Here's something you might not hear a lot: You don't need to read this right now. Right now, you need to go watch High Maintenance. You'll meet The Guy, a pot dealer. Maybe you already have and saw some of it online a few years ago. Now it’s finally getting the attention it deserves, with a new season on HBO. The entirety of the 10- to 20-minute Web episodes available now is worth binging, but here are a few better than anything you'll see on TV.
The Quick Hit: This is where The Guy reveals his true wisdom — offering up relationship advice when the other characters least expect it.
The Quick Hit: Hannibal Buress. What else do we need to say?
The Quick Hit: High Maintenance isn't about being smarter than the rest of television: Sometimes you just want to watch people do mushrooms and see what happens. Like watching a guy trip while Tindering.
2. “Brad Pitts”
The Quick Hit: It's a reminder that weed shouldn't be a word you have to whisper when bird-watchers Ruth and Ellen — whom we see again in a future, incredible episode — need "the kind that makes you want to eat" for medical reasons. A friend calls up The Guy for them: "These are really nice ladies, OK? They've never done anything like this before, so don't be an asshole. Don't be a fuckin' weirdo."
The Quick Hit: The amount this show can pack into a few minutes is the real reason for its genius, and this episode is proof. Dan Stevens trying to be a solid dad and husband. Connan Mockasin tunes. Cross-dressing. Being yourself, especially when it's uncomfortable. And just when you've predicted how the plot's going to play out, creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld take it in a smart, thoughtful direction, and you finish it and decide again, "Damn it, this show is really fucking great."
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