the video for Men at Work’s “Land Down Under,” you learn helpful facts like that the fine for “torturing a koala” was $300 in 1996.

“The Ghostbusters” producers didn’t want to just use clips from the movie in Ray Parker Jr.’s video for their theme song:

“Pop Up Video” was fearless and had no qualms with Rick-rolling their entire viewing audience:

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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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