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Weeds
Weeds title card.jpg
Season one title card
Format Comedy-drama, Dramedy
Created by Jenji Kohan
Starring Mary-Louise Parker
Elizabeth Perkins
Hunter Parrish
Alexander Gould
Allie Grant
with Justin Kirk
and Kevin Nealon
Opening theme "Little Boxes" (episodes 1-38 and 57)
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 63 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Showtime
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 8, 2005 (2005-08-08) – present
External links
Official website
Weeds is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan, produced by Lionsgate Television for the Showtime network.
The show revolves around a newly widowed housewife (Mary-Louise Parker) from an affluent California suburb who becomes her neighborhood's marijuana dealer to make ends meet. The title is a play on words, referring to both the slang term for marijuana and the widow's weeds. It also plays on the tendency of American suburbs to grow quickly and pervasively, with the dwellings and their residents being almost as indistinguishable as weeds.
.Weeds currently comprises five seasons that began airing in August 2005. It was the highest rated series for Showtime in its first year; its fourth-season premiere attracted 1.3 million viewers to Showtime, the channel's highest-ever viewership; the season as a whole averaged 962,000 viewers.^ Diagnosis Murder: Many Happy Returns (1994)—First draft of second season premiere .
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[citation needed] Showtime renewed the show on July 18, 2008 for two more seasons of thirteen episodes each.[1] Season 5 premiered to 1.2 million viewers, with a rerun on the same night adding another 500,000 viewers for a cumulative 1.7 million.
Mary-Louise Parker won a Golden Globe for her performance on the show, and Jenji Kohan won a WGA award for her screenplay for the pilot episode. The show was nominated for a notable 19 Emmy Awards and 10 Golden Globes.
A version of this Wikipedia page served as the opening for episode 57 (season 5 episode 7) "Where the Sidewalk Ends".
.The final episode of the show's fifth season aired on August 31, 2009 and attracted 1.3 million viewers, up from last year's numbers which averaged 1 million.^ Entomology Last updated on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 05:54 PM .
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The sixth season will premiere in 2010, according to Showtime.[3]
The show initially pokes fun at the bland monotony and superficiality of suburbia, although by season four it shifts focus. This is mirrored in the show's initial theme song "Little Boxes" and opening credits. Each week of the second and third season a different artist sings his or her version of the theme song.

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Production

Stevenson Ranch, California a filming location for Weeds.
The exteriors for the show were shot almost exclusively in Stevenson Ranch, a suburban area of Santa Clarita Valley, California. The shot of the large fountain and Agrestic sign seen in the introduction of Seasons 1-3 was shot at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Holmes Place. The name 'Stevenson Ranch' was digitally replaced with 'Agrestic' and with 'Majestic' in later episodes.
The overhead, satellite picture displayed at the beginning of the show's introduction (Seasons 1-3) is of "Calabasas Hills", a gated community in Calabasas, California.[4]

Episodes

As of September 2009, 63 original episodes of Weeds have been produced and broadcast. .The first season began August 8, 2005 and consisted of 10 episodes.^ Missing: Season 1 Episode 10 "72 Hours to Kill" .
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.The 12 episodes of the second season began on August 14, 2006. The third season began on August 13, 2007 and at 15 episodes, was the longest.^ Missing: Season 1 Episode 14 "Basic Training" .
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.The fourth season began June 16, 2008, and the fifth season on June 8, 2009, both with 13 episodes.^ News/Gossip Programming Random Review June 16, 2009 .
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The sixth season, with 13 more episodes, is slated to air in 2010. Creator Jenji Kohan has written 15 of the episodes, including each season's premiere and finale.[citation needed]

Episode leaks

Weeds has a history of episodes leaking to the Internet. Creator Jenji Kohan has stated that she does not mind episodes being distributed on the internet in this way, saying, "Revenue aside, I don't expect to get rich on Weeds. I'm excited it's out there. Showtime is great, but it does have a limited audience."[5]
In 2006, before season 2 started airing on Showtime, the first few episodes were leaked online.[6] Before the third season began the first two episodes appeared online on July 22, 2007 (nearly a month before the August 13 premier date). The third episode appeared online on July 24, with the fourth appearing just three days later. The fourth episode was, however, an incomplete version–among other things, some dubbed lines were not complete (notably part of a voice mail message by U-Turn is spoken by a distinctly different actor, and a card simply reading "End Credits" was inserted instead of the actual credits. Due to the high quality of the leaked episodes, downloaders of the torrents speculated that they were leaked intentionally to garner interest in the show and to create internet buzz.[7] Episode leaks of other Showtime programs such as Californication and Dexter were seen as giving weight to this theory.[8]

Season summaries

Season 1

The series fictional Los Angeles, California suburb of Agrestic is home to Nancy Botwin, whose husband Judah died of a heart attack while jogging with their son, Shane.[9] Nancy's children Silas and Shane both attend Agrestic's public school system.
To support her upper middle class lifestyle, Nancy began dealing marijuana to her affluent neighbors and friends. Her supplier is Heylia James, a major distributor in Los Angeles' West Adams district whom she met through Heylia's nephew, Conrad.[10] After losing customers to a medical marijuana store, Nancy begins baking and selling pot-laced brownies. Acting on the advice of her accountant, city councilman Doug Wilson, she opens a retail bakery, stocked with Costco baked goods, as a front for her drug sales. Silas begins dating Megan, an attractive deaf girl at his school. Shane, troubled by his father's death, acts out, such as biting the foot of another child in a martial-arts tournament, and earns the nickname "Strange Botwin" from classmates.
Nancy's friend is a manic, image-obsessed, manipulative, and controlling Celia Hodes, who is the president of the Agrestic PTA. Celia does not get along with her cheating husband Dean; nor does she get along with her sexually active 15-year-old daughter, Quinn (Silas' previous girlfriend), whom she sends off to boarding school in Mexico after the pilot. Her younger daughter, 11-year-old Isabelle, is overweight and constantly the target of her mother's passive aggressive comments. She reveals late in the season that she is a lesbian, much to her mother's chagrin. Toward the end of the season, Celia is diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. The brush with her own mortality softens her abrasive personality and leads her to treat her own daughter with more courtesy and respect. She quickly returns to form after her recovery however. Before her surgery, she picks up Conrad and has sex with him. Conrad is long-time friends with Andy Botwin, the younger brother of Nancy's late husband and the black sheep of the family. Andy says he has moved into the Botwin household to help Nancy out, but actually seems to be there to free-load, and to disrupt Nancy's life. When he is notified to report immediately for his previously-agreed-upon military service (where he will be trained and then sent to Iraq), or be sentenced to a military prison, he announces that he is studying to become a rabbi as a dodge to avoid his military obligation.
Nancy expands her distribution to Valley College, and is then harassed by a rival drug dealer, with whom she then has a brief sexual encounter. At Valley College, her entire stash of product is stolen by a campus security cop during a fake arrest, threatening the survival of her lifestyle and family. Unbeknownst to her, Conrad and some of his friends go to Valley College and attack and severely beat the campus cop, who then (to Nancy's surprise) politely returns her marijuana to her, apologizing profusely and offering to assist her and her business in any way he can. She then has a mutual attraction with Peter Scottson, the single father of the kid bitten by Shane in a karate tournament. The season closes with Conrad convincing Nancy to expand by becoming a grower as well as a dealer. However, implementing this plan hits complications in the last minutes of the season when, because of her mounting frustration and stress, she gives in and decides to sleep with Peter. Immediately afterward, she walks into his bathroom and finds out that he's apparently an agent with the federal DEA.

Season 2

The second season, while still comedic, has a much darker tone, as Nancy becomes increasingly involved in the more dangerous aspects of the drug "underground". Ignoring Heylia's advice, Nancy and Conrad start their own small-scale growing operation and eventually rent a suburban grow-house. She welcomes other people into her business, including her brother-in-law Andy and Doug. During this season, Peter Scottson tells Nancy he knows she is a drug dealer, but considers her too small time to be worth busting, and the two are married as part of a deal to legally protect Nancy from Peter testifying in a court of law. While Nancy's drug activities increase, Celia runs for, and wins, Doug's spot on the town council; mainly due to the incompetence of her estranged husband Dean, who forgets to file Doug's paperwork, leaving him off the ballot. She immediately launches a drug-free campaign across Agrestic complete with drug-free zone signs and surveillance cameras. Doug has a brief sexual affair with Celia, as they find a connection in their shared hatred for Dean.
Silas and Megan's relationship threatens to split apart once she leaves for college; he attempts to get her pregnant to circumvent this, but his success leads to an abortion and a violent confrontation with Megan's father, ending the relationship. Andy tries to develop a relationship with an attractive, sexually formidable instructor, Yael Hoffman, at his rabbinical school, which falls apart once he drops out due to an incident where a dog bites off two of his small toes, which he thinks will clear him from military duty.
As the season progresses, Nancy's children become more aware of her illegal activities, though the two sons deal with the issue in quite different ways. Shane continues to have problems fitting in at school, but ends up joining the debate team in order to get closer to Gretchen, who later ends up becoming Shane's girlfriend. Despite Shane's apparent interest in Gretchen, he breaks up with her because of his extreme interest in Andy's crazy ex-girlfriend, Kat. Silas, on the other hand, takes out his frustrations by committing acts of vandalism, most notably stealing Celia's drug-free zone signs and cameras.
Nancy and Conrad's drug business becomes a hit as Conrad's strain of plant (which Snoop Dogg dubs "MILFweed" during a happenstance meeting at a recording studio) pleases their customers; but their high profile causes trouble. Initially, Nancy's marriage to a DEA agent keeps her on top while her Armenian rivals are busted, but her marriage to Peter deteriorates as he pressures her to quit dealing. For Nancy, the final straw is when Peter comes over for dinner and manhandles Silas. Nancy calls Conrad and tells him that she doesn't love Peter but will string him along until the current harvest is done; Peter hears the conversation with wireless surveillance.
The season concludes with a complex series of betrayals, as Peter demands of Nancy and Conrad all of the cash from a quick sale of their crop. Secretly, Heylia hires Armenian mobsters to kill Peter as she believes Peter is planning to kill Conrad after the deal. Nancy's buyer, U-Turn (Page Kennedy), demands the entire crop of weed at gunpoint. Having just killed Peter, the Armenian mobsters arrive at the same time and expect the proceeds from the big sale to pay for their hit, but finding that U-Turn had decided to jack the weed and that there is no money, decide they will take the weed instead. Only then does Nancy discover that Silas has decided to force his way into the business by stealing the entire batch of weed and demanding to be part of the business. After hiding the batch in his car trunk, he is approached by Celia and a police officer for the theft of the drug-free zone signs and surveillance cameras, as Celia has footage of Silas stealing the last camera. This leaves Nancy at the grow house, in a Mexican standoff with both the gangsters and the mobsters pointing guns at her in a season-ending cliffhanger.

Season 3

The third season of Weeds begins with several subplots involving the fallout from the botched drug deal of the season two finale: Celia finds and destroys the entire harvest; U-Turn pays the mobsters to leave Nancy to him alone; Silas is arrested and sentenced to community service; in hiding, Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy), realizes he is gay but is forced by U-Turn to have sex with a woman, who then becomes pregnant with his child.
The first half of the season sees Nancy under immense pressure as she works for U-Turn in order to pay off her debt, valued as the entire worth of the destroyed harvest. She gets a legitimate job working for Sullivan Groff (Matthew Modine), a crooked developer of rival neighboring community Majestic, and soon after begins an intermittent sexual relationship with him, much to Celia's chagrin, as Groff had started a discrete romantic relationship with her. Conrad and Heylia start their own new growing operation, initially at the behest of U-Turn.
Silas begins selling pot for his mother using the alias Judah and meets Tara (Mary-Kate Olsen), a born-again Christian who enjoys smoking pot and helps him sell; Shane and Isabelle become outcasts at the heavily religious Majestic summer school and form a friendship, and Shane begins talking to his dead father as the stress on the family becomes too great.
As U-Turn begins training Nancy to become his drug runner, while simultaneously starting a war with rival Mexican dealers, his partner Marvin becomes jealous. When U-Turn has a heart attack, Marvin capitalizes on the situation by secretly suffocating him to death and becoming boss of their crew, but after Marvin botches an attempt to call a truce with the Mexicans Nancy takes advantage of the situation to clear all debts for her and Conrad and end the gang war.
Debt-free, but feeling lonely, Nancy attempts to befriend Peter's ex-wife Valerie. The friendship turns sour when Valerie demands the money from Peter's life-insurance payout. Nancy promises to give it to her, but has to first use most of it to replace the money Doug "borrowed" from the Agrestic treasury to help Nancy get back in business. Despite giving her several smaller payments, Valerie believes that Nancy will never give her her full due and that Peter had an off-the-books stash of cash of which Nancy knows the location, so she hires a private investigator to trail Nancy. The investigator finds out Nancy is a drug dealer and blackmails her to not tell Valerie or the DEA for most of the remaining life-insurance money, which Nancy pays after ensuring the investigator won't come after her again by blackmailing him for blackmailing her. Nancy confronts Valerie by telling her that she would have gotten the money although Nancy has no obligation to give it to her, and that she no longer has it anyway thanks to Valerie's investigator.
Meanwhile, the outlying Christian community of Majestic has been attempting a hostile takeover of Agrestic, with Doug leading the charge due to the large amount of money it will bring in. But Groff's gift to Celia leads to jealousy, and Doug begins sabotaging the Majestic city infrastructure, although it is already too late, as Celia brings it to a public referendum. Dean has a motorcycle accident, which forces Celia to take care of him against her will.
Heylia and Conrad are forced to move the growing operation and Nancy negotiates the use of Celia's off-the-books house in Majestic.
Andy has a brief excursion into the pornographic film industry, and later befriends a group of bikers while trying to score with one of its female members, who want him to start selling their weed.
Nancy turns to Guillermo (leader of the Mexican dealers) to get protection when the bikers threaten her family after she refuses to sell their low-quality ditch weed. Guillermo decides to burn down the biker's marijuana field, causing a huge fire which spreads to the Agrestic area. At the time, thermal cameras spot the grow house and the DEA moves in. Nancy, meanwhile, takes advantage of the fire and pours gasoline throughout her house and lights it with a match, ensuring that she and her family will be leaving and moving on.

Season 4

On November 5, 2007, Showtime ordered 13 new episodes for a fourth season of Weeds. .[11] The fourth season started on Monday, June 16, 2008 and concluded on Monday, September 15, 2008.[12] The season opener "Mother Thinks the Birds are After Her"[13] was the last episode with "Little Boxes" as the theme song.^ Missing: Season 2 Episode 05 "Last Stop" .
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^ Missing: Season 2 Episode 09 "Puzzle Box" .
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The opening credits of subsequent episodes, after a recap of previous episodes, begin with a video title card unique to each episode. For the second episode of the season, for example, a highway sign reads "Weeds", "Created By", and "Jenji Kohan" - the embedded text used for all title cards since the shows inception. Each title card also has a prop or part of the setting morphing into a marijuana leaf. In the highway sign example, a downward lane marker arrow becomes a slightly larger pot leaf.
Having lost her Agrestic grow house and her separate Agrestic house in fires, Nancy relocates her family to the fictional California town of Ren Mar near the San Diego/Tijuana border.[14] From Ren Mar, Guillermo tests her smuggling marijuana over the border by car. Celia, in jail due to her being the official lessee of Nancy's burnt down grow house and having been implicated by all the other people involved, bargains for her release by promising to spy on Nancy. Guillermo's men catch Celia spying, but Nancy convinces them to spare Celia's life. Andy begins a coyote business with Doug, who has moved to town to evade questions about Agrestic's finances. Unenthusiastic about moving to Detroit with her father Dean, Isabelle pesters her mother Celia until she agrees to let her live with her near the beach. Silas sets up a grow room in the rear of a gourmet cheese shop. The shop owner, an attractive 40-something mother very well aware that Silas is underage, further consummates their business partnership. When she reveals that she only wants a physical relationship, a heartbroken Silas spurns her. At his new school, the now thirteen-year-old Shane, unprovoked, attacks the most popular boy at school and acquires a fearsome reputation. This in turn attracts the attention of Simone and Harmony, two of the more "dangerous" girls at school with whom Shane loses his virginity in a threesome.
Guillermo's as-yet-unidentified boss sets up Nancy in a maternity store to launder money. Nancy finds a tunnel entry in the backroom of the store, but is told it is exclusively an endpoint for transporting marijuana from Tijuana. Nancy later learns that it is also facilitates smuggling other controlled substances as well as guns and apparently underage prostitutes. Shocked and troubled, Nancy informs DEA Captain Roy Till of the tunnel despite an ongoing sexual relationship with Guillermo's crime boss Esteban Reyes, who is also Mayor of Tijuana. The resulting DEA raid of the maternity shop ends with most of the Mexican drug runners under arrest after a shootout.
While working at Nancy's store, Celia's substance abuse disorder, escalated by easy availability of drugs from the back of the store, prompts Isabelle and Dean to stage an intervention. Celia embraces rehab and attempts to make amends to Isabelle and Dean, but Dean rejects her apology and instead insists that she apologizes directly to Quinn, Celia's oldest daughter who remains in Mexico after being banished to a boarding school during the pilot episode. Celia agrees to do so, but upon her arrival, a still angry Quinn has her drugged and kidnapped, intending to ransom her.
In the season finale, Esteban discovers that Nancy had alerted the DEA to his smuggling tunnel, and confronts Nancy, but he lets her live after she tells him that she is pregnant with his child, and that it's likely to be a boy. At home, Shane steals Silas' weed and, with the help of Simone and Harmony, begins selling it. Doug had fallen for an undocumented immigrant he names "Mermex" as she unsuccessfully tried to enter the US by beach. After much searching, Doug locates her and uses his coyote enterprise to get her into California. Rather than reward his efforts, Mermex is repelled by his unapologetic nature and his genital warts. She instead prefers his partner Andy, who has become a coyote folk legend known as "El Andy". A hurt and spiteful Doug turns Maria in to the immigration authorities. Realizing that his poverty means those pursuing him have nothing material to gain, Doug writes his separated wife daring her to take him to court. Andy wonders if he is in love with Nancy and questions why he has stayed with the family for so long.

Season 5

The Season 5 debut attracted 1.2 million viewers, with a rerun on the same night adding another 500,000 viewers for a cumulative 1.7 million.
After Nancy informs Esteban that she is pregnant, she is allowed to live. Nancy, panicking, sends Shane to live with her sister, Jill Price-Grey (Jennifer Jason Leigh), for his own safety. Esteban sends various bodyguards to follow Nancy. Silas draws up a new plan to start a legal medical marijuana business, which he then gets Nancy to fund. Celia is released from the hostage situation, and with nowhere to go, she ends up squatting in Nancy's garage. Andy suggests that they flee, as he has $180,000 from Judah's old bank accounts, and as the situation has become too dangerous, proposing Nancy to leave Esteban a note before leaving. Nancy instead leaves Andy a note informing him she has moved in with Esteban.
Six months later, Nancy is happily living with Esteban. Esteban proposes, and Nancy accepts. A woman named Pilar visits Esteban and they have a heated debate about his political career being affected by Nancy, after which Esteban calls off the engagement but promises it is only postponed. Nancy sees Cesar arranging a "birthing room" in Esteban's house, and realizes that Esteban plans for her to have the child without any official records or birth certificates. Shane reminds Nancy that this means he could take the baby to Mexico, and even have her killed, and no one would know the baby was hers, or that it even exists. Nancy recruits Andy to help her escape Esteban's house, and he takes Nancy to her obstetrician, Dr. Audra Kitson (Alanis Morissette), who takes her to the hospital and delivers the baby.
Esteban goes to Nancy's house to ask her to marry him again. A gangster walks up the path outside the Botwin house and attempts an assassination, but misses his target and the bullet hits Shane. Nancy confronts Cesar, who admits he was involved in the assassination attempt at the house in Ren Mar, which was organized by Pilar. He confirms that she was the intended target. Esteban is replaced as candidate for governor, but on Nancy's encouragement he decides to run for election independently. Celia and Dean begin selling the marijuana recovered from the raid of Silas and Doug's shop in a money-making scheme to sell Celia's unwanted cosmetics. Celia freezes out Dean from her business venture. Meanwhile Andy begins a relationship with Audra, Silas moves in to Esteban's house, and Nancy and Esteban get married at home. Nancy visits Guillermo in prison, requesting that he organize an assassination of Pilar. Esteban is arrested in Mexico for suspicion of conspiracy, racketeering and tax evasion. Nancy and Cesar go to get Esteban from jail, but they learn Esteban was released. They later see Esteban on television alongside Pilar running for governor. Andy announces that he is going to propose to Audra, with his mother's ring, previously given to Nancy by Judah.
Doug and Celia work out an agreement to make a team similar to Nancy's in previous seasons. Andy proposes marriage to Audra, but leaves her when her stalker confronts her. At a fundraiser, Pilar informs Nancy that she knows Nancy hired Guillermo to kill her and that Guillermo works for Pilar. Pilar threatens to kill Shane and Silas to enhance Esteban's campaign with a 'sympathy' vote. Shane then suddenly hits Pilar in the head with a croquet mallet. Pilar lands in the pool face-down, bleeding from the head.
The Weeds season 5 finale on Monday, August 31, 2009, averaged 1.3 million viewers, up versus last year’s finale that averaged 1 million.[2]

Cast and characters

The cast of Weeds during Season 2, Left to Right: Romany Malco, Tonye Patano, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, and Justin Kirk. This image was also used for the Season 2 DVD box set.

Main characters

Nancy Botwin

Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) was a loving, all-American PTA soccer mom until her husband Judah suddenly died. To maintain the suburban lifestyle to which she was accustomed, Nancy enters the dangerous world of drug dealing. At the start, her regular clients include her accountant, her lawyer, and fellow suburban friends, but as she expands and fights for survival, she is confronted with the violent realities of her business as she jockeys against competitors, gangs, drug lords, and blackmail.

Celia Hodes

Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) is an alcoholic suburban mother and Nancy's best "frienemy" (friend/enemy). She constantly criticizes her overweight daughter Isabelle, whom she nicknames "Isabelly", and is stuck in an unhappy marriage at the start of the series. She also has another daughter, Quinn, whom she sends to boarding school after the pilot episode. Celia's primary outlets are alcoholism and random verbal abuse of others, and she occasionally undertakes mean-spirited subversive actions against others, ostensibly to teach them lessons.

Andy Botwin

Andy Botwin (Justin Kirk) is Judah's brother, a fun-loving, irresponsible drifter. After Judah's death, Nancy reluctantly allows Andy to live at the house, and soon realizes his presence is needed for her business and as a father figure for the kids. He is also an archetypal Shakespearian 'fool', behaving like a child but occasionally having moments of great insight. By the fifth season, Andy becomes more responsible in response to Nancy's absence as a mother to her children. He discovers that he is in love with Nancy, who cannot reciprocate the feelings.

Silas Botwin

Silas Botwin (Hunter Parrish), Nancy's oldest son, was traumatized by Judah's death, and takes it out on his mother and brother. Silas is impetuous and impulsive, and although he operates as though he knows everything, he is extremely naïve. Through numerous challenges with girlfriends, and dealing with the realities of the drug business, he decides that he wants in on the action. He pursues plant cultivation, and eventually goes into business with Doug, opening a medicinal marijuana dispensary, but his growing business savvy is thwarted by Doug's abusive bargaining tactics.

Shane Botwin

Shane Botwin (Alexander Gould) is Nancy's youngest son and was with Judah at the time of his death. Intellectually-gifted and socially-stunted, Shane's grief manifests itself in bizarre ways, such as talking to his father like an imaginary friend. Called "Strange Botwin" by his fellow students, he is viewed as a freak at school, and is the frequent target of bullies. At home, he remains appropriately isolated and neglected by his family and their drug businesses, although he too starts selling pot at the end of the fourth season. He also turns toward sex, and later, increasing violence and disregard for rules, laws, and other social conventions. Shane's transformation reflects Nancy's absence as a proper mother to her children in the fifth season.

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) is the fun-loving accountant and friend of Nancy, who as a "wake and bake" smoker is also a steady weed buyer. Doug is a city councilman for Agrestic, but treats his position like a hobby and takes advantage of it for the perks. Doug has an unseen wife Dana whom he loves very much but who won't have sex with him. .Doug also has a gay teenaged son Josh (Justin Chatwin) who appeared only in the pilot episode.^ Alaskan) Episode 1: My Three Sons (Pilot) .
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Doug eventually opens a medicinal marijuana dispensary with Silas, but his atrocious manners and abusive bargaining tactics frustrate partner Silas.

Conrad Shepard

Conrad Shepard (Romany Malco (S1-3)) is Nancy's initial supplier, under supervision of his aunt. Nancy met him years earlier through Andy. Although Conrad is very knowledgeable about the intricacies of marijuana cultivation, his aunt never allowed him to grow plants, insisting that they keep their business small. Despite this, he had worked on developing his own signature genetic blend. He becomes Nancy's business associate using this strain, and it is revealed that he has apparently held very strong feelings for Nancy for a long time.

Heylia James

Heylia James (Tonye Patano (S1-3)) is Conrad's aunt and supplier for Nancy. When Conrad goes against Heylia's instructions and continues to see Nancy, and with Nancy's DEA "husband" constricting her business, she forms a grudge against her. Heylia and Nancy eventually become reluctant partners. She is not seen again after Nancy flees Agrestic at the end of the third season.

Isabelle Hodes

Isabelle Hodes (Allie Grant (Guest S1-2, Regular S3-5)) is Celia's younger daughter, who frustrates her mother with her proclaimed lesbianism and unwillingness to lose weight. She becomes close friends with Shane Botwin, who bond over their abnormal mothers. Isabelle resents her mother, but seems to enjoy her father's company. She is openly a lesbian, and a model for Huskaroo's clothes for overweight children.

Dean Hodes

Dean Hodes (Andy Milder (Guest S1-2 and 4-5, Regular S3)) is Isabelle and Quinn's father and Celia's husband, as well as Nancy's lawyer and Doug's poker buddy. Dean loves Isabelle, but has a constantly antagonistic relationship with Celia, which eventually leads to a divorce. Dean had a friendship with Doug until Doug slept with Celia. Dean recently performed a legal service for Silas and Doug, but not before slamming Doug's penis in a desk drawer.

Recurring cast

Actor Role Season Appearances
Indigo Vaneeta 1 - 3
Hudson, HaleyHaley Hudson Quinn Hodes 1, 4 - 5
Pancholy, MaulikMaulik Pancholy Sanjay Patel 1 - 5
Victor, RenéeRenée Victor Lupita 1 - 5
Becky Thyre Pam 1 - 4
Donovan, MartinMartin Donovan Peter Scottson 1 - 2
Stern, ShoshannahShoshannah Stern Megan 1 - 2
Modine, MatthewMatthew Modine Sullivan Groff 3
Kennedy, PagePage Kennedy U-turn 2 - 3
Fatso-Fasano Marvin 2 - 4
Sher, EdenEden Sher Gretchen 2
Remy Auberjonois Mr. Albin 1 - 2
Olsen, Mary-KateMary-Kate Olsen Tara Lindman 3
Stehlin, JackJack Stehlin Captain Roy Till 2 - 5
Julanne Chidi Hill Clinique 3 - 4
Díaz, GuillermoGuillermo Díaz Guillermo García Gómez 3 - 5
Tracii Show Jada Henderson 1
Tressa DiFiglia Maggie 1
Dohan, MeitalMeital Dohan Yael Hoffman 2
Canada, RonRon Canada Joseph 2
Deschanel, ZooeyZooey Deschanel Kat Wheeler 2 - 3
Shawn Michael Patrick Agent George "Fundis" Fundislavsky 2 - 3
Sabara, DarylDaryl Sabara Tim Scottson 1 - 3
Smith, BrookeBrooke Smith Valerie Scottson 3
Brooks, AlbertAlbert Brooks Lenny Botwin 4
Laresca, VincentVincent Laresca Alejandro 1 - 2
Grayden, SpragueSprague Grayden Denise 3
Morgan, Jeffrey DeanJeffrey Dean Morgan Judah Botwin 1
Steele, LexingtonLexington Steele himself 3
Fisher, CarrieCarrie Fisher Arlene Cutter 3
Rowland, RodRod Rowland Chess 3
Bichir, DemiánDemián Bichir Esteban Reyes 4 - 5
Bowen, JulieJulie Bowen Lisa 4
Castillo, EnriqueEnrique Castillo Cesar 4 - 5
Joey Luthman Rad Ferris 4 - 5
Hemky Madera Ignacio 4 - 5
Ramón Franco Sucio 4 - 5
Kevin Alejandro Rudolfo 4 - 5
Campbell, Larry JoeLarry Joe Campbell Deputy C.P Jones 5
Leigh, Jennifer JasonJennifer Jason Leigh Jill Price-Grey 5
Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette Dr. Audra Kitson 5
del Castillo, KateKate del Castillo Pilar Zuazo 5
Gabriel, SeychelleSeychelle Gabriel Adelita Reyes 5
Denbo, JamieJamie Denbo Raylene 5
Erin Sanders Danielle/Pinky 5

Opening music

"Little Boxes" is the opening song for the first three seasons of the show; the version recorded by Malvina Reynolds is used during the first season. In season two and three, the song is performed by various artists. In seasons 4 and 5, the original titles and music are replaced by a short clip, different for each episode, which bears relevance to the plot or some scene later in the episode.
Season 1
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Season 2
[16]
  1. Elvis Costello
  2. Death Cab for Cutie
  3. Engelbert Humperdinck
  4. Kate & Anna McGarrigle (in French)
  5. Maestro Charles Barnett
  6. Aidan Hawken
  7. Ozomatli
  8. The Submarines
  9. Tim DeLaughter of Polyphonic Spree
  10. Regina Spektor
  11. Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice
  12. Malvina Reynolds
Season 3
[17]
  1. Randy Newman
  2. Angelique Kidjo
  3. Kinky (in Spanish)
  4. Donovan
  5. Billy Bob Thornton
  6. The Shins
  7. The Individuals
  8. Man Man
  9. Joan Baez
  10. The Decemberists
  11. Michael Franti
  12. Persephone's Bees (partly in Russian)
  13. Laurie Berkner
  14. Linkin Park
  15. Malvina Reynolds (opening)
    & Pete Seeger (closing)

Soundtracks

Weeds: Music from the Original Series

  • Released September 13, 2005
  1. Malvina Reynolds - "Little Boxes"
  2. Nellie McKay - "David"
  3. Peggy Lee - "A Doodlin' Song"
  4. Sufjan Stevens - "All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands"
  5. Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Ganja Babe"
  6. All Too Much - "More Than A Friend"
  7. Sons & Daughters - "Blood"
  8. The New Pornographers - "The Laws Have Changed"
  9. Joey Santiago - "Fake Purse"
  10. NRBQ - "Wacky Tobacky"
  11. Marion Black - "Who Knows"
  12. Martin Creed - "I Can't Move"
  13. The Mountain Goats - "Cotton"
  14. Joey Santiago - "Birthday Video"
  15. Flogging Molly - "If I Ever Leave This World Alive"
  16. The Be Good Tanyas - "The Littlest Birds"
  17. Hill Of Beans - "Satan Lend Me a Dollar"

Weeds: Music from the Original Series, Volume 2

  • Released October 17, 2006
  1. Elvis Costello - "Little Boxes"
  2. Zeroleen - "All Good"
  3. of Montreal - "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games"
  4. Jenny Owen Youngs - "Fuck Was I"
  5. Fern Jones - "Strange Things Are Happening"
  6. (The Real) Tuesday Weld - "Bathtime In Clerkenwell"
  7. Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay - "Shane Digs Gretchen"
  8. Rogue Wave - "Kicking The Heart Out"
  9. Regina Spektor - "The Ghost of Corporate Future"
  10. Dengue Fever - "One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula"
  11. Aidan Hawken - "Neighborhood"
  12. Squirrel Nut Zippers - "It Ain't You"
  13. Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay - "From Agrestic to Las Vegas"
  14. The 88 - "Not Enough"
  15. Sufjan Stevens - "Holland"
  16. Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay - "Huskaroo TV Spot"

Weeds: Music from the Original Series, Volume 3

  • Released June 3, 2008 as digital-only release, retail release July 8.[18]
  1. Randy Newman - "Little Boxes"
  2. Page France - "Chariot"
  3. That 1 Guy - "Buttmachine"
  4. Beirut - "Scenic World"
  5. The Dresden Dolls - "Girl Anachronism"
  6. Ween - "You Fucked Up"
  7. Oh No! Oh My! - "Walk In The Park"
  8. Illinois - "Nosebleed"
  9. Great Lake Swimmers - "Your Rocky Spine"
  10. Mr. Smolin - "The Earth Keeps Turning On"
  11. Kevin Nealon - "Just Like The Superdome"
  12. State Radio - "Keepsake"
  13. Eleni Mandell - "Let's Drive Away"
  14. The Shins - "Little Boxes" (iTunes Exclusive)

Weeds: Music from the Original Series, Volume 4

  • Released June 9, 2009
  1. DeVotchKa - "A New World"
  2. Nortec Collective - "Tengo La Voz"
  3. Greg Weeks - "Made"
  4. The Free Design - "Love You"
  5. That Handsome Devil - "Mexico"
  6. Miss Li - "Don't Try To Fool Me"
  7. Tunng - "Bullets"
  8. Mucca Pazza - "Borino Oro"
  9. Los Mono - "Se Puede"
  10. Linus of Hollywood - "Thank You For Making Me Feel Better"
  11. The Mountain Goats - "International Small Arms Traffic Blues"
  12. Toots & The Maytals - "Celia"
  13. Soul Swingers - "Brighter Tomorrow"

DVD and Blu-ray releases

DVD Name # of Ep Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 10 July 11, 2006 September 3, 2007 July 18, 2007
Season Two 12 July 24, 2007 January 7, 2008 May 28, 2008
Season Three 15 June 3, 2008 May 26, 2008 July 8, 2009
Season Four 13 June 2, 2009 November, 2009 March 17, 2010
Season Five 13 January 19, 2010 TBA TBA
The Region 1 Season One DVD is only available in 4:3 pan and scan format. The Region 2 and 4 releases are all in anamorphic widescreen.
Season One was released on Blu-ray on May 29, 2007, and Season Two was released on July 24, 2007. Both seasons include all episodes in 1080p widescreen with Dolby Digital EX sound and either DTS-HD (Season One) or LPCM (Season Two), as well as extras exclusive to the Blu-ray release. Season Three was released on Blu-ray on June 3, 2008. Seasons One to Three on Blu-ray are multi-region discs, but Season Four has been region-locked to region A only. This is due to a lack of broad international pick-up by non-US broadcasters at the time of release, meaning Showtime do not wish to prejudice any future transmission rights negotiations by having the season available to own before it could be broadcast in the countries concerned. In late 2009 Weeds Season Four and Season Five have been aired in at least one region B country, namely The Netherlands [19]. As a result of that, a region 2 DVD of Season 4 has indeed been released [20] [21]. However, this region 2 DVD release was not accompanied by a region B Blu-ray. Showtime have not commented on whether they ever anticipate releasing a region B Blu-ray version, whether or not any further non-US transmission rights are agreed. The same region locking has been applied to Blu-ray Season Five.[22]
The Season Two DVD was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification for an extra feature (not an episode of the series) which was regarded as "likely [...] to promote and encourage the use of illegal drugs".[23][24].

Books

On August 7, 2007, Simon Spotlight, a division of Simon and Schuster, published In the Weeds: The Official Guide to the Showtime Series by Kera Bolonik, which features interviews with the show's creator, its writers and crew, and the entire cast. It also features detailed character and plot descriptions, recipes, and lots of trivia and behind-the-scenes information.[25]

Impact

Critical response

Slate magazine named the character of Nancy Botwin as one of the best on television and one of the reasons they were looking forward to the return of the show in fall 2007.[26]
Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 Returning Series of 2007, ranking it at #9.[27]
The New York Times opined the show is "transforming for Showtime."[28]

Awards and nominations

Won

Award Title Credit Year
Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Series- Comedy Mary-Louise Parker 2005
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by a TV Actress in a Musical or Comedy Mary-Louise Parker 2006
Satellite Awards Outstanding Actor in a Series- Comedy Justin Kirk 2008

Nominated

Golden Globe Awards
Best TV Series-Comedy (2006, 2007, 2009)
Best Performance by a TV Supporting Actress Elizabeth Perkins (2006, 2007)
Best Performance by a TV Actress in a Musical or Comedy Mary-Louise Parker (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Best Performance by a TV Supporting Actor Justin Kirk (2007)
Screen Actors Guild
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Mary-Louise Parker (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Ensemble In A Comedy Series (2007, 2009)
Satellite Awards
Outstanding Actress in a Series-Comedy Elizabeth Perkins (2005)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series, or TV Movie Elizabeth Perkins(2006)
Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Mary-Louise Parker (2006, 2008)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Justin Kirk (2007)
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical (2007, 2008)
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Elizabeth Perkins (2006, 2007, 2009)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Craig Zisk, for the episode Good Shit Lollipop (2006)
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (2006, 2007)
Outstanding Main Title Design (2006)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, for the episode Good Shit Lollipop (2006)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Mary-Louise Parker (2007, 2008, 2009)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, for the episode Mrs. Botwin's Neighborhood (2007)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, for the episode Crush Girl Love Panic (2007)
Outstanding Comedy Series (2009)

References

  1. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (July 18, 2008). "Weeds Gets Two More Seasons—and a Possible Andy-Nancy Romance?". http://uk.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b13599_weeds_gets_two_more_seasons8212and.html. Retrieved July 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b http://tvbythenumbers.com/category/ratings/nielsen-top-cable-tv-show-ratings
  3. ^ "Weeds Season 6 Announced". TorrentFreak. October 2009. http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/home.do. Retrieved October, 2009. 
  4. ^ Calabasas Hill location: 34°08′12″N 118°39′21″W / 34.136655°N 118.655798°W / 34.136655; -118.655798
  5. ^ "Weeds creator loves illegal downloads of show". TVSquad.com. August 7, 2007. http://www.tvsquad.com/2007/08/07/weeds-creator-loves-illegal-downloads-of-show/. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Massive Leak of Pre-Air TV Shows: Piracy or Promotion?". TorrentFreak. July 24, 2007. http://torrentfreak.com/massive-leak-of-pre-air-tv-shows-piracy-or-promotion/. Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Massive Leak of Pre-Air TV Shows: Piracy or Promotion?". TorrentFreak. http://torrentfreak.com/massive-leak-of-pre-air-tv-shows-piracy-or-promotion/. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ http://torrentfreak.com/massive-leak-of-pre-air-tv-shows-piracy-or-promotion/
  9. ^ "You Can't Miss the Bear". List of Weeds. Showtime. Transcript. “Vaneeta: Can you imagine though? Boy out, jogging with his Daddy, having a good time. Then boom, Daddy drops. That would fuck a kid up.”
  10. ^ Nancy: Give me a little respect. I'm the biggest game in the private community of Agrestic. Heylia: Drugs sell themselves, biscuit, you ain't shit. [...] Take that crap off my money. You not giving me a present, you're paying me for weed."You Can't Miss the Bear". List of Weeds. Showtime. Transcript.
  11. ^ Kimberly, Nordyke (November 24, 2007). "Showtime Deals 'Weeds' a Fourth Green Light". http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i00627c6566fe8f5f3a5cc6e7c5ac42de. Retrieved February 26, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Showtime Cultivates 'Weeds' in June - Fourth season paired with 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl'". Zap2it.com. February 13, 2008. http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-weedsseason4premieredate,0,7681948.story. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Showtime - Weeds Episodes". http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/previous_episodes.do?episodeid=132589. Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Ausiello Scoop: Albert Brooks Joins Weeds - Ausiello Report | TVGuide.com". Community.tvguide.com. April 14, 2008. http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Ausiello-Scoop-Albert/800037445. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Weeds 1st season music". Showtime. http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/music_season1.do. Retrieved September 15, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Weeds 2nd season music". Showtime. http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/music_season2.do. Retrieved September 15, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Weeds 3rd season music". Showtime. http://www.sho.com/site/weeds/music_season3.do. Retrieved September 15, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Weeds Season Three Soundtrack Set for Digital-Only Release June 3, 2008". Top 40 Charts.com. April 22, 2008. http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=39758. 
  19. ^ http://www.comedycentral.nl/tv/programma/122/weeds.html
  20. ^ http://www.bol.com/nl/p/dvd/weeds-seizoen-4/1002004007168405/index.html
  21. ^ http://www.wehkamp.nl/Zoeken/ArtikelDetail.aspx?SC=BOX&ArtikelNummer=178429
  22. ^ http://dvdworldusa.com/shopexd.asp?id=71115
  23. ^ Chris Summers (June 20, 2008). "What is obscene these days?". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7439740.stm. Retrieved June 21, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Weeds - Season 2 - Cream of The Crop - DVD Extra Rejected by the BBFC". British Board of Film Classification. February 2, 2009. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/0/EA66C6247504B6CC802573020033AFF1. Retrieved 11 August, 2009. 
  25. ^ Bolonik, Kera (2007). In the Weeds. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 288. ISBN 1416938788. 
  26. ^ Turner, Julia (September 21, 2007). "Oh, How We've Missed You!". Slate magazine. http://www.slate.com/id/2174389/nav/navoa/#TheWireHBO. Retrieved September 23, 2007. 
  27. ^ Poniewozik, James. "Poniewozik, James; Top 10 New TV Series;". Time.com. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/top10/article/0,30583,1686204_1686244_1691411,00.html. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  28. ^ Pope, Kyle (August 6, 2006). "For Showtime, Suburban Angst Is Fast Becoming a Ratings Delight". NYTimes.com (New York Times). http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/06/arts/television/06pope.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=weeds+showtime&st=nyt&oref=slogin. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 

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