The Valero Verdict: Hoops S1 Review


HOOPS Jake Johnson as Coach Ben Hopkins in episode 1 of HOOPS. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020

Centers on a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks turning around his godawful team will take him to the “big leagues.”

Thank you Netflix for the opportunity to review this.

S1E1: The Pilot

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

A pilot needs to knock it out of the ballpark with character development, being funny and needs to make you invest in the future of the show. This show does the complete opposite of just that.

I enjoy over-the-top humor like the next guy, but the jokes don’t land, it tries way too hard to be funny, and it misses over and over again.

For a pilot, I wouldn’t have moved onto the next episode because this is just not very good.

S1E2: My Two Dads

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Seriously, another poor attempt at raunchy comedy. This time the episode is centered around Tampons and Underage drinking.

We don’t see any continuation with our characters at all. Coach Ben Hopkins has gotten to the point where he is on my nerves and unfunny.

S1E3: Ethics

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

The entire episode is about how Coach is trying to bribe a teacher into passing his basketball player by offering people up for sex. We are all aware that Coach does whatever to make sure their player is eligible for a game, so that’s where the episode gets this right. But here we are with terrible execution on the episode.

Just another empty episode.

S1E4: The Sponsor

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed the fact that we had some internal battle between Coach Hopkins and his dad because we have an episode with actual substance. For the first time care about what was going to happen and rooting for Coach and his team to win.

The humor of the raunchy comedy works here because it was funny punch lines vs. just useless humor.

Hands down the best episode by a landslide so far this season.

S1E5: Matty Gets a Girlfriend

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We had a little more meat on the bone in this episode. We saw the idea of being in a relationship making you better at things. It can give you that extra bit of swagger especially in the case of playing sports. Matty is easily the best character on this show.

Watching the kids chase after trying to get girlfriend was hilarious. It was a surprisingly solid followup to the previous episode.

S1E6: Zen

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

We focus more on Coach Ben again, which honestly wasn’t terrible this time around as we hone in on his anger management issues. The best part of this episode was the end (not a joke this time) as we see him stand up for his team.

The crazy thing for me here is the fact if they stopped with the ridiculous humor and decided to tone it down just a hair, the show could have potential.

S1E7: The Strike

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

We have ourselves another run of the mill episode, the idea of a “strike” sounded intriguing, but they just failed to execute. Honestly, I am growing tired of the lackluster laughs that this show is having. The one-liners that provide “shock” value to the show have gotten so redundant.

We had a montage with the kids that has an AWFUL jingle to go with it.

S1E8: Death

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Well, I watched this episode, and I laughed a couple of times during the therapy sessions. But again, Coach Ben has gotten on my last nerve. You can take him off the show, and tone down the over-the-top humor and we could have a good show.

S1E9: The Road Game

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

“A hand goes up, mouths go shut.”

The quote was stated at the beginning of the show and I wish this show would follow suit with Coach Hopkins.

There is a “sex” montage that happens with a song that they correlate with it, and it was one of the worst scenes of the entire show.

S1E10: The Scout

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Our finale was well, a finale. I saw our ending coming a mile away which was annoying.

To be honest, I am just happy this show is over.

The Verdict:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Hoops kept on shooting, and shooting, and shooting, and sadly it missed 95% of the shots. It was like watching Russell Westbrook on a cold night. The show has a concept that could have worked, but they just needed to shove this vulgar humor down our throats. I am good with the humor of this nature, for example, Sausage Party, but with that, the story had substance and meat to the bone, this did not. It was consistently trying to one-up itself with bad jokes.

Our show is centered around Coach Hopkins, which was the entire downfall of the entire show. His character was unlikable (not in a good way), he wasn’t funny, and I just kept wanting to skip his scenes.

Hoops fails to live up to its potential promise, and I hope to never have to watch another episode ever again.

Hoops‘ is like Shaq at the free-throw line, they kept throwing them up and missing.

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