10) HIGH MAINTENANCE
This anthology series started out as a critically acclaimed web series on Vimeo. Now High Maintenance moves on up to an HBO series, with its style and premise intact.
The show centres on a small time marijuana drug dealer (Co-Creator Ben Sinclair) and the rounds he makes. In each episode, we look into the lives of two people who buy from him. Though we get hints of his quirky personality, we don’t learn much about the dealer. He serves as a means of connection for the series.
Instead, writers Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld put their focus on the lives of the clients, who are unique and relatable. These people come from a wide range of backgrounds, from an elderly Asian couple to a human embodiment of toxic masculinity. Sinclair and Blichfeld are amazing writers who are able to take the most oddball characters and turn them into relatable human beings. The most powerful is in the first episode, where we meet a guy who seems to embody the gay best friend stereotype. But as the “Gay Best Friend” copes with his meth addiction, he comes to realize his friendship with a spoiled socialite is toxic.
Plus, they are able to capture New York in all its quirkiness. During one drug run, the dealer is stalled so a film crew can shoot an episode of Girls. We also get glimpses into the many subcultures of the city, including a nightclub that opens its doors at 5 am. I mean, if the show can make an episode of a dog falling for a dog walker and make it adorable, you know its one standout show.