Netflix’s Disjointed is a hot mess. Here’s why you’ll love it.

So does Bates actually use cannabis in real life? According to a New York Times article, she does

Call it the Will and Grace of cannabis. The new Netflix comedy series Disjointed uses a spoonful of saccharine comedy to kick-start the conversation about legalized marijuana; moving it from heady political discourse to a household conversation.

Set in a fictional Los Angeles marijuana dispensary, Academy-award winning actress Kathy Bates plays Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, an earth mother who’s spent her life fighting for cannabis legalization. With flowing gray hair, sandals and an on-again off-again Jewish mother lilt, Ruth is a ridiculous caricature that’s hard not to love. Much like Sean Hayes’ “Jack” in the 90s sitcom Will and Grace, who brought humanity and humor to the sensitive issue of gay rights, Ruth brings a human touch to cannabis, bringing the still federally-illegal plant into the light.

Disjointed’s cast plays out the messy complexities of an immature market bumbling its way toward legitimacy. Included are Ruth’s bi-racial son Travis, a handful of Millenial budtenders, a commune-raised grower, a PTSD-ridden security guard, a spacey soccer mom and two hysterical Youtube pot celebrities named Dank and Dabby. They’re all overblown mash-ups of the kinds of folks easy to find in the 420 community, but have enough truth and heart to them to make them entertaining.

Disjointed

We especially like the cheesy YouTube ads for Ruth’s Alternative Caring dispensary advertising  Blue Dream, and other sillier strains as “Strain ‘O The Day”, along with Dank and Dabby’s hilarious Cough montage and the brilliant animations that delve into the mind of post-war vet Carter.

Backstories include growing up neglected on a pot farm in Humboldt County; a veteran hiding his PTSD, but using cannabis for some relief; growing up bi-racial; the guilt of being a working mother; being stuck in a stale marriage and escaping from meth-addled middle America. Not small things. But the thread running through those stories is cannabis and the complex perspectives — pro and con, legal or illegal, medicine or party drug– each character has.

Let’s be frank: Not every moment of Disjointed is brilliant. A few tokes can make some of the painfully unfunny first episodes, ridiculous stereotypes and the god awful laugh track tolerable as the story sets itself up. Hey, there’s a lot of education to be packed into eight episodes.


This is a horrible quality video, but sheesh, nothing legit online Disjointed?

The humor and earnestness of Disjointed are both its strength and weakness, but as the country moves toward legalization, it’s an awkward conversation we need to have. But maybe it’s a little easier to swallow with a hint of Ruth Whitefeather Feldman and pinch of Blue Dream in the mix.

Available on Netflix (subscription required).

  • I can absolutely do without Dank and Debby. I fast forward through their bits. Love, love, love Kathy Bates and she is a great Ruth and the PTSD Security guard is wonderful! If they can can eliminate the Dank and Debby, the show might just be wonderful as the other cast members are good.

    • hazel

      I agree, and get rid of that laugh track

    • Pdavis

      Your comment really reflected how I felt the first few episodes I watched (done now). The first time D&D popped up I thought “ok, I guess I’m never watching this anymore”. They were physically, painfully awkward.
      Then a couple days later my wife a d I watched two more episodes together and we both had to admit they were growing on us. I think it was because of this blink.of an eye scene where the actress playing Dabby is about to say a line and I saw this quick little thing where it looked like she started to laugh and caught herself. I think in that moment I saw the character the way the actress playing her did and we we’re both in on the joke of how obnoxious they both are. Since then I’ve seen the actor playing Dank almost lose his composure a couple tkmes too. I wouldn’t have believed it a couple weeks ago but now i find myself grinning every time they’re on. This is very unlike me to have such a turn around.
      Anyway, just wanted to share that.

  • scott

    Great series. I power watched it. Now I just have to wait for the next season.

  • jackie

    This show was created solely to paint the cannabis industry as a community of dumb, lazy, stupid people…While some of it is cliche funny, its obviously a derogatory satire….Pissed me off more than made me laugh

    • Heather Irwin

      Honestly, I was about to give up on it after 3 episodes, but my friend was the one who suggested I stick with it a few more. It gets more complex and the characters are less one-dimensional. Dank and Dabby are certainly kind of stupid, but again, the story gets a little more interesting in later episodes. I love it when they can’t get high….

  • Jared

    Maybe because I’m not a stoner, I find this incredibly funny. Dank and Daby are funny as shit.

  • Aimee

    I absolutely loved loved it. Dank and Dabby are hilarious and I love the rest of the cast I can’t wait for the next season. I can do without the horrible laughing backtrack!

  • Scott

    I’m into it by 5 episodes………have to say for me it’s all a cliche. Kind of shallow and expected. Too bad bates is involved, it kind of brings her down………