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Parenting Tips from ‘Mr. Show,’ ‘Undeclared,’ ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Whitest Kids U’Know’

Parenting Tips from ‘Mr. Show,’ ‘Undeclared,’ ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Whitest Kids U’Know’ (photo)

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Being a parent is hard. If it’s not the sleep deprivation, it’s the mysterious stains, the strained peas in your briefcase and the overwhelming desire to pull your hair out over a teeny tiny creature you love more than anything in the world. Yes, you love your kids. This doesn’t mean you don’t want to kill ’em sometimes. We get it. We are here to help you. We have combed through our archives and pulled out some extremely helpful parenting advice from our favorite shows. Here at IFC, we care.

“Mr. Show” has some excellent tips for ensuring that your child has the inner emotional turmoil to become a creative genius, or at least an accountant:

No one does parenting like Hal and Lois from “Malcolm in the Middle” We can all learn a lot from Lois’ evil eye. Try it on your co-worker right now:

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Bringing up Baby Timmy to be a happy and healthy teenager has definitely taught “The Whitest Kids U’Know” a thing or two about parenting. For example, parents should get hip to the kids’ lingo:

Have older children? We have pointers. From “Undeclared” we know that a healthy dose of embarrassment can be very character-building for your older child:

If you don’t heed these valuable parenting lessons, there’s a chance your child will grow up to hate you, ignore your advice, or generally act like Buster Bluth from “Arrested Development.” It’s a cautionary tale for parents everywhere:

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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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