Helene York and Max Jenkins
I don’t know whether Blichfeld and Sinclair had planned to bring back these characters regardless of the HBO deal, or others who appear in both iterations, like “Homeless Heidi,” played by the very funny Greta Lee, and a reclusive Helen Hunt obsessive played by Michael Cyril Creighton. But it appears the creators wanted to not only explore the lives of these characters in more detail, but also to serve a slice of the HBO pie to the actors who helped give the web series its name. The premiere episode in particular is a showcase for the fantastic Max Jenkins, whose eye-rolling nonchalance just barely masks his character’s frustration and self-loathing.
That pay-it-forward spirit is appropriate for a series that’s not just about a web of interrelated stoners. At its core, High Maintenance is about loneliness. TV is a great antidote to that urban blight; lucky for us the show has expanded the borders of its delivery zone so more viewers can get in on the good stuff.
High Maintenance premieres on HBO on Fri. Sept. 16; all existing episodes from the Vimeo days are now available on HBO Go.