The breakout web series High Maintenance (about a weed delivery guy in New York City) is making the jump from indie video platform Vimeo to premium cable, and will air on HBO on September 16. A new behind-the-scenes teaser offers a preview of the celebrated comedy, detailing the plot as a continuation of the online series and not some reboot for a new audience. And because it’s 2016, the weed delivery guy, known simply as The Guy, dons an Oculus Rift.
Created by the married comedy-duo Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair (The Guy), High Maintenance examines people who are “not defined by their vices” receiving marijuana deliveries from a nameless weed delivery dude, whose characterization comes from the varying viewpoints of his customers.
But that Oculus Rift! It’s a brief moment at the end of the HBO teaser, with The Guy delivering to a basement start-up and getting sidetracked by their toys.
When it premiered on the internet in 2012, High Maintenance quickly earned a cult following, especially among those in the comedy world. Jenji Kohan, creator of Weeds and Orange Is the New Black celebrated High Maintenance for its “beautiful glimpses” into the lives of believable people. Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker described it as a “shoebox that opens into Narnia” with episodes that are “luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling.”
And now, that twisty and humane series is coming to the network known for what Ian McShane dubbed “tits and dragons”, so expect some super crazy hijinks this September.