For awhile now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld’s amazing web series, High Maintenance, would be making the jump to TV. We couldn’t have picked a better show to make it to air–the married couple’s collaboration on a show about a weed dealer (played by Sinclair) isn’t your traditional pothead comedy, but aimed at a sharper, more melancholic GIRLS set. (High Anxiety would also be a good name for this show, but that was already a Mel Brooks movie, right?)
Between Emily Nussbaum’s rave review of the web show in this week’s New Yorker and the news that High Maintenance would now be funded by Vimeo as the service’s first foray into digital content means that there is no better time to turn down the lights, toke up, and catch all the episodes.
Stevie: We’re introduced to the guy, who delivers his wares on bicycle. He meets a personal assistant of some sort, in town from Los Angeles. Her boss wants weed. She needs a Klonopin. “Funny story,” says the guy. “Stevie Knicks described Klonopin withdrawal like getting pushed into hell.”
Heidi:Greta Lee (Soojin from GIRLS) is a manic pixie dream girl a little too good to be true.
Jamie: Hippies try to find a humane way to get rid of a mouse.
Olivia: My personal favorite, because everyone knows these two terrible hipsters.
Helen: A discussion of Helen Hunt’s early work, in a sad situation.
Trixie: AirB&B is stressful.
Dinah: A love triangle with unexpected consequences.
Jonathan: Hannibal Buress is a stand-up comic facing reality.
Elijah: A sedar, an asexual, and dueling handjobs.
Brad Pitts: This is the really sad one about a bird-watcher.
Qasim: Life-hacking as religion.
Matilda: The guy’s niece comes to visit.
Rachel: There are lot of poignant moments in this tender story of a young father grappling with his masculinity, but the best line is the opener: “Holy shit, K-Pax just killed Corey Stoll and made it look like a suicide!”