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King of the Hill

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Visit Arlen, Texas. Only the creators of Beavis and Butthead and The Simpsons could bring you characters like Hank, Peggy, Bobby, Dale and Boomhauer.

1 review about King of the Hill

Hometown Blues

  • Mar 12, 2000
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Pros: Humor on a number of levels

Cons: Could be insulting for the insecure or humor-challenged

I would not be astonished to find that my hometown of Garland, Texas was the model for Arlen, Texas in the show King of the Hill.

This show is a wit-filled satire of suburban life in Texas. Coming from that background I would have to say that it is a dead-on hit. I'm certain that any number of folks might be offended, but I think that they might be insecure and lacking a sense of humor. The "metropolitan" residents of Dallas might not understand the intense "hick" found in the Hill's home and neighborhood, but step outside the loop of LBJ Freeway to the northeast and east and one might end up hip deep in drawl!

The show revolves around the Hill family: Hank, Peggy, Bobby and niece LuAnne. Their neighbors, family and friends add much of color and conflict to be found in this show. I especially enjoy Hank's interaction with his Laotian neighbor. Their relationship reminds me of Archie Bunker's relationship with neighbor George Jefferson. Also, Hank's good friends are so representative of the "bubba" culture found in suburban Texas.

The characters and situations found in this show vary from very silly to very serious. Characters range from exceedingly ethical with strong moral values to ignorant and oblivious. The situations are occasionally serious such as dealing with endangered species or prejudice. They can then be very silly such as Peggy Hill's journey to find her extremely large shoes. One of my favorite shows involved Hank's effort to clear his name and credit of a blot from not returning a porno video.

The Hills represent real people with real issues. What we see on the animated screen is certainly a parody, but for the most part, the values shown are those of loving, caring people who want to do the right thing. Some of the characters do not have such a moral imperative. This reflects the real world certainly. I really like this show. It makes me laugh a lot--I recognize all of the people I see there. I grew up with and around them.


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