Watch “High Maintenance” the Web Series Soon to Become Vimeo First Original Series on Demand
Meet ‘High Maintenance‘, a game changer in the world of both web series and Vimeo. Recommended by Jenji Kohan during her latest THR Roundtable, (which is how I was made aware of its existence), High Maintenance is comprised of 13 episodes following the life of various weed consumers all over New York City, who are all linked by one person: The Guy (i.e: their pot dealer).
Influenced by Six Feet Under’s incipit, where you watch a character’s latest moment but never know how, when or why Death will strike, Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld created in 5 to 12 minute-long episodes sharp portraits of a dozen people whose universe we enter while we wait to see when will The Guy arrive, and what will happen then. (Hint: it’s never twice the same)
If you are on my Monthly Creative Menu list, you know that High Maintenance was the highlight of my month. One of the many reason why this web series made such a strong impression on me is that I bing-watchedd it, just like I would have if it was a TV Show I was hooked on, and never until now did I get even close to the familiar addict itch with a web series.
Vimeo deciding to make High Maintenance its first order for original content is a big step into yet another venue for filmmakers to share and monetize original content. Unlike the original series on Netflix or Amazon, that still repeat the format lay down by Cable and Network shows, mostly for international distribution purposes, Vimeo can very well released 6 episodes that will vary in length depending on the need of the story. Will discover the result very soon and see if High Maintenance used this (assumed) unique freedom, format-wise, to keep pushing boundaries.
Six more episodes in the can…
— High Maintenance (@HMwebseries) August 30, 2014
While we wait to see how Vimeo and High Maintenance will do once out, below is the full list of episodes (in chronological order) to watch and share. Enjoy:
Cycle 1 – Episode 1
Cycle 1 – Episode 2
Cycle 1 – Episode 3
Cycle 2 – Episode 1
Cycle 2 – Episode 2
Cycle 2 – Episode 3
Special Winter Edition
Cycle 3 – Episode 1
Cycle 3 – Episode 2
Cycle 3 – Episode 3
Cycle 4 – Episode 1
Cycle 4 – Episode 2
Cycle 4 – Epsiode 3