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Ray Drecker seems like any other divorced dad who is struggling to make ends meet. But he does have one God-given thing that sets him apart — call it his "winning tool." Thomas Jane stars in this HBO comedy series about this underpaid high-school teacher who hatches an inspired plan to ride his plus-sized package to a more productive, debt-free existence. With his world in disarray in Season 1 thanks to a divorce and a lapsed fire insurance policy, the former high-school sports star decides to finally take control of his life. With help from an unlikely ally — a poet and sometime lover of his named Tanya — Ray decides to put his "winning tool" to use by becoming a male gigolo, a field he knows nothing about, but which he may be uniquely qualified to exploit. Jane Adams and Anne Heche co-star.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPilot||(Series Premiere) As a student at Detroit's West Lakefield High School, Ray Drecker was athletic, popular, and destined for success. Today, as a teacher and basketball coach, he's underpaid, uninsured, and embittered that his wife of 20 years (Anne Heche) has left him for her dermatologist. After a fire damages the rundown lakeside home he inherited from his parents, Ray's sagging fortunes reach an all-time low when his twin children Darby and Damon, who had been living with him, move in with their mom and her smug hubby, Ronnie Haxon (Eddie Jemison). Lonely, run-down and at wit's end, Ray decides to attend a local self-help class whose mantra is to identify a personal winning tool to market for financial success. After a not-so-fulfilling encounter with a fellow attendee--an ex-flame and would-be poet named Tanya Skagle (Jane Adams)--Ray has a eureka moment. With the help of Tanya, Ray resolves to take advantage of his greatest asset, in hopes of changing his fortunes in a big way.||44:36||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideo'Great Sausage' or 'Can I Call You Dick?'||In an effort to market Ray as a high-end 'happiness consultant,' Tanya tracks down a former law-firm colleague named Lenore, who agrees to take Ray for a test ride in exchange for the names and numbers of wealthy women. Meanwhile, Jessica's obsessive behavior grates on her kids, who push Ray to fix his fire-damaged house. A local contractor promises Ray a 'Wolf Pack' discount for repairs, but money mismanagement has Ray strapped for cash. That all could change after Ray's session with Lenore--or so he and Tanya hope.||28:35||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideo'Strange Friends' or 'The Truth Is, You're Sexy'||Ray's fortunes, at low ebb after the Lenore debacle, sink further when his nosy neighbor, Howard Koontz, accuses him of public indecency. Fed up with Jessica's maternal meddling, Damon and Darby yearn to go back to their dad's, but progress on the home-repair front remains stalled. Likewise, Ray and Tanya's frayed partnership seems to be dead in the water--until a last-minute proposal resurrects their dreams.||28:57||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Pickle Jar||West Lakefield students choose 'Coach Ray' to be the recipient of their fall fundraising efforts, but Ray sees their pickle-jar donation as an embarrassing metaphor for his downward spiral. All's not lost, however--Tanya's got a couple of leads that could jump-start Ray's gigolo career. But is Ray ready, willing and able enough to follow through? Meanwhile, Damon is shattered when he rushes to his sister's defense during drive-in family night, only to learn that Darby doesn't want his help.||29:17||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoDo It, Monkey||Ray is frustrated when an unsatisfied client asks for a do-over of her 'damsel in distress' roadside fantasy. With times tight for Ronnie and Jessica, Ray hopes to one-up his ex by promising to buy a car for the twins. Tanya goes on a pity date with Floyd and is surprised by the outcome.||28:48||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideo'Doris Is Dead' or 'Are We Rich or Are We Poor?'||Tanya takes umbrage with Jemma for bypassing her service to set up "dates" directly with Ray. Still upset about a decision to put down her dog, Jessicaconfronts Ronnie about their finances, learning that times may not be as tough as he's made them out to be. After Jemma prods Ray to open up about himself, he gives his basketball team an inspiring pep talk.||28:42||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideo'The Rita Flower' or 'The Indelible Stench'||Ray's relationship with Jemma gets murky when he begins to develop real feelings for her. Tanya meets a hipster who sets out to help her get through her writer's block. Looking to land new clients at a farmer's market, Ray runs into Jessica, who invites him to dinner with Ronnie and the twins. Ray's finds himself in a potential quid pro quo situation with Yael, the wife of his despised neighbor Howard.||28:18||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideo'Thith Ith a Prothetic' or 'You Come Just Right'||After standing him up, Jemma tells Ray maybe they should take a break, and Ray seeks out Tanya for advice on women. Meanwhile, Tanya finds her new boyfriend Pierce to be a man of mystery. Attending a family barbeque at Jessica and Ronnie's, Ray finds himself in a (predictably) uncomfortable place. After seeing her classified ad, Lenore gives Tanya some unwanted feedback on her marketing strategy, which leads Tanya to take a more personal approach.||28:55||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideo'This Is America' or 'Fifty Bucks'||Tanya is dismayed when a 'satisfied' customer says she won't be using Ray's services again. Later, Tanya pitches Happiness Consultants to other women in her office, with mixed results. Damon goes to after-school detention to hang out with his androgynous friend Powell, leaving Ray baffled. Lenore gives Ray some lessons in branding and, after a chance encounter at a department store, offers Jessica some lifestyle advice.||28:28||$2.49||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideo'A Dick and a Dream' or 'Fight the Honey'||(Season One Finale). Alarmed by a bad omen, Tanya ends up battling Lenore for control of Ray, who is worried about his future after hearing rumors from Mike about job layoffs at school. As Ronnie flirts with an old flame at work, an unfulfilled Jessica decides her battery needs a jump start. Ray finds a sweet surprise inside his home, courtesy of his local bees and his frisky neighbor. With a new relationship losing steam, Damon turns to Darby for advice and comfort.||28:18||$2.49||View In iTunes|
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In a world with justice, this should be HBO's flagship show
Yes that's right. Forget True Blood, which is good but nowhere near that gem of a series that's Hung. Funny, quirky, great actors, deeply rooted in today's reality, yet wholly engaging.
Try the pilot episode and you'll thank me later for getting you hung to this series.
Not for everyone
If you get hung-up on the topic, you won't like this show, regardless of the acting and format.
If you are intrigued by the reality of the lifestyle, you may not get a great 'reality show' feel from this show either.
The show has a lot going for it and, in my opinion, is carving itself a niche - never before explored in this way.
The 'inner dialogue' type format works well, and the sweeping camera work is excellent. The carefully shot wardrobe 'function' and sprinkle of dirty words make this show easy to watch without getting offended or 'hard core'.
I became to like the characters, understand them. To me that shows a well balanced script, good shooting, great editing and good direction. As a first season, I would rate this as 3.5 stars, but am willing to round-up to 4 stars due to the difficulty balancing the topic with good taste.
The next season would lend itself well for the return of a love-sick Gemma.... and a jealous Lenore
excellent work! Looking forward to the next season!
Each episode seems to be building the plot but it ends up being a loose end. I kept expecting it to get better but as the show progressed I became more and more disappointed. I do not recommend this show to anyone that expects anything but a pointless waste of time.