Now that recreational use is legal in certain locales (Washington, Colorado, etc.), cannabis-based programming is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Sure, stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple Express have always been around, but they were somewhat niche products, marketed mainly to longtime marijuana enthusiasts or teens with the munchies. They also tended to focus on the subversive side of the drug, drawing laughs out of run-ins with police, unsavory dealers, disapproving friends and neighbors, etc.
These days, we’re seeing much more nuanced takes, not just on pot smokers, but on the budding pot industry, a reality that reflects the rapidly changing public perception of the drug. That said, Variety is reporting that Netflix just landed a series starring Kathy Bates that will become the latest entry in this evolving genre.
Titled Disjointed, the series is a multicamera, scripted comedy that stars Kathy Bates as a longtime legalization advocate who ends up running a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Bates’ character is joined by her son, three “budtenders” (pot shops’ version of bartenders), and a security guard. As you might imagine, none of these characters are opposed to getting high on their own supply.
The series has been ordered for a 20-episode inaugural season and is the brainchild of Chuck Lorre, who created CBS’s hit comedies Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, and former ABC staple Dharma & Greg.
Multicamera, scripted comedies like Fuller House and The Ranch have moved the needle for Netflix of late, and reports indicate that the streamer is looking to add more to its slate of original series.
No word yet on when the show will film, much less air, but stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated as the details filter in.