Weeds is an American television comedy created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widowed mother of two boys from Southern California who begins selling marijuana to support her family after her husband abruptly dies. Over the course of the show, she and her family become more entangled in illegal activities on an escalating scale.
The primary locale of the first three seasons is in the faux town of Agrestic, California. By seasons four and five, it takes place in the fictional beachside of Ren Mar. During the sixth season, the family relocates to Seattle, Washington before moving to Dearborn, Michigan. By season seven, Nancy lives in New York City where she recuperates in a recovery house while her sons and brother-in-law resettle in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kohan, whose credits include Tracey Takes On..., Mad About You, Sex and the City and Gilmore Girls, is the executive producer of the series alongside Roberto Benabib, of Little City fame. Matthew Salsberg and Craig Zisk have joined the production team as executive producers in later seasons.
The show debuted on the Showtime cable network on August 7, 2005, earning the channel's highest ratings, and the debut of the fifth season had 1.3 million viewers. In 2010, TV Guide Network bought the airing rights, providing audiences free of charge. Among the awards the show has received include two Satellite Awards, one Golden Globe Award, Writers Guild of America Award, Young Artist Award, and an Emmy Award.