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Every High Maintenance Episode, Ranked

From the webseries to the HBO show, High Maintenance has told a ton of worthwhile stories.  ...Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2018/03/high-maintenance-episodes-ranked-worst-best.html?utm_source=nym&utm_medium=f1&utm_campaign=feed-full

HBO Renews 'Crashing,' 'High Maintenance' for Season 3

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The Top 5 TV Shows of 2016

While 2016 has been a garbage year for many of us in myriad ways, one bright spot has been TV. Cable networks, both basic and premium, and streaming services have continued to raise the bar. And broadcast networks have delivered some of their freshest programming in years. In fact, it's been extraordinarily difficult limiting my list of the year's best to just five shows, but I powered through like a goddamn champ. Here are some thoughts on the television that blew me away in 2016:   High Maintenance , HBO Unfamiliar with the original web series, this show came out of nowhere to earn my love, becoming probably my favorite cable comedy of the year. Created by the married duo of Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the six half-hour episodes follow a nameless pot dealer as he makes his deliveries. The premise is tight, allowing viewers to get to know "The Guy" while also opening up a diverse mix of storylines by segueing into the lives of his customers. It's quite clever; even the order of the episodes is thoughtful. Really, if by the time you get to the third installment you're not completely smitten, there is no hope for you.   Orphan Black , BBC America A true binge-watch, I raced through the first three seasons so I would be prepared to edit Season 4 recaps . The mix of heartfelt drama, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi terror is incredibly difficult to pull off, but the show manages to nail it, in large part due to Tatiana Maslany's prodigious talent. While I'd been aware of complaints that she was being snubbed, I wasn't prepared for how demanding and magical her performance is. Maslany is TV's MVP right now, without question. Seriously. Do not come at me with your questions. While she deserves all the accolades she has (belatedly) received, the show is more than the clones. The supporting actors are excellent, especially Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Kristian Bruun. The series is ending next year, so this is the perfect time to get onboard. (Speaking of, I would totally watch a Krystal spinoff .)   The Americans , FX This is not just the best spy drama on TV (sorry, Homeland ), but probably the best drama. The fact that the show, which started off so good, has gotten better during each of its four seasons is as surprising as two KGB spies living across the street from an FBI agent and becoming best buds. The writing is smart, the stories are intriguing, the threading of real events is fascinating. But since, at its heart, this is a show about an incredibly complicated marriage, most of its success can be attributed to Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. And thankfully, the rising cries of frustrated TV critics across the country finally reached the ears of Emmy and Golden Globes voters, who nominated both talented actors this year.   The Good Place , NBC My favorite broadcast network comedy of the year, this is another creative win for Mike Schur. Kristen Bell is the perfect actress to play the likably "bad" girl. As Eleanor, a mistaken arrival who's trying to change her selfish ways, Bell must swing from aggressively terrible (especially in the flashbacks) to earnestly aspirational. Co-star Ted Danson reminds viewers why he's been a constant TV presence for 40 years. And a big shout-out to D'Arcy Carden, whose Janet quickly has become one of television's funniest scene stealers.   Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , The CW After delivering a full season of innovative, thoughtful, funny television, some might have expected a bit of a sophomore slump, especially considering that the star also is a co-creator and co-writer of the show's unique songs. But the second season's quality has matched the first's. The razor-sharp series tackles an incredible variety of subjects both dark and light, from mental health and self-loathing to female friendship and party busses. Rachel Bloom has said repeatedly that a positive, satisfied, healthy Rebecca would spell the end of the series, so let's hope Rebecca continues making terrible choices.   You can find SideReel's Best and Worst of 2016 here . Which shows are on your best/worst lists? Let us know in the comments below! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Weekend Binge Guide: November 2016

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   High Maintenance See all reviews for High Maintenance One of my low-key faves of the fall, this show came out of nowhere to earn my love. Much more fully formed than the typical first-season TV show (thanks to three years as a popular web series), High Maintenance 's six half-hour episodes are clever, funny, and stimulating. Created by the married duo of Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld (an Emmy-winning casting director for 30 Rock ), who wrote, directed, and appear in these new episodes, the show follows a nameless pot dealer as he makes his deliveries. The premise is tight, allowing viewers to get to know "The Guy" while also opening up a diverse mix of storylines by segueing into the lives of his customers. Among the standouts are Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, Inside Amy Schumer scene-stealer Greta Lee, and Orange is the New Black 's Yael Stone. If you don't find yourself completely smitten with the show by the time you finish her episode, there's no hope for you.   If you want to cry:   My So-Called Life See all reviews for My So-Called Life "Go now. Go." Those three words from the first few seconds of My So-Called Life 's (excellent) theme song instantly give me goosebumps. Just a couple of years younger than the characters, I was right in the short-lived ABC drama's target demo, living for each update on the impossibly tortured life of Angela Chase. Revisiting the series as an adult is bizarre. Like any 22-year-old TV show, it is dated. (The vests!) But the emotions and issues faced by teens then and now are essentially the same. For those who missed it, My So-Called Life follows teens navigating friendship, romance, and family life. It was heralded for its realism, for creating TV's first openly gay teen character, and for drawing a multidimensional portrait of parents. Perhaps most importantly, the series introduced the world to Claire Danes and Jared Leto. If you admire (or mock) Danes' Homeland crying face, this is where it all began.   If you want to scream:   Freakish See all reviews for  Freakish In a small town with a large chemical plant, containment drills are no big deal. But when a motley crew of athletes, do-gooders, and students stuck in Saturday detention try to leave their school's fallout shelter, they learn that this was no drill. Some insist on leaving anyway, only to return with a newfound taste for human flesh. That's right, y'all. It's Degrassi: Zombie Class . Obviously, this show is not going to help Hulu win any awards, but it's a fun and fresh take on the zombie genre, mixing legitimately creepy supernatural elements with the "it goes there" style the Canadian teen drama is known for. Each episode includes at least one revelation that deepens the story. Interestingly, the cast includes both traditional actors — like Tyler Chase ( The Walking Dead ) and Mary Mouser ( Scandal ) — and "digital influencers," including Vine (RIP) "superstar" Hayes Grier. Yup, you just may get to see a social media star ripped to pieces!   If you want to think:   Black Mirror, Season 3 See all reviews for  Black Mirror A Twilight Zone for the tech-obsessed, this acclaimed sci-fi anthology is sometimes hide-under-the-blanket creepy, sometimes too-real scary, and sometimes mind-bendingly thought-provoking. And this third season is its best yet. Directed by Joe Wright ( Atonement ) and co-written by Rashida Jones, the first episode takes on our smartphone obsession and ratings culture. Imagine a world where every interaction you have with someone, from a barista to your annoying brother, is rateable, and where earning five stars is your chief driver. Not that far-fetched, right? That's what makes the episode truly frightening. Bryce Dallas Howard nails her role as the needy Lacie. Also beautifully cast is Episode 4, about a fun-loving beach town and a lovely relationship between Mackenzie Davis ( Halt and Catch Fire ) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw ( Belle ). It's surprisingly uplifting for Black Mirror , but as gripping as any of the series' best episodes.   div.post p { text­align: justify; }

The High Maintenance Creators on Their First HBO Season, Interrogating Their Fans, and Why The Guy Is Less Chill These Days

High Maintenance  wraps its first run on HBO tonight, a  six-episode season that told 11 short stories , each reflecting a different corner of human experience in New York. It caps things off with  the return of Patrick  (Michael Cyril Creighton), one of the web series’ most affecting characters, and in a  High Maintenance  first, we finally get a glimpse into the Guy’s (co-creator Ben Sinclair) life. Show creators Katja Blichfeld and Sinclair joined the  Vulture TV Podcast  recently to discuss their influences, which characters they feel most deeply for, and why the Guy is less chill this season. (Listen to our conversation on the next  Vulture TV Podcast,  out Tuesday, October 25).   ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/high-maintenance-creators-on-their-first-hbo-season.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

High Maintenance's Greta Lee on Why Homeless Heidi Is a Lot Like Kim Kardashian

"It's not PC to call people crazy, but she cray." ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/high-maintenance-homeless-heidi-greta-lee-interview.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

Did You Catch the New Girl Jabs on High Maintenance?

Revenge is a dish best served meta. ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/10/new-girl-high-maintenance-reference.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

The Real Star of This Weeks High Maintenance: A Dog

Critics have singled out the third episode of the HBO series as one of its best ...Read More... //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/10/01/the-real-star-of-this-weeks-high-maintenance-a-dog/?mod=WSJBlog

How High Maintenance Told an Entire Episode From the Perspective of a Dog

"It takes so many people to get a dog to do a routine." ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/09/high-maintenances-dog-episode-backstory.html?mid=full-rss-vulture

How High Maintenance Subverts the Gay ManStraight Woman Relationship

Welcome to gay Misery.   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2016/09/high-maintenance-method-gay-straight-friendship.html?mid=full-rss-vulture