High Maintenance: Season 2 (2018)

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High Maintenance's silly premise turns surprisingly insightful in its second season, offering a hopeful, generous view tinged with bittersweet melancholy that consistently avoids stumbling into sentimentality.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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User Ratings: 62

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Air date: Jan 19, 2018

In the Season 2 premiere, The Guy has a busier-than-usual day as New Yorkers react to some world-changing news. Meanwhile, the morning after a hookup, carefree hotel guests spend an indulgent day unaware of what's going on outside their door; and with the world around him in disarray, a client's roommate struggles to maintain his commitment to losing weight.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2018

A couple visit their daughter in Bushwick and embrace the urban surroundings while dealing with a less-than-ideal rental that comes with an unwelcome roommate. Elsewhere, The Guy delivers to a politically minded meeting, where things get dramatic fast.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2018

An industrious real-estate agent in Brooklyn endeavors to hustle her way to a new home; a couple faces culture shock when they move into their new apartment; The Guy considers his living situation.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2018

An ex-Hasidic man explores the world outside his sect as he connects with a writer who may have ulterior motives. Meanwhile, a nightclub performer's night out takes an unexpected turn; and The Guy bonds with a driver when he needs a lift.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2018

The Guy tries to de-stress when he ends up in an uncomfortable situation; a freelance brand strategist struggling with her latest assignment embarks on a desperate search for a weed fix.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2018

Abdullah, a potential partner, takes over The Guy's weed route while he attempts to take time off.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2018

An artistic teen has her birthday spotlight stolen by her bohemian mother, her sexual, uninhibited friends and a delivery from The Guy, and only her mother's European friend gives her the attention she craves.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2018

A high-strung mother finds herself more involved in her college-age daughter's life than her own, so her husband turns to The Guy to get a prescription for her stress, not to mention their underwhelming sex life. Meanwhile, after a routine delivery, The Guy's good deed helping out an elderly man turns into more than he bargained for.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

Deciding to embrace a life without the distractions of the Internet, a computer programmer tries out a tech-free night per The Guy's advice. Meanwhile, after a controversial tweet draws attention, a comedian becomes inundated by Internet trolls; and attempting to match a world record, a fearless dancer struggles as the hours drag on and her dance partners fall by the wayside.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2018

In the Season 2 finale, on the day of an eclipse, two couples head to the park and make new friends in the process; and The Guy says some good-byes and attempts to make a few life changes.

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Tv Season Info

A comedy of human interaction, the new season of HIGH MAINTENANCE delves deeper into the contemporary anxieties New Yorkers are experiencing, from political tension to soaring real estate prices, while emphasizing the importance of savoring the highs of life in this increasingly volatile world. Pulling back the curtain on The Guy's personal life, the second season reveals a few more people and details of what happens when he's not on the clock.

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Critic Reviews for High Maintenance Season 2

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

High Maintenance has its eyes wide open about the world, but it chooses to see the magic that exists in the mundane whenever possible. And there's still a lot more humanity left to explore.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The show's always scanning across the segments of urban life, conveying that each person you see on the street is living through their own little TV dramedy.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

For a show about stoners, High Maintenance is clear-eyed. It coolly dissects Guy's hip, artsy Brooklyn clientele, lighting them beautifully while exposing all their pretensions, foibles, and charms on such a crushing day.

Jan 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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It celebrates the inadvertent intersections of people in a polyglot city, the beauty of random individuals sparking against one another. But it also illuminates the risks inherent in that freedom.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet, the beauty of High Maintenance is its depiction of a humane urban environment, one that can appeal to the better angels of their collective nature.

Jan 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

High Maintenance allowed itself to explore a more universal truth about living through interesting times, a mantle taken up by more series since.

Jul 17, 2019 | Full Review…

This deeper dive into humanity makes season two of High Maintenance a must-see. We were hooked by the weed, but are sticking around for the show's offbeat characters that are delicate in their strength.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not what you would call appointment viewing, but - like The Guy's visits - a perfect chance to relax and let your mind drift.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

This season has been as good as the show ever was pre-HBO, possibly even better - in fact, definitely better in some parts, even if we're only judging production value.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

No show has ever loved humanity more, despite showing it at its least lovable. And the vehicle for the radical amnesty the show offers in a world dripping with judgment is The Guy, whose benign, vaguely magical presence soothes in every scene.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Those who have the discovered the charming anthology about little New York stories stitched together by the pot delivery guy - a show that first originated online - know that the sweet show can create some of the most memorable episodes on TV.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

High Maintenance stays true to the intimate and often unflattering moments of people's lives that neither they nor television like to acknowledge.

Jan 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High Maintenance: Season 2

  • Jul 21, 2020
    Charming, sweet, funny
  • Mar 14, 2019
    half of the episodes are very satisfying, the other half are like entourage but for lesbians
  • Mar 24, 2018
    Heavily conflicted between a 4* and 4.5* this time around. A strong showing this season.
  • Mar 24, 2018
    High Maintenance's transition from a web-series to a legit TV show certainly went seamlessly, but this follow-up season is much more paramount, and officially puts it as TV's best anthology series. Filmed in the months after the last Presidential election, this year tried to encapsulate the melancholy that swamped New York in light of the results, and it does this in a way that's bittersweet and universal. Starting with a brilliant premiere that captures a stigma without name-dropping, High Maintenance continued to excel over the course of these 10 episodes. The scripts were astoundingly insightful, capturing areas of New York you might not have even known existed, while also being a joy to watch, thanks to its playful tone, and oft-kilter brand of humor. The show just feels palpable, weird, and funny all at once, and props to the casting department for mostly sticking with (very talented) no-names, as it gives this show such a human face to it. There are good shows, and there are great shows, but only a handful are best described in the same way as High Maintenance: Perfection.
  • Mar 24, 2018
    What a great break from the bs of life -- lots of love and acceptance, lots of reality, i love this show so much....
  • Mar 15, 2018
    High Maintenance is uniquely touching, comical, and insightful. This show is a slice of life that is rare to see nowadays. Thank you Ben Sinclair for such a joy of a show.
  • Feb 25, 2018
    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).
  • Feb 15, 2018
    This show is almost perfect. The one complaint I have is that a season of a show, with episodes of this run length, should be at least 14 episodes per season.
  • Feb 10, 2018
    Compelling and funny, it's amazing how good the writing is when the basis for the storyline is a guy who delivers weed in Brooklyn. Every episode is a journey into an individual life or lives that almost feel voyeuristic. These are complex people with real world problems and challenges. The viewer is never really sure where the story will lead. Sometimes it is funny, often times it is poignant. I dare anyone to watch the 4th Episode of season 2 titled Derech and tell me you've seen anything like this on TV. Beyond the masterful writing the production design is amazing. High Maintenance is a love letter to New York and it's inhabitants. The interior shots are often staggeringly beautiful in the colors and lighting used to frame the scene. Every shot seems to be carefully crafted with care and an artists eye.

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