Hang Time (TV series)

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Hang Time
Created byTroy Searer
Robert Tarlow
Mark Fink
StarringReggie Theus
Dick Butkus
(for remainder of cast, see below)
Theme music composerStan Meissner
& Fred Mollin (1995)
Mark Heyes &
John Parker (1996–2000)
Opening theme"Runnin' with this Dream (Hang Time)" (1995)
"Me and My Friends at Hang Time" (1996–2000)
ComposersAlan Ett (1995)
Mark Heyes (1996–2000)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6[1]
No. of episodes104 (list of episodes)
Executive producersMark Fink (1995)
Peter Engel (1996–2000)
Co-executive producers/showrunners:
Ronald B. Solomon (1996–1998)
Jeffrey J. Sachs (1998–2000)
ProducersRoxie Wenk-Evans (1995)
Jon Spector (1996)
Javier Winnik (1997–2001)
Marco Bario (1997–1999)
Production locationIndianapolis
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesNBC Productions (1995)
Peter Engel Productions (1996–2000)
NBC Studios (1996–2000)
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 9, 1995 (1995-09-09) –
December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)

Hang Time is an American teen sitcom that aired on NBC from September 9, 1995, to December 16, 2000, as part of the network's Saturday morning program block for teenagers, TNBC. Created by Troy Searer, Robert Tarlow and Mark Fink, the series featured extensive cast changes throughout its six-season run, similar to its TNBC stablemate Saved by the Bell: The New Class. The show's title is taken from a sports term referring to how long a basketball player stays in the air after leaving the ground for a slam dunk. Hang Time won a Prism Award in 1999 for its accurate depictions of drug use in the season four episodes "High Hoops" and "Breaks of the Game".[2]


The series centers on the exploits of the Deering Tornados boys' varsity basketball team of the fictional Deering High School in the fictional Midwestern town of Deering, Indiana.[3] In the pilot episode, Julie Connor (Daniella Deutscher) transfers to Deering High after moving to Indiana from Chicago, Illinois. Although she meets some initial resistance from the male players on the team, Bill Fuller (Reggie Theus), the team's coach and a former player in the NBA, decides to make Julie the team's first female player after she shows off her basketball skills to the other members of the team – including star player Chris Atwater (David Hanson); Danny Mellon (Chad Gabriel), who develops a crush on Julie upon their first meeting; sometimes overconfident Michael Maxwell (Christian Belnavis) and country-bred Earl Hatfield (Robert Michael Ryan). Head cheerleader Mary Beth Pepperton (Megan Parlen) – whose father is a wealthy, self-made businessman – was initially jealous of Julie, particularly where her boyfriend for most of the first season (until the episode "Let's Get Ready to Rumble") Chris was concerned. Samantha Morgan (Hillary Tuck), the Tornados' team manager, became Danny's girlfriend later in the season.

For the second season, Saved by the Bell executive producer Peter Engel was appointed as the series' showrunner,[4] resulting in extensive changes to the show. About half of the main cast (with Deutscher, Parlen, Gabriel and Theus being the lone holdovers) was let go, with new characters being added in their place. Three new players were added: Little League veteran Josh Sanders (Kevin Bell), who had given up competitive sports after being prodded by his baseball coach to bean another player, but whom the Tornados coaxed out of retirement; Vince D'Amata (Michael Sullivan), a Chicago native, who had previously served as an alternate on the team; and Theodore "Teddy" Brodis (Anthony Anderson), Coach Fuller's godson, whose biological father was another professional basketball player. Cindy Amy Wright (Paige Peterson), who went by her middle name because she loathed her real first one, became head cheerleader, replacing Mary Beth, who was promoted to team manager. Mary Beth's new position would lead to several blundering efforts at initiating her responsibilities, which she often attempted to fix. Ultimately, Mary Beth was demoted to assistant team-manager, a role in which she thrived. Storylines also began to increasingly incorporate a balance of plotlines focusing on topical issues relevant to teenagers (such as drug use, underage drinking and sexual harassment) and life lessons about teamwork, alongside wackier comedic plots synonymous with other TNBC series.

The remainder of the series' run featured several cast changes, the most notable being the season four addition of former NFL player Dick Butkus as the Tornados' new coach, Mike Katowinski. Although the series ran for six seasons (earlier storyline references implied/inferred that the characters of Mary Beth and Julie were closer to college age), Daniella Deutscher and Megan Parlen were the only two of the show's original cast members that stayed with the show throughout its entire run. Joining the series in season three were: Adam Frost, who played Michael Manning – the Tornadoes' ace-player, and Julie's later on-again/off-again boyfriend; and Amber Barretto, who played Kristy Ford – the team's head cheerleader (following Amy's unexplained departure), who became drawn into Mary Beth's comedic shenanigans later in the series' run. Eventually, Coach Katowinski would appoint Kristy his new team manager, after firing Mary Beth for one slip-up too many. Frost and Berretto were the other performers to join the Hang Time cast in later seasons. Deutscher and Parlen remained on the series until its finale, "Graduation On Three". The students featured in the fifth and sixth seasons all graduated and went to different colleges, but since Eugene's future college was not mentioned, that character was offered a job. Coach Katowinski's future plans were also not mentioned, but he remained in his position as Deering High's boys' basketball coach, which returned to a roster of all boys.


Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Daniella Deutscher Julie Connor Main
Megan Parlen Mary Beth Pepperton Main
Chad Gabriel Danny Mellon Main
Reggie Theus Coach Bill Fuller Main
David Hanson Chris Atwater Main
Hillary Tuck Samantha Morgan Main
Christian Belnavis Michael Maxwell Main
Robert Michael Ryan Earl Hatfield Main
Kevin Bell Josh Sanders Main
Michael Sullivan Vince D'Amata Main
Anthony Anderson Theodore "Teddy" Brodis, Jr. Main
Paige Peterson Cindy Amy Wright Main
Adam Frost Michael Manning Main
Amber Barretto Kristy Ford Main
Mark Famiglietti Nick Hammer Main Guest
Dick Butkus Coach Mike Katowinski Main
Danso Gordon Kenny 'Silk' Hayes Main
James Villani Rico Bosco Main
Jay Hernandez Antonio Lopez Recurring Main
Phillip Glasser Eugene Brown Main


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)
213September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)November 30, 1996 (1996-11-30)
326September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)December 6, 1997 (1997-12-06)
426September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12)December 5, 1998 (1998-12-05)
514September 11, 1999 (1999-09-11)March 11, 2000 (2000-03-11)
612September 23, 2000 (2000-09-23)December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Network
Australia Seven Network
Canada Global
Chile Channel 13 (Chile)
Czech Republic TV Nova
Estonia Kanal 2
Ireland RTÉ2
Italy Italia 1
Malaysia TV2
New Zealand Channel 4
Philippines Studio 23
Republic of Ireland Network 2
South Korea SBS
United Kingdom Channel 4 (first-run)
Trouble (reruns)


  1. ^ "BBC - Comedy Guide - Hang Time". Archived from the original on 2004-11-19.
  2. ^ Nick Madigan (March 9, 1999). "Media addiction depiction". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  3. ^ N.F. Mendoza (October 1, 1995). "SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO; High school Hoosiers court the kid audience for NBC's Saturday morning". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  4. ^ "Engel reups, grows up". Variety. September 23, 1997. Retrieved 2016-02-18. Engel exec produces "Saved By the Bell", "Hang Time" and the new "City Guys" for TNBC, the Peacock web's self-titled block of Saturday teen-oriented programming.

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