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This quirky comedy from Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel is back for a seventh season. Tonight we visit a storytelling expert and an unconventional hotel. Armisen and Brownstein continue to amaze playing multiple characters in that city to the south. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, on IFC.

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portlandiaIn Season 5 of this quirky comedy series, things are a little different. Each episode tells a single story centering on two characters. The opener is a hoot, where we flashback to the early ’90s to see how feminist bookstore owners Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen) met. Are you ready for “Dynasty”-style intrigue, shoulder pads and (yes!) a dance-off?

Bring on the season premiere, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, on IFC.

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Portlandia%205_3_0_2270359328Ecoterrorists storm an animal testing facility on tonight’s episode, but don’t worry — this quirky comedy hasn’t gone all hard-core political. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (and guest star Olivia Wilde) have a way of making these characters uniquely human and likable. And that is what makes this clever comedy — now in its fourth season — endlessly watchable. Oh, and did you see that bird in the opening sequence of last week’s premiere episode? 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, on IFC.

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It’s been fun to have Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and their multitude of quirky Northwest characters back for a third season, but just as winter comes to a close, so must our winter-TV favorites (yes, I’m still trying to cope without “Downton Abbey” on Sunday nights). So savor tonight’s episode (in which Portland suffers a citywide blackout) — it’ll have to tide you over until next season. Season finale, 7 and 10 p.m. on IFC.

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Carrie Brownstein, left, Fred Armisen and guest-star Chlöe Sevigny in the season premiere of “Portlandia.”

After a wonderful preview episode last month, the quirky comedy starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen is back for a third season with funny back-to-back new episodes. There’s a guy who proclaims that he’s “never owned a TV” discovering the current state of MTV; great musical numbers (“Change the world, one party at a time”); commercials for “natural” deodorant; and Portland “missionaries” sent to Seattle on a quest.

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