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Turgid Or Flaccid?? Herc Sizes Up HBO Penis Sitcom HUNG!!

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An unusually sharp and unusually funny sitcom from “The Riches” husband-and-wife writing team of Colette Burson and Dmitry Lipkin,” “Hung” follows handsome, newly divorced Detroit high school coach Ray Drecker, whose economic circumstances inspire him to start using his gargantuan willy to pursue a career as man-whore. The series stars Thomas Jane (“The Punisher”!) as the oversized “happiness consultant,” Jane Adams (“Frasier”) as his pimp and Anne Heche (“Men In Trees”) as his ex-wife. As directed by Alexander Payne (who’s made a career crafting hilarious portraits of deluded losers like “Election,” “About Schmidt” and “Sideways”), the pilot offers a lot of cunningly undersold character comedy -- the kind that could be easy to miss if the viewer isn’t vigilant, so all are encouraged to keep eyes and ears open. There’s an attention to detail that’s rare in Payne’s realm of independent filmmaking and almost non-existent in television. The series starts out exceedingly well, with Drecker giving a hilariously uninspiring speech to his terrible basketball team. (I’m still chuckling about the player who guesses the coach’s discussion of the dung beetle’s lifestyle might be a plea for “more man-to-man coverage.”) I laughed again at the early montage of fire hazards in Drecker’s post-divorce cabin home. I laughed when I realized Drecker’s daughter was a really convincing actress. I laughed again when misfortune finally fully stripped away Drecker’s neighborliness. I laughed at the blunt high-decibel contempt that spilled out of Drecker’s ex-mother-in-law. I laughed at the Adams character’s unhinged, high-pitched vocalizing as Drecker sent her rocketing into orgasm. That’s a lot of laughter for just the first half-hour. There’s a lot of talk in a get-rich-quick class Drecker attends about finding “the tool” that will bring success, but the term is played more to further the plot than solicit a giggle. Material like this is tricky, but the creators are careful to keep the characters relatable and Payne keeps the pilot's tone far from the domain of sex-romp. Jane brings movie-strength charisma to Drecker and even the smallest parts in the pilot are exceedingly well cast. The standout is Adams, who demonstrates at times almost otherworldly comic acumen as the poet-turned-temp who turns out to be a bit of a marketing genius. I say add “Hung” to your DVR; it’s season-passworthy. Variety says:
… wryly funny … Boasting fine performances by Thomas Jane and Jane Adams, coupled with sharp writing, "Hung" really does offer those willing to pay for it (HBO, that is) a bountiful package. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… pretty darned funny, especially once you get past the 45-minute pilot and into the half-hour regular episodes (smaller is better, actually). …
The New York Times says:
… oddly beguiling, a downbeat screwball comedy in R-rated clothing. … really comes alive after Mr. Jane teams up with Jane Adams …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… attempts to be a surprisingly subtle study of modern adulthood in difficult economic times. (In case you don't get this, it's set in Detroit.) In this it occasionally succeeds, but at a cost to the sexual farce or frisson one might expect from such a setup. Regrettably, the word "flaccid" often comes to mind. …
The Chicago Tribune says:
… Perhaps we still expect too much from HBO; not every show is going to be the next "Sopranos" or "Deadwood." But "Hung," it must be said, is less than advertised.
The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… Who knew that when HBO announced it was green-lighting a series called "Hung" about, let's see, a well-endowed man, it would end up being kind of endearing? It's also funny, which is good since "Hung" is a comedy. And it's unexpectedly sweet and has depth … The pilot, directed by Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), is superb, and the first handful of episodes (there are 10 in the season), prove that the writing is consistently strong, the characters multidimensional and the tone assured and surprising in its depth. With "Hung," HBO might have found its next big thing.
The Newark Star Ledger says:
… has more to offer than just John Thomas jokes. Amidst all the sniggering humor about how Ray has been taught to "do your best with the gifts God gave you" is some smart comedy about the state of 21st century America in general, as well as a superb lead performance from Thomas Jane. … Lipkin's previous show, FX's "The Riches," also was a dark series about the emotional cost of illegally getting rich quick, but it seemed almost allergic to laughter, despite the presence of the normally funny Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver as its stars. And that made Lipkin's various sociological points difficult to sit through. This time, Lipkin and Burson seem to have recognized that with a great endowment comes great responsibility to make jokes about it -- especially if those jokes then provide cover to talk about everything else.
The Boston Globe says:
… Like many half-hour cable series, particularly those on Showtime, “Hung’’ leans heavily on the black comedy, but pathos is never far away. … it’s this grounding in character drama that helps “Hung’’ transcend its gimmicky genital premise. For me, the best part of “Hung’’ is Adams, who makes Tanya a brittle joy with neurotic lines such as, “My mother was right, I’m too desperate to be liked.’’ …
The Washington Post says:
… Ray Drecker is supposed to be a lovable loser, that furry fixture of the modern sitcom, but he's about as lovable as snakes on a plane -- either the actual occurrence or the horrendous movie of that name. Drecker is a shuffling, fumbling imbecile whose run of bad luck seems largely the result of his own stupidity. Who cares if he's miserable? … The number of plays on the word "tool" seems uncountable. … "I don't think it's funny; I think it's sad," someone says near the end of the premiere, and as happens frequently with new shows, it sounds too much like self-criticism. …
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… one of those shows that's amusing and may make viewers nod in recognition of a familiar character type or behavior. But "Hung" is not a laugh riot. … It's possible that "Hung" will lighten up as time goes on. The weak ending to Sunday's pilot is trite and feels like a half-hearted effort to be uplifting. It doesn't work. But the end of the fourth episode is almost sweet …
Entertainment Weekly says:
… Hung's awkward tone (partly intentional, since the pilot was directed by Alexander Payne, writer-director of that gem of awkward comedy Sideways) becomes frustrating. The series needs to commit: Either evolve into a funny, sexy stud-romp or hang it up. …
USA Today says:
… The pity, for those who might get hung up on the premise, is that there are moments when Hung has the makings of both a smart social satire and a sweet romantic comedy. It's just that its virtues have been buried under the kind of meandering plots and underpowered dialogue that mark so many TV comedies these days, which seem unable to decide whether they'd rather be unfunny comedies or insufficiently serious dramas. Indeed, the episodes tend to be so shapeless and leisurely paced, you might be watching a very long movie that just happened to get cut up into random segments. …
10 p.m. Sunday. HBO.
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  • June 28, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Show about a big dick

    by Heckles

    Cutting edge indeed.

  • June 28, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    RE: Show about a big dick

    by omgwtfbbqsauce

    Cumming to Showtime in 2010, "Pussy", a show about a woman with an abnormally large vagina, watch as she tries in vain to find a partner who can "fill" the sizeable void in her life...

  • June 28, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    am i the only one who feels icky?

    by Toe Jam

    i'm really hoping i'll like this show, as payne is one of my favorites (don't know much about the lipkins, though), but i'm afraid my own feelings of inadequacy will keep me from warming to it. it'll be rather awkward watching it with my girlfriend -- almost like watching porn in which the guy's cock is so distractingly big that i can't enjoy the scene for what it is. douche chills.

  • June 28, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I'm Tom Jane

    by Magnum Opus

    I just want my kids back.

  • June 28, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST

    by ZAM1138

    omgwtfbbqsauce, there really are times when I think TV is comming(PUN!)to that. I hope it's funny, because HBO isn't doing much for me lately. Therapy and Vampires=meh. Plus, the show takes place in Detroit!(Metro Detroit?)

  • June 28, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I thought the pilot was about ten minutes too schlong...

    by FuckMichaelBay


  • June 28, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    A show about Tom Jones?!?! Count me in!

    by Murraypalooza


  • June 28, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    How many dicks is that? A lot.

  • June 28, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    He just wants his kids back!

    by MetalMickey

  • June 28, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Is Homeless Dad out on Blu-ray yet?

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Hence... Like a Virign

    by inb4scriptgirl

  • June 28, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by Omar B

    I love anything with Tom Jane, and this looks great.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST


    by dejectedgeek

    I've been looking forward to this since it was announced way back when. After I saw the first few trailers, I knew it was going to be something great. Maybe even better than Eastbound & Down. That's probably not true, though. Kenny Powers' dick is probably triple the size of Ray Drecker's.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    just watched Mutant Chronicles starring Tom Jane

    by BMacSmith

    not a single original thought in that entire, horrible movie. wow, Jane and Perlman must be embarassed by that shit.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    I got a bigger one.

    by DerLanghaarige

  • June 28, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    America freaks the fuck out when they see a cock

    by V'Shael

    so I can't imagine a show about a big dick is going to go down well.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    real penis or body double?

    by Titus05

    will Thomas Jane bare his penis for HBO the same way Anna Paquin has done with boobs and booty for True Blood?

  • June 28, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Jane Adams is great!

    by Watching_Teri_Hatcher_Take_A_Shit

    This show looks pretty funny. Hopefully it's not another CALIFORNICATION.

  • June 28, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST

    We need a lot more big cock in our lives

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    We all do

  • June 28, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    HBO has shown us some fantastic breasts from Anna Paquin

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Still hoping for that full frontal of Anna, playing with herself, but hey I cant wait

  • June 28, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Hung, fuck thought it was Carradine death documentary.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Goddamn it! I was looking forward to the recreation. Fuck!

  • June 28, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Miyamoto_Musashi, Internet has lots of free tits.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Anna's are ok.

  • June 28, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    A review of Hung from mainstream journalists, or:

    by Monkey Butler

    How to include about 10 fucking stupid "big dick" puns into a four sentence review.

  • June 28, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST


    by dj_bollocks on e would do a show about a woman with a massive vagina then.... who knew ?

  • June 28, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Carradine doco! Haha, nice one, EvilWizard!

    by couP

  • June 28, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Sigh, wish it were the season premiere of Deadwood!

    by Judge Briggs

  • June 28, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    "And starring......Andy dildo..."

    by 2for2true

    *rim shot*

  • June 28, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    mixed reviews, huh?

    by v1cious

    i'll probably check it out anyway, since there's nothing on.

  • June 28, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    no thanks. i want vagina...with lasers.

  • June 28, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    something has to interest me,

    by Timahh

    until entourage and Mad Men start up...ill check out tonight at least.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    That's AICN Geeks For You...

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    No Problem watching a Comedy about a guy with a Big Dick you Never Actually See.<br /><br />Emotionally Traumatized for the Rest of 2009 by their Confused Feelings upon viewing Dr. Manhattan's Big Blue Schlong in WATCHMEN.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by Monkey Butler

    I think the confused feelings after Watchmen were more because it was such a shit movie, but the lack of squid wasn't actually what made it shit.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch a series about a well endowed woman

    by ev1ldead

    trying to fuck her way through the top of Hollywood. You know like a scriptgirl biopic series. But I have high expectations for this too. Trailer looks good, excellent talent before and behind the camera. <p> Not as high expectations of course as for Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. If HBO passes on any of those 2 they should change their name to Lifetime deluxe. <p> I'm still pissed about them not pickung up Preacher and David Milch's Last of the Ninth. Cocksuckers.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Watch INTO THE STORM, the HBO movie on Churchill instead

    by YackBacker

    Brendon Gleeson as Winston Churchill is excellent. The production values are very good too. It's amazing to consider the life and contributions of Churchill, and where we would have ended up without his leadership. But, if you like shows about large penises, I guess HUNG is more your speed.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Oh and a big F-U to the San Francisco Chronicle reviewer above

    by YackBacker

    Saying "HBO might have found its next big thing" is a desperate attempt to have your name included in promo material for HUNG. Go. Fuck. Yourself.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    YackBacker, Churchill racist dick advocated gassing people.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Fuck dud read Human Smoke. Churchill had some very evil ideas.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Would it be racist if Black man?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I wonder if people would be bitching about a Black guy as the main character?

  • June 28, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    EvilWizardGlick, true about the gassing

    by YackBacker

    And about bombing civilians, but those were the rules of engagement on both sides of World Wars I and II. I'm not saying Churchill was a saint, that would be wrong and silly. I am saying he was a consequential figure who did more to thwart German tyranny than anyone else in his position. And I'll take an imperfect man who is able to stare down the truly racist mass murderer Adolf Hitler.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    YackBacker, Serious hate of Bolshevicks skewed

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Churchills serious hatred of Bolsheviks skewed his view on European Jews. Initially he embraced Hitler as a bulwark against Bolshevism. <p> Again from Human Smoke it seems that was why so few Jews were allowed to escape Europe. Not only because of Churchill but FDR as well. <p> Plus Churchill advocated gassing civilians in the Middle East. Places like modern day Iraq which had oil. <p> Fucking horrible man that history has been overly generously kind.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    YackBacker, actually his and FDR's policies

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Their policies made the situation much worse. Not only the food blockade but the continual firebombing of food crops. They also attempted a low grade biological warfare aimed at food crops and civilians. <p> History belongs to the victorious.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    People who put all of their faith in one book

    by YackBacker

    are generally known as fundamentalists. I'm not saying "Human Smoke" is incorrect because I haven't read it (I know of it, though). But the mistreatment of fleeing Jews by the US and Europe is a well-documented side-issue to the bigger picture-- that Churchill was integral in the West's ultimate victory over Germany. There are no perfect heroes in history, I've accepted that fact long ago. Deconstructing Churchill might seem like an honest take on history, but I think doing so skews too far to the negative, overshadowing his essential contribution to a greater good.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    And you're right, history belongs to the victorious

    by YackBacker

    And I cringe to think of how a victorious Hitler would have white-washed the Holocaust had he defeated the West. I'll trade low-grade biological warfare for the Final Solution any day of the week.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Melvin_Pelvis

    dick, pussy, tit jokes get old real fast

  • June 28, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Biggus Dickus

    by Skraggo

    He has a wife, you know... Incontinentia. Incontinentia Buttocks.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Are people still worried about the state of HBO?

    by Dijonase24

    Between In Treatment, Eastbound & Down, No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Flight of the Conchords, and True Blood (though mostly as a problematic guilty pleasure) I think there's been a lot to love on HBO lately. Sure, they had an impossibly perfect streak there where The Wire, Deadwood, and The Sopranos were all on the air at the same time, but should we really fault them because there's not a show of that caliber on right now? Those things don't just happen. Those shows are all among the best ever. They're not always going to have best ever caliber stuff on the air, but between what's on now and what's in the works I think there's a lot of great stuff on HBO.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I want a Vaginal sitcom called FADGE. Starring hot babes.

    by Damien Chowder

  • June 28, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I do pushups with my John Thomas

    by CaptainAxis

    When is The Life and Times of Tim coming back?

  • June 28, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    jane is the king of geeks

    by bacci40

    therefore, i will like anything that he is in

  • June 28, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    "Are people still worried about the state of HBO?"

    by Ash0k

    Um, Dijonase24??? I love how when you mention The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, etc., you mention that shows of those caliber "just don't happen". <p><p> Actually, shows like that DO happen. On ABC, SHO, FX, and AMC. <p><p> HBO is dead. Stick a fork in it.

  • June 28, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Is this about Michael Jackson?

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Because it sounds gay.........

  • June 28, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Let me know when HBO gets a series starring Milena Velba!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Than we can start talking about HBO owning my house!<p>BTW, why have the media start pushing male sexuality to men? Everything of the past several years or more have been nothing but dicks and asses of guys in GUYS fucking faces!<p>Think goodness for Stallone, pizza, shitty sci-fi, and porn!

  • June 28, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    i started noticing the same things, i thought it was because of feminism getting back at us for showing naked women all the time. but i think we are starting to see a trend here where gay is cool, and men experimenting with other men is totally natural as well as accepted.

  • June 28, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    is dead.

  • June 28, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Dioxholster I have long accepted that naked women in movies...

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    are now a rarity unless its a foreign film!<p>I mean Jessica Alba and her creed of talentless younger actresses should by no means get paid for what they called acting!<p>Do I think they should show some skin? Hell yeah, its not like people are busting down the door to see their movies.<p>What we get are cockteases and little payoff.<p>Guys may sound chavunist when they say so-so should get naked but we only say that because the actress we're referring to sucks!<p>I remember the joke in Scary Movie about the gay athelete and how it just went on forever, even to the point of a fake penis in the ear!<p>And women aren't excluded. I was looking at Degrassi recently nd its seems almost every girl is now gay!<p>WTF, its gotten ridiculous.

  • June 28, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Monkey Butler- so f'n true

    by Heckles

    You see these assholes sitting in front of their laptop at Coffee Bean laughing wildly as the next dick pun leapt onto the page. And their parents said that journalism degree from Yale was going to waste...

  • June 28, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Grim Reaper working overtime - Bye Bye Billy

    by Kaiser Soze

    Billy Mays R.I.P. - the beard is gone

  • June 28, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Can the penis talk?

    by Kid Z

    Does it control the owner of the penis in question? Is the penis evil? Does it brainwash it's owner into starting a gang and committing elaborate crime? If not, pass!

  • June 28, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    What a strange premise for a show. . .

    by Cymbol

    I would be just as turned off from watching a show if it were called "Big Tits". Maybe the show is good - but it's hard to find the time to squeeze a show called "Hung" into my busy schedule. Perhaps when it hits the rental store if reviews are good. It's a pass for me.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Whats w/ the obsession with cock lately??

    by grendel69

    Male nudity in movies has been out of control the past few years. Its everywhere and except for Bloody V I cant even remember the last time I saw a full frontal female scene. Hangover and Bruno show erect penises(since when is that ok for a R film?)Hung.... whats with the cock obsession??

  • June 28, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST



    Who sez dreams don't come true? :)

  • June 28, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah its getting ridiculous grendel69

    by Ash0k

    Basically when you look at the demographic that lives in Santa Fe and LA... and realize that Hollywierd caters to these whackjobs, you get crap like Hung.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    The fucking TREES killed MAYS, THE TREES!

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Godamn it the fucking movie was right!

  • June 28, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Kid Z, One eyed monster it can kill.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Check the movie out.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    grendel69, Velvet Mafia.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Velvet Mafia= onscreen cock and effeminate men.

  • June 28, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    The feminazis and homosexuals have been trying to blur the gender lines for decades now. Its seems theyve succeeded. Young men arent even masculine anymore.I look and listen to these people and ...theyre girly metrosexuals. Fuck this, Im gonna go watch some DOug Stanhope standup.

  • June 28, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane...

    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. Remember when HBO ran worthwhile programming?

  • June 28, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    for some reason after 'The Sopranos' (yes, I stuck with it till the end) I just lost interest in anything the network produced. I thinK AMC is the next big network (Breaking Bad, Mad Men).

  • June 28, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    AICN Fans At The Movies

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Guys BEING Dicks = Cheering & Applause. <br /><br />Guys SEEING Dicks = Rampant Homophobia.

  • June 28, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST



    Kathy Bates is out there somewhere in the world. She could be ANYWHERE.<p>In your garden.<p>In your cellar.<p>In your local cinema.<p>ANYWHERE.<p>Stay alert and DON'T stay anywhere by yourself. <p>Kathy Bates is watching... and waiting...

  • June 28, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    How about a TRUE BLOOD talkback?

    by SpyGuy

    TRUE BLOOD is all kinds of crazy-ass fun and deserves considerably more love on here than it's getting.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    so does Billy Mays get any love?

    by walrusholder

    he is sort of a TV star

  • June 28, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Billy Mays<Ed McMahon<Farrah Fawcett<Michael Jackson

    by Kid Z

    Somewhere in the afterlife Billy Mays sprays a faceful of OxyClean into MJ's face, blinding him while Farrah knocks him to the ground with a girly little karate kick. After which Ed McMahon, holding a half-empty bottle of Dewars staggers over and kicks him in the face, knocking off what was left of his nose.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by Timahh

    has some pretty interesting stuff coming down the pipe however. A show about 1920's Atlantic city from a Sopranos writer and to be directed by Scorsese...the new show from Ed Burns and David Simon about New Orleans. They are definitely down right now, but it won't be long before we are all re-upping our subscription.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    EvilWizardGlick: It wouldn't be racist if it were a black...

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ...lead. However, there would still be bitching galore about it. By black people about being stereotyped (facetiously, of course), and by white people about the impropriety (**cough*Injustice*cough**) of it all.<p> That's why a movie like Boogie Nights would never have been the critical success it was if starred Taye Diggs or even Don Cheadle, who was in the movie, as opposed to Mark Whalberg. <p> A White guy with a big dick is a nice anachronism that makes us all feel good, or at least, ok, about exploring the dramatic, and in the case of Hung, the comedic potential in situations offered up by an otherwise taboo subject.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Agree: True Blood TBack FTW

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Show is all sorts of good.

  • June 28, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Mark Pellegrino joins Supernatural

    by Ash0k

    "True..." what?

  • June 28, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane is a poor mans Aaron Eckhart

    by BMacSmith

    but he's alright

  • June 28, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    You poor sexually repressed Yanks

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    A mans naughty place is not a place of shame, regardless of your Puritan upbringing. Im not going to watch this (unless it gets some great reviews), but I think its a cool premise for a show lol <p> But Im European and we;re all gay anyway ;)

  • June 28, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Actually I should take that back

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The fact that this got made in US, even if on cable shows you're all growing up a little bit. Well not in this TB,of course, but in general you know lol

  • June 28, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Pussy: The Series

    by redshirt

    Starring Denise Masino

  • June 28, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Milo is on Criminal Intent!

    by chrth

  • June 28, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Herc laughs at the O

    by VikkiMarsdale

    "I laughed at the Adams character... as Drecker sent her rocketing into orgasm." - Yeah, they always look funny the first time you see one.

  • June 28, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Tom Jane is a good actor...

    by Thrillhouse77

    when he said: "I just want my kids back" - you could really FEEL his inner torment. And homelessness.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Meanwhile in non-penis news

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Merlin is fun tonight, this series is a lot better than Heroes. NBC should pair it with Chuck.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Meanwhile on real TV news

    by Ash0k

    Kings airs another episode vastly superior to the trash on HBO.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Col. Tigh-Fighter

    by Ash0k

    We Yanks are hardly "repressed". Unlike many Europeans, most Americans actually aren't emo fruitcakes. Imagine that.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by iamnicksaicnsn

    While I agree with you that is a corny joke, it really is just part of Tim Goodman's sarcasm. As a San Francisco native, Tim Goodman has always been a bad-ass reviewer because he lives in snark, and for the most part, this guy is usually right on the money with his reviews and recommendations.

  • June 28, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    why isn't there a True Blood TB, HERC?

    by Judge Briggs

    Get off your ass, man!

  • June 28, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Col. Tigh-Fighter...

    by Kid Z

    Hey mate, the Puritans are the fault of you Brits... you kicked them all out of England and they wound up here. Can't say as I blame you, though... I understand Cromwell was a right bastard!

  • June 28, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    This show will pull huge ratings...

    by Kid Z

    ... from all the sexually-obsessed cougar hoes that'll be tuning in each week like clockwork. Oh well... maybe it'll keep their skanky @$$es out of the clubs for one night a week.

  • June 28, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Sounds like HBO's version of Californication

    by ShabbyBlue

    Another sex drama/comedy. I miss the days of Dream On though.

  • June 28, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I wonder if I should get into this line of work.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I'm nice, polite, and I have a very large penis. I wonder how one gets into this line of work.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    "Martin Tuppers Closet"

    by grendel69

    "Beef & broccoli,beef & broccoli. That was fast" Dream On rocked.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Just watched it

    by Omar B

    It was pretty damn good. I still don't get why this site goes crazy every time male genitals are even mentioned ... like a couple months ago with Watchmen. We've all got one (or for the women) seen one. Buncha babies.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Watched it...entertaining, went by fast

    by digital8

    It was good. Pilot was short. Next episode in a few weeks. It has potential and I'll be watching the next episode.

  • June 28, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I think this is...

    by Bootskin

    ..the most I've seen Herc type without a page and a half of ads. Good for you Herc. This "article" looks like you actually watched the show you're talking about.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Whenever losers knock Americans as "Puritans"...


    I just think two words: SOLOMON KANE. And then I think, it's GOOD to be a Puritan. >:)

  • June 28, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Germans and Brits are pretty ban happy too

    by BMacSmith

    especially when it comes to violence.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Needs More Rough Anal

    by Blast_Hardcheese

    That one "poet" girl must have a really deep twat. Also, it would of been better if instead of the girl at the hotel changing her mind, it ended with a shot of a fat woman's face scruched up in pain from a huge dong in her butt. Then he pulls out after overflowing her poop chute and then she accidentally poops all over the bed from her bunghole being stretched out. That's a Tijuana Milkshake by the way.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    State of HBO

    by Dijonase24

    That seems pretty harsh, Ash0k. I listed The Wire, Sopranos, and Deadwood as "best ever" caliber shows. Of the networks you mentioned I'd only say that ABC and AMC can claim that kind of quality (what with Lost, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad). I don't have Showtime so I can't speak for it, but I hear great things about Dexter. And with The Shield gone I don't really think FX has anything that would quite qualify, though Always Sunny and Sons of Anarchy are definitely up there. <br><br> My point was only that HBO seems to be far from done, and I'm surprised when people brush it off as easily as you just did. The first season of In Treatment was very good, and the second was as good as anything else I saw this year. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency was offbeat an pleasant, and a very welcome change of pace for HBO. Flight of the Conchords competes with Always Sunny and 30 Rock for the funniest show on TV (in mine eyes, anyway). I liked Eastbound & Down well enough, but I know that a lot of other people absolutely loved it. True Blood is basically crap, but I think it's exceedingly enjoyable crap. <br><br> That doesn't take into account their mini-series and original movies (which are generally top-notch), the other shows I can't account for since I don't watch them, or the stuff someone else mentioned that's coming (Treme, the Atlantic City show, Bored to Death). Like I said, they're missing a show that gets mentioned as an "all-time great," but I don't really think you can fault them that. I've enjoyed everything I've watched on HBO lately so I feel like I'm getting what I'm paying for. <br><br> Or maybe I'm just trying to convince myself I'm not wasting my money. Either way.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by YackBacker

    If it is to be read tongue-in-cheek, then I can appreciate Goodman's comment. Thanks for the insight.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Forest Tucker Gives Jane Ghostly Advice

    by cookylamoo

    In episode 3. And I love Jane Adams. She has so many moles, she's like a cute little chocolate chip cookie.

  • June 28, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    VikkiMarsdale is funny

    by D.Vader

    "The first time you see one..." heheh.

  • June 29, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    When has the uk ben ban happy ?

    by kingoflight

    Recently we have had more gore on TV infact we are getting a good dose more with the channel 4 programs first we had open heart surgey LIVE ! Now we are getting animal altopsy programs this week. We have a watershead but after 9 Its 18-R rated baby !

  • June 29, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Is this thread about the BET awards?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • June 29, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Dijonase24: "True Blood is basically crap, but I think it's exce

    by Samwise Ganja

    god, man.........(or woman) i agree whole heartedly, the show is good, but my girl tried to make me read the books, and true no go..... if there is anything i hate more than a womans point of view it's a womans point of view told from another cunts point of view..... BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the show, all in all is good sauce though.......

  • June 29, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Thought it was pretty funny

    by DukeofNewYork

    has nice potential. HBO is great, not sure what the bitching is about. Where's the love for Big Love? Flight of the Conchords was fucking hilarious, too bad Bret and Jemaine decided against a third season. Life and Times of Tim was something that caught me waaaay of guard with its hilarity, I didn't watch it till the season had run and now I can't get enough. Entourage is terrible now but still worth a watch just in case. Curb Your Enthusiasm is terrific, cannot wait for the new season with the Seinfeld cast. Eastbound and Down was funny, not as funny as some swear it to be but it grows on you quickly. HBO has all the broadcast networks beat IMO. easily. and I haven't even seen True Blood, vampires don't do anything for me but the prospect of anna naked is a plus

  • June 29, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Thought it was boring

    by gooseud

    Apparently it gets better......which I would hope, because that first episode was pretty much laugh-devoid.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    should have made true blood talkback..

    by ulcer

    no one cares about Hung

  • June 29, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Re: State of HBO

    by skycrapper

    Don't forget "Game of Thrones" in those coming up series. The books fucking rock. Keeping my fingers crossed that it gets picked up.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Needs more GIANT PIG

    by GIANT_PIG

    GIANT PIG!!!

  • June 29, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    How Big Does Your Dong Have To Be

    by Blast_Hardcheese

    To be a male prostitute or porn star? The girls on Adult Friend Finder tell me mine is big I'm still not convinced.

  • June 29, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Fucking sucked.

    by HoboCode

    Couldn't stop yawning. am I realyl supposed to feel sorry for a guy wit ha huge cock? At least have some fucking female nudity.

  • June 29, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    How many dick references can a dumb reviewer drop?

    by Lezbo Milk

    I thought the reviews were funny as hell. All these dipshit critics trying to be as clever as the material they write about...and failing miserably. I guess that's why they are writing about shows, instead of actually writing them.

  • June 29, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by TITBAG

  • June 29, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by TITBAG

  • June 29, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    Yawning? So while watching a show about a guy with a huge dick, your mouth kept opening wide reflexively? I think your subconscious is trying to tell you something.<br> <br> You know what's funny? Most of the people bitching about the premise of Hung probably list Boogie Nights as one of their favorite films. Also funny to see all the whining about male nudity as if it's so commonplace now. Really? Name 10 films or TV shows that have shown male nudity in the last two years. Now do the same with female nudity. Yeah, shut the fuck up with that homophobic horseshit.

  • June 29, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    LOL. The yawning was more of a result of the stultifyingly bad acting by the entire cast. This show was god awful. I'm originally from fucking Detroit and still couldn't keep my eyes open.

  • June 29, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Ash0k

    Let me guess, European. I love how these emo libtards cry foul and scream homophobia every time they meet a real American who isn't a flaming metrosexual poof.

  • June 29, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Real American? lol

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Come on mate. That is the most repressed comment I think Ive ever read! lol. You're not doing yoursef any favours with that post :D <p> In Quadrophenia Ray Winstone and Phil Davis share a bath. Not in a gay way (if you can actually believe 2 men can be in a bath together withourt being gay). In the 80;s French cartoon The Mysterious Cities of Gold the two little boys go swimming in the river naked. Nothing gratuitous, just had no swim suits so took off their clothes and jumped in the water. This is what we watched in the 70's and 80's in Europe. <p> Reading this TB makes me think of the Simpsons "Wont somebody think of the children!" <p> In conclussion I deduce real Americans get scared at the thought of naked men lol. Is that what your saying Ash0k? ;)

  • June 29, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Col. Tigh-Fighter

    by Ash0k

    Real Americans don't get scared of PC BS, they get tough.

  • June 29, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Bored as his cock

    by spiceybiscuit

    Did we watch the same show?? I was bored out of my mind. I didn't even know that was Anne Heche as the X, that is how bad and pulled back her face is

  • June 29, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Ashok as a real american straight male, youre an embarrasment

    by Ace of Knaves

    the simple fact is you shouldnt be afraid of penises or their mention because we all have one, acknowledging this fact, or even putting on a program highly relevant to this fact does not denote homosexuality. Its a show about a guy using his huge cock to bang chicks. nothing gay about it. Kepp your own issues ( with your intellect, sexuality, and penis size) to yourself. This is a good program . You were probaly one of those little creeps snickering at doctor manhattan's dong, telling yourself it was overkill , and no guys dick is that big flaccid. yeh keep telling yourself that.

  • June 29, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    Xenophobic? Check. Usage of the "libtard" insult? Check. Rampant fear of male genitalia? Check. Reliance on the "Real American" meme? Check.<br> <br> You wouldn't happen to be republican, would you? I hope for your sake this is just your talkback "tough guy" gimmick. Because honestly, in the context of this talkback, your comments don't make a lot of sense. By the way, I'm Canadian. Let the witty, Limbaugh-approved insults fly!<br> <br> As for the show, I appreciated that the supporting cast (i.e. his kids, the poet chick) looked like real people instead of airbrushed actors. Man, some of you are so quick to condemn a new show. Like I said in the Philanthropist talkback nobody read, you deserve all the shitbag reality shows and police/lawyer/doctor procedurals clogging the airwaves. Nothing satisfies some of you. There's a Hung pun hidden in there somewhere.

  • June 29, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    yeh i also thought it was cool

    by Ace of Knaves

    how his kids looked like schlubby regular kids youd see at a mall somewhere, not these picture perfect model types, not one but both of his kids were overweight, and actually resembled each other. nice realistic touch.

  • June 29, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    Problem is none of it interesting. They had the greatest show ever... Deadwood and shit canned it. What did we get instead? Lucky Louie, Tell Me You Love Me and In Treatment(Im fuckin tired of people in therapy). Gee where are those shows now?? Meanwhile HBO turns down Mad Men, which could have been huge for them. Only thing interesting to me is Entourage prob has a couple years left and The Pacific is next year.

  • June 29, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    Now THERE is a terrible show, like fingernails on a blackboard. I've tried to watch it many times and every time it quickly reveals its truly retarded nature. It's like The O.C. with swearing, tits and ass. If you look up Ash0k's favorite word "metrosexual" in the latest dictionary, you'll see a picture of the Entourage cast. I can see why anybody who likes Entourage would be "bored" by Hung. It's not shiny and flashy enough. Perhaps a tinfoil ball is more your speed.

  • June 29, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I didn't realize Thomas Jane was so bad

    by Browncoat_Jedi

    His acting was terrible! I liked the pilot anyway. But what a mistake to cast him.

  • June 29, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    So William Hung has his own show now, Interesting

    by My_IQ_is_135

  • June 29, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    You take that back about Lucky Louie!!!

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I'd trade Hung and Entourage to have that show back. That said, everybody get it that Hung is just Weeds with a male lead, right? It's got potential, but the pilot wasn't as funny as Herc made it out to be.

  • June 29, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    it looked interesting.

    by Timahh

    I like seeing Tom "i just want my kids back" getting some work. Jane Adams also. And for the first time in her career, i didn't want to punch anne heche in the face.(does that rhyme...i can't tell) Not a great ep, but first one's rare;y are. I'll check out a few weeks before i make up my mind.

  • June 29, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane is fucking terrible

    by darthvedder81

    Exhibit A: "The Mist" (especially the last 5 minutes of that shitfest). Poor man's Aaron Eckhart? More like a poor man's Bill Shatner.

  • June 29, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Jane was fucking great in The Mist.

    by HoboCode

    Probably thanks to Darabont's direction, but he sucks in this. Awful.

  • June 29, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Maybe they can stunt cast

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Dr. Manhattan and his wagging blue weenie

  • June 29, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    No its not great, but I find it entertaining enough to watch.

  • June 29, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    About as shitty as True Blood

    by lockesbrokenleg

    What is the deal with that show? It sucks!

  • June 29, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Fico

    I will never give up on HBO but without Curb and Conchords this network is limp

  • June 29, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    True Blood > Buffy

    by CaptainAxis

    Unless you're a teenager or a geek with the emotional maturity of a teenager.

  • June 29, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Buffy ain't True Blood

    by Itchy

    but I wouldn't mind seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar and Michelle Trachtenberg guest starring on True Blood and getting their tits out for a full-on vampire railing.

  • June 29, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane

    by CaptainAxis

    Terrible? Really? I didn't see anything wrong with him at all, although I did keep noticing how much he looks like James Purefoy when he squints. He felt very real, emotionally distant and his argument with the poet chick was great. If she wanted more than his cock, she wouldn't have hopped right into bed with him... twice. Finally, an argument where the man doesn't look like a total idiot.<br> <br> Now, can you provide any examples other than a vague "he sucked"?

  • June 29, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Never seen Buffy but...

    by Ash0k

    But wow... it must really suck bigtime if its worse than True Blood. It's pretty hard to make a show that's worse than an HBO series. Unless you work for CBS or your name is Tim Kring.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by Ash0k

    Ah, a citizen from America's cap. Well, at least we agree on one thing, "Entourage" IS flat out terrible.

  • June 29, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    love this show

    by one_guy_from_andromeda_

    very funny, and high quality HBO production values. Thomas Janes is so hooooot

  • June 29, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Racist if a black star?

    by Hipshot

    Not if it isn't. Sure, some people would knee-jerk in that direction but if: 1) They address the cultural stereotypes (might be a selling point for him!) 2) He is a multi-dimensional human being, with hopes, needs, dreams, family, career, etc, and not just a "type." 3) There are other black men on the show, providing balanced imagery. Then I'd say casting black would be a choice. I'd be nervous--not real happy with the black folks on "True Blood" (both men criminals, one gay and cringing in slave-like manacles. Yuck) but I'd be willing to give it a chance.

  • June 29, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I love it

    by SavageJuicebox

    When people declare popular shows as being terrible. It's great to have opinions but you look ridiculous when you start declaring absolutes.

  • June 30, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Is this Hercs biopic?

  • June 30, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    of course his son is some "goth" weirdo

    by rainbowtrout1265

    that is not a "regular" kid you would see at the mall. of course, HBO would make his son some bizarre oddball.

  • June 30, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    the realistic scenario with his kids

    by rainbowtrout1265

    Since Jane plays a coach/former athlete, his kids would more than likely be pretty athletic kids. His son having painted fingenails, etc, is just TV show nonsense.

  • June 30, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Actually the kids are the one thing the show got completely right. the kid wasn't that gothy. I'm originally from Michigan and have family and friends there still. Those kids are exactly like kids in Michigan. Pudgy, reserved, punky/gothy but not overtly so. Spot on if you asked me.

  • June 30, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    rainbowtrrout, come into this century

    by Ace of Knaves

    simply adopting a style doesnt make someone a weirdo this day in age, and at least here in california, i see plenty of punk/goth/emo kids in malls, on buses, everywhere, and i'm sure paramore and taking back sunday arent only selling tickets and cd's here otherwise they wouldnt be nationwide successes. wake up. all that counterculture "weirdness" you fear is become so ridiculously mainstream and commonplace no one who actually gets out even thinks twice about it. It's just fashion. It's harmless. Where you have your brown shirts and jackboots, this kid has spiked bracelets and lipstick, so what. "why would a television show for designed for entertainment think to create conflicting scenarios such as a jock dad with goth kids? That's so ludicrous and necessary? those yahoos at hbo can only be responsible! Surely there hasnt been contrived ideas in any family based sitcom on any other network before!" grow up.

  • June 30, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed it

    by JonKrause

    I avoided this talkback before watching the show and when watching it with an open mind I found it quite enjoyable! The casting is good and while the first episode probably won't be remembered as one of the best, it nicely sets up the entire series and I like the possibilities of where it can go. Being someone from Detroit, I also really liked the fact that they've really taken their location to heart. They didn't just say "This show will take place in Detroit" and then film a bunch of generic scenes that could take place anywhere. I've been to every one of those locations in the opening credits and it was pretty cool to see them on an HBO show like this. Just my two cents.

  • June 30, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Finally got around to watching it on DVR

    by Itchy

    Not bad. It's got some potential. They need to ratchet up the laughs, though. And they could have done a slightly better job casting ... I mean, I'd fuck Anne Heche straight or gay, but those two kids are downright unpleasant to look at, and Jane Adams ain't exactly eye candy. On the other hand, it was funny to see all the shots in and around Detroit ... funny seeing my hometown on a show. They certainly managed to find the worst of the dumps sitting around the city, that's for sure.

  • June 30, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    Yeah, teenagers just LOVE to emulate their parents, don't they? It's not like kids ever rebel against their parents or anything. Seriously, you're allowed to use your brain before you post.<br> <br> Itchy, you'd be better off watching Entourage if you don't like looking at "unpleasant" people. This is what people look like in the real world, most aren't airbrushed, emaciated models.

  • June 30, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    by DeadPanWalking

  • June 30, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Better than expected

    by DeadPanWalking

    I went in thinking it would be stupid or derivative, but it was actually pretty well done. The writing is hilarious, and the leads do a great job. I'll be dvr-ing.

  • June 30, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Penis Penis Penis.....

    by spiceybiscuit

    Really, this is a "groundbraking" show for HBO? It's almost as bad as Weeds and that fucked up Big Love, it's a show about a big dick and all he does is bang some horse faced naughty slut

  • June 30, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by Blast_Hardcheese

    I'm sure hes going to bang some fat chicks too.

  • June 30, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

    Thomas Jane's famous Arrested Development line! :)