Disjointed

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Weed-centric sitcom has repetitive jokes, thin storylines.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence
Sex

Some mild making out. One stoned couple does some suggestive pelvic thrusting while fully clothed.

Language

"S--t," "damn," plus a steady stream of F-bombs, in various configurations.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Each episode features multiple scenes with characters smoking pot -- sometimes a joint, sometimes a bong.

What 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.

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  • Parents say
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Adult Written byBobbie T. May 22, 2018

Freaking hilarious! !

I was so disappointed when i found out they wouldn't be returning to Netflix. I really loved this show and Kathy bates really showed another side of herse... Continue reading
Adult Written byMichelle Lee Z. March 17, 2018

I am more of a super conservative Nerdy Mom

I passed this show up too many times to count as I was turned off by the title and assumed the content type by the image of the cover. But I love Kathy Bates so... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byzfreview September 4, 2017

Disjointed

I think this is appropriate for kids who are okay with language and is okay with the topic of weed. Just a lot of language and talk of weed and that's it.

What's the story?

Kathy Bates stars as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a crunchy-granola mama (and self-described shaman/rabbi) turned owner of a marijuana dispensary in DISJOINTED. She's struggling to reconcile her lifelong weed-centric activism with the fact that ganja is now big business -- and legal. She sees her cozy shop as an extension of her counterculture spirit and belief in the healing powers of hemp, while her ambitious son Travis (Aaron Moten), fresh from business school, would like nothing more than to cash in and turn "Ruth's Alternative Caring" into a widespread chain store operation. Ruth's shop also employs three "budtenders": Pete (the spaced-out grow man), Olivia (the love interest), and Jenny (who calls herself the "Tokin' Asian"). The dispensary's security guard, Carter, is a teetotaling ex-soldier suffering from PTSD. Wacky customers (Ruth would stress that they're patients) come and go, causing drama with their stoned hijinks. The strip mall housing the dispensary also houses a Taekwondo studio, whose hothead instructor looks down on the marijuana biz and does his best to oust them from the area.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Disjointed depicts what it's like to run a family business. How does the type of product they're selling change the way the show depicts the daily stresses of owning a business?

  • One of the characters on the show lies to her parents about what she does for a living (they think she is in medical school). Is lying the only way she can deal with the situation? Why might it be hard for her to tell her parents the truth?

  • Do laugh tracks make a show funnier? Does hearing a studio audience laughing make you more or less likely to laugh at a joke?

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