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Hung: Season 1
DVD disk
06.18.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
Hung: Season 1 order
Director:
Alexander Payne, etc.

Actors:
Thomas Jane
Jane Adams
Anne Heche

Rating:
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Extras:
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Drowning under a mountain a debt made worse by a recent fire that saw his uninsured house burn to the ground, High School coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), is inspired to jumpstart a new career as a ďHappiness ConsultantĒ (re: man whore). With a goofy, one-night stand poet friend, Tanya (Jane Adams) acting as his pimp, Roy begins his career in the flesh trade- offering his services to local, wealthy women- while hiding his new vocation from the faculty of the school he works at, his ex-wife (Anne Heche), and his two teenaged children.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
HUNG is the latest quirky cable show to make waves, with this making a big enough splash when it aired on HBO last summer to justify a second season- which is due to start soon. Itís star Thomas Janeís first full-time TV gig, and while itís kinda sad to see Jane, who was incredible in a small, under-seen film called STANDER, in addition to his solid turn as THE PUNISHER (the film may have sucked, but he didnít), toiling on TV- he could do worse than pick up an HBO show. Truth be told, Cable Tvís where itís at these days if you want good, edgy, adult entertainment. While I wish the badass Jane had gotten a more action heavy vehicle, like the Timothy Olyphant FX drama JUSTIFIED, he does surprisingly well in this edgy comedy.

For the first few episodes of HUNG, I was riveted enough to think that this could possibly be appointment viewing like the incredible MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, or TRUE BLOOD. The pilot episode is fantastic, with it being helmed by Alexander Payne, and written by executive producer Dmitry Lipkin, who previously brought us the gone-before itís time THE RICHES. Sadly, HUNG began to lose me as I got deeper into the season, with the one-joke premise being stretched a little thin. I was also annoyed that the great Gregg Henry, who turns up as Rayís assistant coach, was so badly under-utilized that he only got a few seconds of screen time in a few episodes, while others, come along and get plot-lines that go nowhere.

That said, HUNG was still a pretty decent watch, and I might be tempted to check out season two if it gets good buzz. Janeís always worth watching, and Adams- while a bit cartoonish, is likable as his unlikely pimp. Itís a pretty decent show if you enjoy this type of thing, but it doesnít quite make it into the top tier as far as cable dramas are concerned.
THE EXTRAS
We get a few commentary tracks , and two behind the scenes featurettes .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While HUNG wasnít as good as I hoped it would be, itís a pretty decent HBO show, thatís probably more accessible to the masses than some of their other recent shows, like JOHN FROM CINNCINATI, or TELL ME YOU LOVE ME. Itís no TRUE BLOOD, but itís a fun little half hour- and like most cable shows, destroys most stuff on network TV. I just hope that in Season 2 they kick it up a notch of two.
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