The trailer for Season 5 of Portlandia is a little bit Law and Order, a little bit Michael Bay. With a dramatic soundtrack building suspense in the background, Fred, Carrie and their cadre of famous guest stars scream, fire machine guns, set gasoline aflame, and hang from ledges by their fingertips. If they weren’t so goofy, it would almost be suspenseful.
Of course, take out the action movie score and you’re left with the same old shenanigans we’re used to — namely, campaigning about the benefits of unpasteurized milk and attempting to free the whales at Sea World. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. After four seasons of milking the Portland stereotype nearly dry, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein keep coming up with more ridiculous spoofs of the dog-loving, bike-riding, coffee-drinking, organic-obsessed city that is Portland.
The trailer includes cameos from Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley, Jr., Justin Long, Olivia Wilde, Paul Reubens, Vanessa Bayer and Brigitte Nielsen. IFC has announced that Paul Simon, Oscar the Grouch, Steve Buscemi and many others will also appear this season.
The season premieres on Jan. 8, 2015.