High Maintenance

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High Maintenance
The words "High Maintenance" in plain white text on a green background
GenreComedy
Drama
Created byKatja Blichfeld
Ben Sinclair
StarringBen Sinclair
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6 (Vimeo)
3 (HBO)
No. of episodes19 (Vimeo)
25 (HBO) (list of episodes)
Production company(s)Janky Clown Productions
Release
Original networkVimeo (2012–15)
HBO (2016–present)
Original releaseNovember 9, 2012 (2012-11-09) –
present
External links
Website

High Maintenance is an American comedy-drama television and web series created by ex-husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld.[1][2] The show follows a nameless cannabis deliveryman called The Guy (played by Sinclair) as he delivers his product to clients in New York City.[3] Each episode focuses on a new set of characters as they all procure their cannabis from Sinclair's character.[4]

High Maintenance originally premiered as a web series on Vimeo on November 11, 2012 and began airing as a television series on HBO on September 16, 2016.[5] The show's second HBO season premiered on January 19, 2018.

On March 19, 2019, HBO renewed the series for a fourth season.[6]

Plot[edit]

The characters are meant to be relevant, regardless of whether or not the viewer engages in similar activities.[7] This web series is shot throughout various neighborhoods in Brooklyn and occasionally Manhattan. Each episode is between five and twelve minutes in length.[8] "Freed of the constraints of thirty-minute or one-hour formulas, the episodes are luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling," wrote television critic Emily Nussbaum in an article for The New Yorker.[9]

Episodes[edit]


Web series[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
13November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)Vimeo
24January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)
33April 20, 2013
43November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28)
53November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11)
63February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05)

Television series[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
16September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16)October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)HBO
210January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19)March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
39January 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)

Production[edit]

Sinclair said that the TV shows Six Feet Under and Party Down were inspirations for the web series.[10]

The talent pool in New York City is rich—and familiar to Blichfeld (who is an Emmy Award-winning casting director of 30 Rock).[11] Each episode cost less than $1,000 to make.[12]

In June 2014, Vimeo announced that the website would provide financial backing for upcoming episodes[9] of original programming via their Vimeo on Demand platform.[13][14]

Vimeo funded six episodes of High Maintenance before the series was picked up by HBO.[15] Three episodes were released November 11, 2014, and the remaining three on February 5, 2015.

Critical response[edit]

Critical response has been positive.[4][16][17][18][19] The actor Dan Stevens calls it "a brilliant collection of succinct character portraits from a cross-section of New York society".[20] Jenji Kohan said that High Maintenance was one of her favorite recent discoveries, calling the episodes little jewels, "beautiful glimpses into people's lives," "really well crafted," "delicious."[21]

Notable cast[edit]

  • Ben Sinclair, the co-creator of the web series appears as The Guy, the nameless marijuana delivery man
  • Dan Stevens appears as a cross-dressing screenwriter named Colin in the episode "Rachel"[22]
  • Katja Blichfeld appears as Becky, the wife of Dan Stevens' cross-dressing character in the episode "Rachel", and is the co-creator of the series.
  • Hannibal Buress appears as a comedian in the episode "Jonathan" and as himself in "Selfie".
  • Max Jenkins and Heléne Yorke appear in several episodes as a pair of loathsome "Assholes" from the fashion world
  • Christopher Caldwell (Bob the Drag Queen) appears as Darnell, a recovering addict in "Meth(od)."
  • Yael Stone appears as Beth, one of The Guy's customers and budding romantic partner, a quirky, mushroom-dealing Australian who lives in Bushwick.
  • Michael Cyril Creighton appears as Patrick, a lonely agoraphobic obsessed with Helen Hunt and secretly in love with The Guy.
  • Gaby Hoffmann appears as a yoga practitioner and attendee of the day rave in season 1 / episode 4 ("Tick").
  • Lena Dunham appears as herself filming an episode of Girls in "Selfie".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (June 20, 2013). "The Real-Life High Times of 'High Maintenance'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Davis, Allison P. (November 12, 2014). "The Marriage Behind High Maintenance". New York. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Roth, Andrew (January 7, 2014). "Interview: Behind 'High Maintenance' with Creators Ben and Katja". Frank151. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Staskiewicz, Keith (April 10, 2013). "High Maintenance: A-". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Six-episode season. Begins Sept. 16 on HBO". Facebook. July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (March 19, 2019). "'High Maintenance' Renewed For Season 4 By HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Kelly-Clyne, Luke (January 30, 2013). "This Week In Web Videos: 'High Maintenance'". Splitsider. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Galloway, Jordan (April 18, 2013). "A Web Series About Weed That Will Have You Rolling". Brooklyn Based. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Nussbaum, Emily (June 9, 2014). "Taster's Choice: "High Maintenance" and "My Mad Fat Diary."". The New Yorker. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  10. ^ legrandfromage (May 13, 2014). "Knotoryus Interview". Knotoryus. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Thompson, Elizabeth; Spaner, Whitney (February 4, 2014). "High Maintenance: The Pot Dealer Re-Thought". Paper Magazine. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Christian, Aymar Jean (December 19, 2013). "Critic's Picks: 2013's Best Comedy Web Series, and 18 More You Need to Watch Now". Indiewire. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (May 29, 2014). "Vimeo Finances Web Series 'High Maintenance'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 29, 2014). "Vimeo Invests in First Original Series, Comedy 'High Maintenance'". Variety. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Salovaara, Sarah (May 29, 2014). "Vimeo Launches Original Programming with High Maintenance Web Series". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  16. ^ Battan, Carrie (May 1, 2014). "In Search of the Next 'Broad City': Five Comedy Web Series That Could Make It to TV". Grantland. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  17. ^ Peele, Anna (March 31, 2014). "What to Watch Until 'Louie' Comes Back". Esquire. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  18. ^ Syme, Rachel (September 9, 2013). "Why Web TV Series Are Worth Watching". The New Yorker. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  19. ^ Corley, Matt (May 14, 2014). "The dopey brilliance of High Maintenance isn't just for stoners". The A.V. Club. The Onion, Inc. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  20. ^ Stevens, Dan (April 30, 2013). "Dan Stevens on the comforts of comedy in our darkest hours". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  21. ^ Wilson, Stacey; Rose, Lacey (June 4, 2014). "Comedy Showrunners Roundtable: Chuck Lorre, Jenji Kohan, Mike Judge on Ejaculation Shots, Awful Pitch Meetings and Salary Negotiations". The Hollywood Reporter. at 54:00 mark. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  22. ^ Hauser, Micah (May 19, 2014). "Smoking with Strangers: The comic intimacy of 'High Maintenance'". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved June 9, 2014.

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