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The 11 Most Iconic ‘Happy Brownie’ Scenes in Film History

December 7, 2018

December 8th is National Brownie Day, which is certainly a cause for celebration if you like chocolatey treats—and even more so if you choose to indulge in the weed-infused versions.

Those with ready access to a high-quality cannabis dispensary should have no problem finding a store-bought “pot brownie” to suit every taste and tolerance. My personal favorites include Kaneh Co.’s S’mores Brownie, Goodship’s CBD Double Fudge Brownie, and Sweet Grass Kitchen’s Truffle Brownie. Or better yet, you can make your own at home— just be sure you pay careful attention to properly dosing your cannabutter and follow all safety precautions.

A couple of years ago, Leafly put some of the most heralded weed brownie recipes of all time to the test, including entries from High Times, Martha Stewart, Julia Child, and The Cannabist. I won’t spoil the results, but will note that such culinary contests often come down to a matter of taste and ingredient preference.


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Be sure to invite over some of your best buds to share in the joy of this special holiday, down a brownie, then settle in for this carefully curated selection of classic TV episodes featuring weed brownie-fueled hilarity. Presented below in chronic-logical order.

Barney Miller, “Hash” (Season 3, Episode 11; Originally aired in 1976)

What’s funnier than one cop getting high AF off weed brownies? How about an entire precinct?

The high-jinx begin when Detective Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz brings a tray of brownies into police headquarters, unaware that his girlfriend had adulterated them with a healthy dose of hashish. Happily, what comes next is a series of lighthearted gags and silly interludes rather than a heavy-handed sermon on the evils of weed.

As one of the cops ruefully notes towards the episode’s conclusion: “First time in twenty years I felt this good and it has to be illegal!”

Laverne and Shirley, “I Do, I Do” (Season 6, Episode 13; Originally aired in 1981)

Laverne and Shirley is about two blue-collar women from Milwaukee who work together in a bottling plant. In this episode, they find themselves at a wild party in Hollywood, where they’re trying to meet the musicians in a modish British band (Eric Idle from Monty Python’s Flying Circus plays the lead singer).

Everyone’s smoking weed in “the jolly room,” and Laverne wants to join them, but Shirley warns her off. They have this incredible exchange:

Shirley: Don’t you remember that movie we saw in high school, Reefer Zombies?

Laverne: Yeah, well, those Zombies looked like they were having a pretty good time.           

L&V end up getting high after eating brownies they didn’t realize had weed in them. I won’t ruin the rest.


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$25,000 Pyramid (Originally aired 1982)

The way this game show works is that a contestant has a secret word they have to get the celebrity to say as quickly as possible. In this case, the woman on the right has to get national-treasure Betty White to say the word “brownies.”


Taxi, “The Road Not Taken (Pts. 1 and 2)” (Season 4, Episodes 23 and 24; Originally aired in 1982)

For four seasons, Taxi’s resident drug culture burnout Jim Ignatowski (played by Christopher Lloyd) provided brilliantly befuddled nuggets of wisdom to a classic show about a crew of lovable losers driving yellow cabs in New York City. In this stand-out flashback episode, we learn that before he became “Iggy,” Jim was an uptight, straight-edge Harvard undergrad on the fast track to establishment success.

Then he took a single nibble of a pot brownie (at the insistence of special guest star Tom Hanks) and the rest is TV history.

Coronation Street, “Sylvia Tries Weed Brownies” (Originally aired in 1993)

On the air in Britain since 1960, the world’s longest running television soap opera is closing in on 10,000 episodes.

In a 1993 episode arc, a senior citizen named Sylvia bought a few weed brownies to deal with her arthritis, and then started sharing them with fellow geriatrics. Over the course of time, she healed a lot of pain, made some new friends, and had a lot of a laugh.

Once caught, she proclaimed defiantly:

“I will not be vilified for attempting to relieve the suffering of my friends. I broke the law and I would do it again.”

We’ll light one up for Sylvia.


Classic TV Characters Who Could Really Use a Little Weed

Mr. Show, “Life Is Precious And God And The Bible” (Season 4, Episode 1; Originally aired in 1998)

“Mr. Show with Bob and David” never reached a large audience during its original late-night run on HBO, but the show’s legacy lives on as a cult classic that helped inspire an entire generation of alt-comedy. Hosts Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development, Alvin and the Chipmunks) both got their start with this anarchistic take on sketch comedy.

In an episode poking fun at how easy it was to get a medical cannabis card in California, the duo visit a “pot doctor,” only to discover they’ve got to “hang out” a bit before getting their medicine.

For an elderly female patient, the doctor procures cannabis to treat her glaucoma, adding, “and here’s some creeper weed fudge brownies, they’ll fuck your ass up!”

That 70s Show, “Garage Sale” (Season 2, Episode 1; Originally aired in 1999)

Shortly after learning that the plant where he works is closing, Red Forman—the family’s gruff but lovable patriarch—accidentally eats some weed brownies, along with his wife. They are in their basement, deeply baked but unaware of their condition.

Red makes a startling statement.

“I’m glad the plant closed, it will free me up to do my own thing.”

His wife (also stoned) laughs hysterically at the idea that a man defined by his anger and his scorn of nonconformity now wants to “do his own thing.”


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Frasier, “High Holidays” (Season 11, Episode 11; Originally aired in 2003)           

When Dr. Frasier Crane’s even more uptight brother Niles realizes that he’s never rebelled in his entire buttoned-up life, he lands on weed as way to rectify the situation (note: cannabis was illegal in Washington State at the time). Unfortunately, Niles’s best-laid plans to get baked go awry when the pot brownie he acquires accidentally falls into the hands—and then the stomach—of his father, ex-cop Marty Crane.

Through a series of operatic misunderstandings typical of the beloved series, Niles soon believes himself to be high when he isn’t, while Marty can’t stop dropping his house keys and laughing.

Desperate Housewives, “The Game” (Season 4, Episode 3; Originally aired in 2007)      

When the episode opens, Lynne Scavo (one of the show’s four main protagonists) is suffering through chemotherapy treatments—bed-ridden, miserable, and in severe pain. So her mother concocts a plan to buy weed from Andrew, the show’s resident bad-boy, and bake it into a batch of medicinal brownies.

Doubting that her daughter will ever knowingly try her THC-laced treats, and well aware that she’s having trouble eating anything due to severe nausea, she has one of her grandson’s hand deliver the brownies to her in the hospital, claiming that he made them himself. Naturally Lynne forces some brownie down to please her child, and before long she’s out of bed.


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Martha Stewart Living, “Holiday Brownies with Snoop” (Originally aired in 2013)           

This clip doesn’t actually show you how to make weed brownies (or even brownies for that matter), but it’s pretty silly and surreal, so I recommend saving this one for after your brownies have had a chance to kick in.

Chris Gethard Show, “Pot Brownie Roulette” (Season 3, Episode 23; Originally aired in 2018)

Immediately prior to a taping of The Chris Gethard Show, the host flew himself and three comedian friends via helicopter to Massachusetts, so they could legally eat cannabis brownies. Then, he flew them directly back to New York City to start the show. The timing worked out so that the brownies were kicking in just as they reached the studio.

The catch: Out of the four brownies consumed (Chris took part in his own experiment), only two had actual weed in them. The other two were double-blind placebos.

And so began a series of challenges and tests designed to help the audience (and the participants) guess who was really stoned and who ate a bunk brownie.

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David Bienenstock

Veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock is the author of "How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High" (2016 - Penguin/Random House), and the co-host and co-creator of the podcast "Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean." Follow him on Twitter @pot_handbook.

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