Originally Posted by fredfa
The show, on the other hand, IMO, was another example of Hollywood telling us how much it dislikes the way tens of millions of Americans (more or less happily) live.
(Oh those suburbs -- how awfully tacky!)
There is a reason Showtime's ratings have never come close to HBO. And despite a rather fallow couple of years, HBO still leads by a very strong margin.
Your usual sharp sense of popular culture has let you down with that first remark, fredfa. As someone who has lived in suburbs most of his life, I can testify that underneath the bucolic "Beaver-eske" surface of these well-maintained neighborhoods lurks all manner of domestic pathologies. Hollywood doesn't "dislike" the suburbs (most of the studio execs live in them); it simply sees the opportunity to tell interesting stories. Do you feel the same way about the large number of sitcoms that all seem to take place in urbanized New York or LA?
And, for the record, Weeds is more "realistic" (and much funnier, based on the first episode) than Desperate Housewives (nominated for an emmy in comedy?!
), that's for sure. Showtime has a winner here.