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First Look: New animated Netflix comedy ‘Hoops’ starring Jake Johnson

The NBA may be set to return in the Disney World bubble at the end of July, but Netflix will have you covered with all your basketball cravings into July.

On Monday the streaming service revealed the first trailer for its new adult animated comedy, “Hoops,” starring Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Natasha Leggero, Ron Funches, Cleo King and A.D. Miles.

Johnson voices the hot-headed and foul-mouthed high school basketball coach Ben Hopkins, who believes the key to turning around his miserable life is transforming his god-awful team into one capable of catapulting him into the “big leagues.”

Created by late-night show writer Ben Hoffman, “Hoops” is the latest raunchy comedy geared towards adults to hit Netflix, joining shows like “Big Mouth,” “F is for Family” and “Disenchantment.” The series also has Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board as executive producers, the geniuses behind “The Lego Movie” franchise, the “Jump Street” reboots, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

In addition to the series’ trailer and first look photos, Netflix released character descriptions for the show’s leads:

Jake Johnson as Coach Ben Hopkins in “Hoops.” (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Jake Johnson as Coach Ben Hopkins: A pathetic, angry, foul-mouthed coach desperate to prove himself, but always looking for an easy way to get the job done. He’s shameless and selfish, and given the opportunity to do the right thing, he fails most of the time.

Rob Riggle as Barry Hopkins: Ben’s father. A former pro athlete turned steakhouse owner. Barry frequently rips his son, and doesn’t respect him, but still wants the best for him.

Natasha Leggero as Shannon: Ben’s estranged wife. She’s got a history of impulsive behavior and rash decisions, but has straightened up her life since leaving Ben and is focused on making her horse farm a success.

Ron Funches as Ron: Assistant Coach and Ben’s best friend. Considerate, quiet and patient, he’s Ben’s polar opposite.

Cleo King as Opal: Ben’s boss and Principal of Lenwood High who doesn’t like her job and is nearly as foul-mouthed as Ben. She’s unlucky in love, superstitious and has a talent for singing.

A.D. Miles as Matty: 16 year old seven-footer whose father abandoned him when he was young. Matty struggles with his body off the court and has a hard time making friends.

All 10 episodes of “Hoops” debut on Netflix August 21, 2020.

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Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Charlotte, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.

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