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Five of our favorite Cloris Leachman roles


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To get to the beginning of Cloris Leachman’s career you have to go all the way back to 1947. That’s right Cloris’ career in front of the camera is almost old enough to collect Social Security benefits. And to think that you can watch this storied actor in action tonight at 7/6c on “Malcolm in the Middle.” Her decades-spanning career means that Cloris has managed to show up on each generations’ favorite show whether it’s “Lassie,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Love Boat,” “The Nutt House,” “The Facts of Life” “Touched By An Angel” and so many many more. Even today’s kids are getting to know the talented Ms. Leachman via her voiceover work on “Phineas & Ferb” and “Ponyo.”

Now at an age when many people would be collecting royalty checks in Boca, Cloris is back in front of the camera hoofing it on “Dancing with the Stars,” starring in “Raising Hope” and doing the occasional voice on “Adventure Time.” Cloris is a comedic powerhouse and an unstoppable actor. So do your part in ensuring that Cloris’ legacy is a lasting one. She could be retired, you know, so be sure to tune in tonight to see her as Malcolm’s Grandma Ida on “Malcolm in the Middle” at 7/6c.

Here are five of our favorite Cloris Leachman roles:

5. Ruth Popper in “The Last Picture Show”

4. Madame DeFarge in “History of the World, Part 1”

3. Nurse Diesel in “High Anxiety”

2. Phyllis Lindstrom in “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Phyllis”

1. Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein”

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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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