Hung

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Sex-centric dramedy about unlikely gigolo isn't for kids.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

A down-and-out schoolteacher, desperate for money, becomes a gigolo. He lies about his new profession to his family and doesn’t seem too thrilled about it himself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ray turns to prostitution as a last resort, largely to support himself and his family. It’s not a great choice and he knows it, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes for the people he cares about.

Violence

No fighting, but some very heated arguments.

Sex

The entire series focuses on a regular guy’s transition to a gigolo, so there are lots of references to sex and several sex scenes, including nudity. And, actually, Ray isn't totally average: The show's premise revolves around the fact that he has a very large penis, which he and his female pimp frequently discuss as his main selling point (accompanied by innuendoes and then some).

Language

Plenty of uncensored swearing, including “s--t,” “f--k,” “ass,” and “c--k” as well as lots of references to sex and Ray’s “big dick.”

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking at parties, and some recreational drug use. Ray often has a drink at home in the evenings.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the title of this adult-themed dramedy (and many of its racy jokes) references the fact that main character Ray -- a "regular guy" who's drawn into the sex trade as a gigolo -- has a particularly big ... asset in his new sideline: a very large penis. The show is more talk than action from that perspective -- although there's still a good bit of both male and female nudity -- and the series' focus is really on Ray’s serious financial woes and his relationships with his friends and family. Still, in addition to the explicit sexual content, expect plenty of uncensored swearing, as well as some drinking and casual drug use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 9, and 12 year old Written byJyt September 17, 2009

Beware of Hung Classification @ Direct TV

The show is good for adult entertaiment but definitely not suitable for kids. Parents be aware that at least in my Direct TV box, the show is classified as TV-... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolestkidyouknow July 16, 2009
this show is one of the best of the summer
Teen, 14 years old Written byKlyons14 June 25, 2012

I Probably Shouldn't Watch This

this shows premise is sex. Ray is a male prostitue. the show is covered in sex scene. im not watching it again and i dont think anyone my age should

What's the story?

Single dad. Washed out pro ball player. High school basketball coach on a losing streak. Flat broke. Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) seems like the very definition of down and out. By his own (very low) estimation, he’s really only got one standout quality: a very large penis. Not that his genitalia is enough, on its own, seems to be enough to get him ahead in life. But when his house burns down and he’s on the edge of financial ruin, Ray starts to reconsider: Maybe his penis can help him earn some extra cash. And thus is born a most unlikely gigolo.

Is it any good?

As a conceit, HUNG seems pretty thin -- just as shallow as a bunch of high school guys (or older men who prefer not to grow up) who think that a big penis means so much more than it does. But this entertaining dramedy goes deeper than that. Yes, Ray seems glad to have been "blessed," and some of his lovers seem to appreciate it, including his extremely bitter ex-wife (Anne Heche), and Tanya (Jane Adams), a two-night-stand who becomes his pimp (she prefers to think of their business venture as an unusual marketing project).

But Hung isn’t just about sex. Sure, there are plenty of sex scenes featuring male and female nudity (though the title-making body part doesn't get any screen time). But this show is really about a regular guy trying to get by -- and how he deals with his choices. The scenes showing Ray with his clients are just a small portion of the show; the more interesting scenes show him juggling his increasingly complicated life (including hiding his new job from his two teenage kids) and his relationship with Tanya, who wants to teach him how to satisfy a woman (hint: It takes more than just a penis). And if Ray can learn that, it’s clear that he might be capable of learning much more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sex trade. Why does Ray become a male prostitute? Can you sympathize with his choice? Does the series make prostitution seem different for men than for women? How does this series compare to others that focus on men and women who sell their bodies?

  • Families can also discuss sex stereotypes. How does the show play into existing stereotypes? Does it dispel any of them?

TV details

For kids who love comedies

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