13. 'Dream of the Nineties'
Although both Armisen and Brownstein have enviable musical backgrounds, Portlandia isn't a show that's likely to trot out over-the-top, song-heavy sketches. "Dream of the Nineties" is the hysterical exception to the rule, a music video/exposition-heavy story that handily explains the charm of Portland — a place where people never stopped "getting piercings, getting tribal tattoos, forming bands" and "where young people go to retire." It's less a city than an early Lollapalooza show, trapped in amber in the Pacific Northwest.