Run The Series: Hey, man, you wanna watch the Cheech & Chong movies, man?
With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.
“You wanna get high, man?”
“Does Howdy Doody got wooden balls, man?”
With marijuana currently nearing legalization on a federal level, it’s been a while since the drug was scandalous enough to make the comedic stylings of Tommy Chong and Richard “Cheech” Marin seem subversive. But back when their stand-up tours were the scourge of moral watchdog groups and local police departments, the common knock against the pair was that they were only funny if you were stoned too. The squares that the duo goofed on across their eight films—institution figures ranging from cops to narcos to nuns to bosses—looked down on Cheech and Chong as hippie jesters for idiots, palatable solely to those wastrels who had sufficiently lowered their consciousness enough to chuckle at the …