A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages are generally absent from storylines and characters' actions.
Positive Role Models
Outside of teammates supporting their coach, characters feature a wide array of flaws and negative traits.
Violence & Scariness
A gun is shown but not fired. An angry character aggressively pushes another character. Main character verbally abuses other characters regularly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A sex worker plays a prominent role in the pilot episode. A teenage girl's bare pregnant belly is shown. Many jokes are of a sexual nature, including exchanges about sexual intercourse, oral sex, sex work, and pornography.
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Profanity is used frequently. The "F" word gets the most play, but other obscenities, including "d--k," "pr--k," "a--hole," "p---y," "t-ts," "s--t," and "balls" are used regularly. There are few, if any, profanity-free conversations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character smokes. Restaurant patrons drink alcohol. "Bourbon shots" are referenced.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hoops is an animated comedy series aimed at adults. The show's main character is a foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who possesses no positive character traits or redeeming qualities. Profanity is frequent and includes "d--k," "pr--k," "a--hole," "p---y," "t-ts," "s--t," and "balls." The "F" word, and many variations of it, is used heavily, appearing in nearly every conversation. Most of the characters' exchanges are of a mature, often sexual nature, including extended jokes about sexual intercourse, oral sex, sex work, pornography, masturbation, and pregnancy. Violence is limited to an angry, physical encounter on the basketball court, and a student offering his coach a gun as a donation. The main character regularly makes fun of people and spews verbal abuse. One of the characters is a sex worker, who's shown smoking cigarettes. Characters can be seen drinking in a restaurant, where a reference to "bourbon shots" is made. Potentially sensitive topics, including obesity, religion, teenage pregnancy, and sexual orientation, are played for laughs.
Is It Any Good?
The writing in this show just isn't very creative or smart, which leads to diminishing returns for the excessive vulgarity. Thanks to South Park and the many mature animated series that have followed in its footsteps, the novelty of hearing cartoon characters use foul language wore off over two decades ago. But it seems Hoops didn't get the memo. Without doing a formal study, it's safe to say that the series' 25-minute pilot uses the "F" word, or some variation on it, more frequently than one of Martin Scorsese's feature-length mob movies.
Of course, bad language doesn't make for a bad show. On the contrary, if used cleverly (and for a mature audience), strong language can elevate a show's jokes from funny to laugh-out-loud hilarious. But that cleverness, or lack thereof, is where Hoops stumbles. It doesn't help that the main character is aggressively unlikable, only ever putting his obsession with naughty language on hold to direct mean-spirited insults at other characters. Toss in Hoops' juvenile storylines -- like when Coach Hopkins tries to persuade a tall kid to join his team by hiring him a sex worker -- and profanity is the least of its problems. While there's plenty of comedic potential in the concept of a crude coach mentoring a bunch of misfits, Hoops does little to explore it, instead focusing almost entirely on the low-hanging fruit of potty-mouthed cartoon personalities.
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