NEW YORK (CNS) — A seemingly desperate desire to be outrageous leaves the sports-themed animated comedy "Hoops" registering as not only vulgar but, at times, morally unhinged. The first 10-episode season of the show, created by Ben Hoffman, is streaming now on Netflix.

The plot of the first half-hour installment alone demonstrates just how quickly the program goes awry. Kentucky high school basketball coach Ben Hopkins (voice of Jake Johnson), a hot-headed, foul-mouthed blowhard, finds his job threatened unless he can break his team's long-standing losing streak.

To turn their fortunes around, he's determined to recruit 7-foot-tall student Matty (voice of A.D. Miles). But Matty is just as resolute in his refusal to play.

Having failed to bribe the lad with other allurements, such as a broken-down, out-of-date computer, Ben strikes on the idea of paying Connie (voice of Mary Holland), a prostitute, to relieve the gawky 16-year-old of his virginity.

This plan is ultimately thwarted, and Ben acknowledges how flagrantly immoral it is even as he's trying to pull it off. But there are no real consequences for his career and we're clearly meant to be amused by the daring, out-of-bounds quality of the story line.

In a similar vein, Ben has earlier bribed his existing players by giving them his password to a porn site. Challenged that this will be no treat for Scott (voice of Nick Swardson), a teammate who's gay, Ben hands Scott his credit card, instructing him to, "go buy yourself something handsome."

When not corrupting the morals of those in his care, Ben carries on feuds with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Shannon (voice of Natasha Leggero), and with his dad, Barry (voice of Rob Riggle), a pro-basketball star-turned-restaurateur. For her part, Shannon is already dating (read sleeping with) Ben's assistant coach, Ron (voice of Ron Funches).

Since the second episode centers on how annoyed Ben becomes when he discovers that Shannon and Barry have become friends, it turns out to be far less inflammatory than its predecessor. But Ben proves as incapable as ever of opening his mouth without launching a barrage of gutter talk.

A few of the one-liners work and there are momentary nods in the direction of humanizing Ben. But these prove feeble, with the result that his outstanding personality traits remain irascibility, selfishness and an ambition to reach the top of his profession that might be admirable were it not fueled by jealousy of Barry's achievements and open to being abetted by fair means or foul.

Negative characters can be funny, Carroll O'Connor's benighted Archie Bunker on "All in the Family," for example, or Larry Linville's blustering nincompoop Maj. Frank Burns on "M*A*S*H." But Ben is neither the springboard for telling social satire nor a foil for more attractive figures. He's just an annoying creep whose company, on or off the court, viewers would do well to avoid.