Portlandia is a fast-paced comedy show, featuring short sketches. Set in Portland Oregon, the viewer is introduced to an assortment of characters, all who may in some way represent the kind of person who lives in Portland, or perhaps the kind of perhaps we think might. There are punks, hippies, smart executive couples, eccentrics, feminist booksellers, wholefood market assistants, obsessive people, kinky people, the earnest and the inept. Some, not all, characters are on-going and appear in most episodes. My favourite sketches are those featuring two women who run women & women first bookstore. They are archetypal feminists, who seem today rather out of place and old-school, but their characters are quite complex and well-meaning.
I hope more viewers discover this show - it is better than a lot of comedy shown on bigger networks, in my opinion. It helps that Carrie Brownstein is a musician because one appealing feature of the show is the number of musician guests that are written in for cameo roles, from Aimee Mann to the lead singer of Pearl Jam, who's name I forget right now!
Watch this if you like off-beat, edgy, witty comedy that's got a beating heart and doesn't mind who you are so long as you find less-ordinary people are your folk.