The BEST Episodes of Portlandia

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Network: IFC

Sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, based on the oddball characters and settings of Portland, Oregon.

One Moore Episode

#1 - One Moore Episode

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 13, 2012

Doug and Claire become a bit obsessed with "Battlestar Galactica" and it begins to take over their lives.

star 8.52
463 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Spyke Drives

#2 - Spyke Drives

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 2014

Peter drives Nance to the emergency room. Spyke gets a car. Ghavin has some questions for a singer whose band is touring through Portland. Fred and Carrie have a garage sale. Dinner party guests are held hostage by a story that won’t end. Claire and Doug improve their relationship by treating each other like dogs. Guest starring Annie Clark, Kumail Nanjiani and Kyle MacLachlan.

star 8.44
287 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Graham Wagner, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Nina's Birthday

#3 - Nina's Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 11, 2013

Nina goes to great lengths to throw an extravagant 32nd birthday party for herself. The day-long event is set to include activities ranging from horseback rides to sunrise yoga that will last well into the night. The party turns into a Tapas Dinner.

star 8.40
321 votes
Brunch Village

#4 - Brunch Village

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 9, 2012

New brunch hotspot Fisherman’s Porch gets a write-up in the local paper, prompting Peter and Nance to give it a try – only to find hundreds of others had the same idea. Portland’s Mayor offers to take Fred and Carrie to brunch, but when the bridge is blocked he is forced to find alternate routes. Feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace take physical measures to remove unwanted pedestrians in line for brunch in front of their store. Nance has Peter hold her spot while she gets her jacket, only to return to accusations that she is cutting the line. Two bouncers escort her to a crazed man who metes out punishment for line cutters – and it is up to Peter to save her.

star 8.33
313 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Bill Oakley, Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Squiggleman

#5 - Squiggleman

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 18, 2013

Concerned parents Brendan and Michelle start a band that makes kids music; The Portland Nerd Council issues a Public Service Announcement; Malcom and Kris have an uncomfortable lunch at a vegan restaurant. The Feminist Bookstore hosts a comedy night.

star 8.32
381 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Bill Oakley, Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel
The Temp

#6 - The Temp

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 1, 2013

A temp worker hopes to turn her stint as Interim Mayor of Portland into a full-time job with Fred and Carrie's help; a wedding is interrupted; local baristas draft a coffee shop manifesto; Kath and Dave struggle to find a table at a restaurant.

star 8.30
298 votes
Late in Life Drug Use

#7 - Late in Life Drug Use

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 17, 2014

Mr. Mayor plans a Pride Parade. Brendan and Michelle decide it’s finally time to try recreational drugs. The Punslingers name some new businesses. Carrie’s brother comes to visit with his new boyfriend. The cops visit Toni and Candace. Spyke and Iris have dinner at a suspiciously bad Thai restaurant. Guest starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dan Savage and Josh Homme.

star 8.25
284 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Graham Wagner, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Missionaries

#8 - Missionaries

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 4, 2013

The Mayor sends Fred and Carrie on a door-to-door mission to Seattle to recruit new citizens for Portland; pedicab driver hustles for clients; Peter and Nance prepare for the opening of their Bed and Breakfast with a visit to The Doily Shoppe.

star 8.23
324 votes
Take Back MTV

#9 - Take Back MTV

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 4, 2013

Spyke and Iris join forces with a gang of former MTV stars to take back MTV from the Tweens; a group of frustrated college grads stage a protest on the dance floor; Sandra has a crush on a mysterious man in her meditation class.

star 8.19
281 votes
House for Sale

#10 - House for Sale

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 26, 2015

Fred and Carrie’s landlord moves into their house. Kath and Dave look to buy a new home for their next renovation project.

star 8.12
169 votes
Directors: Steve Buscemi
Writers:
Motorcycle

#11 - Motorcycle

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 17, 2012

An idyllic music gathering becomes tense when they face the logistics of loading a harp into a sedan; A middle-aged couple attempts to reclaim the ideals of being young, rebellious and sexy by getting motorcycles; Second-hand clothing store workers scrutinize a woman’s fashion sense when she attempts to sell her used clothes; Nina attempts to convince her boyfriend Lance to join Facebook; Claire goes out for an evening and gets a sitter for her husband, Doug.

star 8.10
339 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Ecoterrorists

#12 - Ecoterrorists

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 6, 2014

Ecoterrorists protest animal testing at a makeup company; Bryce and Lisa Rent it Out!; Toni and Candace have a car wash; Fred misses hip hop; Dave helps Kath get a good night's sleep.

star 8.09
267 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Graham Wagner, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Dead Pets

#13 - Dead Pets

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

Police start profiling people that are considered odd after arsonists burn down a taxidermy shop.

star 8.08
183 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers:
Grover

#14 - Grover

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 2012

Michelle and Brendan pull out all the stops to see that their son gains admittance to a prestigious preschool.

star 8.07
399 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Soft Opening

#15 - Soft Opening

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 8, 2013

Peter and Nance practice hosting friends at the soft opening of their bed and breakfast; a magazine features a local furniture maker in their Man Issue; steampunks attend a convention; Fred takes a love interest on a bold third date.

star 8.06
347 votes
Trail Blazers

#16 - Trail Blazers

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 10, 2014

Joaquin makes a smoothie. Kickstarter videos compete at the Cant’s Film. Sandra visits a tattoo removal parlor. Malcolm and Kris make their own clothing. Toni and Candace coach the Portland Trail Blazers’ dance team. Guest starring Gus Van Sant, Paul Allen and The Portland Trail Blazers.

star 8.05
337 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Graham Wagner, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
The Story of Toni and Candace

#17 - The Story of Toni and Candace

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 2015

In 1991, a merger between two corporate book retailers pits young, sexy, shoulder-pad wearing Toni and Candace against one another in fierce competition to oversee the Chick Lit Department.

star 8.04
205 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers:
No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge

#18 - No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 22, 2013

The Rats decide to move out of their newly-gentrified neighborhood; first-time parents read various child-rearing books; Gahvin and his girlfriend go to the movies; Carrie and Alexandra have dinner at a communal table.

star 8.03
318 votes
Cat Nap

#19 - Cat Nap

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 10, 2012

In a boutique clothing store “Two Girls Two Shirts,” the owners are momentarily tempted by the idea of having customers; A struggling band finds itself with an all too enthusiastic fan; Jayde from “jayde speaks Sevyn” and director Gahvin Quin make a video plea to help raise money in the name of art. When an innovative intern suggests improvements at the feminist bookstore, shopkeepers Toni and Candace defend their way of doing business; Carrie’s sister begins making jewelry, prompting Fred to consider a new way to make a living; A houseowner’s move takes longer than she expects when she accidentally hires an eco-friendly moving crew.

star 8.01
372 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Bahama Knights

#20 - Bahama Knights

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 3, 2014

Fred has an idea for a music documentary. Peter is reunited with his old band, The Bahama Knights, and his ex-wife is lead singer. Trudy and Craig produce a song. Carrie and Fred go home after a concert. Guest starring Maya Rudolph, Tuck & Patti and Jeff Tweedy.

star 7.98
300 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Graham Wagner, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Cops Redesign

#21 - Cops Redesign

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 3, 2012

Nostalgia-loving Jason returns to LA from Portland and informs Melanie of another Portland throwback trend; the Mayor of Portland tasks Fred and Carrie with redesigning the Portland Police Department's uniforms and image; an excited donor donates his old music LPs to an elite preschool, but protective parents Brendan and Michelle question his sonic sensibilities; a team of salespeople at Bad Art Good Walls specialize in supplying new coffee shops with horrible art.

star 7.98
315 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Cool Wedding

#22 - Cool Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 20, 2012

Militant bike messenger Spyke and his fiancée Iris strive for non-conformity in their upcoming nuptials; Carrie drops her beloved iPhone, and her life flashes before her eyes; Two overly-polite drivers come to a standstill at an intersection when neither wants to be the first to go; A grocery shopper (Jack McBrayer) finds scorn when he forgets his reusable shopping bag; A bestselling author (Shoreh Agadashloo) visits the feminist bookstore to do a book-reading.

star 7.98
415 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Blackout

#23 - Blackout

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 1, 2013

Electricity is shut off for the entire City of Portland due to unpaid bills at the Mayor's Office. Peter and Nance have a mysterious guest at their bed and breakfast. Kath and Dave go into survival mode. Fred and Carrie team up to find Mr. Mayor and restore power to the city.

star 7.98
348 votes
Sharing Finances

#24 - Sharing Finances

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 27, 2014

A young woman is haunted by very smart ghosts; Doug and Claire make a big commitment to one another; Kath and Dave make the most of fifteen minutes; Sandra finally finds a soul mate; Fred is visited by a Date Fact Checker.

star 7.97
319 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Graham Wagner, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto
Fashion

#25 - Fashion

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 2015

Portland’s Dollar Store recruits Quinn as the face for their rebranding campaign. Spyke faces trial for making unlicensed Bart Simpson merchandise.

star 7.95
209 votes
Directors: Jonathan Krisel
Writers: