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King of the Hill

For the 1993 Steven Soderbergh film, see King of the Hill (film). For other uses, see King of the Hill (disambiguation).

King of the Hill
Genre Adult animation[1]
Animated sitcom
Created by Mike Judge
Greg Daniels
Voices of Mike Judge
Kathy Najimy
Pamela Segall Adlon
Brittany Murphy
Johnny Hardwick
Stephen Root
Toby Huss
Opening theme "Yahoos and Triangles" by
The Refreshments
Composer(s) Roger Neill
John O'Connor
Greg Edmonson
John Frizzel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 13
No. of episodes 259 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Mike Judge
Greg Daniels
Richard Appel
Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
John Altschuler
Dave Krinsky
Producer(s) Mark McJimsey
Editor(s) Lee Harting
Kirk Benson
Don Barrozo
Mark Seymour
Mark McJimsey
Leo Papin
Louis Russel
Running time 21–23 minutes
Production company(s) Anivision
Film Roman
3 Arts Entertainment
Deedle-Dee Productions
Judgemental Films
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel Fox
Syndication (episodes 255–258)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (1997–2008)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2009, 2010)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release January 12, 1997 (1997-01-12) – May 6, 2010 (2010-05-06)
Related shows Beavis and Butt-head
The Goode Family

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class American family in the fictional small town of Arlen, Texas. It attempts to retain a realistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life. Unlike other animated programs, plots were often cumulative, much like a prime-time drama. In addition, the show was known for its dramatic cliffhangers during season finales. This style of storytelling was unusual for an animated program at the time King of the Hill aired.

Judge and Daniels conceived the series after a run with Judge's Beavis and Butt-head on MTV, and the series debuted on the Fox network as a mid-season replacement on January 12, 1997, quickly becoming a hit. The series's popularity led to worldwide syndication, and reruns aired nightly on Adult Swim. The show became one of Fox's longest-running series, third longest as an animated series. In 2007 it was named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 greatest television shows of all time.[2] The title theme was written and performed by The Refreshments. King of the Hill won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for seven.

The series had a total of 259 episodes over the course of its thirteen seasons, briefly making it the second-longest running animated series of all time (behind The Simpsons). The series finale aired on the Fox Network on September 13, 2009. Four episodes from the final season were to have aired on Fox, but later aired in syndication on local stations from May 3 to 6, 2010, and on Adult Swim from May 17 to 20, 2010. King of the Hill was a joint production by 3 Arts Entertainment, Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films, and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television.

In 2013, TV Guide ranked King of the Hill as one of the top 60 Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time.[3]



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The design of King of the Hill was based on Texas suburbs from the 1950s like Richardson

In early 1995, after the successful first run of Beavis and Butt-head on MTV, Mike Judge co-created the show King of the Hill with former Simpsons writer Greg Daniels.[4] Judge was a former resident of Garland, Texas, upon which the fictional community of Arlen was loosely based, but as Judge stated in a later interview, the show was based more specifically on the Dallas suburb Richardson.[5][6] Mike Judge conceived the idea for the show, drew the main characters, and wrote a pilot script.

Fox teamed the cartoonist with Greg Daniels, an experienced prime-time TV writer.[5] Daniels rewrote the pilot script and created several important characters that did not appear in Judge's first draft (including Luanne and Cotton), as well as some characterization ideas (e.g., making Dale Gribble a conspiracy theorist).[7] While Judge's writing tended to emphasize political humor, specifically the clash of Hank Hill's social conservatism and interlopers' liberalism, Daniels focused on character development to provide an emotional context for the series' numerous culture clashes. Judge was ultimately so pleased with Daniels' contributions that he chose to credit him as a co-creator, rather than give him the "developer" credit usually reserved for individuals brought on to a pilot written by someone else.[7]

Initial success

After its debut, the series became a large success for Fox and was named one of the best television series of the year by various publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Time, and TV Guide.[8] For the 1997–1998 season the series became one of Fox's highest-rated programs and even briefly outperformed The Simpsons in ratings.[9] During the fifth and sixth seasons, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels became less involved with the show.[7] They eventually refocused on it, even while Daniels became involved with more and more projects.[7]

Format change

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Over time, series co-creator Mike Judge took a reduced role in the production of episodes.

Judge and Daniels' lessening involvement with the show resulted in the series' format turning more episodic and formulaic.[7] Beginning in season seven, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who had worked on the series since season two, took it over completely, tending to emphasize Judge's concept that the series was built around socio-political humor rather than character-driven humor.[7] Although Fox insisted that the series lack character development or story arcs (a demand made of the network's other animated series, so that they can be shown out of order in syndication),[7] Judge and Daniels had managed to develop several minor arcs and story elements throughout the early years of the series, such as Luanne's becoming more independent and educated after Buckley's death, and the aging of characters being acknowledged (a rare narrative occurrence for an animated series).[7] Lacking Judge and Daniels' supervision, the series ceased aging its characters and even began retconning character backstories; in the episode "A Rover Runs Through It", Peggy's mother was abruptly changed from a neurotic housewife with whom Peggy shared a competitive relationship to a bitter rancher from whom Peggy had been estranged for several years.

Facing cancellation

Because it was scheduled to lead off Fox's Sunday-night animated programming lineup, portions of King of the Hill episodes were often pre-empted by sporting events that ran into overtime; in season nine especially, whole episodes were pre-empted. Ultimately, enough episodes were pre-empted that the majority of the series' 10th season—initially intended to be the final season,[10] consisted of unaired ninth-season episodes.

The thirteenth season episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do" became the first episode of the series to be produced in widescreen high-definition when it aired on February 8, 2009.[11]


Although ratings remained consistent through the 10th through 12th seasons and had begun to rise in the overall Nielsen ratings (up to the 105th most watched series on television, from 118 in season 8), Fox abruptly announced in 2008 that King of the Hill had been cancelled. The cancellation coincided with the announcement that Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad!, would be creating a Family Guy spin-off called The Cleveland Show. This was coupled with the announcement that Cleveland would be taking over King of the Hill's time slot.[12]

Hopes to keep the show afloat surfaced as sources indicated that ABC (which was already airing Judge's new animated comedy, The Goode Family) was interested in securing the rights to the show,[13] but in January 2009, ABC president Steve McPherson said he had "no plans to pick up the animated comedy."[14]

On April 30, 2009, it was announced that Fox ordered at least two more episodes to give the show a proper finale.[15] The show's fourteenth season was supposed to air sometime in the 2009–2010 season,[16] but Fox later announced that it would not air the episodes, opting instead for syndication.[17] On August 10, 2009, however, Fox released a statement that the network would air a one-hour series finale (which consisted of a regular thirty-minute episode followed by a thirty-minute finale) on September 13, 2009.[18]

The four remaining episodes of the series aired in syndication the week of May 3, 2010, and again on Adult Swim during the week of May 17, 2010.

During the panel discussion for the return of Beavis and Butt-head at Comic-Con 2011, Mike Judge said that there are no current plans to revive King of the Hill, although he would not rule out the possibility of it returning.[19]

Television ratings

Season Time Slot (ET) Season premiere Season finale TV season # of episodes Ranking Estimated viewers in millions
1st 8:30 pm Sundays January 12, 1997 May 11, 1997 1996-1997 12 #43[20] 8.6
2nd 8:30 pm Sundays September 21, 1997 May 17, 1998 1997–1998 23 #15[21] 16.3[21]
3rd 8:00 pm Tuesdays September 15, 1998 May 18, 1999 1998–1999 25 #104[22] 7.9[22]
4th 7:30 pm Sundays September 26, 1999 May 21, 2000 1999–2000 24 #77[23] 8.7[23]
5th 7:30 pm Sundays October 1, 2000 May 13, 2001 2000–2001 20 #68[24] 9.5[24]
6th 7:30 pm Sundays November 11, 2001 May 12, 2002 2001–2002 22 #90[25] 7.7[25]
7th 7:30 pm Sundays November 3, 2002 May 18, 2003 2002–2003 23 #68[26] 9.5[26]
8th 7:30 pm Sundays November 2, 2003 May 23, 2004 2003–2004 22 #118[27] 6.4[27]
9th 7:00 pm Sundays November 7, 2004 May 15, 2005 2004–2005 15 #110[28] 4.8[28]
10th 7:30 pm Sundays September 18, 2005 May 14, 2006 2005–2006 15 #111[29] 5.2[29]
11th 8:30 pm Sundays January 28, 2007 May 20, 2007 2006–2007 12 #109[30] 5.5[30]
12th 8:30 pm Sundays September 23, 2007 May 18, 2008 2007–2008 22 #105[31] 6.6[31]
13th 8:30 pm Sundays September 28, 2008 May 6, 2010 2008–2010* 24 #95[32] 6.0[32]

*Includes the four unaired episodes that eventually aired from May 3, 2010, to May 6, 2010, on local TV stations.

King of the Hill is rated TV-PG with sub ratings. The series is rated PG for Parental Guidance in North America. It is rated PG for Parental Guidance in Australia and PG in New Zealand for sexual references, with the exception of the season four episode "High Anxiety", which was rated TV-14 due to the episode's references to marijuana smoking, murder, and irresponsible gun use.

Setting and characters

Opening theme

The opening theme is "Yahoos and Triangles" by the Arizona rock band The Refreshments. For season finales there is a slight variation for seasons 1–12. Season one's finale featured an opening guitar riff one octave higher. Season two's finale added a "yeehaw" to the beginning and the 3–12 finales accompanied the "yeehaw" with a dinner triangle. Season 13 and the series finale used the regular theme song. Some Christmas episodes also featured jingle bells in the background. The intro is a montage of Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer drinking, starting at dawn; the recycling bin fills with their beer cans while other main characters are doing daily activities all around them. Although the opening was reanimated when the show began using high definition, the content never changes throughout the series as Buckley, who died in season two, is still shown picking up Luanne on his motorcycle.


King of the Hill has explicit parodies of local Texas staples, like restaurant Luby's
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The Hill family. From the left: Peggy (back), Bobby, Hank, and their dog, Ladybird.

King of the Hill is set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas, compare to Arlington and Allen.[33] As seen in the episode, "Hank's Cowboy Movie" the town has a population of 145,300 people. Though the location is never really defined in the show, Arlen is supposed to be located just north of the Brazos River in central Texas.[4] Yet, the show constantly puts Arlen at various places like three hours from Houston or a couple of hours from Dallas, while showing a 409 area code on the trucks of Strickland Propane (Area Code 409 is in southeast Texas covering Galveston and the Beaumont-Port Arthur area), thus never really defining Arlen's location. In the Season 12 episode "Raise the Steaks" Hank receives a letter with his ZIP code 74301 which in real life is the town of Vinita, Oklahoma. In the episode "Hank's Choice" the ZIP code was 78104 which is actually Beeville, Tx. In a 1995 interview prior to the show's debut, Judge described the setting as "a town like Humble" (a suburb of Houston).[34] In a more recent interview, Judge has cited Richardson, Texas, a Dallas suburb, as the specific inspiration for Arlen.[35] Time magazine praised the authentic portrayal as the "most acutely observed, realistic sitcom about regional American life bar none".[2]

Arlen includes settings such as Rainey Street, where the Hills and other major characters reside, which is an allusion to Rainey Street in Austin, TX, home of several popular bars,[4] and Strickland Propane, Hank's employer. Also included are parodies of well-known businesses, such as Mega-Lo Mart (a parody of Walmart), Luly's (a parody of Luby's), Want-A-Burger (a parody of Whataburger), Bazooms (a parody of Hooters), 61 Flavors (a parody of Baskin-Robbins) and Pancho's Mexican Buffet. Hank's friend and neighbor Bill Dauterive is a barber at Fort Blanda, an army post (similar to Fort Hood) near Arlen. Most of the children in the show attend Tom Landry Middle School (named after the former Dallas Cowboys coach). Not long before the series premiered, an elementary school named after Tom Landry opened in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, where the Dallas Cowboys have played. Likewise, the local elementary school is named after Roger Staubach. Early in the series, the school is referred to as being in the Heimlich County School District (according to markings on the school buses), though in later seasons this is changed to Arlen Independent School District. The school's mascot is a longhorn steer. The local country club is the Nine Rivers Country Club, though this club's membership is almost exclusively made up of Asian-Americans. The "Devil's Bowl", where Lucky races his truck, is actually a race track in Mesquite, TX, a suburb of Dallas. When Bobby tries to impress Connie's delinquent relative Tid Pao in "Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do?", he takes her to The Pioneer Woman's Museum, a parody of the real-life Women's Collection Archive permanently housed at Texas Woman's University whose flagship campus is in Denton, Texas. In Season One, Hank plays golf with Willie Nelson, who is from Abbott, Texas, at the Pedernales Golf Course, which is a reference to the Pedernales River in the Texas Hill Country in Central Texas.


King of the Hill depicts an average middle-class family and their lives in a typical American town. It documents the Hills' day-to-day-lives in the small Texas town of Arlen, exploring modern themes such as parent-child relationships, friendship, loyalty, and justice.[4] As an animated sitcom, however, King of the Hill's scope is generally larger than that of a regular sitcom.

Hank Hill Hank Rutherford Hill, the family patriarch, is the assistant manager of Strickland Propane, and a salesman of "propane and propane accessories." He is obsessed with his lawn, propane (which he sometimes pronounces with the stress on the second syllable), the Texas Longhorns, and the Dallas Cowboys.[4] Embarrassed and ashamed of his narrow urethra,[36] he is uncomfortable with intimacy and sexuality; despite this, he has a healthy relationship with his wife and the rest of his family. Hank's catchphrase is "I tell you what," typically tacked onto the end of a sentence; other common utterances include "bwah!" when startled, a sotto voce "ugh" when disgusted, and "I'm gonna kick your ass!" when angered, though he is rarely moved to the point of actual physical violence. In contrast to his emotional distance from members of his family, he dotes unashamedly on his aging bloodhound dog, Ladybird, as well as his pickup truck. Hank can be viewed as naïve, such as when Peggy invites a prostitute (unbeknownst to the Hills) to stay at the Hills' residence until she can get back up onto her feet. Hank doesn't realize that she is a prostitute until many major hints have been dropped, and when her pimp, Alabaster Jones, (voiced by Snoop Dogg) paid Hank a visit.[37] Hank is voiced by series co-creator Mike Judge.
Peggy Hill Margaret J. "Peggy" Platter-Hill, a substitute Spanish teacher who has a poor grasp of the language (she pronounces it phonetically as "es-puh-nole"). She has won the Tom Landry Substitute Teacher of the Year award for 3 consecutive years.[38] Peggy is also a freelance newspaper columnist, real estate agent, notary public, and Boggle champion.[5][39] She often displays her naiveté and arrogance with an inflated sense of her intelligence and appearance. She considers herself knowledgeable, clever, and very physically attractive, although she has on occasion noted her self-consciousness of her unusually large (US women's size 16.5) feet. More often than not, Peggy's ego will preempt better judgment, leading to actions that, while initially "helping" her, ultimately lead her down a path of agonizing realization of what she has done. In the first season, Peggy's everyday shirt was white. From the second season forward, the shirt changed from white to green. Peggy is voiced by Kathy Najimy.
Bobby Hill Robert Jeffrey "Bobby" Hill, the son of Hank and Peggy, is an overweight 13-year-old who aspires to be a famous prop comic. Although he is not particularly attractive or intelligent, Bobby has an excellent sense of self-esteem; he is not ashamed of his body or his often sub-par performance in sports or other activities. Bobby lacks his father's athletic prowess and dislikes most sports, but has participated in wrestling, baseball, and track at Tom Landry Middle School and has also attempted to play football and soccer. He is, however, an excellent rifle marksman and has won second place at the annual father–son shoot off. He has an offbeat sense of humor that clashes with Hank's more collected, conservative manner. Such sentiments are fueled by Bobby's interest in activities more traditionally considered to be feminine, such as cooking, rose gardening, high fashion, and dolls. Hank's discomfort with Bobby's proclivities is a regular narrative element in the series, and is manifested with remarks like "That boy ain't right."[40] Bobby is shown to date Connie, his neighbor, who is Laotian. Bobby is shown to be Connie's boyfriend from season 3 to season 6 after breaking up. Bobby has also displayed interest in Fruit Pies, commonly mentioned throughout the series. In the episode, "Death of a propane salesman", Hank is showed to make Ladybird sniff a fruit pie to track down Bobby's scent. Pamela Adlon provides Bobby Hill's voice, a role for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002.[41]
Luanne Platter Luanne Leanne Platter (named after Luby's "Lu Ann Platter") is Peggy's niece. Sensitive and a bit of an airhead, her conflicts most often stem from her inability to think for herself and from her naiveté, which allows others to take advantage of her. She follows a very specific pattern in the men she dates, which are usually all the wrong kinds. She grew up in a trailer park and came to live with the Hills after her mother, Leanne, was sent to prison for stabbing Luanne's father (Peggy's brother) with a fork. Her full name is Luanne Leanne Platter, as is heard on the episode "Edu-macating Lucky". Late in the show's run, she marries Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt and has a daughter, Gracie, with him. Luanne's character voice was provided by Brittany Murphy, who died on December 20, 2009, at the age of 32, roughly 3 months after King of the Hill's last episode aired on September 13 of that year.
Dale Gribble Dale Alvin Gribble is Hank and Peggy's next-door neighbor and also Hank's best friend from high school. He is an exterminator, bounty-hunter, chain-smoker, gun fanatic, and paranoid believer in almost any conspiracy theory. Because of his distrustful nature, he frequently uses the alias "Rusty Shackleford". The name "Rusty Shackleford" comes from Dale's third grade classmate whom he believes died, but in the episode "Peggy's Gone to Pots," Dale finds out that Rusty simply moved. Dale also claims that he has the birth certificate of Rusty, however it is unknown if the document is legitimate or not. Dale is married to Nancy Hicks-Gribble and is oblivious to the fact that she cheated on him for most of their marriage; their son Joseph was actually fathered by John Redcorn. However Dale has a strong bond with his son. Dale has an unsuccessful pest-extermination company, Dale's Dead Bug. Some of Dale's catchphrases include "s'go" (shortened from "let's go"), "Shi-shi-shi-shaa-haa" when he feels accomplished, "wingo!" when he becomes excited, and "gih!" when surprised or frightened. Voiced by Johnny Hardwick, Dale is named after Dan "Gribble" Costello, a close friend of Mike Judge.
Bill Dauterive William Fontaine "Bill" dela Tour Dauterive (referred to as Bill Dauterive) is one of Hank's best friends from high school and now lives across the alley from him. In high school, Bill was extremely fit, athletic, and competent, with a full head of hair; now he is overweight, balding, and emotionally needy. He holds the fictional MOS of barber in the U.S. Army. Eternally melancholy and lovelorn, he pines constantly for his ex-wife, Lenore, and is attracted to Peggy. He often uses pity as a device to garner attention from his friends and neighbors. He occasionally gets involved in crazy schemes, either by himself or with Dale, Boomhauer, or both, which often end badly for him. As a Louisiana native, Bill speaks fluent Cajun and has only one surviving male blood-relative: his cousin, Gilbert and one female blood cousin: Violetta. It is mentioned that he has previously changed his name (though whether from or to William Fontaine Dauterive is not stated). Bill is voiced by Stephen Root.
Boomhauer Jeff Boomhauer (who always goes by simply "Boomhauer") is another of Hank's high school pals; he now lives across the alley from Dale (the location is inconsistent through the series: in the series finale, the address on Boomhauer's driver's license is shown as being on Rainey Street, which would place him on the same side of the alley as Hank, Dale, and Kahn). He has a deeply suntanned complexion and speaks in a rapid-fire, nearly incomprehensible mumble—although he is clearly understood when he sings. According to the "Pilot" episode DVD's commentary, Boomhauer's unique speaking style was inspired by a voicemail left on Mike Judge's answering machine. Additionally, Boomhauer speaks French fluently and clearly. Like Hank, he often tacks "I tell you what" to the end of his sentences; he also uses "dang ol'" and "daggone" liberally when he speaks. He has a brother, "Patch", who speaks in a similar fashion, voiced by Brad Pitt. Boomhauer is a committed bachelor, shown to be quite promiscuous with his many girlfriends. In series finale "To Sirloin with Love", it is revealed that Boomhauer is a Texas Ranger. Prior to this, he was hinted to be an electrician on workers' compensation. Mike Judge provides his voice.
Cotton Hill Cotton Lyndal Hill, Hank's father, is a deranged, politically incorrect misogynist with a hair-trigger temper. His shins were blown off in World War II by a "Japan man's machine gun" and his feet were attached to his knees, resulting in a short height (as revealed in "Cotton's Plot", he was taken from 6'4" ft to 5'0" ft in height) and stilted gait. Despite his disability, he eventually reaches the rank of Colonel in the State Militia, and is addressed as such by his friends and Dale Gribble (Dale always praises him, referring to him as "The Colonel"). In episode "Returning Japanese (Part 1)", it is revealed that Cotton became romantically involved with a Japanese nurse during his service in World War II resulting in the birth of his first son, Junichiro. After divorcing Hank's mother, Tilly, he marries a much younger, soft-spoken, busty blonde candy striper named Didi, a kindergarten classmate of Hank's. Didi later gives birth to Cotton's third son, who he names G.H., or "Good Hank"—implying that his middle son is "Bad Hank". Thoroughly contemptuous of Peggy, he always addresses her as "Hank's wife". Cotton often refers to his possibly dubious wartime heroism, including his killing of "fitty (fifty) men". Despite his less-than-amiable personality, Cotton seems to have a softer side for Bobby, frequently proclaiming that he's proud of him and even taking the blame when Bobby accidentally burns down a church. Cotton spends most of his free time playing checkers and hatching absurd schemes (such as taking a speedboat to Cuba to kill Fidel Castro) with his war buddies at the local VFW. By the middle of the series, Cotton is shown to have outlived all of his war buddies. Cotton himself dies, not once but twice, in episode "Death Picks Cotton", after first suffering severe burns, then an allergic reaction to shrimp during a tirade at a Japanese restaurant. In the episode "Chasing Bobby", Peggy states that Hank's greatest fear is that Cotton will die without telling Hank that he loves him, which is exactly what occurs. Cotton's dying wish, to destroy Hank's new shed, is carried out by Dale after Cotton's death. In the episode "Serves Me Right for Giving George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", Hank completes a list of embarrassing tasks left to him by Cotton, including his last request to have his cremated remains flushed down a toilet that General George S. Patton once used, which Hank and his friends honor. Toby Huss voices Cotton Hill.

Main Article: List of guest stars on King of the Hill

King of the Hill also featured numerous celebrity guests during its run, including Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright, Burt Reynolds, Michael Keaton, George Strait, Andy Dick, Dale Earnhardt, Trace Adkins, John Force, Renée Zellweger, Owen Wilson, Topher Grace, Brad Pitt, Johnny Knoxville, Nathan Fillion, Lindsay Lohan, Lucy Liu, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Goldblum, John Ritter, Jerry Lambert, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Linney, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Jennifer Aniston, Maura Tierney, Brendan Fraser, Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, Christina Applegate, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bernie Mac, Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Kelly Clarkson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rue McClanahan, Drew Carey, Danny Trejo, Matthew McConaughey, Don Meredith, Green Day, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chuck Mangione, Stephanie Hodge, Milla Jovovich, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Alyson Hannigan, Jamie Kennedy, Randy Travis, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, George Foreman, Marg Helgenberger, Tone Lōc, the Dixie Chicks, Christopher Lloyd, Randy Savage, Dusty Hill (playing himself as Hank's cousin), Laura Cant, Trevor McDonald, Carlos Alazraqui, David Herman, Michael Shulman and Jason Bateman. In the later seasons, Tom Petty had a recurring guest role as Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt, who married Luanne and had a daughter with her.

Home media

The first six seasons were released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment from 2003 to 2006. The seventh season was originally going to be released in late 2006, but, most likely due to poor sales of the DVDs, the release was cancelled. However, in 2014, Olive Films got the sub-license to release future seasons of the show, and seasons seven and eight were released on November 18, 2014, with nine and ten released on April 7, 2015.[42][43]

The complete series is available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video in the United States. Netflix also streamed all episodes, but stopped streaming on October 1, 2013.[44] In November 2011, all seasons became available for download on the iTunes Store.


King of the Hill received generally positive reviews over its 13-year run. King of the Hill is currently ranked #27 on IGN's "Top 100 Animated TV Series".[45] It currently has a solid 7.2 rating on IMDb and an 8.5 rating on Common Sense Media called King of the Hill "Wickedly funny at times, but not for all tastes".[46]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
1997 Annie Awards Best Animated TV Program[47] 20th Century Fox and Film Roman Productions Nominated
Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production[47] John Rice
for "Keeping Up with Our Jones"
Best Individual Achievement: Voice Acting by a Female Performer in a TV Production[47] Brittany Murphy
as Luanne Platter
Best Individual Achievement: Voice Acting by a Male Performer in a TV Production[47] Mike Judge
as Hank Hill
Best Individual Achievement: Writing in a TV Production[47] Paul Lieberstein
for "Luanne's Saga"
Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland
for "Shins of the Father"
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[41] Greg Daniels, Mike Judge, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, et al.
for "Square Peg"
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy King of the Hill Nominated
1998 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program[48] 20th Century Fox Television, Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films, and 3 Arts Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production[48] Kathy Najimy
as Peggy Hill
BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award[49] John O'Connor, Roger Neill, and Lance Rubin Won
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon King of the Hill Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing – Television Animated Specials[50] "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" Nominated
Best Sound Editing – Television Animation – Music[50] King of the Hill Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[41] Greg Daniels, Mike Judge, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, et al.
for "Texas City Twister"
1999 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program[51] 20th Century Fox Television Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production[51] Jim Dauterive
for "Hank's Cowboy Movie
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)[41] Greg Daniels, Mike Judge, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, Richard Appel, et al.
for "And They Call It Bobby Love"
2000 Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production[52] Kyoung Hee Lim and Boo Hwan Lim
for "Won't You Pimai Neighbor?"
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production[52] Brittany Murphy
as Luanne Platter in "Movin' on Up"
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production[52] Mike Judge
as Hank Hill in "Hanky Panky"
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production[52] Garland Testa
for "Aisle 8A"
2001 American Comedy Awards Funniest Television Series – Animated King of the Hill Nominated
Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production[53] Kathy Najimy
as Peggy Hill in "Luanne Virgin 2.0"
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production[53] Garland Testa
for "Chasing Bobby
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)[41] Greg Daniels, Mike Judge, Richard Appel, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, et al.
for "Chasing Bobby"
2002 Annie Awards Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production[54] Norm Hiscock
for "Bobby Goes Nuts"
Kit Boss
for "A Man Without a Country Club"
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Voice-Over Performance[41] Pamela Adlon
as Bobby Hill, Clark Peters, and Chane Wassanasong in "Bobby Goes Nuts"
Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)[41] Greg Daniels, Mike Judge, Richard Appel, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, et al.
for "Bobby Goes Nuts"
2003 Annie Awards Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production[55] Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May
for "Reborn to Be Wild"
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) "My Own Private Rodeo" Nominated
WGA Awards Animation Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck
for "My Own Private Rodeo"
2004 Annie Awards Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production[56] Brittany Murphy
as Luanne Platter in "Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon"
Writing in an Animated Television Production Etan Cohen
for "Ceci N'est Pas Une King of the Hill"
WGA Awards Animation Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May
for "Reborn to Be Wild"
2005 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production[57] Johnny Hardwick
as Dale Gribble in "Smoking and the Bandit"
2006 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production[58] 20th Century Fox Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Animated Show King of the Hill Nominated
2007 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy – Animated King of the Hill Nominated
WGA Awards Animation Jim Dauterive
for "Church Hopping"
2008 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production[59] 20th Century Fox Television Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Animated TV Comedy King of the Hill Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)[41] Mike Judge, Greg Daniels, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Jim Dauterive, Garland Testa, et al.
for "Death Picks Cotton"
WGA Awards Animation Jim Dauterive
for "Lucky's Wedding Suit"
Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May
for "The Passion of the Dauterive"
2009 Prism Awards Comedy Episode "Dia-BILL-ic Shock" Won
WGA Awards Animation Jim Dauterive
for "Strangers on a Train"
Dan McGrath
for "Life: A Loser's Manual"

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