This Is Your Mom on Drugs

A new series about a drug-dealing suburban homemaker kicks against conservative pricks and Christian bitches

PTA pot pusher: Mary-Louise Parker
photo: Peter Iovino/Showtime
PTA pot pusher: Mary-Louise Parker

I'd watch Mary-Louise Parker in almost anything, though I know that her performances (most recently, the disintegrating Mormon housewife in Angels in America and Josh's feminist foil on The West Wing) tend to wring extreme love-hate reactions from audiences. Parker has a crumbly quality that suggests she's mustering all of her energy to maintain her deadpan composure—something that works perfectly for the character of Nancy. She joins Lorelai Gilmore, the wisecracking mom of the Gilmore Girls, as one of the most flawed, fascinating women on TV, a giant fuck-you to the retro conservatism of Wisteria Lane.

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