Too Hipster For TV? Portlandia Returns January 6

By Evan Shapiro
For the past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to be a small part of a show called Portlandia. The series — created by the prolifically talented Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and returning on Friday for a second season — has been described by many a stinging satire of Hipster culture. While it does parody Hipster earnestness, the show pays loving tribute to communities LIKE Portland everywhere — Silver Lake, Austin, Boulder, Williamsburg, Minneapolis, Northampton, Berkeley, etc, etc, etc — and much has been made about how the show has puts Hipster Culture in the spotlight.

I must say, however, Hipsters are not a new TV phenomenon. With thick glasses, just-so-avant-garde fashion and knowing smirks, Hipsters have had a special place on TV since the beginning of the medium — even before the birth of the term. For more than half a century, TV Hipsters have had a profound effect on American culture. These characters taught many of us the importance of oddball tastes, wardrobe thrifting and (perhaps more importantly) the ever-lasting power of snark.


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