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[[caption-width-right:350:Give in to Hemptation]]

''Weeds'' was a dramedy on {{Showtime}} that aired from 2005 to 2012.

The show centers on Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two in California who deals marijuana to make ends meet. Her sons Silas and Shane (15 and 10 at the start of the series) and mooching brother-in-law, her RichBitch friend/nemesis Celia, Celia's long-suffering husband and daughter, her supplier Heylia and grow expert Conrad form the core of the show's LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. And [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Doug the councilman]].

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!!This show contains examples of:

* AbortedArc:
** The Pilot made it seem like Doug's son, [[StraightGay Josh]], was going to be a major player in the series.
** Also in the Pilot, Josh gave clues to Nancy that Doug is [[HiddenDepths not entirely who he seems to be]] and [[ComingOutStory would not like the idea of Josh being gay]].
*** Apparently the writers remembered this midway through Season 4, where Doug gets into a habit of making jokes about his off-screen gay son for a few episodes.
*** Surprisingly this plot was picked up and brought to a conclusion [[spoiler: 7 years later during the series finale]]!
** Alejandro: After being introduced as rival drug dealer in season one, and built up to become Nancy's "muscle" in her operation after having angry sex, he disappears unnoticed even by Nancy who starts complaining about her lack of "muscle" later on.
* AbusiveParents: Celia, Celia and again Celia, of both the psychological and neglectful variety.
* AffablyEvil: Guillermo. There's something charming about him [[spoiler:until he shows a ''serious'' dark side halfway through Season 4]].
** Nancy herself, especially in the later seasons.
** Esteban as well.
* AntiVillain: The whole Botwin family of [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]
* AscendedExtra: Guillermo, though clearly a small-time gangster when first introduced, he later becomes a pretty important figure in a major multinational crime syndicate, several orders of magnitude larger that he originally appeared to be.
* TheArtifact: Doug continues to hang out with and follow the Botwin family around long after Agrestic burns down and the last time he had relevance to the main plot.
* TheBabyTrap: The Botwins are big on this.
* BangBangBANG
* BearsAreBadNews: When Zoya bullies her way into Silas' weed business she suggests that they get a bear as security. As it turns out [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight it was actually not that bad an idea]]. Their security was that bad.
* BeardOfSorrow: Andy grows one in Season 5
* BettyAndVeronica: Nancy and Celia, to some extent.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Marvin is a notable example.
** [[spoiler: Shane. Oh God, Shane]].
** [[spoiler: I THINK PINK'S YOUR COLOR, FUCKWAD!]]
** Nancy is mostly docile and calm, but after being pushed too far in Season Three when Celia attempted to blackmail her, it didn't end well...
* BilingualBonus: The show tends to do this with some of the Spanish that comes up. For instance, Esteban Reyes is Spanish for Creator/StephenKing.
** Yael is a very amusing character to watch for Hebrew speakers. Her actress actually speaks perfect Hebrew, slang included, and definitely knows how to make the most of the fact nobody else can understand what she's saying...
* BiTheWay: Nancy and Celia
* BlackComedy
** One of the darkest moments is the finale of Season 4: [[spoiler:As Nancy drives herself back into Mexico to answer to Estaban (whom Nancy is certain knows that she double-crossed him and that she will most likely be killed), she calls a gift basket delivery service and, in one of the tensest scenes of the entire show, messily narrates a card addressed to Silas to be placed on the basket. The sales lady eventually pushes Nancy to add butter cookies onto the order, too.]] Cue the first episode of Season 5: [[spoiler: Silas has received the basket (card complete with a signature of "Me. Mom.") and Andy goes on about how simple yet elegant the flavour of the butter cookie is.]]
** In the same episode, [[spoiler: Celia Hodes]] is kidnapped and held for ransom. None of the main cast will pay the ransom and spare [[spoiler: her]] death. The responses to the phone calls are still hilarious, though.
* BlackWidow: [[spoiler:Nancy]]. She even warns a man she's sleeping with in Season 3 about this.
** As of the series finale, [[spoiler: all four of Nancy's husbands have died while being married to her. Andy was right]].
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: The CliffHanger ending of Season 2.
* BrickJoke: Several...
** "Hi, can I speak to Mr. Fuckhewson?"
** "Holy shit! I think they shot Peckers of the Caribbean here!"
** Celia's admiration of Shane [[ADateWithRosiePalms eating so many bananas]]...
** An Agrestic resident was mentioned in passing several times, noted for his owning a Segway. Guess who rode by right at the end of an episode after another major bombshell Nancy had to deal with?
** The first time Doug sees Andy in season 1, he calls him [[spoiler:Randy]]. Guess what Andy's new name is as of season 6.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** The entire Botwin clan is composed of people who could be doing important stuff if they weren't weed sellers. The creativity and ingenuity they put into their drug business could've made them successful entrepreneurs.
** Doug is shown to be an accounting prodigy but generally prefers to slack off or manipulate others to meet his goals.
* ButtMonkey: Dean and Andy. You'd think pot smokers involved in the drug trade would bring it all on themselves, but it gets pretty ridiculous at times how "out to get them" the universe is.
* CallingTheOldManOut:
** Silas and Shane frequently do this to Nancy
** Shane's elementary-school graduation speech calls out ''every living adult in Agrestic''.
* CerebusSyndrome: In Season 1, it's something like ''DesperateHousewives'' with more sex, drugs and cussin'; by the end of Season 4, it's a half-hour version of ''Series/TheSopranos''. With grosser jokes.
** For example, the first three seasons have Nancy [[spoiler:running a front bakery, figuring out how to hide her job from a DEA agent, then opening a grow house]]. Season four finishes as [[spoiler:Guillermo is trafficking women. Doug is indulging in auto-erotic asphyxiation. Shane is dealing and having group sex with teenage goth girls after he finds out he's been intentionally masturbating to naked pictures of his mother. Celia is kidnapped by her eldest daughter who's planning on killing and gutting her to sell her body parts on the black market. Silas, who at this point is still a minor, dumps the thirty-something MILF he's been having sex with after her ex-husband finds out about the two of them and tells her he's going to use it to get full custody of their son. Agent Till's boyfriend gets his face sanded off while getting tortured by Esteban's muscle. Andy, Nancy's brother-in-law, realizes he is in love with her as she drives to her death, only to have it averted when she reveals she is pregnant with Esteban, the main drug-lord's, baby]]. A long way from Nancy [[spoiler:selling pot-laced lollipops]] in season 1.
*** Season 5 has a better balance with [[spoiler:Andy falling in love with a doctor, Nancy getting married, and Shane coming to the rescue]].
*** Season 6 and 8 feature more jokes than dramatic stakes.
* TheChessmaster: Heylia, in her own way. Nancy tries, but [[DidntSeeThatComing often fails at this]].
* CliffHanger: As often as possible, especially each season finale.
* CloserToEarth: Entirely, totally averted. The series make it a point to show that women are definitely ''NOT'' more moral than men and can be just as evil and conniving. Men are painted in a similarly unsympathetic colour although sometimes they are seen being ''slightly'', but only ''slightly'', more guarded in their evil than women.
* CodeName: "Judah" and "Sunshine."
* ComingOutStory: Sanjay. [[CampGay Sort of]].
* CouchGag: In seasons 2 and 3, every episode began with a different artist singing the ThemeTune "Little Boxes."
** Referenced in the penultimate episode when Nancy suggests that Shane could become a "lawyer, doctor, or business executive", the lyrics to the former theme song.
** In Seasons 4 and 5, each episode has a different way of displaying the show's title, the show's creator, and a pot leaf that's relevant to the episode. For example, an episode centered around euthanasia has the info appear in an EKG, while an episode that involves a bar has the info appear on a bar poster.
** And then in Season 5, an episode displays the title on a Wikipedia page that plays "Little Boxes" when clicked on.
** "Little Boxes" returns as the theme song in Season 8, with the original artist version for the last episode.
* CrapsackWorld
* CreatorCameo: Jenji Kohan (the creator of Weeds) appears in the finale of Season 6.
** [[WordOfGod In an interview]] she stated that this was a HomageShot to Creator/AlfredHitchcock, whose films played in the background as she wrote the finale.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Doug might seem like lazy and incompetent but he is a scary good accountant. He is hired by the investment fund because he seems a perfect patsy but he figures out the firm's massive fraud scheme by skimming through the financial documents. When he confronts the SEC he [[spoiler:has them capitulating within minutes, leaving them so defeated and demoralized they drop the investigation. The federal agents even buy weed from Nancy to smoke away their misery]].
* DaddysGirl: Isabelle.
* DatingCatwoman: Peter and Nancy. It does not end well.
* DeadpanSnarker: The entire main cast.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler:Celia]].
* DisabledLoveInterest: Silas' girlfriend for the first season, Megan Graves, [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative hottest tsundere brainy deaf schoolgirl girlfriend since]] [[KatawaShoujo Shizune Hakamichi.]] She's good enough a lip-reader and vocalizer that her disability doesn't prove to be much of an impairment even though Silas knows virtually no sign-language. Their relationship goes really well until he accidentally blurts out that he thinks she got accepted into a fancy college simply because she's deaf, rather than actually being intelligent and studious. [[spoiler: Silas learns sign language after marrying her in Season 8]].
* TheDragon: Cesar to Esteban.
* DraftDodging: Andy's Army Reserve unit is called up for duty in Iraq. He gets a deferment by enrolling in rabbinical school, as theology students qualify for the chaplain corps and do not have to do active service while studying.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: After three seasons Estaban is killed off screen in prison in the season 7 premiere.]]
* DroppedAfterThePilot: A two-fer in Ep. 1x01 ''You Can't Miss the Bear''. Haley Hudson appears as Silas' cool, down-to-earth girlfriend Quinn Hodes, who is also the daughter of major character Celia Hodes. Similarly, Justin Chatwin appears as a fellow Agrestic drug dealer Josh Wilson, who is also the son of major character Doug Wilson. In Ep. 1x02 ''Free Goat'' Celia tells Silas that she sent Quinn to Mexico for sleeping with him, as well as revealing that Quinn had a whole day to tell him this herself, but apparently cared more about the songs on her iPod. [[spoiler: [[TheBusCameBack She returns]] for two brief appearances during the Season 4 Finale/Season 5 Premiere]]. Josh however, is not mentioned again until Season 4 in a short remark from a stoned Doug, [[spoiler: and in the last episodes of Season 8]].
* DrowningMySorrows
* DrugsAreBad: When the show was announced, and for a good chunk of its run, some critics accused it of glorifying drug use. As the series progressed, however, while not following the trope exactly, drugs have not exactly had a positive impact on the protagonists. [[spoiler: The finale has Nancy selling pot legally, leaving the series closer to averting than confirming the trope, though the body count linked to her illegal sales remains]].
* DysfunctionJunction: Mostly played for laughs, but everyone in the show is at least a bit nuts.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Using Nancy's maternity shop as a front for smuggling weed, or even cocaine and heroin is one thing; using it for guns and sex trafficking is another.
** Quinn's boyfriend, who was willing to help her sell Celia's organs and body parts, dumps her on the spot when she starts savagely beating Celia [[spoiler: after Celia reveals she had breast cancer and thus can't become an organ donor]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: The [[spoiler: final scene of the series]], but [[TropesAreNotBad to great effect]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:In season 4, Guillermo has Nancy run a maternity shop as a front for his trafficking. At the end of the season, we find out that Nancy is about to be a mother!]]
** PLAN C! The awesome moment in the Season 6 finale.
* FollowTheLeader: The series is LARGELY inspired from the 2000 British film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saving_Grace_(2000_film) Saving Grace]]''.
* FriendlyEnemy: U-Turn takes Nancy under his wing while simultaneously extorting her. U-Turn's sidekick Marvin, even moreso, until he proves that he's a NotSoHarmlessVillain.
** Guillermo seems like a nice guy for a sadistic gang leader. After an episode in season four, [[MoralEventHorizon this changes]] more than a little, but he's still friendly with Nancy [[spoiler:even if it is just to trick her into getting him out of prison]].
* FriendsRentControl: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Nancy's inability to maintain her [=McMansion=] and the lifestyle it symbolizes through legal employment is the setup for the whole series.
** Of course, her lifestyle rapidly deteriorates anyway.
* GeniusDitz; Doug really is an idiot but he can play the political game with surprising skill.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Invoked when Nancy [[ADateWithRosiePalms relaxes herself]] with gay porn left in an RV.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: In the early seasons. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Turns darker]] in later seasons.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Celia. The hypocrisy of her habit, coupled with trying to make Agrestic "drug free" as part of her city council position, was a running gag.
* HolierThanThou: The Christians at Shane's summer school are pompous dicks ("Say you love Jesus, or we'll punch you again!"). The only one who isn't is the most kindhearted person you'll ever see.
* {{Housewife}}
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: Andy's talk to Shane about masturbation.
* HypocriticalHumour: Season 5 features a protestor outside an abortion clinic holding a two-sided placard. The first side reads "Every life is sacred", and the other reads "Die, abortionists, die!"
* ICallItVera: Ignacio calls his stun gun Mr. Zappy
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Pilar... by Shane... with a croquet mallet. (He couldn't find a golf club).]]
* KillItWithFire: Guillermo uses this to deal with a biker gang, [[spoiler:but the fire ends up torching [[strike:Agrestic]] Majestic instead]].
* TheLastDance: Celia's likeability and competence both sharply rise when she thinks she has cancer. But as soon as she finds out she'll probably survive, [[AesopAmnesia she promptly returns to her]] RichBitch ways. This was even [[LampshadeHanging pointed]] [[CallingTheOldManOut out]] by Isabelle:
-->'''Isabelle''': You know, maybe you should double-check just to be sure. I mean there's still some chance you'll die, right?
-->'''Celia''': Why would you say that?
-->'''Isabelle''': 'Cause when you think you're going to die, you're a much better person.
* LaxativePrank: Celia gives Isabelle laxatives, making her publicly soil herself, but she does it to make her lose weight, not as a prank. Isabelle retaliates by given Celia anti-laxatives.
* MagicalNegro: Averted with Heylia.
* MamaBear: Nancy in spades. Heylia to an extent.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Andy's girlfriend Kat... playing up the Manic portion.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Was Shane really in communication with his dead father or imagining it? Or being a ManipulativeBastard?
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Subverted twice ''within three episodes''.
* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome: Lampshaded when Marvin takes Nancy along to the negotiations with the Mexicans.
-->'''Marvin''': Don't nobody want a dead white lady on their hands!
* MsFanservice: Nancy, [[http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/famecrawler/2008/06/16-22/poster_weeds-poster_ny6t.jpg especially in the show's promotional material...]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: A bit of a running gag. Nancy ''really'' likes her iced lattes, to the very last drop. It helps that Mary Louise Parker [[FanService looks cute]] with a straw sticking out the side of her mouth.
* NaiveNewcomer
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Season 4's "Little Boats" has Nancy having TheTalk with Shane about masturbating to old photos of her and TheTalk with Silas about having sex with a woman who is very much like her – and the only thing that changes is the camera angle.
* OnlySaneMan: Well, only sane girl. Isabelle. Also Silas from Season 5 on.
* PacManFever: In one episode of season 3, Nancy is playing Wii Tennis. Though the racket noises are accurate, the pause sound is completely alien to the game (and the Nintendo Wii).
* PrettyBoy: Silas, so much that he's a model in Denmark.
* ProductPlacement: Some unusual ones - "It's A Grind" coffee shops, Advanced Nutrients plant food, the book ''Rejuvenile'' (written by Jenji Kohan's husband), Guillermo's Vibram Five Fingers in the season six finale, and Coca-Cola -- practically every episode shows one of the characters taking a diet Coke can from the refrigerator.
* PsychoLesbian: Zoya. She was in prison for burning a man alive. She gets released, and finds Nancy. She then insists upon the two of them moving to Burlington, Vermont to "open a world-class hotel. For dogs."
* RapeAsComedy: Doug has admitted to raping his wife, has sexually harassed several characters, crossed the line into sexual assault a few times, and the show insists on framing him as the main PluckyComicRelief character.
* RealMenWearPink: Stone cold killer Cesar used to be a nurse.
* RealSongThemeTune: Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes," in seasons 1-3 and 8.
* RichBitch: Celia manages to be this even when broke and homeless.
* RightThroughHisPants: Played almost every way possible. Averted when Andy Botwin has sex, inverted when Conrad has sex with [[spoiler:Nancy]], played straight when Nancy has sex with [[spoiler:Sullivan Groff]], and avoided entirely when Nancy has sex with [[spoiler:Esteban]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Heylia.
* ScaryBlackMan: U-Turn tries to be this, and succeeds most of the time. Thug means never having to say you're sorry. Eventually he turns into more of an AffablyEvil FriendlyEnemy. Conrad on the other hand is a complete aversion of this.
* [[SchoolgirlLesbians Schoolgirl Lesbian]]: Isabelle, although [[ItsAllAboutMe Celia is convinced she's just doing it to torment her]] and as an excuse for being fat.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SexyShirtSwitch: In Season One, after Nancy sleeps with Peter for the first time, his shirt that she grabs [[spoiler:reveals he's a DEA agent]].
* ShoutOut:
** The autoerotic asphyxiation scene in the season 4 finale is a parody of a similar, much less funny scene from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''.
** ''Series/TheShield'': "What would Vic Mackey do?"
** A shout out to ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
--->'''Silas''': Shane can become... I don't know... one of those good serial killers who only kills other serial killers.
** The final scene of the season 1 finale is a shout out to the ending of ''Film/TheGodfather''.
** Andy jokingly calls himself "Andrew Drew" and Nancy "Literature/NancyDrew".
* SleazyPolitician: The entire Agrestic City Council, especially Doug.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Shane's actor seems to have slammed into puberty between season 5 and 6 resulting in his voice drastically changing in the roughly 3 seconds of show time between those two seasons. The TimeSkip of season 7 makes this easier to deal with.
* SoftGlass: Averted when [[spoiler:Celia hits Doug over the head with a glass pitcher--Doug gets knocked out, and Celia drinks the rest of her screwdriver straight from the pitcher.]]
* SpicyLatina: Subverted with Pilar Zuazo who is more of a frigid IceQueen despite being very attractive.
* SpousalPrivilege: The reason why Peter and Nancy get married.
* StepfordSmiler: Celia starts out this way, and maintains it even as she's [[BreakTheHaughty thoroughly broken]].
* StepfordSuburbia: The reason Nancy does such good business.
* TheStinger: Season 8's "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die" contains one, featuring [[spoiler: Tim Scottson]]'s ex-girlfriend.
* TheStoner: At times it's a challenge to identify characters in this series who ''don't'' fall under this tropes.
* StupidEvil: Nancy's insistence and, indeed, almost obsessive need to indulge in serious criminal behaviour at the first opportunity regardless of circumstance has, after so many years, become a little baffling. No-one is so obsessed about selling pot or making a quick criminal buck.
** Nancy seems to be addicted to the chaos and excitement that her criminal activity creates. She can't stop herself from indulging in it at every opportunity and always seeks a bigger 'fix' no matter how stupid her actions are.
* TeamChef: Andy does the cooking in the Botwin household, is hired to cater for a porn director, and, in the DVD extras, has his own segment on ''Good Morning, Agrestic!'' called Wake and Bake. [[spoiler:He eventually runs a restaurant in the finale]].
* TeamMom: Literally.
* TimeSkip: Two, one in [[spoiler: the beginning of Season 7 that flashes forward to the end of Nancy's prison sentence]], and the other in [[spoiler: the series finale that flashes forward to Stevie's bar mitzvah]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Shane towards the end of Season 5.
** Tells you what kind of a show this is that his level in badass comes with quite the [[CorruptTheCutie loss of innocence]]
** Shane again in episode 6 of season 6.
* TroubledButCute: Silas, sort of. Andy just uses it to get laid. Shane would be the closest to a straight example.
** Not so much after the season 5 finale.
* TurnCoat: Given that the show has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, and everyone's pretty much in it for themselves, this shouldn't come as a surprise after a while.
** Celia takes the cake, though, when, at the end of Season 3, [[spoiler: she turns on the team pretty much as soon as the police take her in, when realistically, all she had to do was play dumb and the lot of them likely could have gotten off scot-free. Immediately afterwards, however, the rest of Nancy's team turns on CELIA, implicating her as the kingpin of the operation.]]
* VillainProtagonist: Of the [[IneffectualSympatheticvillain Ineffectual Sympathetic variety]], at least in the early seasons.
** UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: From Season 4 on. As she becomes increasingly despicable as a person her good qualities become fewer and fewer, being mostly her MamaBear reactions at times (though her general care for her children is sporadic at best) and that she is really hot.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The entirety of the series finale, ''It's Time'', which takes place [[spoiler: during a TimeSkip for Stevie's bar mitzvah]].
** Nancy [[spoiler: is a successful mogul of a now legal pot enterprise. By the end of the series she faces the fact that she will have an empty nest, with two of her sons moved out, one in the course of moving out, and her fourth husband dead in a car accident. For the first time she will live her life without supporting anyone or being supported emotionally. She decides to sell her enterprise to Starbucks]].
** Silas [[spoiler: is a co-owner of Nancy's pot enterprise and is HappilyMarried to his [[HighSchoolSweethearts high school sweetheart]] who he has a newborn daughter with]].
** Shane [[spoiler: lived his life as an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] with his CorruptCop mentor. He decides to leave the force and check into rehab]].
** Doug [[spoiler: is a cult leader. Also he makes up with his son, Josh, who he had previously disowned]].
** Andy [[spoiler: is now a father and a restaurant owner in his home town Ren Mar. While he will always love Nancy, he says that he can never be around her again]].
** Stevie [[spoiler: is a soccer prodigy. At the young age of 13 he is already facing an identity crisis, growing up with his now deceased adoptive rabbi father and discovering the truth about his biological drug lord father in addition to facing the fact that his mother has a "very confusing history". He convinces Nancy to let him transfer to boarding school in Minnesota during his bar mitzvah, which he walked out of]].
** In addition there are aside comments from most of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters who returned for the finale, mentioning what they're doing with their lives.
* WickedCultured: Esteban.
* {{Yandere}}: "Be my friend! Be my friend!" (''said while yanking hair'')
* YouCanKeepHer: Quinn's attempts to ransom Celia hit a bit of a snag.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: The sheer number of protagonists who are openly Jewish and not-so-subtle about it is... interesting to say the least.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Tim Scottson is revealed to be sniper who shot Nancy in the Season 7 finale, and the shooting was an attempt to exact his revenge for his father.]]
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