Hung: Season 1 (2009)

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Hung admirably uses sex as a springboard into deeper stories and more complex themes -- although its reach is occasionally beyond its grasp.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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User Ratings: 43

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Air date: Jun 28, 2009

This comedy's premiere introduces Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), an ill-starred high-school teacher and coach who hopes to change his luck by turning a prodigious physical endowment into a moneymaker.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2009

Tanya enlists a former colleague (Rebecca Creskoff) with wealthy connections to help Ray get his business off the ground; Damon and Darby give their father an earful about Jessica's behavior and beg him to fix the house, but the repairs are going to cost more than he thought.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2009

The fallout from Ray's first job with Lenore continues, causing a serious rift between him and Tanya; Ray's neighbor opens a new front in their ongoing feud.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2009

The fallout from Ray's first job with Lenore continues, causing a serious rift between him and Tanya; Ray's neighbor opens a new front in their ongoing feud.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2009

An unhappy client wants to revisit a role-playing fantasy; Ray tries to capitalize on Jessica's frugality with the promise of a car for Damon and Darby; Tanya reluctantly goes on a date with Floyd.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2009

Tanya reaffirms her status as Ray's pimp to Jemma, who inspires Ray to give his basketball team a rousing speech; Jessica gets to the bottom of her family's financial situation with Ronnie.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2009

Ray starts to fall for Jemma, which clouds their professional relationship; Tanya receives unexpected help with her writer's block; Jessica invites Ray to a family dinner.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2009

Ray needs relationship advice from Tanya; Lenore offers Tanya some unsolicited marketing tips; a barbecue at Jessica and Ronnie's puts Ray in an awkward place.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2009

Tanya tests the market for her business' services among her colleagues; Damon's devotion to a friend in detention puzzles his father; Jessica gets advice from Lenore.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2009

In the first-season finale, Tanya worries that Lenore may stage a coup for control of Ray, who is unnerved by rumors of layoffs at school. Meanwhile, Jessica looks for a way out of a marital rut, and Damon bonds with Darby over a souring relationship.

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Hapless teacher Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) turns to prostitution after an electrical fire destroys his home and he loses custody of his two kids to ex-wife Jessica (Anne Heche) in the first season of "Hung." Drecker runs into former one-night stand Tanya (Jane Adams) who convinces him to use his anatomical gift to help supplement his dwindling income. Ray, who is being marketed by Tanya as a 'happiness consultant', struggles to adjust to his new career path while maintaining his day job and a relationship with children Damon (Charlie Saxton) and Darby (Sianoa Smit-McPhee).

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Critic Reviews for Hung Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (25)

While HBO struggles to find its next signature series to succeed The Sopranos, this hour will do nicely. Hung may not have the staying power of that mob drama, but it is similarly intent on ferreting out uncomfortable truths about a changing society.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Hung needed to be scabrously funny. Instead, it's just middlebrow amusing.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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HBO bills "Hung" as a comedy, but it uses comedy the way it uses sex - to set up darker, more interesting and complex points. It's amazing how many of those are out there.

Jun 28, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you can get past the title, "Hung'' does offer a warm portrait of underdogs, as well as another piquant moral quandary for viewers.

Jun 28, 2009 | Full Review…

Being a comedy about the male anatomy-a farce with a sensibility both mordant and whimsical- Hung delights in its phallic symbols.

Jun 28, 2009 | Full Review…
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Amidst all the sniggering humor about how Ray has been taught to "do your best with the gifts God gave you" is some smart comedy about the state of 21st century America in general, as well as a superb lead performance from Thomas Jane.

Jun 28, 2009 | Full Review…

This scenario is stale, even if it's granted a certain topicality by the current recession... The problem is, the jokes are less than funny and the drama isn't engaging.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Played by Thomas Jane and Jane Adams, Ray and Tanya are a hilarious pair, filled with a world-weariness that I found refreshing and largely believable. Their performances were wonderful.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

In these trying times, with this sh---y economy, when everyone feels like Sisyphus, it's comforting to see a guy who has been reduced down to his genitalia look the world in the eye each Sunday and start muttering under his breath.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Hung deals with the now-timelier idea of trying to keep your head above water in a killer economy while wondering how the hell you became such a loser. Strangely, the results are funny and never depressing.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Even with the flaws of the pilot, there is a lot to like about the potential of Hung. It doesn't overplay its concept like a tawdry Fox sitcom and the cast is certainly talented enough to fix the pacing issues.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Character development is normally a great thing in a show, but in Hung it often became a source of frustration, slowing the pace to a snail's crawl and often bringing the plot at the end of an episode right back to where it had been at the beginning.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hung: Season 1

  • Apr 12, 2015
    A broke teacher decided to capitalize his best asset, in prostitution. With the help of his one night stand, he managed to get more income but he has to hide this secret from everyone he knows, including his ex wife and children. I enjoyed it immensely, sex does sells. The story developed in complexity as it goes and the jokes were great, but sometimes it did felt a bit short.
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  • Jun 12, 2015
    What is this TV Series is about?
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Pretty good show got cancelled though

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