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Five Shows You Should Be Watching Online

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We are lucky to be born in an age when good television never dies, it just goes online. Much the way we can get strawberries at any time of the year thanks to intercontinental shipping and refrigerators, thanks to companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Blip.TV we can watch the best television shows when they are off the air, either temporarily (why isn’t “The Inbetweeners” on all the time) or permanently (pour a little out for, “Deadwood”). And while we, along with the Attorney General of the United States, wait for more episodes of “The Wire,” we can watch a marathon of “Veronica Mars” or “The Cosby Show.”

Here are five shows you should be watching online:


This adult cartoon about a rather hapless, yet happily violent spy agency is droll, dirty, and incredibly fun to watch. Voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walters, and Aisha Tyler among others, you will be Googling the off-beat references and laughing out loud, so don’t watch at work.

Sports Night, Netflix

Created by Aaron Sorkin and starring Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Malina, and Robert Guillaume this show started it all for Sorkin. The show lasted two seasons on ABC, but HBO and other networks wanted to pick it up. However Sorkin passed in order to focus on “The West Wing,” which is hard to argue with. Sports Night could get you laughing and crying in a split second plus it had impeccable acting, typical Sorkin verbiage and a stellar cast.

Party Down, Netflix

This behind-the-scenes look at a team of cater-waiters in Los Angeles is hilarious, smart, and engaging. The stars (Jane Lynch, Megan Mullaly, Adam Scott, and more) may have moved on, but the fans definitely haven’t. Now there might be a movie in the works, so you should catch up on episodes now.

Sons of Anarchy, Hulu and Netflix

This dark drama about a motorcycle gang in California gets you rooting for the bad guys almost instantly. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal the acting is faultless and the drama intense.

Friday Night Lights , Hulu and Netflix

While the show revolves around a high school football team in a small Texas town, this show is not just for football fans. Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor is moving, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor should be everyone’s mom, the storylines are touching, and the show is never sappy. Truly one of the great television shows and if you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out and are probably a disappointment to your parents.

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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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