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Weeds: The Complete First Season

Mary-Louise Parker , Hunter Parrish , Arlene Sanford , Brian Dannelly    DVD
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With its fantastic comedy series Weeds, cable network Showtime finally gave up its also-ran status to HBO and found itself with a controversial, buzz-worthy show that was as hilarious as it was dark, one about a truly desperate housewife. A recent widow with two growing sons, Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) looks like a typical resident of the affluent Southern California suburb of Agrestic. She keeps a clean, upscale house (with the help of a live-in maid), attends PTA meetings, goes to her kids' soccer games, makes frequent stops at the local coffee franchise.... and sells marijuana in order to make it all possible. Left with no way to support herself after her beloved husband's fatal heart attack, Nancy turns herself into the "suburban baroness of bud," dealing to her neighbors in the area, with the help of her supplier Heylia (Tonye Patano) and point man Conrad (Romany Malco). Nancy's clients run from the local councilman (Kevin Nealon) to the just-barely-legal students at the local community college, but many in Agrestic are still in the dark as to how she keeps her family afloat, including her best friend, the sardonic Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), a wife and mother whose blistering, withering put-downs could make Dorothy Parker cringe in fear. But like many small-business owners, Nancy yearns for more success and cash, and like her workaholic neighbors, finds keeping a balance between work life and home life to be extremely precarious at best.

While Desperate Housewives yearned to be a suburban satire with bite, Weeds was the real deal, skewering upper-middle class mores with a sharp eye, a keen wit, and a mostly forgiving heart. In episode after episode, the show's creative team (led by creator Jenji Kohan) pulled back the layers of Agrestic's superficiality to show what lies beneath the squeaky-clean exteriors and smiling faces; it turns out that hunger, fear, desire, and, yes, desperation aren't that far down. However, Weeds forsakes pulpiness and florid drama for biting yet affectionate humor--its heroine is a woman with sliding morals, but one you'll root for to the very end. The effervescent Parker, the only actress who can mix perkiness with morbidity in just the right amounts, anchored the show with her amazing turn as Nancy, who by the end of the first season had become a kind of soccer-mom version of Michael Corleone, entering a corrupt world with both trepidation and fascination--and totally enamored of the power it brought her. Also perfectly cast, Perkins found the role of a lifetime as the bitterly hilarious Celia, and entering the show in its fourth episode, Justin Kirk (Parker's co-star in Angels in America) proved to be a potent secret weapon as Nancy's brother-in-law Andy, a slacker who wasn't above peddling t-shirts to elementary school kids. As icky as these characters might appear on the surface, Weeds made them all immensely appealing and great company to be around. Don't say we didn't warn you: one hit and you'll be hooked on this show. The DVDs feature six episode commentaries with cast and crew, outtakes, original featurettes, a music video, and most enjoyably, Agrestic Herbal Recipes (for entertainment value only, we assume) and the "Smoke and Mirrors" marijuana mockumentary. --Mark Englehart

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I think that in its heart of hearts, "Weeds" wants to be a black comedy. After all, when her husband drops dead, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) decides to support her family, which consists of her two sons, Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould), by selling marijuana in suburbia. Not just in any suburb, but the gated community of Agrestic, California, where the other women might look like they are from Stepford but their topics of discussion are strictly Peyton Place. But I do not think we need to go back that far to example the dynamic of "Weeds," because what we are talking about here are the "Desperate Housewives" of Wisteria Lane on drugs, and as the title gives away, the drug of choice here is marijuana. Actually, that would be the "herb of your choice," because that is the special ingredient in all of the Agrestic Herbal Recipes includes on the special features of the season one DVD.

Marijuana is not a gateway drug in the wacky world of "Weeds," and Nancy might be a dealer but she is also a mom, so if somebody starts dealing to 10 year olds she is more than willing to find them jumping on a bed in their underwear and to sit on them and read them the riot act (okay, actually she has to use coercion, but you get the moral position here). The people of Agrestic do not do harder drugs, they just smoke weed, and eat brownies (and hash browns and pot roast and, well, you get the idea). So, yes, just about everybody on the show is doing drugs, but they are not doing bad drugs, they are just smoking (and eating) weed. In other words, weed is not a hard drug it is a soft drug and people who take it get silly and or horny, which for a half-hour dramedy (black dramedy?) that airs on Showtime would pretty much be a prerequisite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 7 2014
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Very good beginning for `mise-en-situation`, with excellent actors.
Loved the exaggeration of certain situations leading to funny dialogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars weeds bluray Nov. 24 2013
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Just what it said new perfect condition thx amazon without this site i wouldnt be able to find the things i want living in a small town
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different Oct. 24 2013
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Because it takes awhile to get into a series sometimes, I only rated it as I liked, not loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WEEDS................. I wonder what that's about Aug. 14 2013
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The first season was really well done. It reels the audience in with great writing, esp. for the Character of Andy. Great comedic writing all the way through. Lots of hillarious and unexpected scenarios. Love how this show embraces the reality that so many people DO smoke pot and they are NOT all misguided teens! The 'plot' becomes kind of silly as the seasons go on, but I found myself invested in the characters none the less. Really enjoyed this whole series.
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