- 2 Seasons
Disjointed is a Netflix original series created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre, which ran for two seasons from 2017 to 2018. The show follows the life of Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, played by Kathy Bates, who is a lifelong marijuana advocate and runs a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles named Ruth's Alternative Caring.
Ruth's employee team consists of a group of budtenders who all have unique personalities and lifestyles. Carter, played by Tone Bell, is Ruth's right-hand man and a former soldier suffering from PTSD. Travis, played by Aaron Clifton Moten, is a young, ambitious budtender with big dreams but lacking in experience. Pete, played by Dougie Baldwin, is a twenty-something Australian transplant who is socially awkward but knowledgeable about all things cannabis.
Additionally, there are three female budtenders: Jenny, played by Elizabeth Ho, a go-getter looking to advance in the business world; Olivia, played by Elizabeth Alderfer, a hippie-at-heart vegan who is passionate about the environment; and Maria, played by Betsy Sodaro, a sassy, foul-mouthed woman who loves to party.
The show revolves around the dispensary and its employees' relationships, personal lives, and the challenges they face in the cannabis industry. There are also recurring customers who frequent the dispensary and add to the humor and drama. For example, Dank and Dabby, played by Chris Redd and Nicole Sullivan, are a couple who love everything about marijuana and have their internet show hosting "420 News."
Disjointed tackles the legalization and use of marijuana in a comedic way by exploring its medical benefits and its impact on everyday life. The show doesn't just approach marijuana use as a joke but also takes a serious stance on its medical benefits, particularly in relation to anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and on the struggle for business owners and employees in the cannabis industry.
Throughout the series, Ruth and her employees must face competition from a rival dispensary, a religious group protesting outside their store, and the potential for the federal government to shut them down. Alongside the show's humor, Disjointed examines the real-life impact that the legalization of marijuana has on the industry, and how it is an industry that still needs to find its footing in a constantly changing field.
The show's cast is undoubtedly one of Disjointed's highlights. Kathy Bates delivers an outstanding performance as Ruth, displaying a range of emotion from comedic moments to the more heartfelt struggles of running a dispensary. Aaron Clifton Moten proves to be a fantastic match for Bates as they develop a close relationship throughout the series.
Tone Bell brings a lot of charisma to his role as the dispensary's security guard, who also acts as Ruth's assistant. Dougie Baldwin provides a unique perspective to the show, as his character's Australian background adds another dynamic element to the team, allowing for some interesting character development.
Elizabeth Ho, Elizabeth Alderfer, and Betsy Sodaro all have their moments to shine, often delivering on the show's jokes and adding layers to their characters. Chris Redd and Nicole Sullivan add to the comedy as Dank and Dabby, with their off-the-wall antics and zany personalities.
The show's creative team definitely had fun with the series' visuals, using colorful and wild sequences while introducing scenes which often have a psychedelic vibe. The show's score also adds to its more dreamy sequences, conveying an otherworldly atmosphere that only adds to the overall high-energy vibe of the series.
Disjointed is a fun, fast-paced, and at times, downright ridiculous comedy that has an engaging storyline and a range of unique characters. While its approach is light-hearted, the show also deals with some of the very real issues related to the industry and provides a unique perspective on marijuana. Ultimately, the show's greatest strength is its fantastic cast who brings a lot of heart and humor to their roles, ultimately making Disjointed an enjoyable series to watch.
Disjointed is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on August 25, 2017.