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Five Tim Robbins Roles We Love


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As you may have heard, on the season finale of “Portlandia,” which is airing this Friday at 10/9 c, the Oscar-winning movie star Tim Robbins will be visiting Portlandia. While we already love everything about the wonderfully wacky world of Portlandia that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein created, the addition of Tim Robbins is the icing on the chocolate cake. No, better, it’s the beer back to the perfect shot of whiskey. Or like finding a $20 in the pocket of your favorite jeans. Or something even better like Tim Robbins coming to your favorite sketch comedy show! No matter how good something already is, Tim Robbins just makes everything better. Heck, he even made “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” a must-watch movie.

To celebrate the arrival of Tim Robbins on to Portlandia, we’re making a list of our favorite roles. Secretly we like his part in “Anchorman” best, but he was uncredited. We also liked him as Merlin in “Top Gun,” but we are professional (-ish) film people with a sacred duty to report on High Art or something. So…

Here are five of our favorite Tim Robbins roles (that aren’t in “Anchorman” or “Top Gun”):

1. Norville Barnes in “The Hudsucker Proxy”

2. Josh Tager in “Tapeheads”

3. Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption”

4. Dave Boyle in “Mystic River”

5. Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh in “Bull Durham”

While we love all the roles listed above, we’re pretty sure one of them will be getting bounced and we’ll be adding This Guy from “Portlandia” next time we do one of these lists:

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The season finale of “Portlandia” airs on IFC on Friday at 10/9c

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The Best Of The Last

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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

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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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