'Portlandia' First Look: Fred Armisen dreams of '90s

PortlandiaImage Credit: Scott Green/IFCRemember the ’90s? (You know, the time when people were talking about getting tribal tattoos.) If you feel like you’re living in the wrong era, or that your affinity for drab-colored hoodies and knit caps isn’t being appreciated in your sunny surroundings (bah humbug), Fred Armisen has the answer: Portland. The SNL star is preaching the values of this lost era in the new six-part sketch series Portlandia. Created and written by Armisen, and costarring Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, the show is an homage to the days of listless ambition and the cool temperatures of the Pacific Northwest. EW has an exclusive first look at Portlandia‘s first scene (embedded below); check out the full episode when it premieres Friday Jan. 21 at 10:30 p.m. EST on IFC. (But no piercings, please. That’s so San Francisco.)

Whenever I look back on this glorious decade, I think of double-decker bicycles and a mob of angry clowns (don’t we all?). With so many ’80s remakes, it’s about time we revisit grunge, Valley Girl-speak, and dial-up connections (well, maybe not the last one… ). Will you watch Portlandia? Of course you will! Because in Portland, tattoo ink never runs dry.

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  • Jenna

    I have a feeling I’ll love this. Man I miss the 90s.

  • Abraham

    I’m with you Jenna. The 90’s are awesome. So is Fred Armisen.

  • Brigette

    Looks like something special.

  • K8

    Can’t wait for this but bummed IFC started adding commercials during their shows and movies

  • Lynn HL

    I am disappointed Carrie associates with a disrespectful womanizing louse. Fred Armisen is a male chauvinist and an insult to movements Carrie has championed.

    • t.k.o.

      Fred is such a creep I hope this show fails miserably. He should not be encouraged or rewarded. This is one D-level sleazebag that uses whatever power or fame he gets to manipulate and humiliate women.

      • Mr. Dibergi

        I still find it hard to find very much new music that I enjoy. It does happen, but I still love quite a bit of the music from at least 1990-1996 or so. Well before the “everybody has internet and a laptop recording studio” time. There was a time not long ago when you had to really look hard to find out what was going on. It wasn’t just sitting at the end of a mouse click. Damn. I’m gonna go listen to Helmet and Fugazi in ultra-modern digital format.

    • PeeDX

      That is sooooo Portland…

  • Voodoo

    Man, the 90s were the best.

  • bill

    Lets be real. The 80s was the best. The only thing i can think of in the 90s was Grunge and crap.

    • Voodoo

      I’ll admit the 80s were awesome too, but the 90s were WAY more than just grunge. Besides that’s just the early 90s anyway. I think we can all agree though that so far this century has sucked.

  • Teresa

    Living in Portland, I can attest to the accuracy of this sketch.

    • ann

      Ha – seriously! I think I saw most of those people last weekend.

    • Jalal

      Living in Portland, I see how I am going to love every second of it. I hope the rest of the country can appreciate it as much as we will.

  • SuicideSamurai

    If Fred thinks Portland is living the dream of the 90’s, he really needs to drop down 90 miles to Eugene,

    • Ronald Chmara

      Eugene’s a little more 60’s than 90’s.

  • WTF?

    As a Native Oregonian and former Portland resident, yes, this is 100% accurate. Even moreso in Eugene.

  • Crazy 8

    This is sweet, I have been in Portland for ten years, caught the end of the 90’s. This is an accurate representation of this city thus far.

  • everyone

    fred armisen is a liar
    fred armisen is a pig
    fred armisen is a con
    fred armisen is a waste
    fred armisen is a failure
    fred armisen is an egomaniac

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