‘High Maintenance’ is a comedy-drama television and web series that follows a nameless marijuana deliveryman called ‘The Guy’ as he delivers his product to clients in New York City. The series has been created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. It premiered on Vimeo as a web series on November 11, 2012. ‘High Maintenance’ then moved to HBO on September 16, 2016, as a television series, where it currently airs.
Each episode focuses on a different client and features a new set of characters. The show is unique in every aspect and especially the storytelling of the show stands out. It has been praised by critics and has formed a large fan following.
High Maintenance Cast: Who is in it?
Across all the seasons the only cast member who has kept returning is ‘The Guy’, vis-a-vis, the weed dealer, portrayed by Ben Sinclair, who is also the co-creator of the show. All the other cast members are different for each episode. This is primarily due to the show’s format that ensures that the lives of various people are told through the one connecting link among all of them, their drug dealer. We fully expect to see Sinclair return as the weed dealer in the upcoming season as he introduces us to his other customers.
High Maintenance Plot: What is it about?
Each episode of the series, ‘High Maintenance’ is named after an unseen peripheral character that someone in the episode mentions. The characters in each episode of ‘High Maintenance’ seem relevant regardless of whether or not you engage in similar activities. This expert portrayal is what sets this show apart and has earned it high praise from critics.
While there are several shows that take a look into the lives of drug dealers, trying to decipher what got them into the business and why they do what they do, there are very few that take a look at the consumers and where they are coming from. Even if shows do deal with drug consumers, they are rarely in such a comical vein as ‘High Maintenance’. Since the story is presented from the perspective of the dealer, ‘The Guy’, each interaction is timed, that is, the dealer only interacts with the customer for the duration of time it takes to make the exchange of money for weed. The series is shot in various parts of Brooklyn and sometimes Manhattan. It manages to provide a wide spectrum of customers who come from different walks of life and gives us a small window to peek at their minds before moving on to the next customer. This is done artistically and often results in very humorous situations. Emily Nussbaum, a television critic, praised the show’s format, saying, “Freed of the constraints of thirty-minute or one-hour formulas, the episodes are luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling.”
However, it is not just the format that sets the show apart, but the very content of it. While weed is often referred to as the gateway drug by disapproving people and organizations, there is no denying the fact that it is one of the most common substances that people resort to, not to mention one of the most easily accessible drugs. Thus, people from various walks of life end up smoking some of those green buds in order to unwind or even take their minds off their daily routines. ‘High Maintenance’ shows exactly that. Every episode succinctly portrays the characters from a cross-section of society, thus helping us gain a witty and comic insight into society at large.