Netflix Expands to Cannabis Industry with New Series
By: The LA Lady May 05, 2017
Netflix has launch “Disjointed,” a comedy where the family business is a cannabis dispensary.
Kathy Bates stars as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a cannabis advocate who manages her pot shop with, “three budtenders, her 20-something son, and a deeply troubled security guard,” who suffers from PTSD after his deployment in Afghanistan. The ensemble cast will portray life in a legal cannabis setting, with all its excitement and turbulence.
The show is helmed by Chuck Lorre Productions, whose other hits include The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. The script spent six months couch-surfing around to different networks until it was snatched up by Netflix, who made the announcement in July. Lorre is credited as Executive Producer and co-writer with David Javerbaum, formerly of The Daily Show.
Disjointed is the newest addition to tv shows that center around marijuana culture. Showtime was one of the first networks to feature a show where marijuana was a major theme, but the focus was more on the aspects and taboo of drug dealing. HBO’s High Maintenance was originally a web series that made the leap to television, and it uses a marijuana delivery person to drive the storyline in each episode. This treatment normalizes the presence of cannabis in daily life, something that shows like Broad City are also fond of doing.
Disjointed will be one of the first major television shows to portray a legal cannabis business, along with a talented cast who can shed light on the realities of the marijuana industry. MTV’s Mary + Jane has also covered this ground with two female “ganja-preneurs” in Los Angeles who run their own delivery service.
More cannabis-themed TV shows are in the works. Naomi and Adam Scott are still developing Buds for NBC, a comedy whose backdrop is a dispensary in Colorado. Margaret Cho’s Highland will appear on Amazon’s streaming service, and will bring her beloved mother’s character to a dispensary setting. Last summer, it was announced that John Malkovich would be starring in Humboldt, a Sony Pictures Television drama that is inspired by Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier, a best-selling novel by Emily Brady.
Disjointed will debut on Netflix on August 25th.