(Published September 30, PDI-Entertainment)
By Oliver M. Pulumbarit
The secret lives of unhappy suburbanites are exposed in the wicked weekly comedy-drama “Weeds,” about an enterprising widow who discreetly sells marijuana to some of her neighbors.
Mary-Louise Parker plays Nancy Botwin, self-proclaimed “Suburban Baroness” and mother of two troubled--and troublesome--sons. There are striking similarities to “Desperate Housewives,” but the more scathing “Weeds,” while not having macabre mysteries, treads where the other show can’t (or hasn’t).
Her dealing is known only to her buyers and a tight circle of friends, who often help out in keeping the truth from her sons. Helping her raise them is her freeloading brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk), who gets in even more serious predicaments than his nephews.
Also adding to the humor and drama is Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins), a prim, self-righteous wife and mom who alternates as friend and foe to
Depictions of misbehavior and sadness abound; Agrestic’s picture-perfect façade hides cheating spouses, secret liaisons, and flawed families. The series establishes the deliberate imperfections early in the first season, probing into ties and motivations through strong language and provocative dialogue. Mature themes are explored, sometimes gut-bustingly, other times poignantly.
“Weeds” airs Saturdays, 10:00 p.m. on 2nd Avenue.