High Maintenance is HBO’s Next Smoking Dragon


Tonight, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. EST., HBO will unveil the anticipated TV debut of “High Maintenance.”  This web series turned HBO series — an impressive feat — developed a strong following with its daring, intricate writing and directing style.

The show follows the life of a Brooklyn pot dealer simply known as “The Guy,” as he delivers to customers as diverse as New York’s most populous borough.

The Guy and his marijuana are used as devices to string together an extremely detailed, interwoven portrait of the many people around the world who enjoy marijuana, despite their wide differences in culture, religion, sexual orientation, career, or financial stature.

It is evident from the start that one of the goals of the series was to bring pot out of the days of “Cheech and Chong” and into a serious discussion about how this plant helps our daily lives and connects human beings.

The first two episodes of the new season deal with subjects as broad and diverse as gay hookups, religion, teen drug use, polygamy, and addiction.  The creators insert undertones of dark comedy but the story still portrays a very real depiction of everyday people who are easily recognizable as our relatives, friends, and neighbors.

The audience is dropped into the world of these troubled characters and shown every nuance of their familiar experiences.  We follow them as they interact with different people in their lives and watch as their personalities change based on whom they communicate with.  Sometimes, they even socialize with cast members from other episodes, which can provide the opportunity to see another side of those previously enjoyed storylines.

Among the series many noteworthy qualities, the actors in each role should be recognized for their talent. It’s a difficult task to be the vehicle for brilliant character writing, and each actor was clearly chosen after much deliberation.

HBO is a perfect fit for High Maintenance; the show does not pull any punches, nor should it.  Characters talk and swear as much as one would expect to hear on a daily basis in New York and the situations we are all watching include gratuitous sex, a swingers party and a whole host of other adult-oriented scenarios.

The creators of the series,  Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, are legitimate marijuana enthusiasts. While the show is not about the politics of the plant, Blichfeld and Sinclair told Marijuana.com that they hope people will stop going to jail for cannabis as soon as possible.

All in all, HBO has another winner here.  “High Maintenance” makes its debut on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. EST.  Marijuana.com highly recommends a strong Sativa like a Super Silver Haze to not miss out on the rewarding plotlines, but really, any quality bud will suffice.

The previous 19 webisodes will also be available on various HBO services, so get your binge tv station prepped for the long haul.

(Photo Courtesy of Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

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Jon Hiltz was a journalist for Marijuana.com for two years and is now director of content for INDIVA, a licensed cannabis producer in Ontario Canada.


  1. “…the situations we are all watching include gratuitous sex, a swingers party and a whole host of other adult-oriented scenarios.”

    Smut…and marijuana…go together like horse and carriage? Why would anybody want their brand of anything associated with the likes of the classless characters in this “High Maintenance” loser production. Seems like a worthless waste of time and effort to me.

  2. Sorry this series lost me with the extended butt jamming scene. Not a prude but I don’t want to see this nonsense. It’s not art just porn…

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