TV & Video Review: ‘Hung’ (Season One) (Blu-ray)

TV & Video Review: ‘Hung’ (Season One) (Blu-ray)

Thomas Jane’s actor’s resume includes roles as a vigilante (The Punisher), gumshoe detective (Give ’em Hell, Malone), town sheriff (The Tripper), shark wrangler (Deep Blue Sea) and futuristic gunslinger (Mutant Chronicles), but last year he added the ultimately masculine male gigolo to his list of pretend occupations. Ray Drecker (Jane) is a down-on-his-luck high school […]

Thomas Jane’s actor’s resume includes roles as a vigilante (The Punisher), gumshoe detective (Give ’em Hell, Malone), town sheriff (The Tripper), shark wrangler (Deep Blue Sea) and futuristic gunslinger (Mutant Chronicles), but last year he added the ultimately masculine male gigolo to his list of pretend occupations.

Ray Drecker (Jane) is a down-on-his-luck high school coach who finds a new calling in the world’s oldest profession. With the help of his free-spirited business partner, Tanya (Jane Adams), Ray manages his up-and-coming career while juggling the demands of his ex-wife, Jessica (Anne Heche), and kids, Darby (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) and Damon (Charles Saxton).

The show’s plotlines are less roller coaster, more merry-go-round – Ray has minor ups and downs, usually surrounding the same issues: his ex-wife and kids, a losing coaching season, finances and pleasing his “clients.” It’s enough to keep the show moving forward, but each episode is not so exciting as to anticipate each new one every week.

Nonetheless, Jane is well casted as he is able to bring all the complexities to the character in his particular position. Ray has been dealt some interesting cards to say the least, but Jane is entirely capable of conveying his frustration, desperation, elatedness and charm (though often clumsy).

Special features include: three audio commentaries with series creators/executive producers Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin and writer Brett C. Leonard; a behind-the-scenes featurette; “The Women of Hung,” exploring the relationships between Ray and the women in his life; and Ray and Tanya’s personal ads.