Disjointed (2017): Stoner TV show review


Starring: Kathy Bates, Aaron Moten, Dougie Baldwin and Elizabeth Alderfer
Produced by: David Javerbaum and Chock Lorre
Network: Netflix
Run Time: 2017

Cannabis is going mainstream and there is no way to even hide from it anymore.

Al whole bunch of new TV shows and mainstream movies revolving around cannabis and the culture around it has come our way in the last few years and unfortunately this is not always a good thing. Sure, Half Baked, Pineapple Express, or even Weeds was pretty cool, but some just go the wrong way and have made the word “stoner” a really ugly thing.

One of the latest in this genre is “Disjointed”, a Netflix show that takes the “high” out of the stoner humor genre by going low.

The sitcom revolves around an LA based medical-marijuana dispensary, and even though that sounds like it could be a good ingredient for a killer sitcom, it really isn’t.

The show was co-created by Chuck Lorre, who’s lovely work you might know from “Two and a half men” and “The Big Big Theory”. It seems to have the same feel, same ingredients and even the same annoying but unmissable audience laugh-track as the before mentioned shows, but maybe this just doesn’t work on Netflix, where it seems to be the standard to use words like “f*ck” on such a high rate that it just becomes annoying.

Kathy Bates, known as a fanatic legal advocate for cannabis, plays Ruth, the owner of the establishment. But even though she kind of carries the show on her fantastic talent, she can’t lift enough to keep this show up. The characters on the show is a display of bad cannabis-related stereotypes mixed with a bit of hipsterism, and the predictable jokes are literally almost all about weed.

It must be said that some jokes and scenes are still pretty funny and sometimes they even try to address the more serious issues about marijuana and legalization.

Within the selection on Netflix as a whole it might be still worth your high, and even though we don’t have high hopes, maybe the second season will be better. Or better yet, get cancelled for something good.