A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is called Disjointed, but the employees of Ruth's shop make up a kind of family. They work together to try to help Carter, the ex-military security guard at the shop who is battling PTSD.
Positive Role Models
While the cast is pretty diverse, the characters are so thinly drawn that it's hard to attach too much importance to any of their storylines. Ruth blows off her son's business ambitions, but listens to him when it counts and lets him know he's important to her.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild making out. One stoned couple does some suggestive pelvic thrusting while fully clothed.
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"S--t," "damn," plus a steady stream of F-bombs, in various configurations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Each episode features multiple scenes with characters smoking pot -- sometimes a joint, sometimes a bong.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disjointed is a sitcom that takes place in a mother-and-son-helmed marijuana dispensary in California. The show's co-creator, Chuck Lorre, is the man behind mega-popular network sitcoms like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory -- but as this series is on Netflix, don't expect clean-cut language. The free rein given by the streaming service seems to have inspired the show's writers to pepper each episode with a variety of F-bombs. There is frank talk about marijuana and other, harder drugs, with scenes of characters growing weed, selling weed, and smoking weed.
Is It Any Good?
Puff, puff, pass on this messy, awkwardly paced sitcom full of obvious punchlines and lazy TV tropes. The creators basically took the well-worn network sitcom format, complete with a cutesy-quirky ensemble cast and a chuckle-happy studio audience, then added in a big-name star (Kathy Bates, who is wasted here) and a heaping helping of "F" words. They've also made the bizarre decision to emulate the timing of commercial breaks by adding jarring interstitial bits such as animated freak-out segments, faux marijuana ads, and fake YouTube videos.
Despite Disjointed's offbeat setting, the humor hits all the most predictable beats -- so, so many jokes about how forgetful stoners can be -- and doesn't have the slightest bit of edge. There's also the curious decision to include a somber PTSD storyline, which drags an already straining show down and gives things a "Very Special Episode" feel.
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