“Weeds,” the ground breaking television show that focuses on a suburban mother who grows and sells marijuana, will end after the eighth season, Showtime has announced. Season eight will start to air on July 1.
Throughout the show’s run, Nancy, played by Mary-Louise Parker, has become immersed in the world of marijuana growing and selling. Viewers have watched her go from her children’s soccer games to jail, and back again, with marijuana playing its own role throughout the series.
The show originally premiered in 2005 and has since gained critical acclaim. According to Kevin Beggs, President of the Lionsgate Television Group (the studio that produces “Weeds”) said that, “From a creative standpoint, the show broke a bunch of barriers. It became one of the most talked about cable comedies and ushered in a new era. Jenji’s (The show’s creator) unique voice skewered hypocrisy; whether attitudes toward drug use, racism, sexism, or suburbia.”
“Weeds” is cable’s first marijuana-themed show, and has acted as a means of opening the public’s eyes to how anyone can be a part of marijuana culture, whether a hippie stoner or a suburban mother of two. Nancy is not the quintessential stoner, but instead represents how younger generations are becoming more accepting of marijuana. The show has highlighted the California medical marijuana industry, as well as pushed the concept of legalization throughout the country.
While there are only 13 episodes left, “Weeds” will continue to resound with viewers and marijuana activists.