A suburban mother of two boys starts selling marijuana to support her lifestyle and her family after her husband passes away. She doesn’t initially realize all of the danger that it will put her family in, but she finds out very fast between a run in with gangsters of different races wanting to get her supply and run her out of business (and out of town), and several different moves that even send her trying to get new identities for her family and cross the border into Canada! Weeds was funny, albeit raunchy at times, and definitely brought the drama to Showtime.
My favorite characters
- Nancy Botwin: The mother of the family, she never really smokes her own product (or anyone elses) and remains clean throughout the entire series. She significantly grew as an individual and stood up for herself and what she believed was right for her family. She had so much drama going on in her life that it really sucked you in, between being with her brother-in-law, a DEA, a Mexican politician that was also the head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, and a Rabbi you can’t help but get sucked into Nancy’s romantic side and wonder what will come next.
- Andy Botwin: Andy was a quirky individual that had a very hard time with his relationship with Nancy because he loved her, and he knew that she wasn’t right for him but he couldn’t help but try to be with her. He was there when Stevie was born and honestly, it was a very intimate moment when they were trying to raise a baby together and I found myself really hoping that things would work out between them.
- Conrad: Conrad was another one of the romantic connections with Nancy. Conrad fell in love with Nancy when she first started buying her product from Heylia, and when they started being business partners, it was so difficult to pull yourself away from them because there was such a connection between the two characters. In the series finale, I was most excited to see Conrad and…. Guillermo!
- Guillermo: Guillermo, Guillermo, Guillermo… Man, he was a very tough character. His personality was very dominant and very hostile, but he was a great character and a great contrast to Nancy. Nancy learned a lot from Guillermo even though he got her into A LOT of trouble. It was always exciting with Guillermo, though. One of my favorite parts from the show is when Nancy and Guillermo are standing on top of the hill watching the town of Agrestic (Nancy’s hometown) burn up in flames because of Guillermo. Guillermo was a big part of making Nancy who she was.
Another one of my favorite moments was when the family was in Ren Mar, it was hilarious watching Doug and Andy become coyotes and get people from Mexico to come to America, and I think Silas grew a lot when they were in Ren Mar as well.
Silas was a character that it was very easy to fall in love with. He loved working with the plants and really cared about them. He was good at what he was doing (growing the product) and he had a lot in common with his mom. Between the two boys, it was Shane that I had a problem with. Shane was a controversial character because he was kind of the black sheep of the family. When everyone else was working on setting up a new business, Shane was busy becoming a cop (which was smart, until it showed the characters in 8+ years and Shane was needing to go to rehab). Also, Shane was the only character from the family that I believe flat out killed someone. Granted, I enjoyed the fact that he killed Pilar, because that was a pivotal moment in his life- after he killed Pilar, he started to feel invincible and very cocky, and it was these very factors that got him into the most trouble.
The show felt complete when it ended, but I think they ended it a little bit fast. The last episode or two of the series show the family 8+ years later. You didn’t get to see the relationship between Nancy and the Rabbi blossom, but apparently they were married, and it leads you to believe that he committed suicide. It also shows Stevie celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, but the last time you see him before that, he was only five years old! I felt like there was a lot more that could have been done with the show, I would have liked Season 8 to end regularly, and then possibly start a new season showing how much their lives had changed. That being said though, I did like seeing Nancy run a legitimate business and being rich for something that she was good at, I also loved seeing all of the old characters from the past seasons, but I missed Celia and I wish they would have showed her. It was also hilarious that Doug became a Guru running his own cult!
Overall, Weeds is a hilarious show and I loved everything that was going on with it. It’s difficult to keep up with at parts, it’s not the best written show out there, but it is very entertaining if you’re willing to put up with the raunchy parts. I loved it! 10/10.