New York City, as it’s often portrayed on television, is the worst. It’s certainly not real. It’s typically more glamorous, or dingier, or more unfriendly, or more magical, or too busy, or implausibly convenient, or a million other things that fail to represent what the city actually is: a place where real people live. High Maintenance might finally be a TV show that presents New York City in a way that seems actually recognizable. And not in a “the city is the fifth girl in this friendship!” way, where New York is a “character.” It’s simply a backdrop for the lives of the people we meet every day, oh-so fleetingly, and looks the way it does when we see it in our own lives. It’s a stage of sorts for the theatre of human life that’s constantly in rehearsal—but without the falseness of set dressings or an artistic lens. It’s the city as we know it. That’s the greatest triumph for HBO’s new series, which knits together a tapestry of New Yorkers’ wild lives as a weed delivery man briefly encounters them. And that presents the most unlikely triumph of High Maintenance, which is that it is a series that… Read full this story
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