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Weeds - Season 6 Jenji Kohan
Weeds - Season 6 Where else to go but down for the Botwins. After Shane (Alexander Gould) clubbed Pilar (Kate del Castillo) at the end of season five, Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) takes the band on the run. Silas (Hunter Parrish) reluctantly follows his family. Andy (Justin Kirk) blows it with his doctor girlfriend (Alanis Morissette) so he decides to help out the family. Later, Doug (Kevin Nealon) gets dragged into the escape, as Cesar (Enrique Castillo) and Ignacio (Hemky Madera) search for Esteban's son.

Season six makes perfect sense considering the trajectory of the show. Nancy ineptly climbed the drug industry career ladder, so once she got to the top it made sense she would fall and crash through the bottom floor. The Botwins try to go straight for about two minutes, before they start selling hash at a hotel, a trailer park, and a night club. Nancy doesn't adhere to Andy's rules for living off the grid, and eventually Esteban (Demián Bichir) catches up with them. The Botwins have truly hit rock bottom, and more than in any other season, Nancy comes close to losing her family. Silas almost leaves the family three times (once with his newly found biological father). Shane becomes more morbid and cynical. It's only by giving herself up that Nancy can finally make her family safe.
30 minutes
This product was released around August 2010 by Showtime
I consumed this around July 2011
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 7/24/2011 9:33:44 PM
Weeds - Season 5 Jenji Kohan
Weeds - Season 5 Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) keeps moving up the drug industry hierarchy. After nearly getting killed in season four, a stroke of luck keeps her alive in season five. The idea of saving her family takes a turn as it is absorbed into that Esteban (Demián Bichir), a Mexican drug kingpin. From her lowly beginnings as a solitary marijuana dealer, she has stumbled to the very top of the drug trade. The danger to Andy (Justin Kirk), Silas (Hunter Parrish), Shane (Alexander Gould), and now a new baby is at its highest. Violence is inescapable. And of course, there is nowhere to go but down.
30 minutes
This product was released around June 2009 by Showtime
I consumed this around 2010
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 7/19/2011 11:45:12 PM
Weeds - Season 4 Jenji Kohan
Weeds - Season 4 Nancy Botwin just keeps moving up the food chain. As she gets closer to the source the stakes get higher. Her fuck ups will get her more jail time and her partners are more likely to kill her. Her family is on the run after last season saw Agrestic burned to the ground. Nancy's new partner, Guillermo (Guillermo Diaz), was the arsonist, showing just how far her new associates are willing to go.

Things get more sophisticated; Nancy is now running a front and interacting with smuggling operations. Doug and Andy strike off on their own ridiculous venture. Silas takes the next step in his drug world maturation, partnering up with an older woman to sell via a store front. Shane gets in on the ground floor. Albert Brooks makes a cameo as Lenny Botwin, Nancy's father in law and new landlord.

The show stays funny with Doug and Andy's money making schemes combined with Celia absolutely losing is under pressure.
30 minutes
This product was released around 2008 by Showtime
I consumed this around July 2009
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 10/11/2009 6:33:52 PM
Weeds - Season 3 Jenji Kohan
Weeds - Season 3 I never really thought Weeds was an edgy show with a great message. This season whatever of that it did have was blown away for the most part. Things got more and more intense. Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) went from being a stealth marijuana dealer for the suburbs to a full on member of the drug trade. Last season's climax leads right into more problems, only this time she has no DEA agent husband to back her up. She gets in way over her head with the gangsta U-Turn, bringing herself in contact with other gangs run by Mexicans and bikers. The business gets larger and the money involved balloons to dangerous levels as more and more of her friends face the financial pressures of their lifestyles.

No longer is this a show about how upper middle class suburban white people - all the people that look the same as the opening credits sing - get high just like the poor. At first I thought this was a bad thing for the show from a strictly message point of view. I thought that meant shark jumping time. It makes more sense this way though. The show could have taken the third season to finely tune its message and basically do the same thing. Despite the absurd levels of corruption and bad decisions the characters make at every turn, a more mundane plot would've actually been less realistic. Sure, there are unrealistic parts to the plot as it is. Doug Wilson, and Andy Botwin are flat out nuts. It would have been more unrealistic though had Nancy been able to go on selling drugs with no repercussions or, more importantly, no escalation. The drug trade is a mean business. It's not realistic to think someone can sell drugs without running into the U-turns of the world.

On top of a smart story line direction, the show got a heck of a lot more funny this season. Page Kennedy kicks ass as U-Turn. Justin Kirk as Andy Botwin just keeps getting better. Maulik Pancholy as Sanjay comes roaring out of the closet. Kevin Nealon as Doug Wilson might now be playing the most underrated comedic role on television. Throw in a whole lot of crassness, anti-moral sentiment, fucking, swearing and drug use and you have show that has hit its comedic stride.
30 minutes
This product was released around 2008 by Showtime
I consumed this around February 2009
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 2/15/2009 7:09:46 PM
Weeds - Season 2 Jenji Kohan
Weeds - Season 2 After watching two seasons of Weeds I have come to the conclusion that Weeds is watchable. It's not ground breaking, it's not edgy, but it has its moments and when it's not hilarious it isn't stupid.

The downgrading of Heylia James' (Tonye Patano) role in season two eliminated a source of annoyance on the show. Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) is a little more sure of herself. Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) is stronger, rather than just being a bitch. The addition of Zooey Deschanel as Kat adds some odd humor and Andy Botwin's (Justin Kirk) style kind of grows on you.
30 minutes
This product was released around 2006
I consumed this around December 2007
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 5/5/2008 7:04:37 PM
Weeds - Season 1 Jenji Kohan
Weeds - Season 1 Weeds disappoints. Marijuana in suburbia could be edgy. Somehow Weeds comes off as hokey though. We're supposed to believe Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) has a difficult life raising her sons Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) after her husband dies. Her large home and house keeper do not help. Even without these plot inconsistencies the premise doesn't stick. I found myself having to be reminded that Nancy trying to hold onto her family is the main premise of the show.

The characters come off like sitcom cast offs or bad stereotypes. There's the sassy Hispanic housekeeper (Renee Victor). Kevin Nealon as Doug Wilson, more than anyone, gives the show a sitcom feel. It's not that he acts poorly. He plays a moderately successful middle aged doofus hiding his pot habit quite well. His humor, along with Andy Botwin's (Justin Kirk) is too Saturday Night Live though. Throw in the fact that much of the humor revolves around "weed" and you feel like you're hanging out with the stoners in high school again.

The suppliers Nancy buys from are the worst stereotypes I've seen in a while. Black, they are made up of a pregnant single mother, a younger man who brags about his vehicle's rims and an older, heavier woman whose character was transplanted from a black southern stereotype.

Weeds has its moments of humor and drama. Too much of it seems flat though.
30 minutes
This product was released around 2005 by Showtime
I consumed this around October 2007
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 12/4/2007 6:37:28 PM

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