Disjointed (2017) is a comedy web series on Netflix, that deals with the staff and the customers of a legal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Reading the description, I thought it was not for me – surprisingly I liked the series of twenty episodes, it grew (pun intended) on me and I binge-watched it over the last few days.
The show stars Kathy Bates as the owner of the store Ruth’s Alternative Caring and an activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, she has a black son who is the co-owner of the store Travis (played by Aaron Moten). It is co-created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre, the creator of many of the shows I like including Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, and Young Sheldon.
The storytelling is interspersed with great animations and cartoons which at times were a bit longer but a few of them were enjoyable. The show talks about issues that are commonly avoided in mainstream media like PTSD, the psychiatric disorder common with war veterans and others, it tries to remove the stigma associated with it. As the lead character is a women activist there is good coverage of women empowerment as well. Each episode has a mini Youtube like video segment called “Strain of the Day” where the staff try to record a promotion video, which often turns out to be hilarious. Apart from the six main characters, three of their customers make regular appearances. Maria, is a housewife whose husband is cheating with their nanny, and she is struggling to handle the pressure. Dank & Dabby are the other customers and Youtube stars sponsored by Ruth’s Alternative Caring. D & D come out unpredictable, stupid yet funny, in the initial episodes their skits were different but they became tiring in later episodes – Betsy Sodaro as Dabby and Chris Redd as Dank have done their roles very well. The “WhatNot Girl” incident in Part 2, Episode 3 (Bud’s Light) where Olivia recalls of an TV interview goof up, she made was hilarious.
The show makes fun of corporate management, marketing, business plans and even fitness. Disjointed may not work for everyone, being a show about a ‘pot’ showroom there is the heavy promotion of marijuana, if you can look past that like I did, there is a lot of good comedy that can make you laugh.