"Weeds" is entering its eighth and final season on Showtime this week (Season 8 premieres Sunday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET) and it's certainly been a long ride for Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) and co.
The pot-centric series has grown far past its Agrestic roots, literally and figuratively. "Weeds" has boasted guest stars from Mary-Kate Olsen to Alanis Morissette and covered storylines ranging from cancer to kinky breast-feeding. (Yes, you read right.)
Thanks to some aforementioned turn-offs, HuffPost TV staff Maureen Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba and Leigh Weingus haven't been tuning in to "Weeds" as of late, although it was once appointment viewing.
Below, find out when and why we tuned "Weeds" out and let us know when you quit the Showtime series (or not) in the comments section below.
Furlong: Admittedly, I kept watching after this horrible moment in "Weeds" history, but I didn't like it. "Suck 'n' Spit," as this Season 5 episode was so subtly titled, was a true low on the Nancy-Andy will they/won't they sexual tension meter, but it also signified the desperation of a show grasping to find itself after one too many shocking reinventions.
Etkin: I loved "Weeds" when it more about the "little boxes on a hillside" lifestyle of the Botwin family, helmed by pot-slinging matriarch Nancy. Her neighbor and friend(ish) Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) was painfully hilarious, as was Nancy's dealer Conrad (Romany Malco) and his family. The look at what goes on behind closed doors in picture-perfect suburbia was relatable, even if it was a bit ridiculous at times. But once Agrestic burned to the ground and the Botwins were dealing with things below the border, it got a little too political and absurd to me. Then, when little Shane committed murder and clubbed Pilar, I had to turn it off (though I did admittedly watch some of Michelle Trachtenberg's episodes last season).
Moaba: "Weeds" used to be appointment viewing for me, but somewhere along the way I lost interest in the Botwin family's long, strange trip. Looking back, I think I can pinpoint that it happened somewhere during Season 5, and probably had a lot to do with the Nancy being pregnant with Esteban's baby storyline. First he was threatening to kill her, then they had to keep the baby's birth a secret, then he proposed to her and they all moved into his Mexican mansion. I started to get irritated by Nancy's never-ending ability to weave herself in and out of trouble, and fed up with story arcs that took up entire seasons but ultimately went nowhere. It all started to make me dizzy ... more dizzy than I usually like to be while watching "Weeds." But now, with the end of the series finally in sight, I'll be tuning back in to see how Jenji Kohan decides to wrap up the story, and hoping it ends with legalization.
Ryan: Some time around Season 4, "Weeds" just got too sour for me. When they hit the road to Mexico and Albert Brooks turned up as Uncle Lenny, the whole thing just took a turn toward the deeply unpleasant, and given that I was never all that interested in the enigmatic Nancy Botwin, I just lost interest fast and never got back on board. But the good news is, I can watch Justin Kirk, one of my favorite actors from the show, star in a sitcom with a monkey this fall! Hooray?
Weingus: I used to love Nancy on "Weeds," but by Season 5 she was unbearable to watch. Not only was she obnoxious and unsympathetic, but she became a horrible mother. All she wanted to do was start drama. She unraveled before my eyes!
Harnick: I had my fill of the Botwins after Season 1. The subject matter and humor wasn't very much my style ... plus the fact that I didn't have Showtime at the time made my decision to leave all the more easier.
CORRECTION: This post previously claimed that Shane shot Pilar, when in fact, he whacked her with a mallet. The error has since been corrected.