My almost-favorite TV show (running a neck behind Mad Men). You just have to love a story set in a gated McMansion community whose theme song is the folkie classic “Little Boxes.” Remember?

There’s a red one, and a green one, and a blue one and a yellow one, and they’re all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same.

Each episode opens with a different version of this song. The original was by Malvina Reynolds, though Pete Seeger‘s recording is probably more familiar. Covers by the Decemberists and Phosphorescent are also worth a listen.

I won’t get into the plot except to note that the title means two different things. One has to do with the untidy but fascinating life forms that spring up even in seemingly sterile environments. The other refers to what is estimated to be either the #1 (according to DrugScience.org) or #2 (according to Down East magazine) cash crop in Maine.

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