IFC Renews ‘Portlandia’ for Sixth & Seventh Seasons

By February 10, 2015

The dream of the 90s will be alive in Portland for two more seasons as Deadline reports IFC has just renewed the sketch comedy series from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein for a sixth and seventh season.

The series, executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” mastermind Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video, is one of the best sketch shows to air in the past five years, skewering hipster culture in Portland, Oregon, where the series is actually shot on location.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star in the series as countless characters, including feminist book store owners, eco-terrorists, 1980s punk rockers, and much more. But they also play exaggerated versions of themselves. To this day, one of my favorite sketches is still from the first season, when Fred and Carrie are looking for the missing mayor (Kyle MacLachlan), and they try to track his cell phone:

The show is currently in the middle of its fifth season, and it’s still going strong. There have been tons of huge guest stars over the years too, with this season’s cameos including Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Wilde and Justin Long, not to mention appearances by Seth Meyers, Steve Buscemi, Greta Gerwig and more coming up soon. Comedians like Kumail Nanjiani recur on the show as well and even Portland’s real mayor has guest starred as the assistant to their fictional mayor.

It’s a pretty big deal to have a sketch show last for five seasons, let alone getting renewed for two more seasons at the same time, but there’s clearly some comedy magic happening with “Portlandia.” Armisen and Brownstein have found a great niche audience and culture ripe for laughs, and it helps that they’re actually part of that world as well. It makes the comedy genuine and not mean-spirited and removed from the scene.

If you haven’t watched any of “Portlandia,” the first four seasons are currently on Netflix Instant, so you should catch up. The fifth season of “Portlandia” is currently airing on IFC at 10pm ET on Thursdays.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.