The Problem with Weeds

by on Aug.26, 2009, under television

I’m still watching it. Yes, I’m aware it’s been no good for about the past two-and-a-half, three seasons. I’ve only finally managed to put my finger on why it’s gotten so disappointing, though. If you care, I’ll share.

The original Weeds was a sharp satire of upper-class suburbia: everyone is miserable, thieving, and desperate, and Nancy is forced to sell drugs to keep up her family’s lifestyle. But a few seasons in Nancy starts to get ambitious, tries to become a drug kingpin in her own right, and keeps falling down. Ultimately she ends up in a place where Andy can tell her, as he did this week, that she hasn’t sacrificed for her family, she has sacrificed her family, and she’s only done so because she’s so desperately afraid of being ordinary.

Now, this is definitely true, and it was satisfying to see Nancy finally held accountable for her years of bad behavior. But we’re still stuck watching the ridiculous, neverending plot arc with the Mexican drug lord/mayor of Tijuana. It would have been so much better if we could have seen Weeds take on, say, the foreclosure crisis.

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