Although television series, aside from MST3K, may not be the first thing you think of when you imagine the things we review here at Varied Celluloid, but as always we like to keep our tastes quite open. When passed a copy of the IFC sketch comedy show Portlandia for review, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity! A strange and memorizing piece of television comedy, this is one that shouldn’t be missed. Read the review, buy the DVD/Bluray set and prepare for the all new season which begins this month!

The Plot: Portlandia is a sketch comedy program that bounces around the city of Portland, Oregon. We get to meet Fred (Fred Armisen) and Carrie (Carrie Brownstein) as they have outrageous conversations with the mayor (Kyle McClachlen), as well as the lunatics who generally run wild in this liberal free-thinking utopia. We meet the ladies at the feminist bookstore, who generally have nothing but antagonism for all men, and we also run into a wide variety of outrageous characters who get into adventures during these everyday situations. A place where few seem to hold down regular 9-5 jobs, Portland is shown in a ideal manner where everyone is focused on green energy, sexual equality and a total neglect of all things mainstream.