First trailer arrives for Netflix’s ‘Disjointed,’ in which Kathy Bates runs a pot shop

Fire up the first trailer for the Netflix stoner comedy series 'Disjointed'

Now that recreational use of marijuana is legal (at the state level) in certain locales, including Washington and Colorado, 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 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 from run-ins with police, unsavory dealers, and disapproving friends and neighbors.

Today, though, weed is increasingly mainstream — even from a tech standpoint. As a result, a new comedy, Disjointed, is taking a slightly different approach. Today, August 8, Netflix released the series’ first official trailer, opening with an introduction by Ruth Feldman (Bates), a self-proclaimed cannabis lawyer, activist, and user.

The humor throughout is strongly reminiscent of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. That is, it’s fairly lazy, and relies on lame stereotypes  — “You remind me of your father back in the day … Ambitious, determined, thirsty for young white women,” Bates tells her son (Aaron Moten), who has an African-American father. It also uses cartoon-like sequences where characters smoke weed (that they should have tested!) and enter hallucinogenic fantasy worlds.

A short scene at the end seems to be included just to tell the audience “We can curse on Netflix!” If there are Big Bang fans who always wished that show was more vulgar, this show is for them. In any case, the first season of Disjointed will hit Netflix on August 25. You’ve been warned.

Netflix fully committed to ‘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. Along with her son, Bates’ character is joined by 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.

Multi-camera, 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.

Update: Added information on series’ first trailer.


FA Cup: Watch Chelsea vs. Manchester United with ESPN Plus 7-day free trial

Chelsea and Manchester United are facing off in an exciting FA Cup match, with the fifth round - a tie match - slated for Monday. Die-hard fans of English football can stream the game anywhere at any time with ESPN Plus, and here's how to…
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in March 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for March 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (March 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in February and March, from new original series to classic films.
Movies & TV

The best movies you’ll find on Hulu right now (February 2019)

From dramas to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

J.J. Abrams wraps production on Star Wars: Episode IX with a heartfelt message

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has wrapped production on Star Wars: Episode IX, which he directed and co-wrote. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Movies & TV

Netflix completes its breakup with Marvel, cancels The Punisher, Jessica Jones

Two of Netflix's last-remaining Marvel shows have been canceled by the video streaming service. The Punisher is done after two seasons and Jessica Jones will be finished after its still-unreleased third season.
Movies & TV

Why First Man’s Oscar-nominated visual effects are a giant leap for filmmaking

Paul Lambert, the award-winning visual effects supervisor on First Man, reveals the innovative techniques that blended old footage with modern movie magic to make the Apollo 11 mission to the moon resonate with audiences 50 years later and…
Movies & TV

Bill and Ted 3 celebrates the franchise's 30th birthday with excellent teaser

As the Bill and Ted franchise turns 30, a third installment that the cast and creative team call Bill and Ted Face the Music is officially in preproduction, though there are big hurdles to overcome.
Movies & TV

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series gets an interactive map of Middle-earth

Amazon Studios is betting big on its Lord of the Rings prequel series, which has a multiseason commitment and a budget of more than $1 billion. The series' first season will arrive by 2021.
Movies & TV

Here’s how to watch the 2019 Oscars livestream online

The 91st Academy Awards will air live on ABC, but there are also a number of ways to watch Hollywood's biggest night online using your mobile device, desktop, or set-top streamer. Here's how to catch the Oscars livestream.
Home Theater

Amazon ups the ante with Netflix, aims to release up to 30 movies a year

Netflix has a huge budget for both licensed and original content. But Amazon Studios isn't far behind. Studio chief Jennifer Salke revealed a plan to do 30 theatrical and direct-to-Amazon Prime titles this year alone.
Movies & TV

To drive its giant virtual world, Ready Player One needed a custom A.I. engine

Steven Spielberg and a visual effects team led by Roger Goyett built a new, virtual universe populated by a host of familiar characters for the Oscar-nominated Ready Player One, but they still had to maintain a powerful emotional depth in…
Movies & TV

An Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series might be headed to Disney Plus

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.
Home Theater

The first reactions to Captain Marvel are out of this world

Academy Award winner Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie hitting theaters in March 2019. Here's everything we know about Marvel's first female-led superhero movie.