High Maintenance - Very good web-series. Discuss.

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Co-created by the casting director of 30 Rock. Hannibal Burress appears. Have not seen anything nail Williamsburg circa now quite so well.

http://www.helpingyoumaintain.com/episodes

viacom dios, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 20:34 (seven years ago) link

this is fantastic indeed and like you say its spot-on in its depiction of williamsburg and it does it evokes a contemporary time and place much better than portlandia.

Old Boy In Network (Michael B), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 21:00 (seven years ago) link

some of these are really good! but i'm just so sick of brooklyn porn, there are enough attempts at "nailing" it that i don't really care which ones have the most success

I like this web series but haven't dipped back in since the first time I found it.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 21:45 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

i love this series so much

the newest one is really crazy and awesome, kind of a bummer that dealer guy is barely in it but its also kind of cool to see how it can work without him:

http://vimeo.com/79948720

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Friday, 6 December 2013 15:28 (six years ago) link

yeah another great episode. hopefully more to follow soon.

subaltern 8 (Michael B), Friday, 6 December 2013 19:59 (six years ago) link

Damn this show is good. Once again they nailed the BK life-hacker Crossfit dude. I know cause I was that guy. I read Timothy Ferris and did squats in restaurant bathrooms, listened to Bashar and preached the laws of existence, experimented with polyphasic sleep, ate once daily giant grass-fed steaks. That was a couple years ago and thankfully I'm way more relaxed about all that stuff now.

but, hurt. (Self-Taught Dougie), Friday, 6 December 2013 20:59 (six years ago) link

you couldnt get past the crystal insertion either huh

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Friday, 6 December 2013 21:02 (six years ago) link

I drew the line with crystals. I did though creep out a girl (in bed even) when I told her I wanted to swim with dolphins. She was convinced that dolphins are all crazy rapists and could ejaculate 50 feet.

but, hurt. (Self-Taught Dougie), Friday, 6 December 2013 21:05 (six years ago) link

woah i just googled "bashar"

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Friday, 6 December 2013 21:07 (six years ago) link

i knew it was over when we were at teagan's sacred geometry workshop in sedona

tpp, Saturday, 7 December 2013 15:08 (six years ago) link

I drew the line with crystals. I did though creep out a girl (in bed even) when I told her I wanted to swim with dolphins. She was convinced that dolphins are all crazy rapists and could ejaculate 50 feet.

― but, hurt. (Self-Taught Dougie), Friday, December 6, 2013 4:05 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

Maybe she's the one behind the DOLPHINS RAPE PEOPLE stickers plastered all over MHT

乒乓, Saturday, 7 December 2013 15:33 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

"Helen" was some shit, man. Like "Louie" level of bleakness

, Saturday, 4 January 2014 19:03 (six years ago) link

haha yes it was. I just watched the first six or seven of these yesterday. good show

dmr, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 16:16 (six years ago) link

Many lols at the punchline to "Elijah"

, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 16:19 (six years ago) link

I watched the whole thing the other day. Didn't take long! Hopefully there will be more.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 16:24 (six years ago) link

should we do a "actually good web series 2014" thread?

― |$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, January 8, 2014 9:13 AM (1 hour ago)

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 16:28 (six years ago) link

"be the change you want to see in the world"

- john fogerty

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 16:33 (six years ago) link

"sorry man, here, have an edible. it's on me. better hide it though, homegirl will snatch a pastry."

dmr, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 20:15 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8d3LOpOQX0

, Thursday, 9 January 2014 00:26 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

new one is up

http://vimeo.com/85795925

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 18:43 (six years ago) link

I watched first 6+ of these and I just can't even though someone I know is in some of them.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:32 (six years ago) link

At first I was excited that people are into that thing she does! Cool for her! Then I was like, these people are why I pass on invitations to go out to half the things and I haven't laughed in 3 episodes and now I'm starting to get mad at everyone.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:33 (six years ago) link

theyre not all supposed to be funny though...?

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:38 (six years ago) link

i mean i guess they are, but they each have a very different tone, which is a strength imo

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:39 (six years ago) link

i liked the three i saw
what's not to like?

we slowly invented brains (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:43 (six years ago) link

Well, for me, the answer is "All of the people" but I'm a little unsophisticated like that.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:45 (six years ago) link

i still dgi but ok!

we slowly invented brains (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:47 (six years ago) link

They're all terrible? Like normal-terrible, for the most part, I guess--too real, maybe? If I wanted to be reminded that people that dumb and terrible exist I wouldn't have made so many life choices that avoid them. I get that the "types" are being sketched in gentle or not so gentle mockery or even recognition, but the characters make me angry and I want to yell at them and then leave the party and go home.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:56 (six years ago) link

a sign of great art imo

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:58 (six years ago) link

how i feel about lena dunham always xp

Mordy , Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:59 (six years ago) link

xp Probably! I hope it's a success, the writers and actors seem great.

xp to Mordy: Yeah I don't watch that show either.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:00 (six years ago) link

i thought the one about the craigslist homeless girl was pretty funny and the one with the neurotic assistant who winds up in the bathroom talking to the dealer guy, can't remember the other one i watched.
i dunno, these are not people i encounter ever irl and i didn't really feel hostility toward them as characters, but i was only with them for like 10 min or something!

i just thought it was weird you hated them so much because i never watch internet comedy videos but i found these pleasing for a passing larf.

we slowly invented brains (La Lechera), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:01 (six years ago) link

lol oh these are basically real people, you can overhear them having these exact conversations in most coffee shops, bars, subways, street corners, public spaces...

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:05 (six years ago) link

io the one i just posted has intersectional feminism content

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:17 (six years ago) link

oh all right I'll listen to it while I make lunch.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:24 (six years ago) link

good idea too look @ it too

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:44 (six years ago) link

LL the craigslist homeless one is based on a real person official noise board thread for korean abdul-jabbar, the vice magazine mormon grifter

, Thursday, 6 February 2014 02:56 (six years ago) link

lol oh these are basically real people, you can overhear them having these exact conversations in most coffee shops, bars, subways, street corners, public spaces...

'most' is maybe not the right word here, but, yeah

i love this as like, social anthropology, but i can see just being wearied by it

Lamp, Thursday, 6 February 2014 03:00 (six years ago) link

See, now "Matilda" was genuinely warm and loving, and I enjoyed it a lot! Molly critiquing Iron John was the extra sprinkles on top.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Thursday, 6 February 2014 04:11 (six years ago) link

Anyone know the music track at the start of cycle three, one about the comedian going on tour?

cardamon, Thursday, 6 February 2014 04:22 (six years ago) link

gil scot heron - new york is killing me

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Thursday, 6 February 2014 04:28 (six years ago) link

o hfound it, gil scott heron xp

cardamon, Thursday, 6 February 2014 04:29 (six years ago) link

Just watched all of this in one go. Amazing.

cardamon, Thursday, 6 February 2014 05:26 (six years ago) link

So many shows try to do this but end up being maudlin or nasty

cardamon, Thursday, 6 February 2014 05:26 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

new ep on wednesday!

teaser: http://vimeo.com/89470509

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Monday, 24 March 2014 16:31 (six years ago) link

http://25.media.tumblr.com/a89b8b559bacd2bcfbc7ee5fac07937b/tumblr_mgbjnpJEld1qiqwbao4_1280.png

ben sinclair is a sleepy, sexy satyr. i love him.

ogmor, Monday, 24 March 2014 16:42 (six years ago) link

so good:

http://vimeo.com/channels/highmaintenance/90011431

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:54 (six years ago) link

I think I finally 'get' New York now

, Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:47 (six years ago) link

wkiw his character, he always seems so chill
really loving this thing, can't remember who brought it up in another thread but thx

Jibe, Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:33 (six years ago) link

absolutely, mh.

wtf was with his ex stealing his pens and being a general fiend? made me wonder if pot co-dependency was a crutch in their relationship

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 3 March 2018 17:02 (two years ago) link

sometimes this show gives me #fomo

marcos, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:41 (two years ago) link

Last episode was golden. Definite tear recipe

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 13 March 2018 03:22 (two years ago) link

when the last EP started it felt like a black mirror redux

tinnitus the night (Ross), Saturday, 17 March 2018 16:11 (two years ago) link

this season was really good, i think it maybe fell off slightly after some of the peaks mid-season but all in all i thought it was way better than the vimeo subscriptions series and the first hbo season

marcos, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:36 (two years ago) link

captured that open-ended relaxed festiveness of eclipse day 2017 really well

marcos, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:36 (two years ago) link

did I miss where beth had ghosted on him? things were all askew for me since I watched season 1, then almost all of season 2, then the web series, then the last two episodes of season 2, so i got some things totally out of order.

akm, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:43 (two years ago) link

Is Beth the dudes ex? They split in season 1 finale iirc

tinnitus the night (Ross), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:35 (two years ago) link

yeah I guess I just forgot...the last one I clearly remember is when she walked the dog

akm, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:03 (two years ago) link

I was not down with the internet addiction guy's apartment burning down as the punchline, wtf.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:03 (two years ago) link

Also was expecting the Guy to freak out about being on camera when meeting the crazy dance marathon lady.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:03 (two years ago) link

as someone who recently planned a lakeside marriage proposal that didn’t quite go exactly as i’d expected and yet still had a happy ending, i very much appreciated the finale

gr8080, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:53 (two years ago) link

one of the things that's nice about this show is that ultimately, pretty much everyone on the show is good. or trying to do good. at least...nothing has a dark underbelly. i appreciate that, it's refreshing in prestige TV.

akm, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:46 (two years ago) link

^ absolutely. Everyone is keeping on

tinnitus the night (Ross), Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:05 (two years ago) link

I always liked works of fiction where there's no real bad guy and everyone's just doing their best but bad shit still happens because of misunderstandings etc. because I thought it was more "realistic"--it wasn't until relatively recently that I discovered that real, cartoonishly villainous bad guys are actually everywhere in real life

Dan I., Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:05 (two years ago) link

(sorry, kind of apropos of nothing, need to catch up on this show, haven't tuned in since the web series)

Dan I., Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:07 (two years ago) link

Last episode was great

I find this show very touching, I think in part due to its contast to so prestige TV

Like, I wish all these characters the best and I hope it all works out for them

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 1 April 2018 13:49 (two years ago) link

This season was full of touching moments you don't get with other TV shows. The scene with The Guy and the elderly man suffering from dementia who couldn't find his key was heartbreaking.

well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 1 April 2018 14:44 (two years ago) link

The scene where the doctor saves the dude choking on the tuna brought me to tears. Show is refreshingly non jaded and often life affirming

Eris (Ross), Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:05 (two years ago) link

even when someone's a jerk, the plot never really dwells on it. some people are jerks, who cares!

mh, Sunday, 1 April 2018 16:55 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

this show is underrated

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 January 2019 19:44 (one year ago) link

i thought this most recent season was great and echo the last few posts itt

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 21 January 2019 19:50 (one year ago) link

great first episode; big fan of Erin Markey and glad to see her get to do an understated turn in the b plot

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 21 January 2019 21:05 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

luis "bronx obama" ortiz

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:20 (one year ago) link

Jen Harris! Catherine Cohen! They're spotlighting a whole buncha downtown weirdo artists that I love!
Show has been very good so far.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:28 (one year ago) link

i've only watched a few episodes this season, mostly good! the film set one (which i didn't finish yet) seems a little insular and annoying, too many "busy people talking busily while walking" scenes but maybe it gets better by the end

marcos, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:02 (one year ago) link

I'm finding that i prefer episodes that are quite the guy heavy.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:53 (one year ago) link

Enjoying this season but I'm not sure how I feel about the Guy being a well-rounded human being with emotional needs, etc. In fact, I would say I'm against it.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:33 (one year ago) link

"breathwork" is a terrible episode

marcos, Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link

yeah i thought it sucked.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:40 (one year ago) link

eh, i've spent time both on location shoots and at Grand Prospect Hall where that filmed so I was amused by the verisimilitude. plus i always have time for Amy Ryan (and Jo Firestone!)
but yes, it was by far the weakest of the pack thus far. Still better than most!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

past couple weeks have been next level great IMO.

akm, Saturday, 16 March 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

also, here's the instagram page of the woman who played nanny (she's a choreographer): https://www.instagram.com/r_plant/ which has dozens of other similar dance pieces she's been filming in areas around NY for quite a while.

akm, Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:14 (one year ago) link

past couple weeks have been next level great IMO.

― akm, Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:52 AM (thirty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

agree totally

marcos, Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:31 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

i've been "getting into" this show for a while and idk what to say other than it's wonderful. i'm excited to get thru s3 so i can start the web series again.

goole, Sunday, 5 May 2019 04:55 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

Good essay on High Maintenance, Master of None, and Russian Doll and their relationship to New York: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/magazine/new-york-tv.html

Basically about how these shows self-consciously celebrate the city's diversity in a way that often feels like creative-class fantasy.

jaymc, Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:35 (seven months ago) link

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2019 season is nominated in the 2019 ILX TV poll:

ILX's Best Television of 2019 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends January 31

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (4 minimum, 25 maximum, organized by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail by end of day today. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 14:28 (seven months ago) link

New episode was great!

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 01:11 (seven months ago) link

Oh this started up again? Excellent

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 01:19 (seven months ago) link

I think they have the best casting of any show on TV. So many fun characters!

DJI, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 01:29 (seven months ago) link

Larry Owens was outrageously good.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 04:17 (seven months ago) link

wow the NPR writers' room was nightmarish, what a horrible job!

had no idea that was Ira Glass until the bit at the end lol

Οὖτις, Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:26 (seven months ago) link

Ira seems like he might be very into playing the cool mentor figure, with his long hair and young staff. Also it's always weird to hear his voice (and Zoe Chace's) coming out of a human face.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:55 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

The Guy's name is Rufus!

jaymc, Saturday, 4 April 2020 21:54 (five months ago) link

this season has been pretty good

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 4 April 2020 21:55 (five months ago) link

pretty sure his name is Uncle Rufus

wmlynch, Saturday, 4 April 2020 22:27 (five months ago) link

i liked this episode but it seemed a little anticlimactic for end of the season. also, forgive me, but I didn't get the crash pad; was it an air bnb that is used mainly by people who work for airlines? why were destiny and her sister there?

akm, Sunday, 5 April 2020 16:23 (five months ago) link

It's Cosmo Rufus

(I haven't actually been able to watch this season past the first few, our HBO Go plug was disconnected)

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 5 April 2020 18:29 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

i think seasons 2 + 3 are the best ... not sure how to rank the vimeo series with those but it's up there as well, with the asterisk that its a different show in some ways

1 I think is the worst, and 4 a slight step down from 2+3

this show kind of half gives me fomo and half makes me miss my friends & our irl adventures

and I REALLY want to see a COVID season

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 20 September 2020 06:17 (one week ago) link


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