Among other effects, consuming cannabis is known to open one’s mind regarding many things. It can help the consumer appreciate a new point of view, a new type of genre, or anything new, really. That is part of the beauty of the cannabis plant used in a recreational fashion! Yet, there are some programs that strike where it pleases: they make you think, they make you learn, they make you laugh. So, be pleased and watch these five TV series, selected by Sylent Jay, for your intoxicated pleasure.
Among other effects, consuming cannabis is known to open one’s mind regarding many things. It can help the consumer appreciate a new point of view, a new type of genre, or anything new, really. That is part of the beauty of the cannabis plant used in a recreational fashion!
Yet, there are some programs that strike where it pleases: they make you think, they make you learn, they make you laugh. So, be pleased and watch these five TV series, selected by Sylent Jay, for your intoxicated pleasure.
5 – Breaking Bad
There is no need to introduce Breaking Bad anymore. Its gifted writers are revered, its highly performing cast is worshipped by various academies as well as by the public, their topics and themes are as daring as they can be… in short, Breaking Bad is quite the all-inclusive package.
For those who are not familiar with the plot, the series portrays the story of Walter White, a U.S. citizen who learns he has lung cancer, and opts for making and selling crystal meth to support his family and pay his medical bills.
The show is appreciable, and appreciated, regardless of confession. But as a cannabis enthusiast, and possibly an activist, you might find more to identify with, in regards to topics such as the War On Drugs, the healthcare system, the downward spiral that leads many to crime, and countless other burning issues. On the more uplifting side, the characters are very colourful and touching, and the supposedly accidental situational comedy is perfectly on point.
Watch if you like: The Sopranos, Weeds, The Wire, The Shield, Justified.
4 – Childrens Hospital
The cast of Childrens Hospital might seem familiar to you. You probably have seen at least one or two of them in some of the most appreciated comedies of the last two to three decades, or maybe even in past similar productions. The series is an extremely goofy depiction of the daily struggles of hospital staff, be they doctors, surgeons, nurses, receptionists, or even the chief physician himself. In short, think “ER on weed”. Yet, there are countless private jokes, puns and clever phrasings that demonstrate a truly mesmerizing talent in writing, directing, and showmanship. This is not exactly surprising, as the creators/writers also double as main actors for the show, and vice-versa, not unlike the Saturday Night Live crew.
Watch if you like: Saturday Night Live, Reno 911, Brooklyn-Nine-Nine, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
3 – Robot Chicken
Watching Seth Green’s stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken is like watching Frankenstein’s monster being built back up to life over and over again. You get themes – a lot of them – and you get images that go with these themes. That is, essentially, Robot Chicken. Some sort of fake channel-hopping sequence that takes you from one item to another in a logical manner, yet with no tangible connection between the different items. The game is not to miss a single line, as a whopping 100% of them are utterly hilarious, and to recognize the voices, as each episode features at least half a dozen guest stars (more than 300 of them in total, from Georges Lucas to Snoop Dogg, with the likes of the entire casts of Buffy, That ‘70s show, The Avengers and more in between).
Watch if you like: South Park, The Simpsons, Flight of the Conchords, The Mighty Boosh.
2 – Inside No. 9
For those who miss the old days of mysteriously creepy shows, as opposed to the currently popular gore, “wow really”, or plain scary types of contents, there is Inside No. 9. This dark comedy explores many stories which never fail to render you speechless, or make you giggle bravely as you sweat and shiver, depending on the episode. Watching Inside No. 9 is like walking into a natural history museum’s attic and having to stand there for a few hours with nothing but a flickering flashlight and impeccable hearing. Not exactly scary, but the ride is definitely one that takes place on an oily tightrope hanging above a pit of absurdity, black humour, intrinsic Britishness and much more.
Watch if you like: Any of the other Pemberton & Shearsmith productions (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, etc.),The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The IT Crowd, Wilfred.
1 – Archer
Archer is a spy; but not the smooth, suave, James Bond sort of spy. He works for an agency, the International Secret Intelligence Service(yes, ISIS – no, not that one), and it’s not entirely clear why that is, since he seems to be an uncanny mix between Austin Powers, OSS 117, and Frank Drebin. The series can be listened to like a podcast, and is a clever mix of social satire, borderline cringe-inducing humour, and brilliant imagination. Besides, while the show clearly identifies as “a spy story”, the points of view represented are clearly from the other side of the governmental barrier. Cannabinoid research, gender normativity, racism, and many other topics are covered in a tongue-in-cheek, fake conservative manner, which makes Archer a twisted but priceless fictional version of the Colbert Report.
Watch if you like: Austin Powers, NTSF:SD:SUV, Chuck, Alias, James Bond, Futurama.