What’s big in ‘Hung’? Non-sexual sex

Yet another reason to wish HBO were available in the U.K.

‘Hung’ is the channel’s newest comedy, dreamed up by husband-and-wife writing team Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson. Its premise goes something like this: imagine an everyday guy – a Detroit high school teacher who maybe coaches some basketball on the side. His marriage has already imploded and now the economy is tanking. He is so cash-strapped that he’s camping outside his parents’ fire-trashed home.

The one thing this guy – Ray Drecker, they’ve called him – has going for him is a really, really big…

Well, the show’s title says it all. But beyond that title is a story that seeks to address middle-class economic distress, and the fate of high school stars (back in the day, Ray was an athlete with an apparently golden future).

And then there’s the sex. This is where things promise to get really interesting. When Ray sets about capitalising on his biggest asset, he finds himself wrestling with that eternal question: what do women really want?

As Lipkin told Dan Barry in a New York Times interview: ‘There is sex in the show. But a lot of it is not sexual. It’s psychological. It’s emotional.’

For those who can get it, the show premieres June 28th on HBO.

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