Bethany, a colleague of mine at Birmingham City University, has been long pestering me to watch the Showtime comedy Weeds. Being a big fan of other Showtime shows Californication and Dexter I was not surprised to find that this show further confirms that Showtime are the home of the best television shows at this current moment in time.

Weeds is about Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widow with two children from an idyllic California suburb who makes a living from dealing marijuana. There are far too many other wonderful characters to mention here but particular standouts are Nancy’s lazy brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk), the self-obsessed Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) and dim-witted City Councilman Doug (Kevin Nealon). The acting is superb and the writing is top-notch. I have nearly made it to the end of season two and the show seems to be getting funnier. How come the UK is no longer producing comedy shows of a similar high standard?

My enjoyment of the show has led me to purchase the first season on Blu-Ray which can be had online for just over ??11; equally as cheap as the SD-DVD version. Add this show to your viewing list if you have not seen it already.

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