Lovers of situational comedy and satirical political commentary may not seem to have much in common when it comes to their taste in entertainment, but there’s a new series that connects the two groups rather neatly.
Chuck Lorre, the creator of CBS’ hit show “Two and a Half Men,” and David Javerbaum, a former head writer and executive producer for “The Daily Show,” have joined forces with Netflix to bring Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates to the screen — as a stoner who owns a family-run dispensary — in their new series “Disjointed.”
The show follows the story of Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, played by Bates; a zealous advocate for cannabis legalization. After devoting her life to the movement and becoming somewhat of an icon in her community, her aspirations are realized once cannabis is legalized and she is able to open her own shop called Ruth’s Alternative Caring in Los Angeles, California.
If it seems odd that Bates is taking on the role of an unapologetic smoker, take a moment to review her extensive resume of quirky character choices — including her Emmy-winning character, socialite and serial killer Delphine La Laurie, in “American Horror Story: Coven.” From her Oscar-winning performance in “Misery” to iconic roles in acclaimed favorites like “Fried Green Tomatoes,” to cameo appearances on televisions series like “The Office,” “Mike and Molly” and even “American Dad,” it’s clear that Bates not only has real range as an actress, but a soft spot for offbeat characters who push and often go beyond the boundaries of the status quo.
And, of course, there is lots of smoking and and stoner references throughout.
Lorre’s knack for casting unforgettable characters and developing successful shows for TV like “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” (now on its 10th season) is sure to make “Disjointed” another hit on the streaming platform taking over traditional television.
Hopefully he will be able to take his mainstream lens and keep cannabis funny without being corny or patronizing with his newest effort.
The first season of the 20-episode, half hour series premiered August 25 on Netflix.
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