Hung: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (28 Jun. 2009)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama
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Years ago, as a student at Detroit's West Lakefield High School, Ray Drecker was athletic, popular and destined for success. Today, as a West Lakefield teacher and coach of the varsity ... See full summary »

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Years ago, as a student at Detroit's West Lakefield High School, Ray Drecker was athletic, popular and destined for success. Today, as a West Lakefield teacher and coach of the varsity basketball team (which is on an unprecedented losing streak), he's underpaid, uninsured and embittered that his wife of 20 years left him for her dermatologist, Ronnie Haxon. After fire damages the rundown lakeside home he inherited from his parents, Ray's 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 husband. Lonely, run down and at wit's end, Ray attends a self-help class, where the mantra is to identify a personal "winning tool" to market for financial success. After a not-so fulfilling encounter with fellow attendee Tanya Skagle, a would-be poet, Ray has a "eureka" moment. With the help of Tanya, the well-endowed Ray sets out to exploit his greatest asset in hopes of changing his fortunes. Written by HBO Publicity

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Actor John Johns was a teacher at Waterford Township High School. He taught History and humanities classes. He used to have a Dick The Bruiser poster on the back of his classroom door. He was a great teacher and was popular with the students. See more »

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[Tanya reads a newspaper advertisement that Ray has pointed out]
Tanya Skagle: "Big Donnie: Will give you every inch of his love." Why are you showing me this?
Ray Drecker: That's my ad.
Tanya Skagle: This is you? Are you kidding? Please tell me this isn't you.
Ray Drecker: You're the one that gave me the idea.
Tanya Skagle: To be a man-whore? Ray, that's disgusting. That's pathetic.
Ray Drecker: Well, I'm a pathetic kind of guy.
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Written by Jason Miller, Michael Miller, Ullrich Hepperlin
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Funny, sad, interesting, good lead actor and well produced first episode
5 July 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A funny video of Hung decided me to watch its pilot. In fact even if its main subject is serious, male prostitution, it reminded me of the film Deuce Bigalow : Male Gigolo, a quite good comedy. Moreover it's produced by HBO so as a fan of Six Feet Under I thought it could only be good. I was right because this first episode really delivered. First I think many men should relate to Don's middle life crisis. Something terrible happened but it opened his eyes. A wake up call he needed to realize who he's and to find solutions to his problems : Work, family… But even if some scenes were quite dramatic they were balanced with funny ones. The actor is really good and his performance made the protagonist even more believable. However I'm not really convinced by the other cast members and the scene with his wife was over the top as the context wasn't explained. So I really hope his past will be covered in the upcoming episodes to help better understand who Don was. Last but not least the production quality was great so it really felt like a refreshing ice tea.


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