This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘High Maintenance,’ Higher Budget

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round: High Maintenance returns just in time to chill us all out for winter.

High Maintenance Returns

You have to pay for it now, but trust me: it’s worth it. No spoilers, but the best web series on the Internet has only been improved by its alliance with Vimeo, with episodes that are longer, higher budget, and have more of an ensemble feeling to them (including recurring characters!). Buy a pass for the three episodes released earlier this week, plus three more to come in 2015, here. You won’t regret it.

The Sorkin Parody Parody

A send-up of both Aaron Sorkin and Aaron Sorkin send-ups, with a nice nod to Amy Schumer thrown into the mix. Well played, Seth Meyers! Bonus: an appearance from Aaron Sorkin himself, and a glimpse of former 30 Rock actor John Lutz, who now works in the Late Night writers’ room (as opposed to the fictional TGS one).

Chelsea Peretti Hits Netflix

One of the Greats, Peretti’s hour-long special, is available for streaming as of today. You most likely know her as Gina Linetti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s resident civilian troublemaker, and possibly as a former writer on Parks and Recreation, but Peretti’s been in the stand-up game for a while, including an excellent Comedy Central half hour. One of the Greats is her first full hour, and it’s got the expected amount of vocal-fried brilliance.

The Comeback Comes… Well, You Know

Better nine years late than never! Lisa Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish is back now that TV has finally caught up to her brand of antiheroine, and she’s brought RuPaul, Andy Cohen, and Lisa Vanderpump with her. In the premiere, she makes a comedy pilot for HBO (meta as always) and lands a part based on herself (see what we mean?). It’s good to have her back.

The Newsroom Does the Boston Marathon Bombings

Not necessarily the most auspicious way for the Sorkin project to start its final season, but that’s how The Newsroom decided to do it. The short, six-season run plans to tackle both real-life news and a fictional Snowden-esque story, plus wrapping up all the will-they-or-won’t-they office romances and stuffing it all with back-and-forth dialogue and rousing speeches. Here we go! #FreeOliviaMunn