The Dream of the (18)90’s is Alive in ‘Portlandia’

Though Portlandia has featured a number of memorable sketches and characters, the show’s calling card originates from the very first episode: "Dream of the 90s," the music video in which Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen walk around Portland singing about how everything old is new again in Oregon State. For this season they’ve revisited the same concept in a sketch called "Dream of the 1890s," going back another 100 years to sing about the turn of the 19th century. "Everyone’s kid grew up to be artisan bakers," Armisen cheerfully crows. "Everyone had homemade haircuts and shaved with straight razors."

I won’t ruin all the punchlines, so just watch for yourself. As usual, it’s wry, snippy stuff. You can always catch Portlandia when it airs live on IFC every Friday night at 9:30 P.M.

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