Retro Television Review: Hang Time 1.3 “Full Court Press” and 1.4 “Will The Real Michael Maxwell Please Stand Up?”

Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Mondays, I will be reviewing Hang Time, which ran on NBC from 1995 to 2000.  The entire show is currently streaming on YouTube!

Finally!  It’s time for the Deering Tornadoes to actually play a game!  Will Julie and the rest of the team live up to the hype?  And when will the show realize that they need a better theme song?

I’ll always remember me and my friends at Hang Time!

Episode 1.3 “Full Court Press”

(Directed by Howard Murray, originally aired on September 23rd, 1995)

The season is about to begin and the press are invading Deering High, all so they can report on Julie Connor, the first girl to ever play basketball in high school.  (At least, that’s the way the story is reported.)  The press is only interested in talking about Julie.  All of the fans are only interested in getting Julie’s autograph.  Julie has strangers walking up to her and telling her that she’s going to be a huge star.  The rest of the team starts to get jealous.  Coach Fuller is forced to close the practices to the public.  “Connor, get the stars out of your eyes!” he says.  He also reminds her to always mention her teammates while being interviewed.

Unfortunately, the fame starts to go to Julie’s head.  “Big decision,” she says, “do I go on Leno or Letterman?”  On the day of the first game, she’s late because she has to go to a photoshoot.  Coach Fuller punishes her by putting her on the bench.  “Ohhhhh!” the audience says.

Julie is forced to sit on the bench until the third quarter or half or whatever it is that they play in basketball.  However, when the Tornadoes start to lose, Fuller puts Julie in the game.  At first, the team still snubs her but then Julie calls a timeout and apologizes.  Then the boys call another timeout to apologize to Julie.  Then Danny calls a third timeout to apologize personally.  Despite all of the timeouts, the team goes on to win by one point.  That point was scored by Julie.  So, apparently, Julie was totally correct about thinking that she was the most important player on the team.

Meanwhile, Mary Beth saved Earl from choking to death so Earl gives her a pig.

Episode 1.4 “Will The Real Michael Maxwell Please Stand Up”

(Directed by Howard Murray, originally aired on October 7th, 1995)

Deering High won their first game, by one point, thanks to Julie.  However, they lose their second game, again by one point, thanks to Michael Maxwell.  Michael misses not one but two free throws!  He then makes the mistake of saying, “I choked” while in the presence of reporters.  The next day, guess what the headline on the front page of the newspaper is!

Anyway, Michael loses his confidence but then he’s given a pep talk by his idol, Grant Hill, who I guess was a real basketball player at the time.

Meanwhile, Danny is still trying to work up the courage to ask out Julie.  Samantha tries to help him out, mostly because Samantha likes him.  At first, Danny is too stupid to understand this but, by the end of the episode, he and Samantha are a seriously cute couple.

My thoughts on these two episodes is that I don’t know a thing about basketball and the first season was all about basketball.  As a result, the first season was uneven (for me, at least) but the show would eventually develop its own weird charm.  At this point, I’m just waiting for the theme song to change and for the Tornadoes to actually win or lose a game by more than one point.

One response to “Retro Television Review: Hang Time 1.3 “Full Court Press” and 1.4 “Will The Real Michael Maxwell Please Stand Up?”

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