Few things are better than getting pleasantly high, lying down on your couch, and watching a few hours of TV. But with so many options between cable and network channels, older shows and new series on Netflix and Amazon Prime, you might be overwhelmed, especially if you’re already kind of high. Worry not, reader: The editors of The Fresh Toast are here to help you with six recommendations.
The beloved web series debuts this Friday on HBO. Beyond it’s weed-centric premise—the show’s only major recurring character is a dealer known as The Guy—the show provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of New Yorkers who rely on the Guy for his services. It’s a funny, odd, and entirely original show that’s perfect to watch late on a Friday night after a nice edible/vape hit.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
When I recently asked them for their favorite show to watch while baked, High Maintenance creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld both immediately named the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! as their favorite. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s surreal Adult Swim hit really is the perfect show to watch while high (or sober); it has celebrities who transform into tiny cats, inept health experts with wine problems, dancing men who worry about old meat, songs about petite feet, and a recurring segment about a child clown outlet (video above). I feel kind of high just writing about it.
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show is a charming production in which ten or so Brits compete with each other to make the best baked goods. “Compete” might not be the best word for what they do, though; while it’s certainly a competition—each week a “Star Baker” is chosen, and the contestant with the worst bakes is sent home—but the genuine goodwill and support between the bakers combined with helpful, encouraging hosts makes the show feel more like a gathering of friends whose numbers unfortunately dwindle each week. The show’s setting adds an idyllic quality that matches the pleasantness of everyone involved; the baking all takes place in a big white tent in the middle of a huge green field that often has sheep and other farm animals roaming around, like some sort of English paradise. If you’re looking to get blazed and watch a happy little show that lacks drama and plot but is still eminently binge-able, this is the show for you. The (usually) delicious looking desserts and breads don’t hurt, either.
The surprise hit about a paranoid, depressed hacker who stumbles into starting a revolution of sorts is the perfect type of show to watch while high. It’s heavy-handed symbolism (and Fight Club references) will seem less on the nose while baked, and it’s genuinely surprising plot twists will seem that much more surprising when you’ve forgotten the obvious clues that preceded them because you’re so high. As another Fresh Toast writer put it, watching Mr. Robot while blazed is “an experience.”
While I personally have not watched it, I’ve heard from trustworthy sources that BoJack Horseman is great, especially if you’re buzzed. Take it from Fresh Toast contributing editor Brendan Bures: “The animal puns are funnier and you stop questioning why a dog and a woman are married. It just seems normal.” Plus, it’s on Netflix, which means minimum effort to binge the entire series.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Just because you’re high as hell doesn’t mean you can’t learn something.