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What to Watch on IFC: August 1 – August 7

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Welcome to August where the men are sweaty, the women are glistening, and everyone has stockpiles of industrial grade antiperspirant. Leaving the safety of the air conditioning is a surefire way to get a nose full of olfactory awfulness and is not recommended. Fear not, IFC is here for you. Not only do we have a great line up of independent films and awesome original programming to keep you company on the couch, but each night this week around 8 p.m. ET we are showing a sneak peek of “Whisker Wars.”

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

If you loved the dark world of “Black Swan,” be sure to check out director Darren Aronofsky’s equally twisted earlier work, “Requiem for a Dream.” It airs tonight at 10:45 p.m. ET.

Tuesday

In case you missed it, watch the infamous colonic commercial starring Richard Marx when an encore showing of “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” airs at 7 p.m. ET. Then, catch the season finale of “Young, Broke & Beautiful” at 7:30 p.m. ET when Broke- Ass Stuart hits Detroit.

Wednesday

It’s a double helping of Monty Python when “Life of Brian” airs at 8 p.m. ET and “The Holy Grail” airs at 10 p.m. ET. Best. Wednesday. Ever.

Thursday

The true story behind the murders that many crime scholars believe to be the most perplexing series of unsolved crimes in modern history comes to life on the screen in David Fincher’s “Zodiac”. It airs at 8 p.m. ET.

Friday

Bearding is a sport and at 11 p.m. ET, “Whisker Wars” will prove it. The Thom Beers’ production is the ultimate facial hair face off and offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of competitive facial hair growing.

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Saturday

Spend Saturday in suburbia when Ang Lee’s searing portrait of marriage and family, “The Ice Storm,” airs at 3:30 p.m. ET. Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, “The Ice Storm” looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are calm and civil on the outside, but whose lives are quietly falling into chaos.

Sunday

It’s a “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” marathon! Beginning at 1 p.m. ET/12 CT, catch all the ads that Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal made for local businesses for this season of their show, including this one:

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…