King Of The Hill 13 Seasons 1997

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Season 1
(14) IMDb 8.1/10

1. Pilot AGES_12_AND_OVER

A social worker mistakenly believes that Hank is physically abusing his son.

Starring:
Mike Judge,Kathy Najimy
Runtime:
22 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Animated, Comedy
Director Wes Archer
Starring Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy
Supporting actors Pamela Adlon, Johnny Hardwick, Stephen Root, Brittany Murphy
Season year 1997
Network Twentieth Century Fox
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By chipsy1967 on 15 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
What a shame King of the Hill never really caught on in the UK as it did in the US. I guess erratic scheduling and Simpsons saturation conspired to dispatch it to the 'cult' rather than 'mainstream' category.
But this underrated (in the UK) series never really attempted to be a Simpsons me-too but was presented as an animated sitcom / drama that takes a wry look at Texas life through the eyes of a comically bizarre bunch of characters. It takes a couple of episodes to get you into the setting and the characters but once you're in you're hooked!
If you enjoy holidaying in the states then you will love this series as it really puts you in an American frame of mind. Bung on an episode and you can taste the cold beers and barbequed steak (just make sure they're not cooked on charcoal - it's the devil's fuel!).
The episodes included are:
Pilot - A group of people are lead to believing that Hank is an abusive father and husband. They try to take Bobby away to live with another family.
Square Peg - When Peggy is recruited to teach sex ed, Hank insists Bobby not go. First appearance of Stewart Dooley (the red-haired kid with the deep voice) and the Strickland Propane building.
The Order of the Straight Arrow - On a camping trip, the crew accidentally kills a whooping crane (an animal nearing extinction.)
Hank's Got the Willies - When Hank catches Bobby playing his prized guitar with a piece of cheese (mimicking a comedy act he saw on TV,) Hank realizes he needs to get his son golfing to take his mind off comedy.
Luanne's Saga - Buckley, Luanne's boyfriend, dumps her. Hank and the guys try to set her up with an all-American type guy, but she falls for Boomhauer instead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
King of the Hill is a really clever, likeable show with drier wit than family guy or american dad, but just as enjoyable and funny. The show uses intelligent humour without being crude or childish, but is still very funny and clever. The fact that their are no jokes based on walking into walls or falling over seems to put a lot of people off though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 29 April 2009
Format: DVD
The first season is a short one of 13 episodes, but that should be enough for you to work out whether or not you'll enjoy this series as the early seasons turned out to be the funniest. This is a sitcom that has been animated, rather than the norm with other rival shows in which the makers use the freedom of animation to do stories that could not be done easily with real actors.

Here everything that happens is the kind of thing you'd expect to see in a standard family-based sitcom. It has some continuity from episode to episode and situations develop slightly, but only in the slow way they develop in live-action sitcoms, and it rarely indulges in flights of fancy.

The show therefore will work only if you end up liking the characters. So, the central characters are the Hill household of Hank, seller of propane and propane accessories, who has more trouble expressing his love for his family than he does for shooting, fishing and drinking beer. His wife Peggy is boisterous and positive despite their only child Bobby's oddness. As a family unit, it's a fairly ordinary one for a sitcom, so most of the colour is provided by Hank's friends and neighbours. There's the paranoid Dale who is convinced the Government is out to get him and yet is blissfully unaware his wife is having an affair. The depressed and sad Bill who always wears a vest, and the charismatic but incomprehensible Boomhauer. Aside from them there's numerous other characters, some amusing like Khan, some less so like Hank's Dad.

With such a vast array of characters it's not long into the season before running jokes start (Hank's love of his lawn, everyone not understanding Boomhauer for reasons other than his weird mumbling) and catchphrases develop (that boy ain't right).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChrisG on 20 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a great comedy series it really is and is understated genius. Why so good - comedy is dry, smart, self-effacing the characters are just awesome - Hank, Peggy, Boomhauer and all the others, and the setting a backwater town in Texas adds to the quirky recipe. Does'nt sound like a great recipe for laughs, but if I ever get to watch an animated comedy series of such high quality again I will be a happy man. Great fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Pearson on 10 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Poor Hank Hill, lives in his own world and everyone else comes along and complicates things.

KOTH is on Sky, but I wondered what it would be like to go back to the beginning. I buy a fair few boxed sets, they are good value. Trouble is I watch a couple of them and never continue through to the bitter end. This one was different, from episode one I was hooked.

If you like your humour subtle this is for you, it is adult-orientated, it pokes fun at all types of stereotyping - usually Hank is the butt. Rednecks - they do exist, they are immortalised in KOTH.

I am now waiting for time to watch series 2.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jonnyboy on 7 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
The first series of King of the Hill has a very low belly laugh count. But if you appreciate subtly written, ironic and ultimately extremely funny animation, this is for you. King of the Hill is a kind of cartoon equivalent of Alf Garnett - using characters which appear stereotypical on the surface in order to make some very telling points.

It's not The Simpsons, but then again, that's an unfair comparison. It's not as child-friendly as The Simpsons, but just as funny -- in a different way.

The worrying thing is that when I first started watching the programme, ten years ago, Hank Hill reminded me of my father. Now he reminds me of myself.

So give it a go, especially all you propane enthusiasts.
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