Weeds (TV series)

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Series title card
Format Comedy-drama
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" (seasons 1-3)
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Running time approx. 30 min.
Original channel Showtime
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 8, 2005 – present
External links
Official website

Weeds is an American comedy television series created by Jenji Kohan, produced by Lionsgate Television for the Showtime network.

The plot revolves around a 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 widow's weeds. It also refers to the tendency of American suburbs to grow quickly and pervasively, with the dwellings and their residents being almost as indistinguishable as weeds; this is mirrored in the show's theme song "Little Boxes" and opening credits, and is a recurring theme of the show itself. The theme song changes in the second season. The change consists of a different vocalist every episode.

Weeds currently comprises four seasons that began airing in August 2005. It was the highest rated series for Showtime its first year; its fourth-season premiere attracted 1.3 million viewers to Showtime, that channel's highest-ever viewership; the season as a whole averaged 962,000 viewers.[citation needed] Showtime announced on July 18, 2008 that two more seasons of thirteen episodes each will be produced.[1]

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. Season 5 is currently in production and will air in May 2009 according to the official website.[2]


[edit] 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.[3]

[edit] Episodes

As of September 2008, 50 original episodes of Weeds have been produced and broadcast. The first season began August 8, 2005 and consisted of 10 episodes. 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. The fourth season began June 16, 2008, and lasted 13 episodes. Creator Jenji Kohan has written 13 of the episodes, including each season's premiere and finale.

[edit] Episode leaks

The first episode of the third season was scheduled to air on August 13, 2007. On July 22, 2007, the first and second episodes of season 3 were leaked on the Internet. On July 24, 2007, the third episode was leaked, and on July 27, 2007, the fourth episode was leaked. The fourth episode was not a complete version; among other things, some dubbed lines were not complete (notably a voicemail message Nancy receives from U-Turn is spoken by a distinctly different actor, and in place of the end credits a card is inserted reading "End Credits" . As of December 2007, all 15 episodes of the third season were available online. Due to the high quality of the leaked episodes, downloaders of the torrents speculated that the episodes were leaked intentionally in order to garner interest in the show and to create an internet buzz[4]. Weeds creator Jenji Kohan has shown a positive interest in the Weeds episodes leaking online, 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 aired on Showtime, the first few episodes were also leaked online.[6]

[edit] Main characters

The cast of Weeds circa Season 2, Left to Right: Romany Malco, Tonye Patano, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, and Justin Kirk.

Nancy Botwin portrayed by Mary-Louise Parker (S1-4)

Nancy Botwin was an all-American PTA soccer mom until her husband Judah suddenly dropped dead. To maintain the suburban lifestyle to which she was accustomed, Nancy entered the dangerous world of drug dealing. Her regular clients include her accountant, her lawyer, and other soccer moms.

Celia Hodes portrayed by Elizabeth Perkins (S1-4)

Celia is a suburban mother and (superficially) a friend of Nancy. She constantly criticizes her overweight daughter Isabelle, and is stuck in an unhappy marriage at the start of the series. Her primary outlets are alcoholism and random verbal abuse of others, and she occasionally undertakes mean-spirited subversive actions against people, ostensibly to teach them lessons.

Celia also has another daughter named Quinn, whom she sends to boarding school after the pilot episode.

Andy Botwin portrayed by Justin Kirk (S1-4)

Andy Botwin is Nancy's brother-in-law, 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.

Silas Botwin portrayed by Hunter Parrish (S1-4)

Silas, 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 always operating as though he knows everything, is extremely naive.

During the series he has numerous bad break-ups with his girlfriends and constantly harasses Nancy about her job. Eventually he decides he too wants to be a drug dealer.

Shane Botwin portrayed by Alexander Gould (S1-4)

Shane is Nancy's younger son and was with Judah at the time of his death. Shane takes out his grief in bizarre emotional ways, such as talking to his father even though he isn't alive. Shane is also very smart, and is often called "Strange Botwin" by his fellow students.

Doug Wilson portrayed by Kevin Nealon (S1-4)

Doug is the fun-loving accountant and friend of Nancy. Doug is also a city councilman for Agrestic, but treats his position like a hobby and takes advantage of it for the perks. Doug also becomes business partners with Nancy, becoming her operation's treasurer. After this, he and Andy are frequently seen hanging out together. Doug has an unseen wife Dana who he loves very much but who won't have sex with him. He has an affair with Celia briefly but loves Dana too much to keep seeing Celia. Doug also has a gay teenaged son Josh (Justin Chatwin) who appeared only in the pilot episode.

Many of Doug Wilson's lines are improvised by Kevin Nealon.

Conrad Shepard portrayed by Romany Malco (S1-3)

Conrad 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, his aunt never allowed him to grow plants, insisting that they keep their business small. Despite this, he has worked on developing his own signature genetic blend. Later, 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 portrayed by Tonye Patano (S1-3)

Heylia is Conrad's aunt and supplier for Nancy. When Conrad goes against Heylia's instructions and continues to see Nancy, and Nancy almost gets her in trouble with the police, she forms a grudge against her. Heylia and Nancy eventually become reluctant partners.

Isabelle Hodes portrayed by Allie Grant (Guest S1-2, Regular S3-4)

Isabelle 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.

Dean Hodes portrayed by Andy Milder (Guest S1-2 and 4, Regular S3)

Dean is Isabelle'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 separation.

[edit] Season summaries

[edit] Season 1

The series takes place in the fictional Los Angeles, California suburb of Agrestic. It is home to Nancy Botwin, whose husband Judah suddenly died of a heart attack while jogging with his son Shane, prior to the start of the first season.[7] Nancy's children Silas and Shane both attend Agrestic's public school system.

Nancy has begun dealing marijuana to her affluent neighbors and friends to support her upper middle class lifestyle. She buys from Heylia James, a major distributor in Los Angeles' West Adams district whom she met through Heylia's nephew, Conrad.[8] When her best customers talk their way into a medical marijuana store with a variety of high-quality pot, Nancy's sales start to dry up, so she utilizes her baking skills and concocts pot-laced brownies and baked goods to sell off the low-quality product. Later, at the suggestion of her accountant, city councilman Doug Wilson, and with the aid of her attorney, her friend Celia Hodes' husband Dean, she opens a bakery as a front for her drug sales, buying the baked goods at Costco and putting them on her bakery's shelves as her own product. Silas begins dating Megan, an attractive deaf girl at his school. Shane, a witness to his father's death, is a more troubled child who has been known to act out. As a result, Shane has been given the nickname "Strange Botwin" at his school. In one instance, Shane bites the foot of another child in a martial arts tournament.

Nancy has befriended the manic, image-obsessed, manipulative and controlling Celia Hodes, president of the Agrestic PTA, who has a number of domestic problems. She 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 in the pilot. Her younger daughter, 11-year-old Isabelle, is overweight, and also decides late in the season that she is a lesbian. Toward the end of the season, Celia is diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer, and 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 and uncharacteristic 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. Unbeknown 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.

[edit] 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 brothers-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: she launches a drug-free campaign across Agrestic complete with drug-free zone signs and surveillance cameras. After winning his seat, Celia has a brief sexual affair with Doug.

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 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 alone 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 in retaliation. Nancy's buyer, U-Turn, 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.

[edit] 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 crop harvest; U-Turn pays the mobsters to leave Nancy to him alone; Silas is arrested and sentenced to community service; in hiding, Sanjay 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 a relationship with him, much to Celia's chagrin, as Groff had also started a relationship with her. Conrad and Heylia start their own new growing operation, initially at the behest of U-Turn.

The outlying Christian community of Majestic attempts 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.

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.

Finally debt-free, Nancy begins to feel lonely, and 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 money Doug "borrowed" from the Agrestic treasury to help Nancy get back in business. Despite giving her several smaller payments, Valerie believing Nancy will never give her her full due and that Peter had a stash of cash off the books that Nancy knows the location of, hires a private investigator to trail Nancy. The P.I. 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 P.I. won't come after her again by blackmailing him for blackmailing her. Nancy confronts Valerie, telling her that she would have gotten the money even though Nancy has no obligation to give it to her, and that she no longer has it anyway thanks to Valerie's P.I.

Meanwhile, Andy goes through basic training in the military after being told that his injury won't exempt him with the military's current low standards, but his lack of effort gets him and his partner unknowingly sent on suicide detail, which Andy survives. Going AWOL, he tries to hide but is found and made to sign a pledge of secrecy for his knowledge of the illegal operation, while being allowed an honorable discharge. He has a brief excursion into the pornographic film industry, and later befriends a group of bikers while trying to score with one of its 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's drastic solution of burning down the biker's grow house causes a huge fire in Agrestic which results in a mandatory evacuation order. Nancy has to face the possibility that she may have to start over from scratch and has failed her family. In the final scene, she pours gasoline throughout her house and lights it with a match, ensuring that she and her family will be moving on.

[edit] Season 4

On November 5, 2007, it was confirmed that Showtime would air a fourth season of Weeds, to contain at least 13 episodes.[9] The fourth season started airing on Monday, June 16, 2008 with the final episode airing on Monday, September 15, 2008.[10] The first episode of this season, entitled "Mother Thinks the Birds are After Her"[11], was the last time "Little Boxes" was used during the opening credits. Thereafter, each episode began with an animated title card in a scenario relating to the episode. Major changes to the cast were made, owing largely to the family's move. Mary-Kate Olsen and Matthew Modine no longer appeared in the show, and Romany Malco and Tonye Patano, who had key roles in the first three seasons, were no longer part of the main cast, and remain unseen. Albert Brooks was added as Andy's father, Lenny Botwin, who was seen in the first four episodes of the season. Guillermo Diaz and Jack Stehlin, who played minor recurring roles previously, play larger roles.

This season sees Nancy relocate her family to the fictional town of Ren Mar, located on the San Diego/Tijuana border[12], after having set fire to her house and burning it down at the end of the previous season. Here, she begins drug trafficking across the border for Guillermo, and must deal with Celia, who has been sent to spy on her in hopes of getting herself out of jail after Nancy's crew set her up to take the fall for their grow house. Andy begins a coyote business with Doug, who has moved to town to evade questions about Agrestic's finances; Silas sets up his own weed business; Isabelle moves in with Celia; and Shane slowly begins to go off the rails - and push away Isabelle and Nancy - when he meets two girls at his new school.

As the season progresses, Nancy's role changes as she is told to run a maternity store, bringing Celia in to help after Guillermo's men find Celia spying on them, which is used as a front to disguise a tunnel in the back room that runs to Mexico, in order to facilitate drug trafficking. As she slowly begins to realize that the tunnel is also being used for gun and human trafficking, she decides to inform DEA Captain Roy Till, despite having begun a relationship with the corrupt Mayor of Tijuana, for whom Guillermo works. The DEA raid the maternity shop, where a bloody shootout leaves several DEA agents as well as Mexican Mafiosos dead. She also conflicts with her two sons because Silas is sleeping with an older woman and Shane has had a threesome and is also masturbating to pictures of Nancy.

During this time, Doug and Andy's coyote business becomes very successful. Andy is worshiped by the immigrants they smuggle while Doug even manages to fall in love with one of the immigrants he named "Mermex". However, little does he know, Mermex starts to fall for Andy instead of Doug, as Doug's personality and unapologetic nature turn her away.

Meanwhile, Celia begins to develop a drug addiction; it becomes bad enough to prompt Isabelle and Dean to stage an intervention. After some initial reluctance, Celia starts to attend rehab and also apologizes to Isabelle and Dean. However, Dean rejects her apology and instead suggests she say sorry to Quinn, who is still in Mexico after Celia sent her to boarding school at the end of the pilot episode. Celia decides to do so in the season finale but upon her arrival she is drugged and kidnapped by Quinn in revenge.

In the finale, Nancy is called in to the DEA for questioning. Roy Till threatens to kill the person responsible for his partners death. Esteban, the mayor, discovers Nancy is the rat. Moments after being confronted, Nancy informs Esteban that she is pregnant with his child, and that she thinks it's a boy. Back at home, Shane steals Silas' weed and started selling it to other kids with the two girls he met; Doug alerted the police over Mermex's illegal immigration after she rejected him for Andy and believes his life has hit rock bottom, but rejoices when he realizes that having nothing means the people that are after him will not gain anything from pursuing him, and so writes a letter to his separated wife daring her to bring it on; Andy contemplates whether or not he is in love with Nancy and his reasons for staying with the family for so long.

[edit] Cast and crew

Main cast:

Actor Role Episodes
Mary-Louise Parker Nancy Botwin 50
Elizabeth Perkins Celia Hodes 50
Tonye Patano Heylia James  32*
Romany Malco Conrad Shepard  36*
Justin Kirk Andy Botwin  47
Hunter Parrish Silas Botwin 50
Alexander Gould Shane Botwin 50
Allie Grant Isabelle Hodes  36
Andy Milder Dean Hodes  37**
Kevin Nealon Doug Wilson 50

Main cast as of season 1, episode 4.
Main cast as of season 3, episode 1. Previously guest stars.
*Main cast from season 1 to season 3 only.
**Main cast during season 3 only; recurring guest otherwise.

Main crew:

For writers, see episode list
Crew member Role
Jenji Kohan Creator
Brian Dannelly Producer/Director
Craig Zisk Producer/Director
Christopher Misiano Director

Misiano also directed and produced episodes of The West Wing, a series in which Mary Louise Parker had a recurring role as Amy Gardner.

Key recurring cast:

Actor Role Season Appearances
Indigo Vaneeta 1, 2, 3
Hudson, HaleyHaley Hudson Quinn Hodes 1, 4
Pancholy, MaulikMaulik Pancholy Sanjay 1, 2, 3, 4
Victor, RenéeRenée Victor Lupita 1, 2, 3, 4
Thyre, BeckyBecky Thyre Pam 1, 2, 3, 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, 3, 4
Sher, EdenEden Sher Gretchen 2
Auberjonois, RemyRemy Auberjonois Mr. Albin 1, 2
Olsen, Mary-KateMary-Kate Olsen Tara Lindman 3
Stehlin, JackJack Stehlin Captain Roy Till 2, 3, 4
Hill, Julanne ChidiJulanne Chidi Hill Clinique 3, 4
Díaz, GuillermoGuillermo Díaz Guillermo García Gómez 3, 4
Show, TraciiTracii Show Jada Henderson 1
DiFiglia, TressaTressa DiFiglia Maggie 1
Dohan, MeitalMeital Dohan Yael Hoffman 2
Canada, RonRon Canada Joseph 2
Deschanel, ZooeyZooey Deschanel Kat Wheeler 2, 3
Patrick, Shawn MichaelShawn Michael Patrick Agent George "Fundis" Fundislavsky 2, 3
Sabara, DarylDaryl Sabara Tim Scottson 1, 2, 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
Bowen, JulieJulie Bowen Lisa 4
Castillo, EnriqueEnrique Castillo Cesar 4
Luthman, JoeyJoey Luthman Rad Ferris 4
Madera, HemkyHemky Madera Ignacio 4

[edit] Music

[edit] 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 season 4, 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:[13]

  • 1×01–10: Malvina Reynolds

Season 2:[14]

Season 3:[15]

[edit] Soundtracks

[edit] 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"

[edit] 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"

[edit] Weeds: Music from the Original Series, Volume 3

  • Released June 3, 2008 as digital-only release, retail release July 8.[16]
  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)

[edit] DVD 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
Season Four 13 June 2, 2009 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.

The Season Two DVD was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification for an 'extra' - not an episode of the series - which was seen as promoting drug usage.[17] The official BBFC adjudication may be found here.

[edit] 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.[18]

[edit] Impact

[edit] 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.[19]

Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 Returning Series of 2007, ranking it at #9.[20]

The New York Times opined the show is "transforming for Showtime." [21]

[edit] Awards and nominations

[edit] 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

[edit] 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 (2007, 2008, 2009)
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)
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)
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)

[edit] References

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  2. ^ Showtime's Weeds Official Wiki
  3. ^ Calabasas Hill location: 34°08′12″N 118°39′21″W / 34.136655°N 118.655798°W / 34.136655; -118.655798
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  21. ^ For Showtime, Suburban Angst Is Fast Becoming a Ratings Delight

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