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10 Criminally Underrated 80s Comedies


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Let’s be frank – the 1980s were a golden era for cinematic hijinks. But look past the big names and you’ll find some seriously underrated gems.

10. Penn & Teller Get Killed

The quirky magicians had a widely-panned 1989 comedy outing (director Arthur Penn’s last) but in hindsight it’s a solid flick with some dynamite gags.

9. Young Einstein

Aussie comedian Yahoo Serious sold his car to raise funds for this 1989 comedy, which was a huge success in the Land Down Under but tanked here.

8. Midnight Madness

Michael J. Fox made his big screen debut in this charming Disney comedy about an all-night scavenger hunt organized by a reclusive genius.

7. The Ice Pirates

This sci-fi satire has some lowbrow jokes that fall flat, but its willingness to embrace the cheap-ass nature of its own existence is charming.

6. Night Of The Comet

When the Earth passes through the tail of a comet, it unleashes a zombie apocalypse in this 1984 cult hit.

5. After Hours

Martin Scorsese’s 1985 black comedy was inspired by a monologue by legendary radio voice Joe Frank and, although audiences didn’t flock to it, has aged very well.

4. Tapeheads

The 80s were the MTV decade, so this Tim Robbins / John Cusack flick spoofing the video biz was very much a creature of its era.

3. True Stories

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne had tons of creative control over this quirky musical comedy pulled from the tabloid headlines.

2. Fletch

Chevy Chase became an icon with the Vacation movies, but his role as a newspaper reporter with a knack for disguise might have been even better.

1. UHF

Weird Al Yankovic’s sprawling spoof of low-budget TV tanked in theaters but has enjoyed cult status in the intervening decades.

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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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