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8 Greatest Dance-Offs in Pop Culture History


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If pop culture has taught us anything, it’s that nothing resolves a conflict quite like a dance-off. Just think how much better a place the world would be if we all settled our disputes through dance battles. One can dream. To get you ready for Fred and Carrie’s epic dance-off on tonight’s Portlandia premiere, here are 8 of the greatest dance battles in pop culture history.

8. Charlie Vs. Dennis, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Charlie’s sweet dance routine literally takes our breath away.

7. Zoolander Vs. Hansel, Zoolander

OK technically, this is a “walk-off.” But you know they mean business when Bowie is the judge.

6. Stifler’s ’80s Dance-Off, American Wedding

Stifler proves he’s totally bangable by dancing his ass off to hits by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Eurythmics and more.

5. Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) on DTV, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Long before Carrie Bradshaw was running around NYC in shoes that no freelance writer could afford (trust me on that), SJP was showing off her fancy footwork in a Dance TV contest with her motorcycle riding, midriff-baring hottie Jeff.

4. The gang from Rydell High, Grease

Nothing says tough ’50s greaser like pink socks and a mean hand-jive.

3. Starsky Vs. Dancin’ Rick, Starsky & Hutch

You wouldn’t think Ben Stiller could bust such sweet moves in such tight pants, but you’d be wrong.

2. Star Lord Vs. Ronan, Guardians of the Galaxy

Star Lord’s super power? Hot dance moves. Take that, Ronan.

1. Jets Vs. Sharks, West Side Story

The streets of NYC used to be a very rough place, which is obvious by this mambo dance-off between two rival gangs.

Watch a clip from Portlandia premiere (airing tonight 10p) below:

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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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