As much as I like the show, "Weeds" has grown decidedly dark (some would say grim) in recent seasons.
Nancy Botwin, when we first met her was a cash-strapped young-ish widow with two school-age (middle and high school) kids who planned for a short period to deal in cannabis selling in order to tide her family over until she could get a better gig. From there, she found that she was supremely unqualified for work that could support her family and so continued dealing weed, always planning to get out of the business just as soon as she could afford to do so.
As one would expect, trouble resulted--and a lot of it was amusing, especially when Uncle Andy (Justin Kirk) was brought into the picture. However, Andy's presence in season 5 couldn't clear the palate of the sour taste of Esteban raping a pregnant Nancy and her not seeming to have issue with it.
There were a number of other unsavory and frankly, not-very-funny situations too, culminating in Nancy's teenage son murdering her adversary, a female drug kingpin and political heavyweight in Mexico who was in fact threatening Nancy's family with violence (though not acting to carry it out at that precise moment). Shawn clonked the woman over the head with a golf club, sending her into the pool, where if not killed by the blow, she died of drowning.
So what fun is in store for Season 6? Mary Louise Parker as Nancy is awesome--the whole cast is quite good in fact--it's the material that has been dragging the show down. Since Nancy does not deal anymore, the premise of the show has sort of gone by the wayside and perhaps after this season, it is time for Weeds to do the same.
The "Weeds" Season 6 teaser trailer features a black-clad hot mama Mary-Louise Parker's Nancy Botwin burying all her Season 5 secrets -- set to a jaunty little tune called "Terrible Things" by April Smith --
A ringing cell phone with Esteban on the other end, a handgun, passport, the Jesus bobbled camera she got from Guillermo and Shane's croquet mallet that he used to brain Pilar in the season finale.
Where will Season 6 take the Botwins? What we know so far is that Nancy and her brood will be starting over in Seattle -- with some help from a woman named Linda, played by Linda Hamilton, and her partner Fiona. Elizabeth Perkins has said Season 6 will be her last "Weeds" season.
The sixth season premieres August 16, 2010 on Showtime.