Magazine article Variety

Must-See Weed TV (Where Pot Is the Star)

Magazine article Variety

Must-See Weed TV (Where Pot Is the Star)

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Pot on television has come a long way in a decade. In 2006, "That '70s Show" wrapped having completed eight seasons and never showing or even referencing marijuana despite its ubiquitousness in teenage basements everywhere. Today, there's a wealth of weed options available on the small screen - from cooking shows to comedies to how-tos and makeovers, the fall TV season is looking awfully hazy. STEVE BLOOM

BONG APPETIT

Viceland; Viceland

Hosted by noted columnist and cannabis expert Saeed, this gourmet food and ganja show challenges various chefs to come up with novel recipes that will get people very high. As with a typical cooking series, dishes are created from scratch, but using the many THC-infused products stored in the kitchen's vaunted pantry. Dinner guests including ex-NBA player John Salley and actress Christina Milian get whacked on the delicious cannabis-infused concoctions. In contrast to the fake pot often used in TV shows, it's all very real on this Viceland favorite.

Stars: Abdullah Saeed, Vanessa Lavorato, Ry Prichard Status: Season 3 premieres Sept. 14.

BROAD CITY

Comedy Central; 3 Arts Entertainment, Jax Media, Paper Kite Productions

Glazer and Jacobson play two twentysomething stoners who live on the edge in New York. It's a familiar concept - a couple of pothead pals and their daily urban hijinks - but it's not as common to see women in the buddy comedy roles usually reserved for the likes of Cheech & Chong or Harold and Kumar. Still, "Broad City" deserves some of the credit for hoisting Buress' career, and Ilana and Abbi, while not as catchy as Wayne and Garth, seem equally poised for success beyond cable.

Stars: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress Status: Season 4 premieres Sept. 13.

DISJOINTED

Netflix; Chuck Lorre Productions, Warner Bros. Television

Bates plays '60s earth mother Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, who decides to open a marijuana dispensary in her AARP years. …

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