Time to stock up on peanut butter Oreos and eye drops. Stoner comedy High Maintenance will light up HBO’s programming schedule this fall, and the first taste is free with the newly unveiled teaser embedded above.
The six-episode series began as a cult sensation on web video-hosting platform Vimeo, amassing a sizable fanbase that supported the push onto TV. Created by husband-and-wife comedy team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfield, the five-to-twelve minute shorts featured Sinclair as an unnamed weed dealer referred to only as “The Guy,” and followed him on his assorted deliveries around the five boroughs of New York. Each episode offered a voyeuristic little peek into the lives of his eccentric clientele, with well-placed guest spots from Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, Orange Is the New Black breakout Yael Stone and it-comedian Hannibal Buress as smokers scoring a nice re-up.
Expanding to the usual thirty-minute format, the HBO series will cart in a new lineup of character actors for a few quick hits, with Amy Ryan and Kieran Culkin making split-second appearances in the teaser above. Staying on as creators, Sinclair and Blichfield’s off-beat brand of observational humor about colorful city weirdoes resonates with everyone, whether you’re a twice-a-day-er or don’t touch the stuff. The upgrade to HBO has apparently come with a bump up in visual polish as well, as the teaser’s lovely metropolitan photography harkens back to classic NYC movies (the footage of Sinclair flying through the streets on his bike has notes of Manhattan).
A specific premiere date has yet to be set, but this already-proven show could be a fine addition to HBO’s fall lineup. And for even the slowest dealers, a few months should be plenty of time for them to get in gear and come meet you in time for High Maintenance‘s debut.