With a lingering and intimate focus on its characters, from their darkest moments to their greatest highs, “High Maintenance”’s third season looks to be as profound and remarkable as its predecessors, and it’s only the beginning.
There are shows we turn to for unswerving excellence, there are shows we love because they never make any discernible attempts at quality and somewhere in the murky middle, there is NBC’s “This Is Us,” which shuffles across the spectrum like a chameleon on roller skates. “Oh, you thought we were good?” the show sneers at its audience each Tuesday night. “No, how silly of you, we’re actually quite bad.”
Ali’s performance is the one part of Season Three that truly rises above the rest and reaches the levels of season one’s performances. He’s not given much to work with in terms of revealing dialogue or a backstory, but the way he portrays his disorientation while recounting the case in the present day is masterful.
Stephen Falk’s criminally underrated “You’re the Worst” enters its final season promising a happy ending to the story of its two narcissistic, vulgar, blowhard protagonists. However, anyone who has been following the show since its inception will be holding their breath. After all, if there is anything we know about these characters at all at this point, it is that they are prepared to eject at any moment.