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10 Great TV Shows To Watch When You’re Stoned

Whether you like a bong and a box set or a spliff and a sitcom, getting high and watching TV is a great way to chill. It doesn’t matter if you like a good laugh when you’re stoned or something a bit more mind-bending. Here are 10 great TV shows to watch when you’re high.


South Park

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, South Park has officially stood the test of time. Competitors like Family Guy have been around just as long and push the envelope just as far. But South Park weaves current controversies into episodes as few others can.

High-brow comedy is great, but sometimes you want to vegetate on the couch and laugh at silly stuff. If you’re looking for something non-PC, South Park is just the ticket, as it points its acerbic finger at many of today’s societal flaws.

Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and co as they deal with the rigours of being 10 years old in a backward town of crazy people, trying to make sense of a world that, while ridiculously cartoonish, isn’t that far removed from real life. South Park has sort of become The Babylon Bee of animated TV shows, as parody and reality seem to blur more every week.


It would’ve been easy to put Matt Groening’s more successful vehicle on this list, but we’ve bumped The Simpsons in favour of its later counterpart. With its sci-fi and physics jokes, Futurama offers something for the true nerds – but if the Harvard-level gags are beyond your understanding, the show is still hilarious thanks to the characters, unique premise and killer writing.

Whether it’s the bumbling but well-meaning Fry, senile Professor Farnsworth or the unscrupulous and blackhearted robot Bender, Futurama skilfully blends a cast of unlikely incompetents as they romp through the galaxy in what was effectively the first animated workplace sitcom. The employees of the woefully inept Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company, struggle to fit in with the laws and codes of future society..

A more intelligent animated show, yes, but every bit as funny, sharp, and relevant as any of its acclaimed peers.

Trailer Park Boys

A show that needs no introduction to hardcore stoners, Trailer Park Boys started in 2001 and has gone from strength to strength since – albeit with a couple of speedbumps.

The show is a mockumentary-style outing following the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents in Nova Scotia, Canada, as they try to make money via a series of half-baked ideas and petty crimes. The chief antagonist is trailer park supervisor and ex-cop Jim Lahey, who usually pops up to derail the schemes of the leading trio.

Trailer Park Boys quickly garnered a cult following in the early Noughties. It has steadily built its fanbase to include vast numbers of stoners, partly due to main character Ricky’s weed-growing escapades. The show is loosely scripted and features copious amounts of ad-libs from the talented cast, so much so that the central trio have stated that many of the most beloved moments in the show were unscripted.

Cooked With Cannabis

We had to include a food show in our list of 10 great shows to watch when you’re high. Airing on Netflix, Cooked With Cannabis is a cookery show with a unique twist. No prizes for guessing what that twist is! Taking traditional recipes and infusing them with weed? Why yes, it’s a show you’d watch, participate in, and re-enact at home!

It’s a simple premise – three chefs take turns cooking up a storm with THC and CBD on hand to spice up their dishes. Whoever the studio judges deem the gourmet of ganja walks away with a tasty $10,000 at the end of the series.

The show is hosted by RnB sensation Kelis and the cannabis connoisseur and chef Leather Storrs, filmed in California, where weed is legal. Chefs lovingly prepare a three-course cannabis-infused meal to be enjoyed by a panel of celebrity judges, and the best one progresses to the next heat to compete for big money.


Mary-Louise Parker plays recently-widowed suburban mother Nancy Botwin, who turns weed dealer to keep her family afloat after her husband dies. More Breaking Bud than Breaking Bad.

The show comes from the mind of Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange Is The New Black, and centres around the main character’s struggle to set up a weed enterprise to maintain the upper-middle class lifestyle her recently-deceased husband’s income had once provided. There are some genuine laughs along the way as Botwin builds her client base, gets drawn into the criminal underworld, and creates her own strain of weed (the superbly-titled MILF strain).

The dark comedy/drama series has won several awards, including two Emmys and a Golden Globe. If you like to get high and watch a show about the high life, Weeds has you covered. There’s accuracy and exaggeration in the details, along with plenty of drama and laughs.


Take the can’t-miss writing of sitcom legend Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) and add the sublime acting talents of Kathy Bates. Sprinkle with cannabis, and you’ve got yourself a TV show. Disjointed sees Bates as a pro-weed activist who gets the chance to run her own cannabis dispensary in LA.

Stoners will love the accuracy of the writing, and all the jokes make sense whether you’re high or not. Even better, the show itself is fiercely pro-weed and features some great storylines advocating for the medicinal use of cannabis. There’s something here for all cannasseurs; the script contains great tidbits of cannabis history, activism, and cannabis culture. Bates shines, as always, and it’s just a shame Netflix cancelled this after only 2 seasons. A comedy about a weed dispensary? Definitely one of the 10 great TV shows to watch when you’re high!


Black Mirror

Creepy, thought-provoking TV at its finest, Black Mirror is a British-made anthology series where each episode is a standalone story, rather than the standard format of a series with story arcs that play out across the season. Episodes are typically set in the not-too-distant future and have a dystopian feel.

Much of Black Mirror’s magic comes from the premise of technology going awry, and there’s an uneasy sense of realism and likelihood to most of the scenarios that unfold on screen. The show often provides a chilling feeling of “this could easily happen” as the writers explore how technology could alter the human body or, in some instances, human consciousness.

The show gets major kudos points for some of the celebrity cast who’ve shown up in episodes over the years – look out for Miley Cyrus, John Hamm and Rupert Everett, to name just a few, with Salma Hayek recently signing up for a role in Season 6. A word of warning – Black Mirror is a mind-bender if you’re sober, so if you’re prone to paranoia or anxiety when smoking weed, proceed with caution or stick to the comedies.

Planet Earth

Sometimes it’s great just to let couch-lock do its thing. In that instance, you want something relaxing, with low stimulation but enough entertainment to keep you engaged without frying your brain. This is where Planet Earth comes into its own.

A nature show, beautifully filmed in some of the most stunning and picturesque locations on Earth, with narration by Sir David Attenborough (or Sigourney Weaver in the U.S. version)? Relaxation doesn’t get much purer than this. Planet Earth is the perfect show after a heavy indica – melt into that couch and let the narrator’s dulcet tones soothe you into a state of bliss as the show makes you wonder all about life on the planet. Either that or simply kick back and enjoy the visuals.

Ancient Aliens

Dozens of conspiracy-style shows would easily walk onto this list. It’s a simple fact that stoners are an open-minded, right-brain-leaning bunch with a degree of mistrust in official narratives. But more entertaining among these shows is the long-running Ancient Aliens, hosted by the one-man meme that is Giorgio Tsoukalos. Type ‘Ancient Aliens meme’ into Google Image and see how often his face appears in the results. Go on. Do it.

Whether you believe in Aliens or not is irrelevant. It’ll bake your already-baked noodle. You’ll get a guaranteed kick out of the way Tsoukalos somehow manages to link almost everything to extra-terrestrial visitors since the dawn of time. Jesus? That was aliens. The moon? That’s an alien satellite spying on us. And the dinosaurs were not killed by a meteor. That, too, was the work of aliens.

It’s all presented in a slick documentary-style format and has interviews with eye-witnesses and experts. Whether you’re a firm believer or a cynic, you can’t deny Ancient Aliens is entertaining. Throw in a joint, and you’ve got chaos.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

This might be the best TV show for stoners without actually being for stoners. Blaze up your favourite indica and prepare to have your mind blown as astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson takes you on a voyage through space, questioning existentialism and all that goes along with it. Want to know how to calculate the speed of light? Want to understand molecules better? Tyson breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand, even if you’ve baked yourself beyond redemption.

The show is a modern-day follow-up to Carl Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. In the new version, Tyson replaces Sagan as the narrator. At the same time, a host of A-list celebrities provide the voices of many of the characters in the show, including Seth MacFarlane, Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, and Patrick Stewart. Bonus points if you make a game of “spot the celeb” while watching.

Cosmos is a trippy, mind-bending look at the intricacies of space, time, and human nature. It’s visually stunning but an aural masterpiece to boot, as the narrator’s voice soothingly explains the wonders of the universe, accompanied by a spellbinding soundtrack by Alan Silvestri. Perfect end-of-the-night viewing for stoners.

What are some of your favourite go-to shows when you’re high? Let us know in the comments!

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