"Well I tell ya Bobby, they just don't make shows like this anymore I tell you whut"
Dec 4, 2009
Hank Hill would also get a thank you from me for being the part of a truly original, offbeat and slightly eccentric little show about a Texas clan's everyday work and school lives. In Mike Judge's hands the show which could have been ruined so badly had a quiet charm with a slightly bent personality. It would have been way to easy to take a show about a Texas family and turn them into nothing but racist, beer swilling redneck stereotypes. The line is teetered on a little bit but mines for plenty of material and uses some real clever writing to work it's way around issues and comes up with some inventive story lines with genuinely funny jokes.
Hank Hill is the hard working and no nonsense blue collar hero of the show. He sells propane and propane accessories for Strickland propane and spends his freetime in the backyard drinking beer with his friends: Dale a bug exterminator who has a conspiracy theory about everything except for the one right under his nose in that his wife is cheating on him with another man, Bill an army barber and a sad sack and Boomhauer, a lean drawl'in man with little to say. Hank's family consists of Peggy, a substitue teacher with a love for Boggle and Bobby who just ain't right. Other characters like Luanne a dim and slightly slatternly trailer trash niece who lives with the Hills till she can put her life back together again and Cotton Hill, Hanks wild and crass dad among others.
Where King of the Hill shines is it's stories, one early one featuring the inept and odd Bobby impressing his dad with marksman skills and entering a shooting competition with Hank but finding out that Hank has trouble keeping an aim from his dad berating him at an early age over shooting his first gun. Hank wants to call off the tournament, but Peggy interferes with-my favorite line in the series: "Guns are bringing this family together!" Where else would you hear that said without it sounding stupid when it is said in earnest? The writing takes on another form where the family is religous but Hank objects to Bobby from participating in a Christian Rock spectacle. The whole epside shows Bobby wanting to be part of something and do something positive with his time instead of sitting around and being an awkward teenager-which is something the God fearing Hank would like, but not this time? The ending surprised me with the way it handled the situation.
Maybe not a perfect score largly due to some characters being annoying. Sometimes Bill can truly be a depressing character with his lonliness reaching a boiling point in a bizarre way at Christmas one year. Bobby to me is just plain annoying and rarely funny. But in all the time I have watched the show, I don't think it ever once jumped the shark or made me think that it was bad. Some episodes were better then others, some were funner then others sure and like any show especailly the animated ones the production values did get better as the show went along.
King of the Hill had a great run with new characters introduced and some leaving, and not even copping out, popular ones left too not just unpopular ones who nobody would miss. KOTH had sharm and class to tell it's tales and while the plots may have been tall, those round the campfire to hear the tale were still entertained and it makes me hungry for Frito Pie.
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