Trailer Park Boys is a hilarious Canadian mockumentary which follows a trio of pot-growing, heavy-drinking, intellectually-challenged guys through their misadventures in a fictional Nova Scotia trailer park.
Every episode includes lots of pot, alcohol, and tobacco consumption, plus much swearing and general ignorance. While not necessarily the best role-models for impressionable young stoners, the trailer park trio are hilarious in their ongoing efforts to grow enough bud to achieve their goal of “Freedom 35.”
At one point, one of the three is growing pot in the backseat of his car. Later, our heroes are chased by a convoy of cop cars and helicopters as they are towing their dope-filled Airstream trailer. Another highlight included them outsmarting the RCMP by moving their crop back and forth between trailers.
As part of a January cross-country tour, the Trailer Park crew dropped in to the BC Marijuana Party Headquarters storefront, and enjoyed massive bong hits with Marc Emery.
Now in its third season, Trailer Park Boys has become a cult hit in Canada. Broadcast on the specialty channel Showcase, the subversive show receives funding from many government agencies, including the Canadian Television Fund, the Nova Scotia Cultural Fund, and the National Broadcasting Agency.
Six Feet Under is a very different style of show, following the lives of a quirky family that runs a funeral home. Although not centered on cannabis, almost every episode has pot or drugs in it, presented in a realistic, if sometimes oddball fashion.
The series was created by Alan Ball, who also wrote and directed American Beauty, in which smoking pot is a big part of what helps Kevin Spacey?s character to achieve transcendence.
Through three seasons the series has remained witty and fun, combining morbid humor with intriguing characters in challenging, personal situations. And almost every episode features cannabis or another drug as at least a small part of the storyline.
In the pilot episode, the family?s teen daughter smokes crystal meth with friends for the first time, moments before finding out her father died in a car accident. Her mostly internal freak-out in the intense situation is dealt with realistically.
In another notable episode the family?s matriarch unknowingly takes Ecstacy while on a camping trip. She has a wonderful and transcendent experience in the forest, which includes a conversation and resolution with the spirit of her dead husband.
Other plot lines have involved Vicodin addiction, stoned paranoia, and one character getting pouty when no-one will toke with him.
Both series are well-worth the watch, and are available on DVD and VHS.
To encourage people to watch these fine shows, we have the first season of both shows on DVD. Send us a letter or email explaining why you must have them, and we’ll send them both to one arbitrarily chosen winner. Get your letters in the mail before August 31, 2003.