TV writers mock suburbia, but it's growing on them

Critical Eye

September 03, 2006|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,[Sun Reporter ]

AS AN INDICTMENT OF SUBURBAN life, the Showtime series Weeds makes a convincing case: The men gamble, smoke pot and cheat on their wives. The women spike their coffee in the morning, fight like cats at PTA meetings and harangue their children for being too fat. And the kids, when not experimenting with drugs and sex, make terrorist videos and set fires at school.

It's enough to make you wonder: Why would Nancy Botwin, the show's heroine, turn to drug dealing after her husband's death so that her children can continue to live in such a depraved environment? And what does TV have against the suburbs anyway?

WEEDS / / Airs at 10 p.m. Mondays on Showtime

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