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What to Watch on IFC: August 8 – August 14

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The dog days of summer are here and the mercury is rising, the smog settles in, and the humidity is making your hair frizz as high as the heavens. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, stay inside and let us entertain you. From Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” to “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” to another installment of “Whisker Wars” we have your television watching needs covered.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Don’t panic, the cinematic version of the first part of Douglas Adams’ five-part trilogy, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is here to make your Monday blues vanish like an intergalactic highway. Grab a towel because the fun starts at 3:45 p.m. ET.

Tuesday

There is no better way to spend your Tuesday than with Michael, Lucille, GOB, Lindsay, Buster, and George Michael Bluth. Especially if Tobias Funke will be there too. Back-to-back episodes of “Arrested Development” start at 6 p.m. ET.

Wednesday

Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”) crafts a low-key psychological thriller about the relationship between a lovesick young woman and an older man with an ugly secret, which turns out to be one of the most beautiful films about a serial killer ever. “Felicia’s Journey” airs at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Thursday

From a dazzling performance by Forrest Whitaker to a dizzying series of stylized shoot-outs, carrier pigeons, characters who read Rashomon, a French-speaking ice cream man, and a score by RZA, Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” has something for everyone. It starts at 10:20 p.m. ET.

Friday

It’s the second episode of everyone’s favorite look at the world of competitive facial hair growing. That’s right “Whisker Wars” starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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Saturday

When two Catholic men from Boston set out to kill everyone in this Reservoir Dogs-style vigilante thriller, they do it with style. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus star in “Boondock Saints” at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Sunday

Spend Sunday in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth.” The hauntingly beautiful fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War details the magical journey of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. It starts at 3:45 p.m. ET

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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…