With a slew of new releases from Netflix this year, the cannabis community got its first ever “sitcom” entitled Disjointed. Disjointed deals with the happenings of a cannabis dispensary in L.A run by Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (played by Kathy Bates).
Following your typical “sitcom” formula including laugh tracks and stereotypical jokes, this comedy is not for everyone. For me personally, someone who usually is more inclined to the darker side of comedy such as “It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Rick and Morty”, the show didn’t appeal to my sense of humor.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s a “bad” show. Sure, there are a few elements within the series that could be worked on. However I believe the overall success of the show should not be judged by my inclination for comedic content, but rather on its own merits.
What I Liked About Disjointed
Disjointed follows the formula of shows such as “Friends”, “Two and a Half Men” and “How I Met your Mother”, except it’s rated Mature…meaning the characters can swear and say some pretty raunchy stuff. This was one aspect that I did like. I find that whenever you have a show that includes the ability to swear. It creates a deeper sense of realism to the characters. Most people I know in the world, even the ultra-religious would blurt out the word “shit” if they stub their toe. Thus, by bringing in the ability to actually say some raunchy stuff made the show more bearable for someone like me.
They also have a few scenes where they use animation to explain some complex ideas. For instance, in Episode 3, the security guard who is an ex-army vet and sufferer of PTSD smokes cannabis for the first time. The animation that follows perfectly captivates how cannabis works on the mind of someone plagued by their own real life trauma.
Additionally, I enjoyed the fact that the show did touch on some serious sociopolitical topics such as, Prohibition, Medical Applications of Cannabis, Newbie Cannabis responses and so forth.
What I Did Not Like About Disjointed
I’m trying to remain as objective as possible in my review. I did sit through the entire season to write this review. As mentioned, this show doesn’t fall into my “what is funny” category. However despite this I remained objective throughout my analysis.
Apart from the comedic formula, here’s what I wasn’t too keen on by the show.
For one, I abhor laugh tracks. I don’t need the show to tell me when to laugh. If it’s funny, I’ll laugh. However, I do understand that this is a formulaic approach to comedy writing so I’ll let this one pass.
I also wasn’t a big fan of the stereotypes within the show.I understand that these kinds of shows rely heavily on stereotyping their characters for the sake of comedy such as “Raj” from Big Bang Theory who is an “ultra-Indian extreme” and is the crutch of his comedic value to the show. Within Disjointed, there were two character stereotypes that absolutely pissed me off.
I’m referring to “Dank and Dabby” who, within the universe of the show, are complete moronic stoners with no regards to their surroundings. Of course, stoners exist…however the portrayal of these stoners went to the extreme. Obnoxious, idiotic, loud and unfunny; these two characters portrayed the absolute worst within the cannabis community. In fact, a full-fledged stoner would not have the same amount of “energy” these characters displayed. When you think “stoner” you think of characters like Cheech and Chong which embodies the pseudo-hippy nature of extreme cannabis smokers.
However, Dank and Dabby look more like they are on some pharmaceuticals than they are on weed.
The jokes were also not “that funny”. There were moments of course, but I had to smoke about four joints to get through the entire show.
Should You Watch Disjointed?
Yes,“Comedy is in the eye of the beholder” meaning that my opinion of the show is just that – an opinion. If you like shows like “Friends”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother” plus smoke weed…you’ll probably love this show. It’s been catered to that demographic.
However, if you have a more refined sense of humor and like shows such as “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia” and “Rick and Morty”, your comedic bar will be set too high to enjoy the show. As I mentioned, it really comes down to “preferences”.
I was happy that there was a cannabis-themed show on Netflix. It shows us that the overall attitude towards cannabis is not only in the mainstream, it’s influencing our culture in a way we cannot even understand at this point in time. I wish however, it was more like “Weeds” which is a dramedy. Those formats allow you to dive deep into “real topics” while still maintaining its entertainment value. However, I think overall the show was a success for the intended demographics.
Have you seen the Disjointed ? Did you like it? Did you hate it?