A version of this Wikipedia page served as the introduction for the season 5 episode titled "Where the Sidewalk Ends".Nancy Botwin is a single mother who lives in Agrestic—a fictional suburb of Los Angeles with her two children, Silas and Shane, aged 15 and 10, when the series begins.
Showrunner and head writer Jenji Kohan, whose credits include Tracey Takes On..., Mad About You, and Sex and the City, is the executive producer of the series, alongside Roberto Benabib, of Little City fame. ", Kohan responded by explaining how she and Benabib "tag team".
The writer Matthew Salsberg and director Craig Zisk joined as executive producers in later seasons.
They live in Manhattan for the duration of the season, but relocate to Connecticut in the season seven finale and throughout season eight.
The show debuted on the Showtime cable network on August 7, 2005, earning the channel's highest ratings.
Exterior scenes for the first two seasons were shot almost exclusively in Stevenson Ranch, a suburban area of Santa Clarita Valley, California.
The large fountain and Agrestic sign in the opening credits of the first three seasons was shot at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Holmes Place.The pilot opens a few weeks after the untimely death of Nancy's husband Judah, who died of a heart attack while jogging with their younger son.Nancy starts to sell marijuana to maintain her upper middle-class lifestyle originally provided by her late husband's salary.The principal character is Nancy Price Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a housewife from southern California who becomes a pot dealer after her husband Judah (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) dies.Although her drug-dealing career achieves mixed success, she eventually rises to the highest levels of an international drug-smuggling cartel. First, she has an under-the-radar wedding with Peter Scottson (Martin Donovan), a DEA agent, who was later killed.In season five, she marries Esteban Reyes (Demián Bichir), the fictional mayor of Tijuana and leader of a cartel, who is murdered by the seventh season.