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Weeds: Season 1
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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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not care for this show. I will not watch it again. I did not like the disrespect the children had for parents and did not care for the premise.Published 26 days ago by Debby Nelson
Show is good, but not as good as some others I've watched...such as Shameless or Nurse Jackie.Published 1 month ago by Kristene Sninsky