High Maintenance

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Funny but mature show centers on drug-delivery service.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Though the Guy is a drug dealer, he's generally respectful to his clients and tries to help them with his wares. 

Violence
Sex

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. 

Language

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"). 

Consumerism
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. 

What 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. 

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What's the story?

Web-turned-television series HIGH MAINTENANCE was created by husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, starring Sinclair as the Guy, a nameless marijuana-delivery man who bicycles around New York City delivering his product to the clients who summon him. On each short episode, Sinclair gets a call from a different client and drops into a different world populated with different characters: a man who has suddenly discovered his OKCupid date is a homeless woman using him for a place to stay; two women whose at-home dinner night is interrupted by a mouse that gets stuck in a glue trap; a corporate assistant whose boss is driving her crazy. The Guy comes and goes, his backpack of goodies at the ready, his bike always pointed toward the next client. 

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How old should a person be before watching High MaintenanceAt what age is it OK for teens to watch movies or TV shows with drug use, such as Breaking Bad? If this show were about an alcohol-delivery service, would your answer change? 

  • Each segment of this show begins with an interview with show creators Ben and Katja, where they discuss what the episode is about and how it's made. Why does the show do this? Is this typical of TV shows? Do you like knowing insider information about the show? 

  • Why is each segment of the show so short? How would it change if its episodes were a half hour or an hour long? 

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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