Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

It’s no small feat that IFC’s off-center sketch comedy show Portlandia never feels repetitive; after all, the central cast is only made up of two heads, Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen and Sleater Kinney guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein. The show’s overall mood, that of silliness played completely straight, helps to keep the energy vibrant from skit to skit, as Armisen and Brownstein lovingly lampoon the citizens of Portland, OR. Both absurdist and satirical, Portlandia strikes a chord all its own.