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High Maintenance Gives Us a Brilliant Deconstruction of the “Gay Best Friend” Trope

“Olivia,” the fifth webisode of High Maintenance, introduces Max (Max Jenkins), a gay twenty-something “wasting away in retail,” and his roommate and best friend, Lainey (Heléne Yorke). They’re as inseparable as they are insufferable, sassing their way through a trendy Brooklyn lifestyle, their insularity rendering virtually anyone who enters their orbit “literally the worst.
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