King of the Hill: Season 1 (1997)

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King of the Hill

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King of the Hill's mild yet extremely funny depiction of small-town Texas life is refreshingly worlds away from from conventional prime-time animation.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 15

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Air date: Jan 12, 1997

In the pilot, middle-class Texan Hank Hill blows his top when an overzealous social worker accuses him of child abuse after rumors about his son's black eye get out of hand. Voice of Peggy: Kathy Najimy.

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Air date: Jan 19, 1997

Hank is annoyed when Bobby asks to take a sex-education class---especially when he discovers that Peggy's the teacher. Voice of Hank: Mike Judge. Voice of Peggy: Kathy Najimy. Voice of Bobby: Pamela Segall.

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Air date: Feb 2, 1997

A camping trip with Bobby's scout troop leaves Hank griping after the boy clubs an endangered bird during a faux hunt. Meanwhile, Peggy embarks on a mysterious quest. Voice of Hank: Mike Judge. Voice of Bobby: Pamela Segall.

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Air date: Feb 9, 1997

Hank's determination to find a role model for Bobby leads to an unexpected encounter with Hank's own hero. Willie Nelson and Dennis Hopper have cameos.

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Air date: Feb 16, 1997

When Luanne breaks up with Buckley, Hank takes it upon himself to pick up the pieces of his niece's broken heart, only to be left fuming when she makes a play for Boomhauer. Jazz musician Chuck Mangione has a voice cameo. Voice of Luanne: Brittany Murphy.

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Air date: Feb 23, 1997

A concerned Peggy inadvertently spreads the word about Hank's bout with constipation, leaving her husband flushed with embarrassment. Voices: Kathy Najimy, Mike Judge, Johnny Hardwick, Pamela Segall, Brittany Murphy.

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Air date: Mar 2, 1997

The Hills' new Laotian neighbors cause Peggy and Hank confusion and consternation after a culture clash leads to suspicion over a missing dog. Voices: Mike Judge, Toby Hess, Kathy Najimy, Lauren Tom.

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Air date: Mar 23, 1997

Hank's caught in the middle when his overbearing father pays a visit---and incurs the wrath of a patience-exhausted Peggy. Voices: Mike Judge; Kathy Najimy; Toby Hess; Brittany Murphy; Lauren Tom; Johnny Hardwick.

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Air date: Apr 13, 1997

Peggy's skill with words wins her the privilege of representing Arlen in the state Boggle championship. Laurie Metcalf has a voice cameo. Additional voices include Kathy Najimy, Pamela Segall, Brittany Murphy, Mike Judge.

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Air date: Apr 27, 1997

Hank and Peggy's love of cigarettes is rekindled after Hank catches Bobby smoking, but Luanne is determined to nip their habit in the butt. Voices include Brittany Murphy, Pamela Segall, Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy.

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Critic Reviews for King of the Hill Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

Some of "King of the Hill," set in a small Texas town, was subversively funny; but parts of it just seemed strange. Still, all of it seemed different enough and quirky enough to make me want to see more episodes.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

"King of the Hill" rules.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"King of the Hill" is a small town treat made by people who love small towns. Don't forget it.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Hill" is a pleasant surprise, touching and winsome and deliciously sly.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A fine, nuanced portrait of a middle-class Texas family that also happens to be a cartoon from the man who gave us Beavis and Butt-head, King Of The Hill is both extremely funny and intelligent.

Aug 27, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As the stellar first season of King Of The Hill illustrates, [the show's creators'] commitment to discipline has paid off.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its simplicity bolsters the show's ambling tone, which could be a welcome sedative on Sunday evenings and may eventually be what football fans appreciate after the afternoon rush.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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I am addicted.

Sep 29, 2020 | Full Review…

King of the Hill, about a lower-middle-class family in a Texas suburb, is harmless and pointless.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There are some great episodes in this season, and all of the characters were really solidifying by the end of the first season, with their final voices pretty much on by the time the season wrapped.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Troubles are hashed out by the community in a comic manner, though it's sometimes difficult to discern whether the moralistic views are real "American values" or a parody of them.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With sly humor and rich humanity, Judge's series spent 13 seasons capturing a slice of middle-class America rarely depicted on television.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King of the Hill: Season 1

  • Jun 14, 2020
    King of the Hill really came out the gate as a breath of fresh air for animated sit-coms, even for a post-SImpsons climate, and we've still yet to see another series that brought such a natural air to the medium. Mike Judge and Greg Daniels really brought something special to this series, with the juxtaposition of Judge's penchant for deadpan humor with Daniels' experience with broader sit-com tropes making for a strange beast, as sharp as it was original. The show's inferences into life in the south and the conservative mindset will certainly be funnier for those that grew up in Texas, but the humor is so wise and layered that it couldn't help but attract a universal air. Two decades later, the show's satire on America is still relatable, and its actually nice to see these rightwing characters in a more generous presentation. King of the Hill would go on to last whopping 259 episodes, but this first season likely featured Judge and Daniels vision for the series at its most unfiltered.

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