When the word ‘family’ comes to mind, many people have different depictions of what that might be. There are nuclear families, single parent families, families that adopt, families that are not even related; all different types. Nancy Botwin’s family in the Showtime television series Weeds, depicts families in a quite unconventional, yet relatable, way. “Most families, organic or the ones you create with friends and co-workers, are flawed and messy,” (Strauss) says Jenji Kohan, creator of Weeds. That’s what makes this show so entertaining and relatable for its viewers.
The show takes place in a fictional suburb of Los Angeles known as Agrestic, California. Nancy Botwin and her two sons, Silas and Shane, live in this beautiful, upper-middle class neighborhood. Mrs. Botwin seems like your typical affluent soccer mom, but what most do not know is that she deals marijuana for a living. Now why would a woman who lives in an upper-middle class neighborhood resort to selling weed?
In the first episode of the show, it is revealed that Nancy is recently widowed. Her husband, Judah Botwin, died unexpectedly from a heart attack while out for a jog with their youngest son, Shane. Judah was the main source of income for the family so when he passed, “Nancy decided that in order to maintain the lifestyle that she and her family had grown accustomed to, the best possible solution was to deal marijuana,” (Roisin). The show, as a whole, may not be relatable to many viewers, but the familial ideals and situations may be applicable to many families watching. Jenji Kohan, the creator of the show, says, “Weeds’ pot-selling-mom premise was a novel but relatable concept,” (Strauss). Nancy is not just a drug dealer; she is a mother and goes through issues that any normal job-bearing mother goes through as well. She must deal with Ultimately, because of Judah’s death, the dynamics of the family began to change drastically and this led his kids to have psychological problems and crave attention from their mother.