Vimeo Invests in First Original Series, Comedy ‘High Maintenance’

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Taking a page from the Netflix playbook, Vimeo has invested in its first original TV show. The company is funding a further six episodes of the web series High Maintenance, which has already released 13 episodes and a couple of video extras on the platform.

The show was created by Katja Blichfield, a casting director for 30 Rock with an Emmy Award to her name, and husband Ben Sinclair, who plays the lead character in High Maintenance and is also the show’s director, writer and producer.

High Maintenance follows a nameless cannabis dealer in good ol’ New York. Each episode is structured as a standalone mini-drama, with a rotating cast that has, among others, featured Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and comedian Hannibal Buress in the past.

The new episodes will launch exclusively through Vimeo on Demand later this year. The company said the release schedule and pricing is still to be confirmed, which suggests viewers will have to rent or purchase the new episodes once they’re made available. In the meantime, you can watch all 13 existing High Maintenance episodes for free on Vimeo.

If you haven't yet checked out High Maintenance, do yourself a huge favor and watch the first few episodes:

edit: best episode, imo

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