A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Short episodes often have a redemptive arc: an uptight businesswoman abruptly quits the stressful job that's ruining her life. The negative consequences of drugs (paranoia, confusion, laziness) are shown at times, but users will come away with an overall positive impression of the delivery service around which the drama centers.
Positive Role Models
Though the Guy is a drug dealer, he's generally respectful to his clients and tries to help them with his wares.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes and references to sex: hard-core porn is briefly (blurrily) visible and audible on a TV screen of a client; a woman talks about walking in on her boyfriend providing oral sex to another man. A man and woman appear in bed together, naked under a sheet after a one-night stand.
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Cursing, generally as an expression of regret ("S--t, I'm so sorry," "I'm so f--king sorry") or distress ("She's a crazy bitch").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The whole series centers on a marijuana-delivery person -- a glorified drug dealer. Extensive discussion of marijuana's strains and qualities: "Is this a head high or a body high?" Shots of marijuana in baggies, being smoked, being packed into pipes, exhaled. Mention of other drugs: A celeb is said to have had "cocaine blown up her ass with a straw." Some discussion of the downsides of smoking marijuana, as when a woman relates a tale of paranoia. After a big night, rows of beer bottles and wineglasses are shown on a dresser.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High Maintenance centers on a marijuana-delivery service and its many clients. There's extensive discussion of marijuana's strains and qualities, shots of marijuana in baggies, being smoked, being packed into pipes, and rolled into joints. Mention of other drugs includes a celeb said to have had "cocaine blown up her ass with a straw." Expect some discussion of the downsides of smoking marijuana, as when a woman relates a tale of paranoia. After a big night, rows of beer bottles and wineglasses are shown on a dresser. But overall, viewers will come away with a positive impression of the delivery service, its clients, and what it delivers and won't hear much about the downsides of pot. Cursing includes "s--t," "f--k," "ass," "bitch." Jokes and references to sex include hard-core porn briefly (blurrily) visible and audible on a TV screen and a woman talking about walking in on her boyfriend providing oral sex. A man and woman appear in bed together, naked under a sheet after a one-night stand.
Is It Any Good?
This series is good fun and an interesting look at a milieu most viewers may never glimpse, but the setting and drug use make this one not for kids. Sinclair is a bit of a blank slate as a protagonist -- most of the action in each episode revolves around the clients and their personal dramas. But he seems nice enough -- hardly the degenerate drug dealer viewers usually see on-screen and thus a good foil to lead us into short anthology-like vignettes.
The Guy's clients are variously annoying and sympathetic -- who wouldn't be surprised to hear that the brand-new girlfriend who's been spending so much time at your house actually has nowhere better to go? And given that each episode of High Maintenance is only a few minutes long, you don't have time to get bored with each new character's shenanigans before you're moving on to the next one.
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