Weeds : Season 1

  • Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 7, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    Interesting but not especially funny. [1 Aug 2005]
  2. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 11, 2013
    50
    "Weeds" tries unsuccessfully to balance a lot of stories that are too disparate in tone. [7 Aug 2005]
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 11, 2013
    50
    Despite its unique premise, the show delivers little more than network sitcom material tarted up with cable raciness. [5 Aug 2005]
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 11, 2013
    100
    "Weeds" may indeed be the best-written new show of the year so far, but the performances are superb as well.
  5. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    "Weeds" isn't nearly as shocking or hilarious as it clearly thinks it is. [5 Aug 2005]
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    Weeds feels like a stoned Desperate Housewives: The pupils are dilated wide, as if able to pick out in sharp relief every detail of this suburban America, yet nothing really seems in focus at all.
  7. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 11, 2013
    100
    The best new show this season. [5 Aug 2005]
  8. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    Weeds may make you chuckle, but it wants you to gasp, and unless your name is June and you call your youngest son Beaver, it's not likely to happen. [7 Aug 2005]
  9. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 11, 2013
    80
    The premiere is a bit stiff, but the episodes improve over time, mostly thanks to two mesmerizing actresses in the lead roles.
  10. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    It's a good show waiting to happen, television cliches and all. [5 Aug 2005]
  11. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 11, 2013
    50
    Darker than "Desperate Housewives," and even less nuanced. [11 Aug 2005]
  12. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    Because it is wisely anchored in the marvelous performances of Parker and Perkins, "Weeds" packs a merrily subversive comic energy. [5 Aug 2005]
  13. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    'Weeds' stumbles at times during its first few episodes. It makes some of its points with too little humor and subtlety. But for the most part, this is a nuanced comedy with interesting characters performed by a first-rate cast. [5 Aug 2005]
  14. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Doug Elfman
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    "Weeds" comes from a Hollywood la-la land that is too crammed with trauma and wit to be real. But it's just entertaining enough to be watchable, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere dramatically deep. [4 Aug 2005]
  15. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 11, 2013
    80
    The triumph of Parker's performance - just like that of James Gandolfini's depiction of Tony Soprano - is that she makes one care about Botwin in spite of all her flaws. [7 Aug 2005]
  16. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    83
    The opening of Weeds makes me want to scream. ... That said, Weeds is a dozen times more creative than its opening credits.
  17. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    Comparisons will be made to ABC's "Desperate Housewives," but "Weeds" is meaner and sharper, eschewing the chirpy attitude that blunts the sting of most plot turns in "Housewives." [5 Aug 2005]
  18. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    [Parker] may be the best actress in all of television. Certainly, she's the most natural, and one of the most irresistibly lovable. [4 Aug 2005]
  19. Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    The result is another finely acted cable drama with great production values and the germ of an interesting idea behind it but no coherent tone or character development or story, even -- just a series of attempts to pass off creatively exaggerated behavior, the more desperate the better, as some kind of social commentary.
  20. 70
    The best I can wish for is a vehicle worthy of Parker’s prodigal talents ... By this standard, Showtime’s new sitcom Weeds is at least adequate, verging occasionally on inspired.
  21. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    A deliciously witty comedy with stark dramatic touches. [6 Aug 2005]
  22. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    There's an uneven quality to the humor, and the snide putdown of "Leave It to Beaver"-land is starting to get old. [5 Aug 2005]
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    Weeds is still trying a little too hard—trying, by turns, to be edgy and HBO-ish or campy and ABC-ish. But if it hasn't yet quite achieved the self-confident swagger of HBO flagships like The Wire or The Sopranos, it's certainly a lot more fun to watch than Desperate Housewives.
  24. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 20, 2013
    63
    Like Lisa Kudrow on the heinous The Comeback, Parker brings a great performance to a less than one-dimensional part.
  25. Boston Herald
    Jul 11, 2013
    25
    Wouldn't be funny even if you were stoned. [7 Aug 2005]
  26. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Marc Peyser
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    A first-rate show with a wonderful cast... and a delicious satirical streak. [1 Aug 2005]
  27. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Cynthia Littleton
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    "Weeds" is a blast, a wry, well-written look at the life of the pot dealer next door in small-screen suburbia. [1 Aug 2005]
  28. The Detroit News
    Reviewed by: Mekeisha Madden Toby
    Jul 11, 2013
    83
    Smarter and more creative than ABC's "Desperate Housewives," that other show about superficial suburbia, "Weeds" has edgier and wittier writing. [6 Aug 2005]
  29. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    Jul 11, 2013
    80
    Showtime's subversive new offering is smart, funny, human and truly likable.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jan 27, 2017
    0
    On va faire une sitcom subversive : une veuve obligée de dealer du chichon pour s'en sortir ! trop bien le concept. Et on mettra dedans lesOn va faire une sitcom subversive : une veuve obligée de dealer du chichon pour s'en sortir ! trop bien le concept. Et on mettra dedans les dialogues les plus cons qu'on puisse écrire, les jokes les plus débiles et les situations les plus bouffonnes, une sorte de croisement entre Benny Hill et Madame est servie. Mais avec de l'herbe dedans. Ouuééé trop bien. Juste un truc : il s'agit d'une sitcom version longue et on a oublié les rires enregistrés. On est vraiment trop des cons. Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2016
    6
    Despite being entertaining for the most part, it's difficult to truly love a show that has such a sexist commentary and where there are noDespite being entertaining for the most part, it's difficult to truly love a show that has such a sexist commentary and where there are no decent characters to root for. Unusually for such a successful show, all the characters in Weeds are morally compromised - a mixed bag of perverts, misogynists, criminals and narcissists, ALL of whom are spectacularly selfish and/or self-absorbed. On the sexist commentary, I could write an essay, but will suffice to say that as a female viewer, it's offensive and puerile. It's hard to believe a woman created such a sexist bunch of characters AND a weak central female character who accepts such blatant sexism and degradation with a doe-eyed smile. Full Review »
  3. Jul 21, 2013
    8
    I just finished binge watching this on Netflix. There are periods throughout the series where the show seemed to be in a lull for severalI just finished binge watching this on Netflix. There are periods throughout the series where the show seemed to be in a lull for several episodes at a time, but eventually it always found it's stride and left me wanting more. The characters are entertaining, especially Andy, and I enjoyed that the show doesn't even pretend to take itself seriously. The recurring theme of being white and privileged and expecting everyone to take care of your problems for you makes for a lot of comedic moments. Also, it's definitely not glamorizing weed so don't feel like this is a show that you can't admit to watching. I do wish that the season 7 finale had been the ending though, season 8 was pretty weak and didn't add much to the story. Full Review »