Tv shows about weed
Packing a bowl, sitting back, and watching the best stoner movies on Netflix is one of the true pleasures in life, but finding something to stream can be an ordeal — especially if you’ve already smoked. We’ve all been there. Eyes glazed over and surrounded by snacks, we scroll endlessly through the offerings on Netflix. Until they get with the program and make weed movies on Netflix a real, searchable genre, we’ll have to do the hard work of parsing out the best content to enjoy through a smoky haze.
We decided to make things easier for you by rounding up a list of classic and more unorthodox movies to watch high on Netflix right now. For those looking for a longer love affair with their stoner streaming service, we didn’t stop at the best movies to watch while high on Netflix—we also found enough binge-worthy TV shows to warrant a Netflix weed series subgenre.
The list includes everything from cult stoner classics such as Planet Earth and Mac & Devin Go to High School to unintentionally weed-friendly TV series like The Great British Baking Show.
Browse the 10 best stoner movies and TV shows on Netflix below and let us know your favorite go-to weed companion in the comments.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
If you belong to the special breed of stoners who get weirdly productive while high, Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo might help channel that Sativa-induced energy. The show is based on Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and involves mass decluttering, with Kondo helping folks sift through piles of stuff they might want to keep or shed based on whether or not a thing “sparks joy.” The ideal Netflix weed show for when you’re sparking up some joy of your own.
Take a trip to Jamaica and get high with the godfather of stoners, Snoop Dogg (or as this documentary introduces him, Snoop Lion). The film directed by Vice alum Andy Capper, follows the prolific musician’s explorations of reggae and Rastafari culture and transformation into Snoop Lion. The documentary delves into Snoop’s spiritual journey as well as his discovery of anew style of music, as he records his 12th studio album, and first reggae, record Reincarnated.
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible
There’s nothing like getting the giggles while baked out of your brain and we honestly can’t imagine a better time to enjoy stand-up comedy. Kevin Hart is always a safe bet for a chuckle, but expect side-splitting, roaring laughter while you’re high. In Irresponsible Hart hilariously talks about his personal and very public ups and downs, guaranteed to have you literally laughing out loud.
If you weren’t already aware of how perfect wildlife documentaries are as a Netflix weed show go-to, shame on you. Trust us, there’s nothing more engrossing than watching nature documentaries when you’re blazed. Seeing animals do anything in slow motion as your brain slows to a crawl is one of life’s greatest pleasures and David Attenborough’s soothing voice is an added bonus. Experience the planet’s natural beauty in spectacular scope with Our Planet, from the bluest oceans, to snowy mountain peaks and scorching deserts, you might even shed a tear.
American Vandal was Netflix’s most-watched show of 2017, and if you haven’t seen it, getting high is a good way to binge the whole season. The series takes place in a high school and revolves around a crime: 27 faculty cars are vandalized with phallic images, resulting in a witch hunt for the perpetrator. The mockumentary perfectly satirizes the true crime genre, and you’ll actually find yourself caught up in the burning question: who drew the dicks?
Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman
Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman follows a Tokyo businessman (aka salaryman) who leads a double life, skiving off his day job to sample some of the city’s most indulgent desserts. But this is no regular food show, rather a mix of philosophical musings, office politics, and trippy sequences. Each episode is named after a Japanese dessert and features such glorious food photography that it’ll leave you drooling — munchies or not.
Mac & Devin Go to High School
Sometimes you just need to go with the classics and press play on one of the best stoner movies on Netflix. While Mac & Devin Go to High School is no Friday or Half Baked, it deserves a spot on your smoking watch list. The movie follows Snoop Dogg’s struggle to graduate from high school, assisted by a very fresh-faced Wiz Khalifa in his acting debut. The movie is classic stoner fare, with plenty of weed jokes and a particularly memorable dentist visit, not to mention a next-level soundtrack that gifted us the forever summer anthem “Young, Wild & Free.”
The Great British Baking Show
If you smoked a bit too much and are getting paranoid, what you need is the sheer wholesomeness and low-stakes entertainment of The Great British Baking Show. The series puts a group of amateur bakers to the test as they vie for the title of best amateur baker. As you can tell from the trailer above, there’s sharp criticism, drama, and lots and lots of delicious baked goods, so we recommend having some snacks handy.
Reality TV is binge-worthy under normal circumstances, The Circle is especially addictive — The Circle while high? Out of this world. Delve deep into your paranoia and weed-infused conspiracy theories while watching the show which is equal parts Big Brother and Catfish. The trippy and all-too-real series features contestants who live in an apartment but never see each other, live virtual lives and judge each other on social media.
While Ultimate Beastmaster is 100 percent not aimed at stoners, there’s no escaping the simple fact that it’s the best TV show to watch while high once you’ve exhausted the robust catalog of stoner movies on Netflix. Firstly, it’s created by Sylvester Stallone, which is reason enough to watch. Secondly, it follows over-enthusiastic athletes as they attempt to pass an over-the-top obstacle course called “The Beast” in the hope of being crowned “The Beastmaster.” The entire series is ridiculous, but once blazed, it levels up to a fall-on-the-floor-laughing viewing experience — trust us.
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Finding something to stream while high can be an ordeal, so we rounded up a list of films, documentaries and TV shows to blaze to. See the lineup here.
13 Best Stoner Movies & TV Shows of All Time
There are two kinds of stoners: the kind that likes to binge on TV shows and the kind that likes a movie marathon. We don’t all have the same attention span, right? Well, the canon of cannabis themed movies, along with binge-worthy TV shows is, quite frankly, enormous. We took the liberty of compiling the best ones of all time – yes! Of all time!
Wild imaginings of people gone mad; an 80-year drug war that has killed hundreds of thousands and imprisoned millions; smuggling, conspiracy, corruption, violence, and the unique relationship between dealers and their customers, these are just some of the explosive narratives that inspire the canon of cannabis themed movies. Let’s check out some of the best cannabis themed movies before moving on to TV shows.
Cannabis-themed movies for cannabis-minded watching
1. Reefer Madness (1936)
In the opening credits of Reefer Madness, the film makes its goal clear: to rid the world of “marihuana, a violent narcotic, an unspeakable scourge, the real public enemy number one,” and so began 80 years of cannabis prohibition – and the War on Drugs. Every cannabis user should watch this film, at least once, to see what birthed the madness of prohibition.
The film begins by showing a printing press and newspapers with headlines that scream “dope fight” and “drug war,”. In hindsight, it’s an early warning that the film is blatant propaganda. On top, the film claims to be based on “actual research into the result of Marihuana addiction,” which we now know is a lie. Here we are, eighty years later, still waiting on “actual research” into the results of cannabis addition.
It’s worth lighting up just to read the opening credits because they’re so fantastical. They claim the effects of cannabis include: “uncontrollable laughter … hallucinations … time slows down … monstrous extravagances … inability to direct thoughts … Shocking violence … incurable insanity.” Total balderdash, but audiences in the 1930s believed every word, as did their children, and their children’s children.
The first person to spark a joint is, of course, a musician who sucks on that smoke with wild eyes, a sharp contrast to the next scene where mother serves hot chocolate to Bill and Mary, the kind of kids that like to read Shakespeare for fun. This juxtaposition is a clumsy attempt to illustrate how far these kids are about to fall, and just to reinforce the point, Bill falls in a pond on his way out. The film’s only saving grace is that it’s so hammy it’s hilarious.
Funnily enough, the most realistic scene in the film is an exchange between some back room drug dealers. They are white men in suits who aren’t afraid to use violence to get what they want. In a later scene, an FBI agent and the school principal, Dr. Carroll, discuss how to handle the problem of marijuana.
“We educators can’t do anything until the public is sufficiently aroused,” warns Dr. Carroll, possibly one of the most telling lines in the whole script. It’s effectively stating both the purpose and the effect of the film, an effect that has shaped eighty years of misinformed global drug policy and put millions of innocent people behind bars.
It’s a mad world, baby, enjoy the ride.
2. Midnight Express (1978)
Based on a true story, Midnight Express is the film that depicts every cannabis user’s worst nightmare. In the opening scene, we watch as Billy Hayes, a young American man on holidays in Istanbul tapes 2 kilos of hash to his torso. A soundtrack of sinister music and his nervous heartbeat accompany the scene. Billy is about to get in trouble – big trouble.
Set in 1970, and released in 1978, Midnight Express is a cult classic, the story of a small-time smuggler, and how things can go terribly wrong when you take risks in foreign countries where the lawyers are as “bent as hairpins.” This is the movie that inspired the Banged Up Abroad genre, proving it did nothing to stop countless people from taking the same risks as Billy.
“What is crime? What is punishment? It seems to vary from time to time and place to place. What’s legal today is suddenly illegal tomorrow all because some society says it’s so. What’s illegal is suddenly legal because everybody’s doing it. You can’t put everybody in jail.”
These words are part of Billy’s desperate plea for freedom, words that’ll resonate with any cannabis user who’s had brushes with the legal system, or simply takes a moment to reflect on the plant’s history. Midnight Express is a film that proves sometimes the law gets it wrong, and justice means escaping it.
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3. Pineapple Express (2008)
Nobody thinks of their weed dealer as a friend, right? That’s the question posed by Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) at the start of Pineapple Express. The film is a cannabis caper that turns out to be an epic bromance replete with car chases, gun-toting dads, self-conscious drug dealers, explosions, and a superstar strain.
When the going gets tough, turns out there’s only one person Dale can rely on. Yes, his weed dealer, Saul (James Franco). Released in 2008, the film shamelessly celebrates the lazy stoner stereotype in all his befuddled glory, and is a tribute to the unique relationship between the cannabis user and their dealer. It demonstrates a dynamic that may become a thing of the past in a future world where cannabis is legalized.
Warning! A grow op gets blown up at the end of the film, which no doubt many will agree was an act of gratuitous violence. The promoters used an actual smoking billboard on Sunset Boulevard to promote the film, but it had to be removed because people kept calling the fire department.
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4. The Culture High (2014)
Featuring celebs Snoop Dogg and Joe Rogan, The Culture High is a documentary that discusses the big questions: should marijuana be legalized and what does prohibition say about our culture? It examines the arguments against cannabis legalization: that cannabis has a negative impact on mental health, and that it’s an addictive (and therefore dangerous) drug (Reefer Madness claimed the same thing – see a pattern?).
Dr Lester Grinspoon, professor Emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard, dismisses the first argument because levels of global schizophrenia have remained stable at 1% for the last sixty years though cannabis use has increased tenfold. The second issue is a little trickier. New insight from expert Dr Gabor Mate is slowly changing our understanding of addiction.
The documentary then examines the legal, medical, pharmaceutical and political factors affecting the legalization of cannabis. The info is a little out of date now, but the facts revealed are no less disturbing. For example, did you know that one American dies every 19 minutes from prescription drugs or that 270 cannabis dispensaries were raided during the first four years of Obama’s administration?
Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry earned $85 billion in revenue in 2012 or that the global market for cannabis is estimated to be worth around $400 billion? Did you know that for every $1 pharmaceutical companies spend on R&D, they spend $19 on promotion, and that the American government took out a patent on cannabis in the 1990s?
The thrust of the documentary is to demonstrate the injustice of prohibition, and it does that very effectively by illustrating how the system was set up to generate money for authorities with no regard for the people it punishes. This is a documentary every cannabis user should watch to understand what we’re fighting for, and why.
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5. Who Shot the Sheriff? (2018)
Some would argue that no other musician represents the soul of cannabis more than Bob Marley, but that’s not all the reggae king of Jamaica represented. Though Bob spent his career trying to remain neutral – to focus on the music, the thing that mattered most – the political instability of his native country dragged him into the conflict.
Who Shot the Sheriff? is a documentary about the assassination attempt on Bob, and how he was betrayed by Jamaica’s ruling political parties. After the attempt on his life, Bob left Jamaica, went on tour, and produced the album Exodus, voted one of the most important records of all time.
Eventually, he was lured home, and upon his return in 1978, staged a peace concert that sparked a short-lived truce between the politicians and warring gangs. However, his message of One Love did not unite the people of Jamaica. In the end, it was another kind of enemy that killed him: cancer.
He died in 1981, a moment this documentary flashes over, while managing to never answer the question its title poses: Who shot the sheriff? This documentary is an important piece of cannabis history but one that prompts more questions than it answers.
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No other plant has a history rich enough to inspire such a diverse bunch of movies and TV shows. Check out this list before lighting up!