Hoops season 1 review – an outrageous and funny adult animated sitcom

August 20, 2020
Daniel Hart 1
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

The series is outrageous, funny and it pushes boundaries more than you expect.

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3.5

Summary

The series is outrageous, funny and it pushes boundaries more than you expect.

Netflix’s Hoops season 1 will be released on the platform on August 21, 2020. 

We recapped all the episodes — access the archive.


Arriving on Netflix during a busy month and clashing against Lucifer is Ben Hoffman’s new adult animated sitcom Hoops. The premise follows a loudmouthed basketball coach that unprofessionally manages a school’s basketball team. He has this belief that turning around the god-awful team will somehow pivot him to the big leagues.

It’s noticeable from the start that Hoops is out for shock humor. The basketball coach Ben Hopkins is as vulgar and illegal as he can be, skirting many laws that would land him in prison immediately if this was not an alternate animated universe. The Netflix animated series relies on those sudden laughs that are sometimes too often and can be a little beggy. However, Hoops does have its stand out moments, bringing that Family Guy feel where the nonsensical is the comedy itself.

The character is the least self-aware person you can demonstrate in an animated form. The coach has a pending divorce, his wife is in a relationship with one of his friends and he has a testy relationship with his father. His ethics and morals are questionable and outrageously illegal — in the first episode alone, Hopkins tries to arrange a sex worker for a student to try to persuade him to join the basketball team. The comedy is not for the fainthearted.

Netflix’ Hoops manages to sustain momentum and audiences will be able to fly through the ten episodes within hours; there are many animated adult sitcoms now but as a pilot season, Hoops gives itself a chance to encourage at least a second go-around. The series is outrageous, funny and it pushes boundaries more than you expect.

Of course, I do expect some audiences to be affronted with the themes. Hoops Season 1 will certainly test some critics as comedy is often up for debate these days. But it’s blatantly obvious that the animated series wants to be controversial, it wants to be in your face and it wants to be remembered. Whether or not that justifies some of the comedy remains to be seen.


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1 thought on “Hoops season 1 review – an outrageous and funny adult animated sitcom

  • August 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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    You must be completely r******d to think this was funny, lol. Your IQ is that of a raisin and I think I insulted the raisin.

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