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Weeds is a comedy/drama/satire based around an american widow (Nancy Botwin) with 2 children who begins selling cannabis for financial gain after the death of her husband. Her family become involved in more and more illegal activities as the show progresses.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: Showtime
  • David Wiegand

    "Weeds" may indeed be the best-written new show of the year so far, but the performances are superb as well.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The best new show this season. [5 Aug 2005]

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marc Peyser

    A first-rate show with a wonderful cast... and a delicious satirical streak. [1 Aug 2005]

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Cynthia Littleton

    "Weeds" is a blast, a wry, well-written look at the life of the pot dealer next door in small-screen suburbia. [1 Aug 2005]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    Smarter and more creative than ABC's "Desperate Housewives," that other show about superficial suburbia, "Weeds" has edgier and wittier writing. [6 Aug 2005]

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Gillian Flynn

    The opening of Weeds makes me want to scream. ... That said, Weeds is a dozen times more creative than its opening credits.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    The triumph of Parker's performance - just like that of James Gandolfini's depiction of Tony Soprano - is that she makes one care about Botwin in spite of all her flaws. [7 Aug 2005]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The premiere is a bit stiff, but the episodes improve over time, mostly thanks to two mesmerizing actresses in the lead roles.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jennifer Frey

    Showtime's subversive new offering is smart, funny, human and truly likable.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    A deliciously witty comedy with stark dramatic touches. [6 Aug 2005]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    Comparisons will be made to ABC's "Desperate Housewives," but "Weeds" is meaner and sharper, eschewing the chirpy attitude that blunts the sting of most plot turns in "Housewives." [5 Aug 2005]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    "Weeds" comes from a Hollywood la-la land that is too crammed with trauma and wit to be real. But it's just entertaining enough to be watchable, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere dramatically deep. [4 Aug 2005]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Because it is wisely anchored in the marvelous performances of Parker and Perkins, "Weeds" packs a merrily subversive comic energy. [5 Aug 2005]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    [Parker] may be the best actress in all of television. Certainly, she's the most natural, and one of the most irresistibly lovable. [4 Aug 2005]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    'Weeds' stumbles at times during its first few episodes. It makes some of its points with too little humor and subtlety. But for the most part, this is a nuanced comedy with interesting characters performed by a first-rate cast. [5 Aug 2005]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    It's a good show waiting to happen, television cliches and all. [5 Aug 2005]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Weeds is still trying a little too hard—trying, by turns, to be edgy and HBO-ish or campy and ABC-ish. But if it hasn't yet quite achieved the self-confident swagger of HBO flagships like The Wire or The Sopranos, it's certainly a lot more fun to watch than Desperate Housewives.

    Slate Full Review
  • John Leonard

    The best I can wish for is a vehicle worthy of Parker’s prodigal talents ... By this standard, Showtime’s new sitcom Weeds is at least adequate, verging occasionally on inspired.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Like Lisa Kudrow on the heinous The Comeback, Parker brings a great performance to a less than one-dimensional part.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Weeds may make you chuckle, but it wants you to gasp, and unless your name is June and you call your youngest son Beaver, it's not likely to happen. [7 Aug 2005]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Interesting but not especially funny. [1 Aug 2005]

    Variety Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    There's an uneven quality to the humor, and the snide putdown of "Leave It to Beaver"-land is starting to get old. [5 Aug 2005]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Darker than "Desperate Housewives," and even less nuanced. [11 Aug 2005]

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    "Weeds" tries unsuccessfully to balance a lot of stories that are too disparate in tone. [7 Aug 2005]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Despite its unique premise, the show delivers little more than network sitcom material tarted up with cable raciness. [5 Aug 2005]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Weeds feels like a stoned Desperate Housewives: The pupils are dilated wide, as if able to pick out in sharp relief every detail of this suburban America, yet nothing really seems in focus at all.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    The result is another finely acted cable drama with great production values and the germ of an interesting idea behind it but no coherent tone or character development or story, even -- just a series of attempts to pass off creatively exaggerated behavior, the more desperate the better, as some kind of social commentary.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    "Weeds" isn't nearly as shocking or hilarious as it clearly thinks it is. [5 Aug 2005]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Wouldn't be funny even if you were stoned. [7 Aug 2005]

    Boston Herald Full Review
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