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What to watch this week on IFC: April 22 – April 28

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Roberto Begnini stars in the Academy Award winning tragi-comedy “Life is Beautiful,” which airs at 5:30/4:30c. In the film Begnini manages to make the Holocaust almost funny by creating a game to shield his son from the horrors of the concentration camp in which they have been placed. The powerful, poignant, memorable movie, which Begnini wrote and directed, earned Begnini an Academy Award for best actor as well as taking home Best Foreign Language film and Best Original Dramatic Score.

Tuesday

Get a classical education by watching Harry Hamlin overact in a toga. That’s right we’re showing “Clash of the Titans” at 5:30/4:30c. Hamlin stars as Perseus the mythological hero who was the first bro to ever yell “Release the Kraken!” at a kegger (probably). Also worth watching to see Sir Laurence Olivier (probably drunk) playing Zeus along with Dame Maggie Smith and Burgess Meredith as some of the other meddling gods.

Wednesday

In “The Cable Guy”, Ben Stiller‘s dark comedy, Matthew Broderick stars as a man who makes the fatal mistake of attempting to bribe the guy who installed his cable. At the urging of his pal Rick (Jack Black), Steven (Broderick) bribes weirdo cable installer Ernie ‘Chip’ Douglas (Jim Carrey) for a sweet deal, which ends up bearing a very heavy price: becoming BFFs with the lonely and quite psychotic man-child raised on television who is really determined to make sure Steven never ever gets back together with his girlfriend (Leslie Mann). It airs at 6/5c.

Thursday

Strap on your rollerskates and extra-large prosthetics, because we’re showing Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” at 8/7c. Mark Wahlberg stars as the well-endowed Dirk Diggler an up-and-coming porn star in late 70s Los Angeles. Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham also star as Diggler’s “family” who see him through the rise and fall in his XXX career and in the porn industry as a whole.

Friday

Spend Friday night in “Portlandia” when we show back-to-back episodes of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show. The marathon kicks off at 7/6c and features an organic, local, vegan, gluten-free, edible potpourri of episodes from the show’s three seasons.

Saturday

What’s the perfect ending to an all day “Arrested Development” marathon? A double feature of “Lethal Weapon” and “Lethal Weapon 2“? You’re never too old for this shit! Tune in at 8/7c to watch Mel Gibson and Danny Glover invent the Odd Couple buddy cop genre, which spawned such epic movies as “Turner and Hooch.”

Sunday

Cap off a long hard day of watching back-to-back-to-back episodes of “Arrested Development” with a double feature of “Lethal Weapon 3” and “Lethal Weapon 4” starting at 8/7c. The Mel Gibson-Danny Glover franchise continues with more action, more drama, more comedy and way bigger explosions. Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Joe Pesci all join the fun.

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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