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Hung

the-series-philosopher-hungHung is a comedy-drama television series which ran on HBO from June 28, 2009 to December 4, 2011. It was created by Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson and stars Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, a struggling suburban Detroit high school basketball and baseball coach who resorts to male prostitution. The second season premiered on June 27, 2010 and concluded its ten-episode run on September 12, 2010. The third and final season premiered on October 2, 2011 and concluded its ten-episode run on December 4, 2011.

Plot

Hung follows Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), an unhappy high school history teacher and athletic coach in suburban Detroit who is short of money. He is also the father of twin teenagers (Charlie Saxton and Sianoa Smit-McPhee) who move in with their remarried mother (Anne Heche) after a fire damages the childhood home Ray still owns. With no insurance to cover the damage from the fire, Ray is left without many options. With the help of a friend, Tanya (Jane Adams), Ray decides to turn his extremely large penis into an opportunity to make money. The episodes center on Ray’s attempts to maintain a normal life while starting his business as a prostitute. Together, Tanya and Ray begin their business, “Happiness Consultants”.

The second season focuses on the complex dynamic between Ray and his two pimps, Tanya and Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff). Lenore, a life coach whom Tanya brought in to help them in the early stages of the business, began taking over Happiness Consultants late in the first season, as she believes she can take Ray in to new business areas and views Tanya as an obstacle.

The third season sees Tanya and Ray forced to compete for clients against Lenore and her younger prostitute Jason (Stephen Amell).

Cast and characters

Main

  • Thomas Jane (The Expanse) as Ray Drecker: Former star athlete turned high school teacher/coach and single dad who becomes a prostitute in order to provide a better life for himself and his children.
  • Jane Adams (Frasier) as Tanya Skagle: A former flame of Ray’s who reunites with him later on. She takes on the role of his pimp after proving to have optimism to make money in the business.
  • Anne Heche (Save Me) as Jessica Haxon: Ray’s ex-wife who is trying to build a relationship with her children as they drift away from her. She also finds herself drifting from her new husband, Ronnie.
  • Charlie Saxton (Workaholics) as Damon Drecker: Ray and Jessica’s son. He partakes in goth-like activities and is unsure as to his exact sexuality. He has issues with his mom, he has an unhealthy fixation on his sister and is much more comfortable around his father.
  • Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Neighbours, As the Bell Rings) as Darby Drecker: Ray and Jessica’s daughter, and Damon’s twin. Darby has had issues with her boyfriend, and is very close with her brother, often a source of support.
  • Eddie Jemison as Ronnie Haxon (Regular Seasons 1–2, Recurring Season 3): Jessica’s new husband who is starting to become more about business than romance, causing both Jessica and himself to drift to outside romantic sources.
  • Rebecca Creskoff (Girlfriends, Jonas) as Lenore Bernard (Recurring Season 1, Regular Seasons 2–3): A life coach who is introduced to Ray by Tanya to bring in clients. Eventually, Lenore proves she can be a better pimp than Tanya, and the two are currently battling for his attention.
  • Gregg Henry (Scandal, The Killing, The Following) as Mike Hunt (Recurring Season 1, Regular Seasons 2-3): Ray’s good friend and assistant coach. He is becoming suspicious of Ray’s behavior, and is worried about being laid off as the school begins cutting costs.
  • Lennie James (The Walking Dead) as Charlie (Recurring Season 2, Regular Season 3): Tanya’s pimp mentor.
  • Stephen Amell (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Jason (Season 3): A young prostitute found by Lenore to serve as competition against Ray
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