Originally Posted by IAM4UK
I just watched the pilot episode (great name for the show, "You Can't Miss the Bear!") off the bluray disc I rented from Netflix. I was disappointed. I knew the plotline centered on a pot-dealing suburbanite, but I felt like the show was trying too hard to poke fingers in the eyes of those who might have some affinity for certain social mores that others find prudish or outmoded. Am I supposed to empathize with the lead? She expresses consternation over the thought of a fellow dealer selling to pre-teens, but she supplied him the drugs. That makes her character a "tough sell" to this potential audience member. And the flaws in most of the other characters were obviously delibrately outrageous for the sake of humor, but seemed too much like bad charicatures to me. Do they settle into a storyline, or keep going for shock-value over substance?
It should come as no surprise that Weeds has a Left wing, counterculture slant. All you have to do is listen to the words of its theme song, Little Boxes, to learn all you need to know. According to the song, all the folks who have professional degrees and live in nice neighborhoods are somehow all alike. The composer of the song, Malvina Reynolds, was a second generation socialist and political activist. I've never worried much about that, though, because, in my opinion anyway, neither the show nor Ms Reynolds should be taken seriously.
Although Weeds' politics are anathema to me, I think that it's great entertainment, nonetheless. If I took seriously the political positions of Hollywood writers and directors, I wouldn't watch much TV. Weeds is a cartoon and it's a hoot, it seems to me.