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Rob (Zoë Kravitz) and Simon (David H.
Holmes) in Hulu’s “High Fidelity.”
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By Ben Verde
An abundance of caution due to the
spread of COVID-19 has caused a massive
amount of Brooklyn events to be canceled
— so we’ve compiled a master-list of
Brooklyn-based television shows you can
watch while cooped up inside.
Since its premiere as a web series in
2012, “High Maintenance” has strived to
represent the “new” Brooklyn through
all its strange highs and lows, following
a bicycle riding weed dealer known as
“the guy” as he services an ensemble of
stressed-out New Yorkers. Each episode
serves as a standalone look into his clients
lives, watching as they navigate romance,
artistic struggles, and urban living.
High Maintenance: Available on Hulu,
Amazon Prime, and HBO Go.
Zoe Kravitz takes the reins from John
Cusack in this 2020 remake of the 2000
cult classic, starring as a lovelorn record
store owner and music obsessive in Crown
Heights. Kravitz employs an effortless
cool as she floats through the life of a
seemingly successful record store owner,
with a Brooklyn apartment overflowing
with records and her two best friends in
her employ, but is unable to get over the
guy who dumped her a year ago, making
for classic romantic-comedy material.
High Fidelity: Available on Hulu.
All Hail Beth
For a truly local production, “All Hail
Beth” from Downtown arts organization
Bric follows a depressed Brooklynite who
wakes up one day as the Babylonian goddess
Ishtar, prompting those who had
ignored her in the past to shower with
gifts and adorations. The show takes place
accross the borough, from Dumbo to Bay
Ridge, offering two very different views
All Hail Beth: Available on Youtube.
She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee resurrected his 1986 film of
the same name with a Netflix series that
brings the same characters from Lee’s first
feature and drops them into modern-day
Brooklyn, where Fort Greene artist Nola
Darling struggles to choose between her
three lovers while maintaining a commitment
to her art. Much of the show was shot
in Lee’s hometown Fort Greene, offering
the audience a distinctly Kings County
ambiance for this popular dramedy.
She’s Gotta Have it: Available on
Bored to Death
A quintessential Brooklyn series that
met its fate far too early, “Bored to Death”
follows Brooklyn author Jonathan Ames
(Jason Schwartzman) as he sets out to
become a private detective while between
books. Along with his editor (Ted Danson)
and friend (Zach Galifianakis), Ames tackles
wacky cases and navigates the world of
the literati from his apartment in the clock
tower of the Williamsburg Savings Bank
building — with a background of Fort
Greene brownstones and stroller-filled
coffee shops before they were a common
sight on the airwaves.
Bored to Death: Available on Amazon
Prime and HBO Go.
Wyatt Cenac’s ‘Brooklyn’
The former “Daily Show” correspondent
and stand-up comedian has Brooklyn
all over everything he does — including the
stand-up special aptly named “Brooklyn”
where the stand-up, who spent summers
growing up living with his grandmother
in Crown Heights, muses on the state of
the borough in 2014, as Kings County was
undergoing dramatic changes, touching on
gentrification, mayonnaise shops, and the
Brooklyn: Available on Netflix.
Brooklyn-based shows to stream while quarantined