No longer the drug peddling Nancy Botwin on "Weeds," Mary Louise Parker has turned her attention to other TV ventures ... like Disney Channel.
"I don't want TV so much," Parker told HuffPost TV at Esquire's 80th Anniversary party in New York. "I end up watching mostly Disney, so I watch 'Good Luck Charlie' a lot, 'Dog With A Blog…' Disney Channel."
"They dyed that little girl's hair blonde!" Parker, who has two kids, said of "Blog," adding, "I love the Disney Channel. When my children are older I'll go back to watching other TV."
Hey, we're not judging a little Disney indulgence once in a while.
When Nancy Breastfed Andy
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.
When Shane Became A Killer
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).
When Nancy Got Pregnant
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.
When They Left Agrestic And Went To Mexico
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?
When Nancy Lost Sight Of Being A Mom
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!
When Nancy Discovered Her Boyfriend Worked For the DEA
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.