Waiting for election results is the worst. Just as a watched pot never boils, a watched pot ballot won't tell you the winner any faster. If you're itching to hear the result of Ohio's vote on cannabis legalization, tear yourself away from the news and revisit these classic Ohio-set sitcoms.
Standards and practices being what they are, none of these shows could explicitly reference cannabis - but we found some surprising and delightful connections to our favorite plant. Read on.
WKRP in Cincinnati
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio. Obviously.
The Gist: The madcap antics of the staff of a Top 40 station in Ohio's capital, including DJs Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap, and hapless newsman Les Nessman. Most famous for its Thanksgiving episode and the immortal line "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
The Cannabis Connection: Nothing explicit, but it's there. Consider this clip of Johnny Fever kicking back (in shades, no less) listening to Pink Floyd. We have a feeling he's pro-legalization - and then some.
Streamable: Yes, at Hulu.
Where: Columbus, Ohio.
The Gist: The quintessential family sitcom. Lefties and former hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton raise their kids in the Reagan '80s. Laughs are had and lessons learned.
The Cannabis Connection: We can only wonder what the Keaton parents got up to in their college heydays. Other than that, cannabis wasn't mentioned. Drugs did enter the Keaton universe, briefly, on a "very special episode" where eldest son and Young Republican Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) dabbled in amphetamines to help him study. Everything was resolved tidily, but Alex found himself unable to look at his framed picture of president (and drug war architect) Richard Nixon:
We wouldn't want Richard Nixon looking at us either.
Streamable: Yes, on CBS All Access.
The Drew Carey Show
Where? Cleveland, Ohio. Which rocks.
The Gist: A bespectacled everyman ambles through life, and his office job, with his wacky friends.
The Cannabis Connection: Not in the show - but Drew Carey is an outspoken libertarian who has hosted a documentary about medical marijuana. Earlier this year, the Cleveland native took to Twitter to discuss the Ohio question:
I'm not sure I like ResponsibleOhio's plan for legalizing pot in Ohio. Sounds like they're creating their own monopoly like the casinos did
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) March 3, 2015
Then there's this moment from Carey's tenure on "The Price is Right". It's not quite related, but we couldn't not share it:
Streamable: Yes, the first season is available on Amazon.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments. If you're living in the Buckeye State, don't forget to go vote.