It is hard to deny the notion that cannabis is going mainstream. As legalization movements continue to spread across the globe, cannabis is becoming more prevalent in mainstream media. And television is no exception. The last decade has seen a surge in cannabis-themed movies and stoner TV shows including some critically acclaimed gems.
Here are 6 stoner TV shows for you to enjoy next time you kick back and relax with your favorite herb.
High Maintenance (HBO)
This HBO series was initially created as a web series by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfield. The show stars creator Ben Sinclair as ‘The Guy’, a cannabis delivery guy in New York City. The Guy is the thread that connects the lives and stories of the New Yorkers he delivers to in Brooklyn. Having just completed its third season, High Maintenance has received high praise for its ability to remain funny and entertaining while avoiding common stoner stereotypes found in some other stoner TV shows. On the contrary, the show has been praised for its honest and genuine depictions of human beings with Indiewire recently calling it “TV’s most human show”.
Bong Appetit: Cook-Off (Hulu)
B-Real, once the face of the hip-hop group Cypress Hill, is now the host of cannabis cooking show Bong Appetit. This Viceland series strives to be a gateway to cannabis education that enlightens its viewers while entertaining them at the same time. After doing two seasons as ‘Bong Appetit’, the show took on a cook-off competition theme for its third season. If you like cannabis and cooking shows, this one is definitely for you.
This groundbreaking show had a very successful run of 8 seasons from 2005 to 2012. The show follows the life of a widowed suburbanite who begins growing and selling cannabis after her husband’s death leaves her in debt and unable to support her family. This fictional representation of the drug trade in suburban California is a goldmine for dark humor that kept the show consistently entertaining for its entire 8 season run. The show won several Golden Globe and Emmy awards throughout its life, including Best Performance By An Actress In A TV Show in 2009.
Weediquette is an informative and entertaining show that explores the far-reaching impact of the legalization movement. The show examines the ripple effect of legalization on American health-care, economy, and culture. Recent episodes have covered topics such as how cannabis may be able to help PTSD patients, how some cannabis companies are moving production to Columbia, and the medical marijuana movement in the UK.
That 70’s Show (Netflix)
That 70’s Show was one of the first shows to be so obvious and blatant about its character’s cannabis usage. The basement smoking circle quickly became a defining aspect of the show and one of its most recognizable moments. Despite strict censorship restrictions, the show would go on to last 8 seasons on primetime cable. It would even go on to cast cannabis comedian Tommy Chong for several seasons.
Bored To Death (HBO)
This HBO sitcom follows a part-time private investigator and full-time stoner as he solves crimes across New York City. From lost skateboards to kidnappings, Jason Bateman solves them all. The show regularly features comedy legends Ted Danson and Zack Galifianakis and plenty of cannabis. Although this show only lasted 3 seasons, it has become a cult classic since its cancellation, especially among stoners.
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