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Five Reasons to Watch ‘Zodiac’ Tonight

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A relentless serial killer is stalking the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, leaving citizens locked into a constant state of panic, and baffled authorities scrambling for clues. Though the killer sadistically mocks the detectives by leaving a series of perplexing ciphers and menacing letters at the crime scenes, the investigation quickly flatlines when none of the evidence yields any solid leads. As two detectives remain steadfast in their devotion to bringing the elusive killer to justice, they soon find that the madman has control not only over their careers, but their very lives as well. That’s some Drama (note the capital D), right? So tune into “Zodiac” when it airs at 8 or when it airs at midnight, we’re not picky. Need more reasons than great filmmaking? Fine.

Here are five reasons to watch “Zodiac” tonight:

1. David Fincher
With both “Se7en” and “Fight Club” under his belt, Fincher knows how to bring dark intensity to his films. So when he tackles the Zodiac killer you know it’s going to be good. Also maybe rain a lot.

2. Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal delivers as Robert Graysmith, an editorial cartoonist who becomes obsessed with cracking the serial killer’s ciphers. His mania with the maniac even costs him his relationship with his wife, Chloe Sevigny. Well done!

3. Mark Ruffalo

It’s our suspicion that when Mark Ruffalo was born his mother looked and him and declared that he was meant to play a rumpled detective. As SFPD Inspector David Toschi, he completely lives up to his potential.

4. Robert Downey Jr.

As the San Francisco Chronicle crime reporter who has seen it all before, Downey is perfectly cast. Even though rumor has it Fincher wanted Brad Pitt for the part. You win this round, Downey.

5. Anthony Edwards

After “Revenge of the Nerds” “Top Gun” and “ER,” Anthony Edwards hasn’t had a lot going on. Let’s just give him this, eh?

Now stop reading this post and go stake at your spot on the couch.

“Zodiac” airs tonight at 8 and 11:30 p.m. ET; Monday, Dec. 5 at 12 a.m. ET; Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET; and Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2 a.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

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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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