“High Maintenance,” a web series created by husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, began in 2012 as an under-the-radar cult hit, but has since emerged as a critical darling, winning end-of-year raves and inspiring a density of thinkpieces (including one of our own).
The series is framed around the deliveries made by “The Guy” (played by Sinclair), a weed dealer who walks in on the lives of a diversity of characters. But the genius of the show comes from the way each episode focuses not on Sinclair’s character, but on whoever he happens to be delivering to. As executive producer Russell Gregory explains the idea: “You get weed delivered at stressful times, or times that you want to have a great time and celebrate with friends, or just when you’re hanging out — we just wanted to show what normal people do.”
Below, check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes video on the making of “High Maintenance,” which includes recurring cast members Hannibal Burress (“Broad City”) and Yael Stone (“Orange Is the New Black”). Taking place near the end of shooting, the cast and crew reflect on how “High Maintenance” came to be, what makes it special and how positive vibes keep the set running smoothly.
The back-end of the fifth season of “High Maintenance” was released on Vimeo on February 5. Watch the exclusive featurette here: