No, they’re not really related, but both are great viewing material. Forks over Knives is sobering and reminds us all to eat our vegetables. Portlandia is just plain hysterical — skits riffing on all the outrageous people in Portland and beyond. BTW, the Mayor of Portland portrayed in the skits has an uncanny likeness to Linc Chafee. He is seen bouncing on his exercise ball, working on his “core” while chatting with young musicians about writing a song to promote about Portland.
Here’s the trailer for Forks and Knives: