Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan for Showtime. Its central character is Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family, after her husband dies of a heart attack. Over the course of the series, she and her family increasingly become entangled in illegal activity.
The first three seasons are set primarily in the fictional town of Agrestic, California. During seasons four and five, the Botwins reside in the fictional town of Ren Mar in San Diego. In the sixth season, the family relocates to Seattle, Washington and Dearborn, Michigan. In between seasons six and seven, Nancy serves a prison sentence in Connecticut while her sons and brother-in-law live in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the beginning of season seven, Nancy moves into a halfway house in New York City where she reunites with her family. They live in Manhattan for the duration of the season, but relocate to Connecticut in the season seven finale and throughout season eight.
The show debuted on the Showtime cable network on August 7, 2005, earning the channel's highest ratings. The series ended with the eighth and final season on September 16, 2012. In 2012, TV Guide Network bought the airing rights, providing an edited version of the show free of charge. The show has received numerous awards, including two Satellite Awards, one Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, a Young Artist Award, and two Emmy Awards.