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Great TV, I Tell You What,
This review is from: King Of The Hill - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)I had never watched this show when a friend gave me the box-set as a gift, and so began viewing holding no preconceptions or expectations. I have now watched the first three series of KOTH, and found them all utterly charming.
The show is incredible (in the true sense), in that it inhabits a world which is essentially good (which isn't to say lacking in irritations for poor Hank) but it is a cartoon, after all. Almost every character promotes affection or sympathy, and the friends and family, despite continuously exasperating each other, show each other an amazing level of care and charity. However, countering this unreality is Hank Hill, the everyman-star of the show, who is like a realistic Larry David, with that unenviable habit of finding himself repeatedly inconvenienced and in the most invidious situations.
This series is distinguished from other contemporary comedy in that it is almost completely devoid of malice, blatant vulgarity and repetition or unbearable sarcasm. Immediately, it has a feel of completeness and confidence. It has these faint, appealing, eye-rhymes, and it has a remarkable quality; the characters will not change, the plots will not be preposterous, but every episode will remain engaging and fresh. It is some achievement for a series which I discern must have been purposely designed to be instilling homeliness and decency, or in the very least, dignity, into the viewer. Every episode leaves a feeling of warmth.
There is a real class to the programme, as reflected in that feature so often a trial or signal of desperation, the 'guest appearance', which are never gimmicky or a cheap means of self-publicizing, but come in the form of real figures (in the show's world). In fact, if you are as ignorant of popular culture as I am, you may not notice there has been a special appearance at all! (The only one I noticed was Chris Rock, owing to his voice.)
The creators of this programme deserve great credit. I understand that awards are generally a poor indication of quality, but all the same, I cannot help but feel that Messers Mike Judge and Greg Daniels have been greatly underappreciated (especially, when I learn that this programme has been handed a meagre two Emmy Awards (the appalling Friends has fifty-six!)).
Your sides will not split as you watch, but you will beam a smile throughout.