When you were a kid, perhaps your parents hid their stash of grass while you secretly smoked your own weed. Fast forward to present day: your dispensary carries cannabis and your kid's favorite number is sure to be 420.
In this era of legalization, marijuana law isn't the only thing changing. The way we think and talk about about weed has changed. As we've grown up, so has broadcast television -- with TV stoners evolving from blurry-eyed, cartoon losers into high functioning adults with jobs.
Don't beweed me? On a recent episode of Grey's Anatomy, even the doctors were high on cannabis cookies! These days, getting baked on TV is not only acceptable, it’s often part of the story. (The funny part.) Consider this list of dope shows your gateway drug to high quality, small screen entertainment.
Elijah Wood is Ryan, a medical marijuana user with a seriously warped sense of reality. How warped? He thinks the neighbor’s dog is really a man dressed in a dog suit.
Wilfred the dog (Jason Gann) talks to Ryan ‘Mr. Ed’ style, "Why don't we smoke weed here, then go home and smoke more weed?"
Behold the change in broadcast television over the course of a half-century. In 1963, Mr. Ed the horse ate hay, and 50 years later, Wilfred the dog smokes it -- a major difference between television then and now.
Kathy Bates is ’60s earth mother, Ruth Whitefeather, a woman in her golden years who opens a dispensary and employs a team of "budtenders" to run it. Based on its story conceit alone, Disjointed should be at the forefront of the weed-infused television revolution.
The legendary Chuck Lorre (Big Bang Theory) runs wild with his chance to create content far away from network rules and regulations, resulting in a bizzarely botched attempt to keep pace with the times -- given Ruth's staff of stoner stereotypes constantly blazing up to the tune of a laugh track. (Wah wah.)
Netflix gets an A for effort for branding strains of Disjointed cannabis, selling it in a California dispensary, and encouraging viewers to smoke up while watching.Though this show doesn't do it for me, it's on the list in case it IS up your alley. Just consider yourselves warned and proceed with caution, NOT without weed.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Spencer Strasmore, a retired pro football player who reinvents himself as the financial manager of other NFL players. In season 3, Ballers stays relevant by touring a grow house, as football star, Vernon Littlefield partners with a cannabis company to promote their weed-themed clothing line.
The series scores points for having the balls to suggest athletes consider a greener, more natural approach to pain relief. And the medical marijuana—infused laughs? Well, they don’t hurt a bit.
With the changing cannabis culture, edibles are becoming more common, setting the perfect table for weed-infused dinner parties.
Hosted by world-renowned marijuana enthusiast, Abdullah Saeed, notable chefs from Cat Cora to Marcel Vigneron create pot-infused menus -- like 420 Puff Puff Pizza Party, Stoned Shabbat Dinner, and Marijuana Mothers Day. What goes into their elaborate meals? Equal parts imagination and “a shit ton” of weed.
Three unmotivated friends -- Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson -- work together as telemarketers, constantly blazing up at the office and EVERYWHERE else.
File this series under total guy humor, as these three rather dirty dudes get off on uber-male activities -- like lighting a racoon on fire at a gas station --while never straying from their number one priority -- getting high.
The trio kicks off season 3 by tripping on acid on a business trip, but the series peaks in Season 4, when the guys open a burrito-weed stand that sells "Burweedos." Burweedos. Ha.
Bored To Death
Jason Schwarzman is Jonathan, a struggling writer leading a double life by pretending to be a private detective.
When he and his pot-loving friends, Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and George (Ted Danson) find themselves in over their heads, they embrace marijuana as a lifestyle without negative consequences and an even better chance to succeed.
Superstar guests include genius comedians like Patton Oswalt, Olympia Dukakis, and Kevin Bacon. Plus my all-time fave, Kristin Wiig appears in the first few seasons as Jonathan's client, Jennifer "Trouble" Gladwell, whose boyfriends keep dumping her for being a (very, very bad) barfly.