Weeds: Suburban life portrayed out of its norm

By: John Armstrong

After her husband’s unexpected death and subsequent financial woes, suburban mom Nancy Botwin (Parker) embraces a new profession: the neighborhood pot dealer. As it seems like everyone secretly wants what she’s selling — even city councilman Doug Wilson (Nealon) — Nancy is faced with keeping her family life in check and her enterprise a secret from her neighbor/pseudo-friend/PTA president, Celia Hodes (Perkins).

Image result for weeds the showMary Louise Parker plays a widowed suburban housewife forced to create new ways to generate enough income to support the lifestyle she and her family had become accustomed before her husband departed. Parker and Elizabeth Perkins are excellent representations of housewives dealing with serious problems in this unrealistic yet frighteningly realistic comedy about living in the suburbs. Unrealistic because it is doubtful that this scenario could actually take place but realistic because the actors portray real suburban characters that you might meet anywhere in the US. The PTA scenes are a scream to any mom that has attended these mundane meetings. Kevin Nealon is great as the always high accountant looking to score and Justin Kirk accurately plays Parkers outrageously screwed up brother-in-law that can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Even though this is a comedy, it also examines important aspects of suburban life. Drug abuse, race relations, cancer, homosexuality, mortality and morality are all explored in a real life yet unreal setting. It kind of makes you think while you are laughing at the superb dialog. This is one of my favorite TV-series of all time, if you haven’t seen it you should check it out.

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7 Responses to Weeds: Suburban life portrayed out of its norm

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I watched an episode of Weeds during my History of Television course last semester, and it wasn’t my favorite. Now, I think if we had watched the pilot episode I would’ve enjoyed it more. I didn’t know the characters or their relationships, which hindered my ability to connect with the show. I appreciate Weeds’ ability to address serious issues in a whimsical setting. I definitely need to give this show another chance. -Caitlin Herlihy

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I’ve never seen or heard of this show, but it sounds both hilarious and thought-provoking! I love the juxtaposition of real characters and unreal scenarios.

    -Meg Schmit

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I have seen this entire show and its one of my favorites as well. It is definitely not the most realistic show, but it is very entertaining and does discuss some real issues. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.

    -Walker Rise

  4. mediaphiles says:

    This show has been on my must-watch list for some time. There’s something to be said for the screwed-up suburbia series…they’re often fascinating, raunchy, aggravating, and oh too real.

    – Lydia

  5. mediaphiles says:

    I haven’t heard much about this show, but the little I have heard of it is high praise. I feel overwhelmed by the amount of accessible content to watch but I am very much interested in this show after reading your thoughts on it.

    – Cal

  6. mediaphiles says:

    I have watched a few seasons of this show actually and it was pretty good, kind of corny but still good. I liked the fact that it for the most part gave a real depiction of a mother doing whatever she needed to do to provide for her family.
    – Dez

  7. mediaphiles says:

    I remember binge watching this show and loving it. I hated the ending though, which kind of made me sad because I really enjoyed the series up until then. Overall, I liked the acting as well as the narrative. I highly recommend this series.

    -Shelby Halliman

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