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What to Watch on IFC: December 20-25


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Welcome to the week before Christmas. Isn’t it grand? It’s especially so when we hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when we’re on hold with the credit card company who is wondering why we maxed out our Amex buying the “Portlandia” DVD for everyone in our apartment building. (The answer: Duh. It’s great!) To help cheer ourselves up we’re drinking yule glogg, mulled wine, and wassail (whatever that is) and watching a whole bunch of television.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


We’re making you go to summer camp in December without that freezing cold run to the outhouse and, hopefully, better food. That’s right everyone’s favorite comedy “Meatballs” is airing at 8 p.m. ET. Watch Bill Murray dole out sage advice as a camp counselor in this Ivan Reitman classic.


Nothing says Christmas like “American Psycho.” Watching Christian Bale slice, dice, smother, scatter, and chunk his victims just gives meaning to the season, you know? So gather your family around the warming blue glow, pour some wassail, and revel in the holiday cheer at 10 p.m. ET.


Is being snowbound and trapped with your family starting to get to you a little bit? Jack Nicholson totally gets it. And so do we, which is why we’re showing “The Shining” at 11 p.m. ET. The more you watch the movie, the more you realize that your family ain’t so bad. So long as Uncle Murray hasn’t started typing feverishly, Little Jimmy isn’t talking to his finger, and ghostly twins aren’t haunting the upstairs rumpus room, you’re doing a-okay.


Want to see something scary? Of course you do, it’s Friday after all and Friday Night Frights are a long-standing IFC tradition. So tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET for something really scary. Specifically, “Scary Movie.” The title says it all.


It’s Christmas Eve, which means children around the world are keeping their eyes peeled for a fat man in a red suit to break into their homes and leave them presents. What better time to show “The Hunt for Red October”? Alec Baldwin will show that Santa Claus lookin’-mofo Sean Connery whose the boss for sure. The hunt begins at 8:05 p.m. ET.


Merry Christmas, if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, we have “Freaks and Geeks” all morning and “Malcolm in the Middle” all day and into the night time too. Yet another opportunity to spend time with a family even crazier than yours.

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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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