9 Incredible 'Weeds' Celebrity Cameos, From Snoop Dogg To 'Parenthood's Mae Whitman
Ten years ago the incredible Showtime series Weeds began its first season. It may have dropped in quality in the last few years of the broadcast, but man, was it pretty fantastic overall. For those of you who have never seen the show, or perhaps people who unfortunately didn't have access to cable channels when the show was on the air, Weeds follows Nancy Botwin, a woman with two kids whose husband dies and is left to provide for her family. And how exactly does she support her kids? Through selling weed of course!
The series featured some incredible cast members including Mary Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, Elizabeth Perkins as Celia, Nancy's neighbor and friend (at first), as well as Hunter Parrish, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon and more. But what's really impressive about Weeds is not just the plot or the acting, but the amount of guest stars the show was able to book. In fact, some of the best celebrity cameo appearances on Weeds were made by people who are ridiculously popular and well-known today.
Weeds Creator Jenji Kohan knows how to pick the right people for her projects, just take a look at the amazing cast of Orange Is The New Black (series regulars, recurring characters and special guest stars). So in honor of the Weeds 10th anniversary, let's look back at the many quick guest appearances by some beloved celebrities.
1. Ike Barinholtz
The Mindy Project's Morgan makes a quick appearance as Daryl the coroner in the Season 6 episode "Fran Tarkenton."
2. Jane Lynch
Because most shows really aren't complete until Jane Lynch makes an appearance, the actress showed up on the Weeds Season 1 episode "Fashion of the Christ" as The Candyman, a woman who sells pot-filled baked goods and is overly passionate about exercise, especially after eating said baked goods.
3. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Zack Morris shows up in the Season 6 episode "Gentle Puppies" as Jack, a bartender who has an... interesting reaction to Nancy's relentless smoking at his bar.
4. Mae Whitman
Before she was making us cry with her tears as Amber on Parenthood, Mae Whitman was Ann on Arrested Development, everyone knows that. But what you may not know is that the actress also appeared on Weeds in between Parenthood seasons as Tula, Tim's girlfriend, in the Season 8 episode "See Blue And Smell Cheese And Die."
5. Bob Odenkirk
From Weeds to Breaking Bad, Odenkirk's got quite the drug TV show resume. The Better Call Saul star pops up in the Season 4 episode "Head Cheese" as Barry, a friend of Celia's who is quite the druggy himself.
6. Carrie Fisher
The Star Wars legend plays Celia's Attorney in the Season 3 episode "The Brick Dance."
7. Natasha Lyonne
Jenji Kohan saved her future Orange is the New Black star for the series finale of Weeds where she played a character named Tiffani that canoodles with Nancy's son Shane.
8. Allison Janney
The star of Mom and The West Wing makes an uncredited appearance on Weeds as an attorney named Ms. Greenstein in the Season 1 episode "Lude Awakening" who talks to Nancy and Andy about criminal punishment regarding weed. As per usual, she steals every second she's onscreen.
9. Snoop Dogg
Because it would make absolutely no sense for Snoop Dogg not to be on Weeds, the rapper made a cameo appearance as himself on the show in Season 2 and calls Nancy a MILF.