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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 Rich Bitch friend/nemesis Celia, Celia's long-suffering husband and daughter, her supplier Heylia and grow expert Conrad form the core of the show's Loads and Loads of Characters. And Doug the councilman.

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  • Aborted Arc:
    • The Pilot made it seem like Doug's son, Josh, was going to be a major player in the series.
    • Also in the Pilot, Josh gave clues to Nancy that Doug is not entirely who he seems to be and 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 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.
  • Abusive Parents: Celia, Celia and again Celia, of both the psychological and neglectful variety.
  • Affably Evil: Guillermo. There's something charming about him until he shows a serious dark side halfway through Season 4.
    • Nancy herself, especially in the later seasons.
    • Esteban as well.
  • Anti-Villain: The whole Botwin family of Type I
  • Ascended Extra: 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.
  • The Artifact: 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.
  • The Baby Trap: The Botwins are big on this.
  • Bang Bang BANG
  • Bears Are Bad News: When Zoya bullies her way into Silas' weed business she suggests that they get a bear as security. As it turns out it was actually not that bad an idea. Their security was that bad.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Andy grows one in Season 5
  • Betty and Veronica: Nancy and Celia, to some extent.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Marvin is a notable example.
    • Shane. Oh God, Shane.
    • 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...
  • Bilingual Bonus: The show tends to do this with some of the Spanish that comes up. For instance, Esteban Reyes is Spanish for Stephen King.
    • 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...
  • Bi the Way: Nancy and Celia
  • Black Comedy
    • One of the darkest moments is the finale of Season 4: 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: 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, Celia Hodes is kidnapped and held for ransom. None of the main cast will pay the ransom and spare her death. The responses to the phone calls are still hilarious, though.
  • Black Widow: Nancy. She even warns a man she's sleeping with in Season 3 about this.
    • As of the series finale, all four of Nancy's husbands have died while being married to her. Andy was right.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: The Cliff Hanger ending of Season 2.
  • Brick Joke: Several...
    • "Hi, can I speak to Mr. Fuckhewson?"
    • "Holy shit! I think they shot Peckers of the Caribbean here!"
    • Celia's admiration of Shane 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 Randy. Guess what Andy's new name is as of season 6.
  • Brilliant but Lazy:
    • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: 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.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Silas and Shane frequently do this to Nancy
    • Shane's elementary-school graduation speech calls out every living adult in Agrestic.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: In Season 1, it's something like Desperate Housewives with more sex, drugs and cussin'; by the end of Season 4, it's a half-hour version of The Sopranos. With grosser jokes.
    • For example, the first three seasons have Nancy running a front bakery, figuring out how to hide her job from a DEA agent, then opening a grow house. Season four finishes as 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 selling pot-laced lollipops in season 1.
      • Season 5 has a better balance with 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.
  • The Chessmaster: Heylia, in her own way. Nancy tries, but often fails at this.
  • Cliff Hanger: As often as possible, especially each season finale.
  • Closer to Earth: 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.
  • Code Name: "Judah" and "Sunshine."
  • Coming-Out Story: Sanjay. Sort of.
  • Couch Gag: In seasons 2 and 3, every episode began with a different artist singing the Theme Tune "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.
  • Crapsack World
  • Creator Cameo: Jenji Kohan (the creator of Weeds) appears in the finale of Season 6.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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 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.
  • Daddy's Girl: Isabelle.
  • Dating Catwoman: Peter and Nancy. It does not end well.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The entire main cast.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Celia.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Silas' girlfriend for the first season, Megan Graves, hottest tsundere brainy deaf schoolgirl girlfriend since 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. Silas learns sign language after marrying her in Season 8.
  • The Dragon: Cesar to Esteban.
  • Draft Dodging: 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.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: After three seasons Estaban is killed off screen in prison in the season 7 premiere.
  • Dropped After the Pilot: 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. 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, and in the last episodes of Season 8.
  • Drowning My Sorrows
  • Drugs Are Bad: 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. 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.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Mostly played for laughs, but everyone in the show is at least a bit nuts.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: 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 after Celia reveals she had breast cancer and thus can't become an organ donor.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The final scene of the series, but to great effect.
  • Foreshadowing: 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.
  • Follow the Leader: The series is LARGELY inspired from the 2000 British film Saving Grace.
  • Friendly Enemy: 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 Not-So-Harmless Villain.
    • Guillermo seems like a nice guy for a sadistic gang leader. After an episode in season four, this changes more than a little, but he's still friendly with Nancy even if it is just to trick her into getting him out of prison.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: 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.
  • [[Gayngst]] : Captain Roy Till after his boyfriend Agent Schlatter was murdered.
  • Genius Ditz; Doug really is an idiot but he can play the political game with surprising skill.
  • Guy on Guy Is Hot: Invoked when Nancy relaxes herself with gay porn left in an RV.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: In the early seasons. Turns darker in later seasons.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: 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.
  • Holier Than Thou: 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
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: Andy's talk to Shane about masturbation.
  • Hypocritical Humour: 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!"
  • I Call It "Vera": Ignacio calls his stun gun Mr. Zappy
  • Ivy League For Everyone
  • Incest Is Relative: Shane masturbates to photos of his mother.
    • Behind a door, Zoya's brother watches intently as she fondles Nancy.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Pilar... by Shane... with a croquet mallet. (He couldn't find a golf club).
  • Kill It with Fire: Guillermo uses this to deal with a biker gang, but the fire ends up torching Agrestic Majestic instead.
  • The Last Dance: 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, she promptly returns to her Rich Bitch ways. This was even pointed 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.
  • Laxative Prank: 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.
  • Magical Negro: Averted with Heylia.
  • Mama Bear: Nancy in spades. Heylia to an extent.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Andy's girlfriend Kat... playing up the Manic portion. Unsurprisingly played by Zooey Deschanel.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Was Shane really in communication with his dead father or imagining it? Or being a Manipulative Bastard?
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Subverted twice within three episodes.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Lampshaded when Marvin takes Nancy along to the negotiations with the Mexicans.
    Marvin: Don't nobody want a dead white lady on their hands!
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nancy, especially in the show's promotional material...
  • Must Have Caffeine: A bit of a running gag. Nancy really likes her iced lattes, to the very last drop. It helps that Mary Louise Parker looks cute with a straw sticking out the side of her mouth.
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Season 4's "Little Boats" has Nancy having The Talk with Shane about masturbating to old photos of her and The Talk with Silas about having sex with a woman who is very much like her – and the only thing that changes is the camera angle.
  • Only Sane Man: Well, only sane girl. Isabelle. Also Silas from Season 5 on.
  • Pac Man Fever: 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).
  • Pretty Boy: Silas, so much that he's a model in Denmark.
  • Product Placement: 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.
  • Psycho Lesbian: 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."
  • Rape as Comedy: 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 Plucky Comic Relief character.
    • Nancy's former middle school teacher, who "dated" her.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Stone cold killer Cesar used to be a nurse.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes," in seasons 1-3 and 8.
  • Rich Bitch: Celia manages to be this even when broke and homeless.
  • Right Through His Pants: Played almost every way possible. Averted when Andy Botwin has sex, inverted when Conrad has sex with Nancy, played straight when Nancy has sex with Sullivan Groff, and avoided entirely when Nancy has sex with Esteban.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Heylia.
  • Scary Black Man: 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 Affably Evil Friendly Enemy. Conrad on the other hand is a complete aversion of this.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbian: Isabelle, although Celia is convinced she's just doing it to torment her and as an excuse for being fat.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: In Season One, after Nancy sleeps with Peter for the first time, his shirt that she grabs reveals he's a DEA agent.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The autoerotic asphyxiation scene in the season 4 finale is a parody of a similar, much less funny scene from The Shawshank Redemption.
    • The Shield: "What would Vic Mackey do?"
    • A shout out to 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 The Godfather.
    • Andy jokingly calls himself "Andrew Drew" and Nancy "Nancy Drew".
  • Sleazy Politician: The entire Agrestic City Council, especially Doug.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: 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 Time Skip of season 7 makes this easier to deal with.
  • Soft Glass: Averted when 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.
  • Spicy Latina: Subverted with Pilar Zuazo who is more of a frigid Ice Queen despite being very attractive.
  • Spousal Privilege: The reason why Peter and Nancy get married.
  • Stepford Smiler: Celia starts out this way, and maintains it even as she's thoroughly broken.
  • Stepford Suburbia: The reason Nancy does such good business.
  • The Stinger: Season 8's "See Blue and Smell Cheese and Die" contains one, featuring Tim Scottson's ex-girlfriend.
  • The Stoner: At times it's a challenge to identify characters in this series who don't fall under this tropes.
  • Stupid Evil: 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.
  • Team Chef: 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. He eventually runs a restaurant in the finale.
  • Team Mom: Literally.
  • Time Skip: Two, one in the beginning of Season 7 that flashes forward to the end of Nancy's prison sentence, and the other in the series finale that flashes forward to Stevie's bar mitzvah.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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 loss of innocence
    • Shane again in episode 6 of season 6.
  • Troubled, but Cute: 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.
  • Turn Coat: Given that the show has Loads and Loads of Characters, 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, 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.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Averted. The Botwins often recycle wardrobe pieces.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of the Ineffectual Sympathetic variety, at least in the early seasons.
    • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: From Season 4 on. As she becomes increasingly despicable as a person her good qualities become fewer and fewer, being mostly her Mama Bear reactions at times (though her general care for her children is sporadic at best) and that she is really hot.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The entirety of the series finale, It's Time, which takes place during a Time Skip for Stevie's bar mitzvah.
    • Nancy 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 is a co-owner of Nancy's pot enterprise and is Happily Married to his high school sweetheart who he has a newborn daughter with.
    • Shane lived his life as an alcoholic with his Corrupt Cop mentor. He decides to leave the force and check into rehab.
    • Doug is a cult leader. Also he makes up with his son, Josh, who he had previously disowned.
    • Andy 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 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 Loads and Loads of Characters who returned for the finale, mentioning what they're doing with their lives.
  • Wicked Cultured: Esteban.
  • Yandere: "Be my friend! Be my friend!" (said while yanking hair)
  • You Can Keep Her: Quinn's attempts to ransom Celia hit a bit of a snag.
  • You Have to Have Jews: The sheer number of protagonists who are openly Jewish and not-so-subtle about it is... interesting to say the least.
  • You Killed My Father: 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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