Netflix’s ‘Disjointed’ burns out too soon

Cody Deitz, Features Editor

     Netflix is known for its array of original programming and the growing collection of high-profile celebrities. One sitcom, “Disjointed,” is based on a life-long marijuana advocate opening up a cannabis dispensary. The show was created and produced my Chuck Lorre, responsible for shows such as “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Mike & Molly.”

     The showrunner, Kathy Bates, plays Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a lifelong advocate for pot legalization who’s finally living her dream as the owner of Ruth’s Alternative Care. She and her team of “budtenders” provide different versions of weed such as the plant, vaporizers and edibles.

     “Disjointed” investigated many different topics that are hardly available in sitcoms, such as interracial relationships, mental health and discussions on alternative care outside of medicine. The show’s security guard is a military veteran suffering from PTSD, and turns to marijuana to recover. A regular customer finds solace in her husband’s affair and separating from him with weed to calm her anxiety.

     Bates’ character is the funny, nonconformist mom you always wanted. The role is different than more prominent roles Bates played in the past, such as in “Misery,” “American Horror Story” and “Titanic.” This comedy-centered Bates is one that catches you off guard, especially due to the number of vulgarities that come out of her mouth, which will keep you laughing through all twenty episodes.

     There are also creative little experiments with the opening titles, which are altered in certain episodes, and some amusing fake commercials for pot-related products. In each episode, there is also a riddle written on the company’s board with the answer being said sometime during the episode.

     Part one of the show aired back in August of 2017. The final ten episodes were released this past January. Last week, the high life show came crashing down when Netflix decided not to renew the series for a second season.

     The series carries a twenty-three percent rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 80 percent user score.The cancellation comes as a shock due to the lack of housecleaning Netflix has done in the past. Only recently has Netflix begun canceling comedy shows like “Gypsy,” “Girlboss” and “Haterz Back Off!” due to the reconstruction of its scripted series.

     The show, though panned by critics, is very interesting to watch. Its directing has the feel-good, nostalgic sensation through its multi-camera setup and laugh track. Just add in marijuana, and Disjointed is go for good times.

     In response to the show’s cancellation, the official Twitter account for the show posted a .gif depicting a burning joint, with slides of marijuana appearing saying “Here’s to finishing one great joint, we’ll always be your buds.”

     In an effort to restore the sitcom, #BringBackDisjointed began on Twitter, along with the website, which provides blog posts, renewal updates for the show and live tweets from the “Disjointed” official Twitter account.

     All episodes of “Disjointed” are still available on Netflix for streaming.


Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates plays pot shop owner Ruth Feldman in “Disjointed.”