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    High Maintenance

    This show started as a web series. HBO then bought the rights and put all of the Web shows on-demand. The new season, the first that was made for HBO started last Sunday. A friend tipped me off to this a year+ back and I thought it was kind of funny but got distracted with other things. I binge-watched all of the on-demand episodes over the past few days (not hard to do since some are only 8 minutes long). Anyway, the show is about a weed dealer simply named The Guy. He delivers via his bicycle. The stories are usually really good, and although he is the star, his screen time is a lot less than most show stars.

    Check this out if you get a chance. The two that stand out is one called Ruth (I wish I could remember the show that set up Ruth and her friend) and Matilda (which is about a visit from The Guy's niece). Both of these are kind of sweet, but also funny and still have some weed smokin'.

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    High Maintenance

    Episode 2 of the new season aired on HBO this past weekend. This is a really good show. There's an interesting piece in The New Yorker about the link between the show's approach and old New Yorker pieces about ordinary and oddball New Yorkers from back in the day: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-surprising-compassion-of-high-maintenance

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      #3
      High Maintenance

      I saw the one with the hippy dad in the basement, and setting fire to the kettle. That was great.

      However, that was a free HBO weekend, and I will have to catch up on the down low.

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        Gerontophile wrote: I saw the one with the hippy dad in the basement, and setting fire to the kettle. That was great.

        However, that was a free HBO weekend, and I will have to catch up on the down low.
        It's supposedly only a 6 episode series, which is too damn short. Number 5 was the least interesting so far, but still good. I'm sure you can find them through the usual means. FYI, if you get a free weekend for a movie channel, test to see if you can download a bunch of stuff to your DVR. I don't know if it will work, but if so, you'd have some viewing for awhile.

        Anyway, the one you watched was really good. I liked the part with the Chinese dad a little better, but both were cool.

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          #5
          High Maintenance

          Don't have a DVR. However, in previous incarnations, when you download stuff, it disappears when the channels do.

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            #6
            I have to bring this thread back. Season 2 is going again in the US. Episode 4 aired on Friday night. I thought season 1 was very good. The husband and wife duo that wrote the show, directed, and in the case of The Guy starred in it. This season they added a writing team. This is one of the best shows I have seen. The stories are funny, smart, dramatic. They are excellent slices of life that provide a great look into everyday life in the city (in this case, Brooklyn). Don't sleep on this one if you have access to HBO. And if you don't have access to HBO, I recommend that you visit your friendly neighborhood Swedish pirate ship for some help.

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              #7
              The third season just finished. I know I am mostly posting to myself, but at some point someone besides Gero and I will watch this one. The second season is the best (and probably the place to start) but this third season was still better than 95% of the current options. It's very NY-centric so maybe I relate to that having lived there and done some work there, but the show is really like a collection of two short stories every episode. If you can find Season 2 Ep 1 start there and then after finishing that season go back to 1. Luckily it was renewed but looking back at my posts suggests that we'd be two years away from Season 4.

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