Category: TV Review

January 28, 2014 Tim Brown

“Space Dandy” is a new space-themed comedy anime series by director Shinichiro Watanabe and studio Bones that premiered Jan. 4 on Toonami. The protagonist, Dandy, is an alien-hunting womanizer who travels across galaxies to harvest rare specimens of alien life.

June 2, 2012 Heather Hamilton

What do vampires, Victorian era England and a country veterinarian have in common? They are the three main components of an award-winning television web series. “Blood Bone and China,” which has won “Best Web Series in 2011,” “Best Directing in a Drama” and “Best Horror Web Series” (among others) in the U.K., is also a…

January 31, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

The first things to appear on the black screen are these intriguing words: “Once upon a time, there was an enchanted forest filled with all the classic characters we know. Or think we know…” Growing up in America, we were spoon fed Disney movies concurrent with breakfast; and as we grew, learned that in the…

January 24, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

The signature catchphrase “Always on. Slightly off;” sums up the feel of this off-beat TV show quite nicely.

Originally on a budget of less than $1 million, Portlandia is a television series that debuted its first season, ultimately consisting of six episodes, on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on January 21, 2011.The original short-based comedy was created, written by and stars Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney and current vocalist/guitarist for WILD FLAG).

Produced by Andrew Singer and Jonathan Krisel, each 22 minute episode is comprised of character-based shorts detailing amusing, boring, absurd and extraordinary activities in the everyday life of a true Portlandian. Armisen and Brownstein appear in each short-segment, time and again channeling a different set of characters involved in a new scheme and sporting innovative hair.

In keeping with the cities remarkable dedication to “keep it all local” the show is set and filmed in and near Portland, Oregon. And to spite its satirical humor towards their way of life, the show has, surprisingly, been fairly well received by Portland locals.

Episodes in the first season are chock-full of guest stars such as Sarah McLachlan, Aimee Mann, band members from The Shins, The Decemberists and even Portland’s own mayor Sam Adams playing the role of assistant to his fictional counterpart: the mayor of Portlandia.

Now in its second season, Portlandia has built up quite the reputation. This quirky show has especially captured the heart of those longing for the good ol’ days of handle-bar mustaches, fixed-gear bikes, roaming chickens and suspenders.
In the coming episodes you can expect to see guest appearances by such icons as Andy Samberg (SNL and Hot Rod) and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.

The episodes often lack content and resolution of any kind, but if bizarre dry humor is your cup of tea, then this is the show for you.