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Weeds: Season 1

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After her husband's unexpected death and subsequent financial woes, suburban mom Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) embraces a new profession: the neighborhood pot dealer. As it seems like everyone secretly wants what she's selling -- even city councilman Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) -- Nancy is faced with keeping her family life in check and her enterprise a secret from her best friend/PTA president, Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins).

With its fantastic comedy series Weeds, cable network Showtime finally gave up its also-ran status to HBO and found itself with a controversial, buzz-worthy show that was as hilarious as it was dark, one about a truly desperate housewife. A recent widow with two growing sons, Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) looks like a typical resident of the affluent Southern California suburb of Agrestic. She keeps a clean, upscale house (with the help of a live-in maid), attends PTA meetings, goes to her kids' soccer games, makes frequent stops at the local coffee franchise.... and sells marijuana in order to make it all possible. Left with no way to support herself after her beloved husband's fatal heart attack, Nancy turns herself into the "suburban baroness of bud," dealing to her neighbors in the area, with the help of her supplier Heylia (Tonye Patano) and point man Conrad (Romany Malco). Nancy's clients run from the local councilman (Kevin Nealon) to the just-barely-legal students at the local community college, but many in Agrestic are still in the dark as to how she keeps her family afloat, including her best friend, the sardonic Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), a wife and mother whose blistering, withering put-downs could make Dorothy Parker cringe in fear. But like many small-business owners, Nancy yearns for more success and cash, and like her workaholic neighbors, finds keeping a balance between work life and home life to be extremely precarious at best.

While Desperate Housewives yearned to be a suburban satire with bite, Weeds was the real deal, skewering upper-middle class mores with a sharp eye, a keen wit, and a mostly forgiving heart. In episode after episode, the show's creative team (led by creator Jenji Kohan) pulled back the layers of Agrestic's superficiality to show what lies beneath the squeaky-clean exteriors and smiling faces; it turns out that hunger, fear, desire, and, yes, desperation aren't that far down. However, Weeds forsakes pulpiness and florid drama for biting yet affectionate humor--its heroine is a woman with sliding morals, but one you'll root for to the very end. The effervescent Parker, the only actress who can mix perkiness with morbidity in just the right amounts, anchored the show with her amazing turn as Nancy, who by the end of the first season had become a kind of soccer-mom version of Michael Corleone, entering a corrupt world with both trepidation and fascination--and totally enamored of the power it brought her. Also perfectly cast, Perkins found the role of a lifetime as the bitterly hilarious Celia, and entering the show in its fourth episode, Justin Kirk (Parker's co-star in Angels in America) proved to be a potent secret weapon as Nancy's brother-in-law Andy, a slacker who wasn't above peddling t-shirts to elementary school kids. As icky as these characters might appear on the surface, Weeds made them all immensely appealing and great company to be around. Don't say we didn't warn you: one hit and you'll be hooked on this show. The DVDs feature six episode commentaries with cast and crew, outtakes, original featurettes, a music video, and most enjoyably, Agrestic Herbal Recipes (for entertainment value only, we assume) and the "Smoke and Mirrors" marijuana mockumentary. --Mark Englehart

Special Features

  • Commentary on 6 episodes with cast and crew
  • "Smokey Snippets" outtakes
  • "Smoke and Mirrors" Marijuana Mockumentary
  • Agrestic Herbal Recipes
  • Original Showtime featurettes
  • Music video
  • 10 episodes on 2 discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Directors: Burr Steers, Lee Rose
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJYE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Weeds: Season 1" on IMDb

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lola Legendre on July 24, 2006
Format: DVD
"Weeds" is an excellent show with clever humor, hot social issues, and engaging characters. Some reviewers have pointed out that the characters are hypocritical and not very likeable, but that's what gives them complexity and makes them interesting. "Full House" this is not. That aside, the general tone of the series is not terribly serious, so however you feel about drugs and the actions of Nancy and the other characters, it's still a quite enjoyable and fun show.

I felt that since the producers of this DVD did not see fit to release the episodes in their original aspect ratio, that was worth knocking off a good two points. It's often easy to tell that things are framed too closely here. It's incomprehensible why they would not release the best possible version on DVD, especially when they expect people to pay for them. The set does include some interesting extras and featurettes. I also listened to all the commentaries, and what annoyed me were those of show creator Jengi Kohan--on her tracks she sounds as though she's coming out of anesthesia. I just want to scream at her "SPEAK UP!" So if you're into commentaries, pretty much skip hers (the ones for the pilot and the season finale), as "mumble mumble mumble mumble" is hardly an insight.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By T. Bellah on August 1, 2006
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The pilot opens almost mid-story it seems, acclimating you to the characters and their interpersonal dysfunctions subtlety and sparingly. The richness and vibrancy of the characters makes it "ok" that you don't get all the nitty-gritty details of why and when and how things started- you feel as if you know these people and will continue to learn about their why's, when's and how's as the "plot thickens" in season 2.

A fascinating exploration of suburban life- so common, easily identified with and yet totally beneath the surface. Of course it is dramatized, but after living in OC for over 10 years I can testify to the validity. The premise of this show is a terrific commentary on what suburbia has done to humanity as people try to make sure that all their "Little Boxes" stay the same. Our HOA recently sent letters to residents who were unfortunate enough to have brown spots in their lawns. I live in the desert and it's been unseasonably hot across the nation- but the semblance of normalcy must be protected in suburbia. They may want to worry about the growth patterns of a different type of grass in our quiet little neighborhood.

I admire the main character, Nancy, who judges none and accepts tragedy and criticism both with grace and dignity. When a fellow mom and friend attacks her parenting by citing a book on parenting she is not baited by the comment, but retorts with an amusing grin and wryly delivered, "Wow, Celia. (effective pause) I didn't know you read books." The timing and rapport between these two characters is pure magic-the steel magnolias of the "soccer mom" set.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Betty Beretta on September 22, 2006
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From the world of a professional herbalist and addict of amazingly written anything, film, shows, books...I find Weeds to be one of those things in life that I just can't live without. Not only are the actors extremely well cast in their roles, but the plot and dialog go wayyyy beyond the bump and grind life of a suburban widow drug dealer. I often find myself yelping with joy (alongside my neighbor since we get together every Monday at 10:00 to watch the latest episode)...then running to the office the next day to spread the word about Weeds.

In a world of trash television like American Idol, and Desperate Housewives, it's not only refreshing to be enlightened with such a cool antecdote to life's monotany, but also mandatory.

This one surely won't go up in smoke, unless of course you're just sharing the gift of the earth.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seamus on August 12, 2006
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First off, I have to admit that I've loved Mary-Louise Parker for a long time, so I'm probably going to like any thing she's in.

That said, every one I've known who's watched this show has loved it. It's funny and somewhat realistic. The premise is that Parker is a recently widowed mom living in an expensive LA suburb. To make ends meet she sells marijuana to her white, middle-class neighbors after buying it from a black family in a less affluent area.

This show is witty, sexy, and compelling. If you watch about 3 episodes you'll be hooked. The cast is excellent. In addition to Parker in the lead role, you also have Elizabeth Perkins as the snooty neighbor/friend, Romany Malco (from The Forty Year Old Virgin) as one of her suppliers, and Kevin Nealon as her main client/CPA/city councilman.

The first ten episode follow Parker as he grows her business while trying to raise her two sons. Along the way she has run ins with her competition and the law. Plus she has to deal with her brother-in-law showing up and causing some extra problems.

It's a great show and it has a lot in common with "Big Love," "Desperate Housewives," "Six Feet Under," or any other show that tries to point out the stranger side of life.
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Has the DVD set been edited?
If the framerate of the UK version runs at 25 fps instead of 24, I assume that alone would make each episode maybe 2-3 minutes shorter than the US version. But some shows are converted from NTSC to PAL without decreasing the duration, so maybe I'm wrong.
Apr 13, 2009 by Guillermo B. Gomez |  See all 8 posts
I don't want to waste time and money...
I liked it and I don't smoke pot. It doesn't glorify pot-smoking. It's about a newly widowed housewife/soccer-mom who tries to make ends meet by becoming the neighbourhood pot-dealer. She lives in a typical, idealised, picture-postcard, upper-middle-class, suburban neighbourhood. Hence the... Read More
Aug 13, 2006 by dooby |  See all 7 posts
Full Screen
You may want to check the specs again. It states that the show is 2.35 to 1 which would make it a qoute widescreen release. 4.3 to 1 is the old fullscreen.
Apr 1, 2007 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
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Apr 27, 2007 by April Holt |  See all 6 posts
Full Screen?
Yes, it was broadcast in widescreen, this DVD release is them screwing the fans over. The R2 UK release is in 16:9, buy that instead.
Feb 7, 2007 by S. S. Ying |  See all 5 posts
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