Looking for light entertainment? Try King of the Hill

Looking for some light entertainment?

I recommend you check out King of the Hill. Greg Daniels (Parks and Recreation, The Office, The Simpsons) and Mike Judge (Beevis and Butthead) created the show.

It plays on repeat at my house. I think I’ve seen every episode. I admit, it took a while for King of the Hill to grow on me, but now I truly appreciate the depth of characters and quality of the series.

It seems to have a lot of regional humor. It’s based in Arlen, TX and features Texas landmarks and brands very similar to actual Texas brands, like Luly’s instead of Luby’s. 

Here are a few highlights of the characters and story.

Hank Hill, Assistant Manager of Strickland Propane, sells “propane and propane accessories.” He loves the Dallas Cowboys, Tom Landry, propane, his hometown of Arlen, TX, and Texas. He also loves his family and friends, but any mention of the fact would make him uncomfortable.

Peggy Hill, Hank’s wife, works as a substitute teacher at Tom Landry middle school, is expert at many things, such as speaking Spanish (or thinks she is), and wears a size 13 shoe, which seems like an irrelevant detail, but it’s not. 

Bobby Hill, Hank’s middle school age son, is Hank’s opposite. He has no athletic ability, wants to move to New York to be a prop comic when he grows up, loves easily, and is sensitive and wise.

There’s a long list of supporting characters who each have their own story and relate to Hank in different ways.

Hank’s 3 best friends — Bill (Army barber, desperate lonely heart), Dale (paranoid conspiracy theorist), and Boomhauer (womanizer, speaks in an almost indiscernible dialect).

And others, like The Souphanousinphone’s, neighbors who have a love/hate relationship with the Hills); Lu Ann Platter, Hank and Peggy’s very sweet, very naive niece who comes to live with them; Mr. Strickland, Hank’s boss who never met a card game he didn’t like; Cotton Hill, Hank’s dad who takes great pleasure in tormenting Hank. 

King of the Hill has lots of guest voice appearances by actors such as Jennifer Anniston, George Foreman, Chris Rock, and Tom Petty (who later becomes a supporting character), to name a few.

According to IMDB, the show ran from 1997-2010 for 258 episodes. King of the Hill streams on Hulu.

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