Popular HBO pot series ‘High Maintenance’ is renewed for a third season
Some frequenters are actors like comedian Hannibal Buress, Girls creator Lena Dunham (as herself) and a suspicious amount of the Downton Abbey cast, who must not get as much weed over at PBS.
Things weren’t meant to be for Chuck Lorre’s Netflix weed sitcom Disjointed. But fans of HBO’s pot offering have a reason to light up. High Maintenance, Ben Sinclair’s comedy series about a weed courier, has been picked up by the network for a third season.
While the HBO series began in 2016, it was adapted from Sinclair’s web series of the same name that had been running off and on since 2012. In it, Ben Sinclair stars as ‘The Guy,’ the nameless drug delivery fella who hustles all over New York City selling marijuana and meeting people from all walks of life. The show serves as a tribute to the city and all those who smoke cannabis within it, from Uber drivers to Hasidic Jews looking to break away from their faith.
Critics have loved High Maintenance, especially for its rotating cast of guests stars. Some frequenters are actors like comedian Hannibal Buress, Girls creator Lena Dunham (as herself) and a suspicious amount of the Downton Abbey cast, who must not get as much weed over at PBS.
While there wasn’t any doubt over the quality or popularity of High Maintenance, Sinclair separated from his wife and the series’ co-creator Katja Blichfeld during the production of the second season. Blichfeld still writes the show, she simply came out as a lesbian. Funnily enough, Sinclair’s character in High Maintenance has a wife who leaves him for a woman, meaning it had subconsciously made its way into television before happening in reality.
“I can’t say consciously that I knew any of that,” Sinclair told Vulture, “But what I like about that episode, in general, is that it takes a person—the Guy—who you think is very happy and calm and collected, and it reveals about him that he’s just like everyone else: He gets frustrated, he gets scared, he gets angry. That felt like a twist. And in a way, that felt cathartic.”