“ Showtime / American Comedy Series „
I am currently up to season 4 of the series and I have been hooked from the first episode.
The script is well written and always exciting, leaving you on edge at the end of every episode, a skill alot of other shows have yet to master.
Weeds stars Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a widowed housewife who has resorted to selling marijuana in the gated community of Agrestic, in order to provide for her two boys, Shane (Alexander Gould) and Silas (Hunter Parrish).
Through-out the series she comes up against different scenarios that you would expect most drug dealers go through, threats, robbing, blackmail but she somehow manages (sometimes in the nick of time) to overcomes these obstacles.
You sympathise with Nancy, who is just trying to protect her family while grieving for her husband. Alot of her decisions seem irrational but this is what makes the programme more thrilling and addictive.
It exposes communities that are thought to be pure and full of good, honest people to be just as corrupt as any sort of 'ghetto'. It mixes the scandal of Desperate Housewives with the humour of Arrested Development.
A nice little touch which makes each episode unique is the theme song 'Little Boxes' which is performed by various artists at the start of each episode.
Attention to such detail, such as and the gripping storylines made me want to watch another episode one after the other.
Weeds is the best Television series to come out of the US in a long-time, I watched the 4 series back to back last summer and found them highly entertaining with fun and interesting story lines, an entertaining comedy with splashings of drama, suspense and sex appeal.
From the opening credits with the funky soundtrack "Little Boxes", I was drawn in to the program, the story revolves around Nancy Botwin (played by the beautiful Mary Louise Parker) whose husband suddenly keels over into a bush whilst running and dies, Nancy and her family live a life of moderate luxury and to retain this type of lifestyle, she decides to turn to drug dealing with a contact obtained from her step-brother, the lazy pot-smoking layabout Andy Botwin.
Living in the leafy Californian suburbs of Agrestic, a posh housing estate with big houses where people live seemingly perfect lives - we get to know all the habits and going ons of the neighbours. The children, in particular Shane Botwin are hillarious and Andy's range of strange and deranged girlfriends are also a laugh. When Nancy gets together a team of people growing and selling marijuana, we are introduced to a whole range of quirky characters as well as some guys who mean business.
The programme seems to get heavier and heavier as the series goes on and whilst the decisions Nancy makes are highly unbelievable, this ensures that the storyline evolves and that there is plenty of interesting episodes. My personal favourite character from this show is Doug Adams played by the hillarious Kevin Nealon.
There's a lot of cool music in this show, I find it to be a perfect mix of Sex and the City, The Sopranos and something a whole lot more humorous. Personally it's my favourite US series ever. The episodes always end so that you want to watch the next one urgently!
This American series has got to be one of the most addictive shows on Earth! This is the story of a REALLY desperate housewife, Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) who is recently widowed and becomes a pot dealer in order to keep up her family's suburban lifestyle. Surely...you would think, that living in the suburbs would be a big obstacle for gaining clients, but it soon emerges that customers can crop up in the most surprising of places.
With an amazing cast playing characters who all have secrets that they believe to be shock horror, until that is they find out Nancy is dealing. Although she tries her best to hide it from those close to her - her sons, Shane and Silas soon figure out what's going on.
In the first season we find out each characters "secret" which in the suburbs is never really a secret at all. Then as Nancy's dealing becomes more successful we see her move through a chain of suppliers, friends and enemies until she eventually unknowingly ends up dating (or should I say sleeping with) a DEA agent - Peter Scottson. With this dramatical ending Nancy wonders how long it will be until she is uncovered.
Season two is "funnier, darker and even more daring". Now that Nancy's business is a hit she has to find better ways of protecting herself and hiding her business. With friends Celia, Doug and Conrad joining her for this addictive season as well as her brother in law Andy, Nancy takes bigger risks, makes bigger decisions and toys with the big boys in the business.
Mary-Louise Parker won a Golden Globe for her performance on the show, and Jenji Kohan won a WGA award for her screenplay for the pilot episode.
Following the series is well-worth while and seasons 3 and 4 bring with them even more drama, comedy and addictive personalities!
"Weeds is a highly original, edgy drama with a great black comic streak"
'Weeds' is set in a typical American suburb, albeit a fictitious one called Agrestic. Nansy Botwin has recently been widowed after her husband died of a heart attack while out jogging, and is struggling to make ends meet. Her solution to her problems is to become a marijuana dealer, and the series show her struggles to keep this fact from her nosy neighbours, as well as keeping her neighbour Celia on the straight and narrow as she battles through an unhappy marriage, and coping with her wayward brother-in-law who comes to live with her and her two sons early in the first series
Whilst there are a number of strong characters in the programme, it is Mary-Louise Parker in the lead role who really stands out as the star of the show. Although her circumstances could not be much further removed from many of our own lives, you can relate to her difficulties in trying to keep control of her children and bring them up in 'the right way'. Even the most staunch members of the anti drug brigade would find it hard to condemn her for her choice of 'career', and the show at no stage tries to glorify the issue, simply presenting it as a necessary evil to enable her to keep her family afloat. Anyone who enjoyed 'Desperate Housewives' is likely to find this equally rewarding, and whilst it is certainly not for the prudish, there is much more to it than just sex and drugs. I recommend it most highly.
Well I must say that I really am very surprised to find myself writing the first review of this excellent television program.
Ever since I saw Mary-Louise Parker in The West Wing I have just felt that there is something so sexy about her, so with her being the lead in this...well I'm in heaven haha!
Ok let's try and get away from the primal red blooded reason for watching this and offer a more subjective opinion;O)
Like all the best shows the most striking thing here is the humour present in not always the most obviously funny situations. Some of it just makes me smirk while other bits have me laughing out loud. lolling if you will. Anyone who watched the episode in question couldn't fail to smile after Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) found out the cause of a blockage in their drains and then after a failed attempt at the birds and bees talk with her son gave the brother-in-law the job of having a 'man chat'. Next thing the son appears to be eating a lot of bananas which has surely got to be good for him right haha!!??
But anyway I'm running away with myself here and as the first member to provide a review I guess some sort of a synopsis is very much necessary.
The story begins with a recent widow and mum of two (Nancy Botwin) struggling to make ends meet, after her husband died suddenly from a heart attack, who through contacts of her husband decides to sell a little pot. So the useless waste of space slacker that is the previously mentioned brother-in law appears on the scene needing a roof over his head and never leaves....and there we have the Botwin household.
From here the plot branches out in many different directions as Nancy encounters the usual parenting pitfalls while trying to be a good friend to her alcoholic neighbour as well as deal with the many issues a suburban pot dealer must learn to deal with. Oh yeah and then there's the issue of boyfriends/love interests and that can get really complicated in her line of work!
I think one of the best things about Weeds is that with some things I have to really feel in the right mood to watch them. With this it's always just so easy to pick it up and get right in to the story nice and quickly. Putting it down again is another matter though as following in the tradition of all such shows you can pretty much guarantee a cliffhanger just when you are thinking....I'll go to bed after this episode.