When you were a kid, you probably didn’t realize how many of the cartoons and other TV shows you watched were made by (and for) stoners. If you think about the premise, design, and characters in various series, there are only a few ways people could have come up with them in the first place: lots of creativity, and likely, lots of weed. So while you may have missed the 420-friendly humor when you were little, here are a couple shows to rewatch now when you’re old enough, and high enough, to appreciate them for the cannabis-inspired classics that they are.
There’s no way Shaggy wasn’t a pothead. He was always giddy, always hungry, and always freaked out by “ghosts” at 2 am. Meanwhile, his name was Shaggy, after all, and he cruised around in a colorful van called the Mystery Machine.
We don’t know for sure, but Stu Pickles probably smoked a lot of weed in his basement. Back in the 90s when the lazy stoner stereotype was still a thing (today, we’ve moved past that), dazed and faded characters like Stu represented what many thought pot culture was about. While Stu spent a lot of time thinking up ideas for inventions, he never actually got around to making any of them.
Ren & Stimpy
Stimpy was always hungry, always chill, and always too zoned out to realize when his roommate Ren was annoyed with him. And while you didn’t notice as a kid, this time around look out for all the crass jokes sprinkled throughout the show.
Beavis & Butt-head
We need not even speculate whether Beavis and Butthead were stoned out of their minds half the time, trolling around their Highland, Texas, hometown, creating havoc, and joking around with each other. Perhaps they’re not so different than lots of now productive, functional, current cannabis enthusiasts were back in their youth.
While not actually a cartoon (except for a short-lived animated version), the muppets and talking animals on this show are still enough to crack you up when you’re high. Fraggle Rock was featured as HBO’s first original series.
What’s more fun than getting high and envisioning the future, what with flying cars, holograms, and aliens? Nothing. The only thing higher than the Jetsons’ orbit in space might be you when you smoke a jay and watch this timeless stoner classic.
Speaking of timeless, the flip side to watching the Jetsons is watching the Flintstones. Set in the Stone Age, the Flintstones’ setting isn’t the only thing that’s stoned. Make some popcorn, roll a joint, and watch Fred Flintstone roll around in a footmobile.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Only watch this when you’re high if you’re prepared for some very disturbing imagery. Courage, a purple dog who lives in a farmhouse in the middle of Nowhere, is always observing paranormal activity. While (pot-induced) paranoia may play a small role in this show, Courage always ends up saving the day.
Spongebob is literally a talking sponge, who lives in a pineapple (how many weed strains incorporate the word “pineapple”?), works at a fast food joint, and is constantly zoning out. Watching Spongebob and Patrick go through their underwater world is like watching yourself and your best friend try to navigate basic life tasks after eating very, very strong pot brownies.
Sugar, spice, and everything nice — including weed? Nothing says girl power like watching these three colorful, energetic, bad ass ladies fight the bad guys… especially when you’re high.