Well, we’ve written about our 10 favorite weed-related films (missing out on Withnail & I ought to be a crime), so we had to cover this base as well. Stoner-themed television shows may be a little harder to make a list out of as they may not be as open about the use of cannabis due to network rules, but they are definitely not few and far between. Here are 10 of the greatest TV shows – in no particular order – for you to watch a box set of during a relaxing “weedcation”…
1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-)
The fact that this show has Danny DeVito in it should be enough, but luckily the writers of this show don’t rest on their laurels just because they have a star-studded cast in front of (and behind) the camera. It’s Always… is also extremely consistent, which is great seeing as it’s been on for eleven seasons now.
2. That 70s Show (1998-2006)
Though it might seem a little trite at first, That 70s Show really is an excellent show. Genuinely fun and witty, it has great music and no canned laughter. The ‘circle’ scenes in Eric’s basement are legendary, and they never once explicitly mentioned what it was they were smoking down there, even though it was obvious! Plus, it has the great Tommy Chong in it. That 70s Show used the fact that he was arrested in real life to great effect.
3. Trailer Park Boys (2001-)
For some, Trailer Park Boys takes a few episodes to sink into. However, once you get a feeling for the characters and start understanding how things work in the Trailer Park, you begin to start loving the show. Fantastic characters (one of whom always has a drink in his hand) and a driveway made of hash – what more do you need?
4. Bored to Death (2009-2011)
A short-lived show that’s more obscure than it should be, considering its star-studded cast of permanently-stoned creatives and a highly generous, libertine, show-stealing magazine editor played by Ted Danson. You’ll want friends like Jonathan, George and George after watching this show, and you’ll begin to wonder why you don’t right now.
5. Workaholics (2011-)
Three slackers who work in telemarketing (and don’t take their job seriously) and like to get blisteringly drunk and make fools of themselves. Like many comedies of the 2000s, cannabis is used and talked about openly on this show, as it becomes more and more of a ubiquitous part of life for those in their 20s. A great show that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
6. Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994-2004)
No, there’s no direct reference to cannabis in the show, but Space Ghost Coast to Coast is so wacky and off-the-wall that it merits a special place on this list. Should you want to know how to pack as much comedy as possible into a 10-15 minute time slot, this is where to go. Full of surreal humor, brilliant one-liners and zany plots, this one will get all cannabis fans laughing till there are tears running down the sides of their cheeks.
Plus, Space Ghost inspired future Adult Swim greats like Aqua Teen Hunger Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Sealab 2021 and The Eric Andre Show. A must-watch for animation fans.
7. Ideal (2005-2011)
If you want dark comedy, then you probably won’t do much better than this much-loved yet little-known BBC show. Brutal, harsh and, at times, scary, you should always expect the unexpected with this show. Most of the show is filmed in the main character Moz’s flat, making it a great display of creative writing.
8. Spaced (1999-2001)
Before Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright became big Hollywood stars, they co-wrote (with Jessica Stevenson), directed and starred in two epic seasons of this British Channel 4 show. We call Spaced ‘epic’ as it really does watch like a film thanks to its Sam Raimi-inspired editing and the way the story ‘flows’ from one episode to the next.
Again, cannabis use isn’t the main focus here, but it is a part of the background of the show. Anyone who’s managed to make it to their late 20s/early 30s will find something to relate to, whether it’s the characters or the lifestyle. If you like this, you may well like Chris Morris’s brilliantly twisted Jam as well, which stars many of the cast of Spaced.
9. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
Is there any TV series that has had as much impact in one season as Freaks and Geeks? Sure, it was a little melodramatic in its first few episodes, but F&G got into the groove and quickly became one of the best comedy-dramas seen on TV since The Wonder Years. This was the anti-Dawson’s Creek, and is definitely more well-loved and remembered than Dawson and his crew.
10. Weeds (2005-2012)
This was Breaking Bad before Breaking Bad. Weeds is about a suburban mother (Nancy Botwin, played by Mary-Louise Parker) who turns to dealing pot in order to make ends meet after her husband dies. Weeds is not the ultra-violent, stylized sugar rush that is Breaking Bad, but it’s an awesome show that has many similar themes: the rise to power, characters doing questionable things, and dark, dry humor.
Bonus TV Show: Chappelle’s Show
As we put Half Baked at 4.5 on our last list, we thought it’d be a shame to not include the fabulous Dave Chappelle somewhere on this list as well. He’s also back now after a long hiatus, and pretty much as good as he’s always been. We respect and salute your weed-friendly show, Sir Dave!
There are a few shows that could take their place on this top 10, but the cannabis theme is either loose or not really referred to enough in order to put on this list. We’re thinking Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman, Arrested Development, Archer, Northern Exposure and a whole slew of comedies, especially animated ones.
If we’ve missed out on your favorite, feel free to #JoinTheConvo and tell us about it!