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Hung: Season 1
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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Hung started about the same time as True Blood season two. After the second episode I was hooked! The main character is a high school history teacher and basketball coach whose house burns down, children want to live with his ex-wife and he's broke broke broke. He meets up with a poet who he once (ahem) and together they hatch a harebrained scheme to pimp him and his ... out. Through this he has to deal with women he isn't attracted to but learns to love what's under the skin, crazy women who pay for him but not his "services" and the working in's and out's of women. Meanwhile his pimp, Tanya, is suffering as a failed poet and drowning in her own lack of love in her life. Bumps and bruises along the way but every episode bring laughter and smiles to my face (and my husbands!).
The characters learn and even though they get a lot more bad than good cards, they always grow. I'm very pleased with the direction this new series is going and sit in anticipation every Sunday night when my little red dot that indicates my DVR is recording blinks on. Hung is a lot more than I had anticipated and am tickled with the gem found under dirty gym socks and a slathering of sexual innuendo.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2009
Format: DVD
Wasn't sure what to expect from this besides the obvious. It seemed in the beginning that there was a lot to balance between the facade of the student admired, all around good guy of Coach Ray Drecker and his cocky and at times infantile alter ego. Then you have hot mess, wanna be pimp Tonya who seems likes she's one bad hair day away from workplace homicide. But in the end, it all somehow works and entices you to want to watch more. (It doesn't hurt Thomas Jane isn't afraid to show his bum off alot!) It was HBO's most watched freshmen show ever so I hope that means a 2nd season and beyond will be secured because watching these characters come into their own will be entertaining!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2010
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Notice I said "entertainment" NOT "art." Anyone who expects to find "art" in a cable television series needs to get their head examined. Sure, the title and the storyline hinge upon the longstanding myth/reality (depending on which side of the fence you're on) that the better-endowed the man, the better a lover he is...but this is just an excuse for the movie, the "hook" if you will. There are a lot of other layers to this series as well. As far as mass entertainment goes, there is a refreshingly low percentage of cliches, stereotypes and stock characters...many scenes from "Hung" actually do contain a nice bit of originality and authenticity.

Excellent camera work and film editing, great music (especially the intro song by The Black Keys, "I'll Be Your Man"), excellent cast (including a bevy of some FINE FINE babes in various states of undress, especially Alanna Ubach, Natalie Zea and Rebecca Creskoff), and strong dialogue all make this a pleasure to watch. AND to top off all the eye candy, there's a fair bit of social realism and cultural satire happening too. Jane Adams, Anne Heche, and of course Thomas Janes do most of the heavy lifting, and there is often a strong "indie-film" vibe to many of the scenes. The viewer is not constantly being challenged to suspend disbelief, in other words. The viewer does not feel manipulated or patronized or pandered to, which is exceedingly rare in most TV and cinema offerings these days.

I borrowed this DVD set from a friend and watched the entire thing on two successive evenings. LOL, can you guess that I was hooked? Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Take a ridiculous commodity (big penis), attach it to the most unsuspecting guy Coach Ray Drecker, throw in a dizzied and frantically fanatic poetic wanna-be pimpette named Tanya Skagle and you have the basis for this show called Hung.

Though sounding laughable at first I found this series to be really all about the hard times in America and what lengths people will go to to survive and make it in this economy.

Jessica Haxon is Ray's ex-wife and married to a nervous and timid dermatologist. She's in the money now after giving up the dream she thought her life would be when she first married her high school sweetheart Coach Ray. She has neurotic episodes and is always trying to convince her two children Daman and Darby (whom she had by Coach Ray) to love her as any children would love their mom. But they just don't. The kids are great. The episodes are hysterical and everyone is made fun of and made to laugh at themselves.

Hung is a light and fun comedy for adults that plays around and pokes fun at the prostitution industry. Here we have two characters trying to make a million out of...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2010
Format: DVD
I'll watch all of Deep Blue Sea just for Thomas Jane in a wetsuit, so it isn't too much of a hardship to watch him in Hung. It's actually nice to see an HBO series tackle the recession even if the protagonist is forced to sell his body to make ends meet. It sounded like an original storyline, it was available OnDemand, and once I got started, it keep me coming back to finish Season One in just a couple of days. I think Thomas Jane does a fantastic job with the role of Ray Drecker. He's likeable and even as he bumbles his way through his first few jobs, still very believable and endearing. Jane Adams as Tanya, Ray's pimp, drives me crazy. She's so sweet and naive, it's kind of excruciating watching her try to be a pimp - I just want to smack her and tell her to grow a backbone, so I'm actually looking forward to Lenore's expanding role and tough love approach. I'm hoping now that the writers have gotten their feet wet, there will be some more consistency and a lot more heat. I mean, come on, the show is on AFTER True Blood. I was expecting a little more erotic content.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2010
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I don't necessarily agree with the questionable morals of some of the characters in this series and the fairly graphic sexual content is a bit much at first. Having said that, there are plenty of other things to like here though, good characters, cool locations and generally good storylines. The sex stuff is played mostly for laughs and the protagonist is basically a good guy who loves his family. He is trying to make the best of a bad situation. Overall, a well made adult comedy that I relate to as someone who lives in the area where the series is set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2010
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On the face of it Hung is a comedy, with more serious undertones. Although very enjoyable, it also explores a man's fall from popularity, marriage and job security to obscurity, divorce and financial worry. However, it also demonstrates how people adapt to changing cirumstances, as well as the unyielding strength of a father's love for his kids. Although if you don't want to analyze it that much, just throw the feet up and have a good laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
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I love Ray. I cannot watch hours and hours more of Tanya. Please, creators, cut back a bit on Tanya. It's not entertaining to watch hours of someone being whiny and humiliated, especially if they are also made to be physically unattractive. Give Tanya a more interesting life, or at least make her antics funny. Watching someone be stereotypically pathetic all the time starts to become unbearable after a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
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A fairly engaging story of a high school teacher on the losing end of a nasty divorce and of life in general who takes his one positive quality, a large penis, to forge a career in prostitution. To be honest, it's not bad, but not good enough for me to get into the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I first discovered Thomas Jane in the 1997 film "Boogie Nights" that dealt with the adult film industry. In that movie he plays a dancer and a hustler, a role that I am sure helped him in this TV series. In "Hung" Jane plays a basketball coach and a history teacher living in suburbian Detroit. Divored and financially strapped, things get even worse for Ray Drecker when his house catches fire and he cannot live there. Desperate for cash Ray delves into the world of escorting with the help of an old flame. The one asset that he possesses that many male escorts don't have is the large size of his penis, which is where the title of the series comes from. "Hung" deals with his various encounters with women, many of whom he is not attracted to, but "meets" them for sheer financial reasons. Jane does a superb job in playing the lead role and I would have to say he was made for it. He brings humor, intelligence, warmth, and likeliness, all ingredients that are important if you want the audience to like you, especially if your playing a male escort. Anne Heche has a supporting role as Ray's ex-wife in which they share custody of their teenage twin daughters. The first season was a huge ratings hit for HBO and in all ten episodes were filmed. A second season will air in the summer of 2010. Innovative, daring, and addictive are what makes "Hung" a must see TV event. This splendid DVD contains a featurette, audio commentary, and more and comes in widescreen format. The first season DVD set drops in stores June 22nd, 2010.
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