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The best weed TV shows you should be watching

Although there’s money and talent behind many weed series, none have been successful (or very good, to be honest).

Mary-Louise Parker played pot-dealing mom, Nancy Botwin, in Weeds.

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    Despite marijuana’s acceptance, there’s one area that’s sorely missing improvement: TV. For the most part, weed TV shows don’t know how to get it right. Like most societal issues, cannabis is a thorny topic, one that seems hard to seamlessly thread into a narrative.

    Netflix has tried to bring weed to the forefront, developing different programs such as “Disjointed” and “Cooking on High.” Although there’s money and talent behind these series, none have been successful (or very good, to be honest), highlighting situations where cannabis is used as a gimmick and a way of gaining views instead of a tool to develop intriguing and relatable storylines.

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    While there’s plenty of room for improvement within the weed TV show landscape, there are shows that have succeeded with amazing results. Interestingly enough, these programs tend to be half-hour comedies, weaving in the political with everyday experiences of people who like to smoke weed.

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    Here are the best cannabis-centric shows to add to your watch-list.

    Mary-Louise Parker played pot-dealing mom, Nancy Botwin, in Weeds.

    Weeds

    “Weeds” is an old show with an already dated premise, but it still works. Nancy Botwin is a mother of two whose husband just passed away and is left with all sorts of debts and challenges. Of course, her next step is to start selling illegal weed to her rich neighbours to earn some extra cash. Developed by Jenji Kohan, who created “Orange is the New Black”, “Weeds” is a comedy that’s also a drama, with different degrees of success per season. Throughout its eight-year run, the show managed to stay innovative and funny, and always featured a complex lead character. It’s also a time capsule of sorts, set during a time when weed was more taboo than it is now, offering glimpses of the present in which we’re living in. It can be streamed on Netflix.

    High Maintenance

    “High Maintenance” is an anthology series bound together by The Guy, a weed delivery man who works in New York. “High Maintenance” is the rare anthology series that’s consistent. Unlike most anthology programs out there that are strung together by a few great episodes and a bunch of filler, “High Maintenance” manages to tell engrossing and human stories that never overstay their welcome and that are particularly rewarding for New Yorkers. Watch “High Maintenance” on HBO.

    FILE: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are BFFs living in New York City in the Comedy Central Series Broad City.

    Broad City

    Another great New York show is “Broad City” which, despite focusing on the messes and adventures of two best friends, is also an ode to weed. In every season, you can reliably find an episode where cannabis facilitates or hinders Abbi’s and Ilana’s adventures, all with hilarious and surprisingly touching results. “Broad City” has many fans and consists of four short seasons of half-hour episodes, making it the perfect binge for any mood. You can stream the full show on Hulu.

    That 70’s Show

    Despite the decades that have passed, “That 70’s Show” remains a weirdly ambitious sitcom. Lasting eight seasons made up of more than 20 episodes each, it’s an iconic show that managed to cultivate a very devoted fan base. “That 70’s Show” follows a group of teen friends and their parents, using a backdrop of the 1970s that informs all story lines, addressing politics, the sexual revolution and weed, all in sneaky PG-13 ways. Watching the show as an adult proves to be a different experience, especially once you realize that the notable circle scenes are made up of friends and sometimes parents, sitting around in a circle smoking weed, as one does. It can be streamed on Netflix.

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    Although there’s money and talent behind many weed series, none have been successful (or very good, to be honest).

    Celebrate 4/20 With These 10 Weed Themed Films & TV Shows

    Stoner comedies are a genre unto itself. But don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking weed has only inspired broad laugh fests about lazy protagonists who’d rather stay home smoking. Contemporary film and television have broadened what kinds of stories for and about stoners can be told. That’s why we’re bringing you a sampling of the great work from U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans daring to tell new weed infused stories amid a changing world where legalization and criminalization continue to dominate local and global politics alike.

    We’ve updated our list from a few years back of all things weed-related, and added a number of Latin American films as well as a number of classic TV and web shows that, as of late, have taken to telling stories about all things marijuana. From laugh out loud Chicano comedies to gritty Brazilian dramas and everything in between, the list below should serve as your very own 420-watch list.

    Now sit down, light a joint and stream away.

    FILMS

    Up in Smoke

    Available to stream on Netflix.

    Cheech and Chong’s very first movie finds them playing — what else? — two stoner friends who unknowingly smuggle a van made entirely out of marijuana from Mexico to Los Angeles. What follows is mayhem. It includes nuns, a bunch of puns, some questionable fashion choices, Tom Skerritt playing a Vietnam War vet named Strawberry and an overly zealous sergeant on their hunt played by Stacy Keach. A stoner classic it would be the first of many Cheech and Chong collaborations over the years.

    Half Baked

    Available to stream on Starz.

    The premise of this early Dave Chappelle film is simple enough: three friends sell weed to bail out another friend after he is imprisoned for killing a police horse with junk food. This is your gateway film to all pot films. It’s just good entertainment. It’s also incredibly diverse. Chapelle stars alongside Guillermo Diaz and Jim Breuer, while Tommy Chong himself makes an appearance. It’s also that rare stoner film directed by a woman, Tamra Davis. Tie-dye, happy faces and eyes in need of Visine drops will turn your frown upside down. Guaranteed.

    Misión no oficial

    What originated as a hidden camera bit in Uruguay turned into a full-blown feature mockumentary about a fake Uruguayan Chamber of Legal Marijuana that travels to the United States to find 50 tons of cannabis to supply the country. Set mostly in the U.S. and treading a fine line between what’s real and what’s fiction, this Borat-esque film actually stars Uruguay’s very real president at the time Jose Mujica.

    Temporada de patos

    Available to rent on Amazon.

    When their high strung mother goes out for the day leaving Flama and his buddy Moko with some pesos for pizza and Cokes in their high-rise housing complex it has all the makings of the perfect Sunday for a couple of tweens. Settling down in front of the Xbox with sodas and a big bowl of chips the day could not be more perfect that is until the electricity goes out. By the time their next door neighbor Rita comes over to bake a cake (and accidentally makes it with marijuana) this Mexican coming of age tale shows itself to be a tender and quirky take on the genre.

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