High Maintenance

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When life hits hard, we got a guy. The critically acclaimed HBO comedy series returns for a new season featuring more stories of modern city life, all connected by endearing, bike-riding pot dealer, The Guy.
Starring
Ben SinclairMarcus Raye PerezRoma Maffia
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Cycles
    April 2, 2020
    31min
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    Season 4 Premiere. The Guy finds a lost dog; Yara considers her parents’ relationship; a singing telegram has a chaotic workday.
  2. 2. Trick
    April 2, 2020
    31min
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    The Guy delivers to a man looking for more than just sex; an intimacy coordinator explores a different kind of relationship.
  3. 3. Voir Dire
    April 2, 2020
    30min
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    The Guy and his jury duty group celebrate at a karaoke bar; Freddie runs into someone from her past while exploring a new side hustle.
  4. 4. Backflash
    April 2, 2020
    25min
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    Sisters deal with an untimely death; a bickering couple renegotiates their relationship; and a new mother hosts her visiting cousin.
  5. 5. Screen
    April 2, 2020
    26min
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    The Guy attends a curious dinner party hosted by an old friend; a teenage sneakerhead spends the day with his cousin.
  6. 6. Adelante
    April 2, 2020
    31min
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    A dental hygienist is asked out by a patient while The Guy delivers to her daughter; two former friends share an awkward ride.
  7. 7. Hand
    April 2, 2020
    29min
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    An ASL interpreter takes on too much; Victor and Ellen’s relationship is put at risk by a secret.
  8. 8. Solo
    April 2, 2020
    32min
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    A sneeze triggers Rocky’s paranoia; A.J. shares an unexpected night with an ex-friend’s assistant.
  9. 9. Soup
    April 2, 2020
    34min
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    Season Four Finale. Snowed-in flight attendants spend Christmas Eve together; The Guy is delayed on his way home for the holidays.

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  1. Bonus: High Maintenance: Season 4 Trailer
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    January 17, 2020
    2min
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    HD. A quick preview of what's to come in Season 4 of the hit HBO comedy series 'High Maintenance.'
  2. Bonus: High Maintenance: Go-Pro Set Tour
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    April 7, 2020
    4min
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    HD. Take a Go-Pro tour of the Season 4 set of 'High Maintenance.'

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Producers
Willy FriedmanGwen BialicEmi Irikawa
Season year
2020
Network
HBO
Content advisory
Drug usesexual contentnudity
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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LoboReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Season 4, A New High
Superlative writing this season. The acting, as always, is stellar. I feel as though I get a taste of the city when I watch it. I love how the storylines seem to meander, but then have a sweet/sad resonance when the episode ends. I just finished an an episode that focused on the travels of a cigarette lighter, and the way it concluded was nothing less than perfection. Hats off to all involved in this show.
5 people found this helpful
cloezoeReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
the guy is back with a dog
love, love, love this show...been waiting too long
4 people found this helpful
JuniperReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Guy =/= The Dude
I have *loved* this show for years, from its inception as a brilliant, lowly web series to an HBO sleeper. This season is a total yawner. I guess all good things must come to an end.

A bit more effort could have gone into making the Guy’s Halloween costume as the Dude more inspired and instantly recognizable to the viewer, for example, rather than lazily having another character blurt it out in admiration. Show, not tell.

For a series erstwhile known for its jewel-like details, it’s been steadily losing steam throughout this last season, and it’s now barely watchable. What a shame.

Three stars for AJ-Chucky's ketamine-induced trippy visuals, a nice tribute to the dream sequence in The Big Lebowski.
judeReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Real Bargain for What He Provides!
I discovered this show at Season 4 and after a few episodes I couldn't get enough of it. I watched all four seasons and watched the prequel web series that started it all. It's a unique tapestry of situations, neighborhoods and characters woven together by "The Guy", a local pot dealer based in Brooklyn. Providing unbelievably fast and efficient service by way of bicycle, we get a glimpse inside his life and the lives of his patrons who come with a plethora of issues, personalities, quirks, and baggage. It's heartening to see the dealer viewed as an important service provider, while serving up some empathy, encouragement, and not just a little pop psychology along his travels. A real bargain for what he's charging. Wish he could cross the bridge to Hackensack but alas it's fictional!
RobertReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do yourself a favor and watch
Truly the most human and humane show ever. It reveals the small joys and tragedies of New Yorkers (and consequently everyone else). You get a ringside seat for the daily drama that plays out in our cramped apartments and on the strange, busy streets of our City.
2 people found this helpful
David U.Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing compared to previous seasons
I love High Maintenance, particularly seasons 2 and 3, when I felt the show had really found and fine-tuned it’s voice and style, while still not shying away from trying new and unexpected ideas. I could rave about everything I loved about this show for pages, but I’m writing this in the slim hope that someone involved with the show will somehow see a loving fan’s critique of the stark and drastic failings of season 4, in the even slimmer hopes that they might consider taking strides to return to the wonderful work they were doing before.
Season 4 felt strikingly weak and disappointing to me personally for several reasons I am willing and able to expand on. 1. The writing felt lazier. 2. The celebrity cameos felt distracting and masturbatory. 3. The main plot thread as I understood and appreciated it up until now was barely there, like, below the bare minimum.
1. Where I could previously say that the show was honing its style and perfecting a formula that remained fresh and compelling throughout seasons 1-3, season 4 felt a bit like a lazy, hack-neyed, almost cynical copy-paste of the superficial trappings of the previous seasons, but without any of the heart and soul that made each previous season remain compelling and interesting even as I grew used to the overall style. Few of the new individual stories had the same polished combination of the ordinary and extraordinary that made each glimpse into the diverse lives of human beings feel both relatable and remarkable in the past. It often felt like the writers were just ticking off boxes to combine a formulated chart-graph of diversity, life-events, drama and comedy, without the depth or nuance of previous seasons. On a more simple but undeniable/objective level of critique - there were some plain and obvious instances when the writers were lazily stalling and stretching out scenes and sequences to fill out episodes with fluff, for lack of real writing or art. Examples that come to mind include montages of characters repeating daily routines far longer than necessary for the audience to get the point, digest it, and search for any deeper points, in vain, just waiting for it to end. The singing telegram gig-worker’s comical song-and-dance to illustrate the joy and relief of finally finding a bathroom after holding it in for hours was funny, at first, then felt drawn out and stretched beyond good taste to simply capitalize on the climax of the episode the writers didn’t have anything more to follow up with, or put before it. And when a sex-addict took too many drugs and proceeded to have a goofy, psychedellic music-video trip; this went on WAY too long, like above and beyond the other examples above, this scene was pathetic. It dragged out extraordinarily while the joke and any plot element it held fell flat, it wasn’t funny, relatable, or otherwise interesting, at all, dead on arrival. Truly a legible waste of airtime. And is it just me or did some new hire for the writing staff convince the directors that silly out-of-body music-video comedy routines were the way to go this season, and all the touching, impressively-realistic slice-of-life respectability they’ve earned over the last three years be damned?
2. There were at least two big celebrity cameos that completely stole the show in their respective episodes, and not in a good way. I loved and admired High Maintenance for its seemingly-down-to-earth and relatable depictions of all the highs and lows of real life for ordinary people of all stripes - sparing us the tired and self-indulgent glamor or “behind the scenes” glimpses of the famous. Our culture is saturated, flooded, smothered, and beaten to death with the circle-jerk celebration of celebs. This show felt like a smart, deliberate and brillaintly-executed escape from all that; virtually devoid of any recognizable or house-hold-name stars. The fact that these celebrities are shown playing themselves and are not the main characters of their episodes does nothing to dampeb my utter frustration and disgust with this seeming abandonment of one of the founding tenets of this show’s whole vibe. In short, these cameos completely took me out of the stories, and I lost a tremendous amount of respect for this show due to this star-f*cking masturbation of theirs.
3. Finally, Where was The Guy this whole season??? I know that previous seasons had plenty of episodes where The Guy barely made cameos (but that was virtually always compensated for by stellar stories that left me more than satisfied), but this season it felt like he was Barely there at all, and more to the point, his personal story arc took nary a half step forward. The Guy’s navigation through life is the main plot thread that lends the show a subtle, but necessary sense that even as we enjoy our wide-wanderings, this journey is actually going somewhere. In previous seasons (particularly 2 and 3) it felt like the writers were carefully and thoughtfully building up toward something, slowly at first, but with bigger and lengthier spurts forward and upward in terms of our glimpses into The Guy’s life. Season 4? I think I can summarize everything (in)significant The Guy got: he joined a community garden. He got a dog. He had a long (pretty meh episode by the way) bad night embarrassing himself with some of the people from the community garden. And we met one of his neices, and he decided to give her his dog (wtf, what kind of cold-blooded self-centered “i have to have my freedom, life is just a journey, attachments and relationships come and go” disorder do you have to have to just give away your dog?) and he says he’s going to go on vacation to New Zealand - if the next season forsakes NYC for NZ to follow The Guy, it will be like trading one blasphemy against the show’s very soul for another).
My sharp and harsh critiques did not all explode into existence the moment I watched episode 1. I started this season thrilled for more of one of my favorite current series. My disappointment grew in small drops and festering afterthoughts, second looks and deeper analysis. It gives me no pleasure to tear into this show, but I do it out of love and the incredibly unlikely chance that someone with the power to influence the trajectory of future seasons will read this and take my cry for justice to heart. All that being said; it wasn’t ALL bad. There were a few hits among the many misses, and I will still tune in to Season 5 in hopes of more of the things I love about High Maintenance, and either less of these poor choices I described above, or, at the very least, some sort of change to improve whatever it is the writers think they are trying to do.
Thank you for reading.
JessicaReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do yourself a favor and watch this whole show
Absolutely love this show. The writing, characters and all thoughts provoked in this show are unlike any other watch. Can’t get enough of High Maintenance. I love that some characters you think you’ll never see again re appear. Keep up the excellent work Ben&Katja!
2 people found this helpful
camilleReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A return to form!
This season is really strong, and reminds me more of the original webisodes and seasons one and two. Season 3 wasn't bad (better than 99.99% but the bar is so low!). This season is amazing. At it's peak, this show has a casual innocence, where you are treated to a voyueristic serendipity. Love this series, so glad to have this for these crazy times. Warms the heart and stretches your perspective. <3
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