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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 7, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk
  • Summary: This series is a single-camera comedy about a single mother who makes ends meet by selling marijuana in the fictional suburb of Agrestic, California. The series exposes the dirty little secrets that lie behind the pristine lawns and shiny closed doors of homes in the of this gated community. Mary Louise Parker stars as the suburban mom who resorts to selling weed to support her family after her husband unexpectedly dies. Jenji Kohan executive produces and writes the series.

    Beginning with the premiere of the fourth season, the show shifted it's premise in almost it's entirety by relocating the cast to the fictional border town of Ren Mar after Agrestic burned to the ground. From here Nancy gave up her green thumb and began trafficking drugs over the border. Airing Information:
    First Season:
    Preview of pilot aired on Sunday, August 7, 2005 on Showtime at 10 PM EST with repeats on the following Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10PM EST.
    From then on episodes aired first on Mondays at 10PM EST with repeats on Mondays right after the episode premiere and on Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00PM EST and approximately 10:30PM EST and Sunday at 10:30PM EST.
    Second Season:
    The season premiere will air on Monday, August 14, 2006 on Showtime.
    Third Season:
    The season premiere will air on Monday, August 13, 2007 on Showtime at 10 PM EST.

    Production Information:
    Produced by Lions Gate Television in association with Titled Productions. Weeds has received a 10-episode commitment for it's first season. It was renewed after Weeds received a Golden Globe Nomination and the two leading ladies received nominations also. The 13 episodes of the second season were filmed. Theme Song:
    "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds

    Awards and Nominations:
    63rd Annual Golden Globes in 2006
    1. Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Weeds (Showtime - Lions Gate Television, Inc.)
    Nomination
    2. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy:
    Mary-Louise Parker (Nancy Botwin)
    Won
    3. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
    Elizabeth Perkins (Celia Hodes)
    Nominated
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  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
  • Creator: Jenji Kohan
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Aug 7, 2005
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    Interesting but not especially funny. [1 Aug 2005]
  7. Jul 11, 2013
    25
    Wouldn't be funny even if you were stoned. [7 Aug 2005]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    Funny, quick, amusing, sad, relate able, and completely satisfying. I love this show! Parker is a great actress who really makes the show what it is and the writers do a fantastic job of creating voice and inventing these fun and bubbly personalities! i can not get enough of this show! Expand
  2. Feb 10, 2011
    8
    Season 1 introduces the characters, the community and the premise very well. By the end of season 1 we have a solid grasp on what's happened. It was unfortunate that Celia's daughter left as she was an interesting, young female character and left a gap on the show. The deaf girl was obviously meant to replace this character but I think the show would have done better with both of them. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2010
    8
    Great show. Would love to see some better writing. Little annoyed the MLP's character who originally represented a resourceful mother with strength suddenly became a whimpy wuss, submissive to a temporary character. The desk scene didn't match her previously established personality. Hoping the writing snaps back in line with the character we came to love. All in all, good show, believable. Expand
  4. Feb 19, 2011
    8
    Really nice show. Interesting and funny even if it's not really rational. First and second seasons are the best (as usual) but I always wait for the next Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2011
    8
    First three seasons are classic, but what happens later is just a loose cluster of bad writing, awkward jokes and terribly unfunny situations. You keep hoping that it will get better, but it doesn't, and I don't think it will. Expand
  6. 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 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. Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2012
    1
    Weeds had so much potential, but unfortunately Mary-Louise Parker ruins it. She is not funny or entertaining to watch at all. I am very disappointed with this show because the main character should have been Kevin Nealon instead. He is the only reason why my rating isn't a 0. Expand

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