High Maintenance: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
High Maintenance

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Dreamlike, poignant, and often funny, High Maintenance successfully transitions from the web to the small screen thanks to sharp writing and an excellent cast.



Critic Ratings: 42


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User Ratings: 244

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Air date: Sep 16, 2016
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The first season of the comedy series "High Maintenance" is a continuation of the Web series with the same name, though no previous knowledge is needed to enjoy these episodes. The show follows the adventurous life of a nameless marijuana delivery man played by Ben Sinclair, who's simply referred to as the Guy. In each episode, the Guy delivers his product to a different group of characters, sometimes with unpredictable consequences, allowing the audience to take a peek into different people's lives for a brief moment. In the six-episode season, the Guy meets a jacked-up gym enthusiast, a pre-med student with a religious family, an aspiring writer who convinces the Guy to sit down with her for an interview, some regular customers, and many more.

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Critic Reviews for High Maintenance Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18)

The HBO series takes everything that worked on the web and escalates it (thanks to a bigger budget) without losing anything in the process.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

High Maintenance is still best approached - and savored - as a series of moments. The actors, each one of them excellent and each bringing their game, capture private lives in those moments.

Sep 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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High Maintenance is about a weed-delivery guy, but it's really about so much more than a weed-delivery guy. It's about how we interact with each other and how we live our lives.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

High Maintenance exceeds expectations, not only delivering the same loose energy of the earlier seasons, but deepening the DNA of the show with the complicated tools at its disposal.

Sep 16, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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High Maintenance pulls audiences in by depicting the grinding routine of life, then delighting in the little moments that can still surprise. It's a comedy of human interaction, with a slightly voyeuristic thrill.

Sep 16, 2016 | Full Review…

A step in the right direction away from Cheech & Chong tropes.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

High Maintenance is slightly deeper than the high concept suggests, telling the story of NYC's varied inhabitants through the eyes of their shared Crypt Keeper of weed.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The weed is there, but it serves more as a tool through which to explore human relationships than to define any one of its themes or characters.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Just the right amount of character-sketch porn

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

That's one of the pleasures of HM: For those who watched the online version, carrots and inside jokes are everywhere.

Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…

There are more genuine moments from the characters here than one might find on most dramas, and that makes this one a must-see.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Blichfeld and Sinclair have a winning series, one that continually evolves with endless story possibilities.

Sep 16, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High Maintenance: Season 1

  • Jul 21, 2020
    Goofy and charming. Wonderful cast of characters.
  • Jun 26, 2020
    This is the most refreshing show I've seen in years. Nothing feels as honest and relatable as High Maintenance. I couldn't commend Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair more for the fantastic series they've created.
  • Jan 24, 2018
    Ben Sinclair's web series turned out to be ideal fodder for an HBO show, and High Maintenance's simple-enough concept was certainly able to leap bounds with a heightened budget. Even though the series deals with the day-to-day life of a pot dealer, perhaps a better title for the show may have been New Yorker, as Sinclair's unnamed protagonist is often relegated to being a supporting (or even minor) character. High Maintenance is in essence an anthology series, not unlike Joe Swanberg's Easy, as each episode tells at least one self-contained story on a character, all while showing certain facets of contemporary New York life that hadn't really been explored on television before (even by Girls or Broad City). It owes a lot to its indie values too, as the show has often beautiful filmmaking and editing to it, and the scripts are always intelligent, and open-ended in a way that's tickling rather than frustrating. A fully realized debut season for a series that may from one angle be HBO's most modest series, but also perhaps its best crafted from another.
  • Mar 12, 2017
    A series of short stories on the lives of everyday people living in New York. All the stories have one character in common - a pot dealer known simply as "the guy". Wonderfully quirky and engaging series of vignettes. A great mix of drama and comedy. The short stories, of which there are one or two each episode, suck you in with likable characters in interesting situations. From there it is a leisurely ride to a great punch-line. Writer-director-creators (and husband and wife) Katja Blichfield and Ben Sinclair do a great job at keeping the stories simple, yet profound, and the characters relatable. Sinclair also stars as The Guy, and does so very well, coming across as an entrepreneurial version of The Dude in The Big Lebowski. My favourite episode: S1 E3, where the dog falls in love with his walker. You actually feel you are seeing the world from the dog's eyes, and it's a wonderful experience. (Incidentally, the walker is played by Yael Stone, of Orange Is The New Black fame).
  • Dec 19, 2016
    Episoadele 2 si 3 rup baraca TV
  • Nov 09, 2016
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  • Sep 25, 2016
    As one reviewer stated, I have not seen the web series and found the first episode intolerable and couldn't even finish watching it. It is the worst half hour I have ever seen on HBO. Again, it may be because I have absolutely no feeling for the characters...except maybe the pot dealer. The other ones got on my nerves like a nail on a chalkboard.
  • Sep 24, 2016
    I believe it is important to be completely stoned, wasted to enjoy this. It is simply stupid if you are sober.
  • Sep 22, 2016
    It's worth watching if you maintain an HBO subscription and can stand watching 'progressive' characters defile progressive values.

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