Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein
Irreverence is in no short supply on Portlandia, the strange comedic brainchild of co-creators, executive producers, and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. In anything-goes fashion, the Saturday Night Live alum and Sleater Kinney guitarist/vocalist portray a wide array of eccenctrics, all living in a heightened version of Portland, OR, and all uniquely demented.
A sketch comedy show in ways unlike, say, SNL or Chappelle's Show, Portlandia seamlessly weaves its offbeat skits into one overarching depiction of city life. And this year, Armisen and Brownstein welcomed guests like Andy Samberg and Miranda July into their melting pot of weirdness.
Though it's a decidely acquired taste, once you've settled into its subversive groove, Portlandia is charmingly one-of-a-kind.