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"Weeds" (2005)
USA / English
"Putting the Herb in Suburb. "
Comedy about a suburban mother turned marijuana dealer.
Mary-Louise Parker Nancy Botwin (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Elizabeth Perkins Celia Hodes (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Romany Malco Conrad Shepard (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Kevin Nealon Doug Wilson (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Hunter Parrish Silas Botwin (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Andy Milder Dean Hodes (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Alexander Gould Shane Botwin (25 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tonye Patano Heylia James (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
Justin Kirk Andy Botwin (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
Allie Grant Isabelle Hodes / ... (19 episodes, 2005-2007)
Indigo Vaneeta (19 episodes, 2005-2007)
Renee Victor Lupita (14 episodes, 2005-2007)
Martin Donovan Peter Scottson / ... (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Shoshannah Stern Megan / ... (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Maulik Pancholy Sanjay (12 episodes, 2005-2007)
Director: Lee Rose,Burr Steers
Producer: Shawn Schepps,Michael Platt
Writer: Michael Platt,Barry Safchik
Weeded out
"Weeds"; where to begin with this one. Well, my connection with it began a couple months ago when I met up with a friend of mine who was home from college on spring break. My friend has become a complete pro-pot activist while away and funny, I don't ever recall him mentioning having a job, despite a fat pocket of cash, for which I believe he said was going towards a supplier, or something like that. I guess dealing has its perks when it's inked with an ounce (no pun intended) of legitimacy.

That's the dilemma with all-American white suburban mom Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), who's forced to have to sell the wacky tobaccy when her husband dies, leaving her a widow and the sole caretaker of her two sons Shane (Alexander Gould) and Silas (Hunter Parrish). Left with no other alternatives because of her husband's death and mounting financial woes, she embraces the lowly enterprise of becoming the neighborhood pot dealer, receiving bags of the stuff from stern supplier Heylia James (Tonye Patano) and her lackadaisical nephew Conrad (Romany Malco).

"Weeds," as envisioned by creator Jenji Kohan, is a show that neither endorses nor condemns marijuana usage; it's not making a political statement of its legalization either. It's just a portrait of a middle class mom forced to make a hasty decision in the heat of the moment.

Of course the things Nancy does can't be condoned (including her and other characters' bizarre habit of sex with strangers), but what is she to do? I personally think the pot-dealing angle of the plot only goes to suffice its true motives, which are to paint a funny, satirical view of suburban angst, boredom, and trouble. I haven't seen a suburban comedy as funny or as engaging as "Weeds." After the unwanted departure of "Dead Like Me," the channel has been left to pick up the pieces in its aftermath.

Pretty soon everyone wants a piece of the action, including the city's councilman Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) and Nancy's slacker brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk). But between her pot-dealing, she must also contend with her lovelorn son Silas' blossoming relationship with the daughter of Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins), and Shane's unusual behavior at school and at home. Celia, by the way, overhears rumors her husband (Andy Milder) is having an affair with his Asian tennis instructor (I don't need to go into specifics about the details of THIS affair).

"Weeds" shows promise as first-class entertainment on Showtime, which is set to become my new FOX and TNT. And don't forget to check out "Barbershop" too.

"Weeds" – weed it out.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:TV-show
Musician: Brandon Jay
Running time: 30 min
Subtitles: inga; Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3