Weeds: Season 4 (2008)


Season 4

Critics Consensus

Weeds, like its heroine Nancy Botwin, drastically reinvents itself to mixed results in its fourth season, upping the stakes to entertaining effect, but also losing the grounded reality that made its peaks so compelling.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 88
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Season 4 of the offbeat comedy-drama picks up where the third ended: Agrestic is burning, as is the Botwin house and evidence of Nancy's illegal activities. But the drug-dealing widow doesn't stay to play the fiddle while her hometown goes up in flames. Instead Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) packs up her family and heads south to Ren Mar, Cal. (near the Tijuana border), to hide out with her estranged, despised father-in-law Len (Albert Brooks in a four-episode story arc) and his comatose mother. Needless to say, the reunion doesn't go well, since Len never cared for his daughter-in-law and isn't very fond of son Andy (Justin Kirk) either. Nancy wastes no time jumping back in the drug game, but soon learns that selling pot in suburbia and joining a cartel in Mexico are two totally different things. She also falls in love with cartel leader Esteban Reyes (Demián Bichir), who just happens to be Tijuana's mayor. But their romance goes to pot when Nancy discovers even she can't stomach trafficking in guns, cocaine...and young women. Her preoccupations make her already shaky skills as a parent go farther downhill, as Silas (Hunter Parrish) becomes involved with a beautiful neighbor (Julie Bowen), and Shane (Alexander Gould) becomes quite a Lothario among the tween crowd. Meanwhile, Andy and Doug (Kevin Nealon) become partners in a human-smuggling operation. And Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), left holding the (dime) bag for Nancy and facing prison time, strikes a deal with Capt. Till (Jack Stehlin) and turns informant.

Critic Reviews for Weeds Season 4

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Parker still makes Nancy sometimes sympathetic and always fascinating, which is the genius of both her performance and the show.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Weeds's most successful season away from Agrestic... It's funny throughout, and most of the major storylines click.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is cleaved down its center, cutting awkwardly back and forth between Celia now imprisoned and Nancy fancy-free.

Jun 16, 2008 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Creator Jenji Kohan has smartly changed up the story, breathing new life into the series in the process.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

With all the key players still in place, I'm hopeful that Weeds can maintain its skewed take on the drug trade in this new, seemingly livelier setting.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As time passes, the series feels increasingly divorced not only from reality but genuine emotions, beyond simply finding wacky new situations in which to throw its players.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It can't be a good sign that you half want Nancy to time-travel back to the '70s and find herself not in California, but in New York, getting slapped with the Rockefeller drug laws.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Weeds is mostly dour and depressing at the start of its fourth season.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…

The hurried pace of the season premiere is a little disorienting, but the show finds its footing by the next episode.

Jun 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Season 4 of the beloved Showtime series almost predictably ratchets up the chance taking, but the first three episodes are just as rich and compelling and funny and conflicted as any that have come before it.

Jun 16, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Weeds: Season 4

  • Jun 19, 2019
    Nancy is hot but she wears weird clothes. She bites her lip too much showing off her horse-teeth. Her son silas is an asshole but he gets cute in s4. Shane is a weirdo. He wanks to his mommas old photos. Everyone is funny and stupid. -Roseanne
  • Jan 19, 2014
    Season 4 of Weeds reinvents the series, and makes everything a little more interesting. Mary Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins give excellent performances.
  • Jan 02, 2014
    This is the season that began the series to go downhill. It's draggy and depressing and you just can't wait for the boring crap to be over. And where the heck is Conrad??

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