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Portlandia (2016)—Season 6Portlandia (2016)—Season 6

Started in 2011 by writers-producers-stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, award-winning Portlandia continues its satirical ways about all things hip in Portland: the coffee culture, feminist book stores, "artisan light bulbs," the Allergy Pride Parade ("bread hurts my head"), bicycle rights activists, free range chicken, personally carved ice cubes, etc. But let's not hate on Portland — Berkeley, Madison, Austin, or Asheville all have shops like "Oblique Coffee" and "Artisan Knots" bread store.  This being 2016, an episode in the newest season takes us to the Pickathon music festival to hear the headlining group The Flaming Lips.  To avoid the lines, the crowds, the porta-potties, and the heat, they "attend" the festival virtually, in the comfort of their living room, thanks to two drones.  In an article about Portlandia in the New Yorker (January 2, 2012), Brownstein recalls standing in line at Whole Foods when a guy complained that they didn't carry "locally made fresh pasta," to which the cashier responded, "sure we do, right there." The guy responded "no, that's from Seattle." Brownstein concludes, "Really? You don't have a bigger battle?" Indeed!  There are now 57 episodes of Portlandia in its six seasons, each of which is about 20 minutes long.  All of them are available on Netflix.

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