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Friday, March 20, 2009

King of the Hill cancelled?


The video above is a plea to keep the series on the air. The music is of the series theme and I really like this rendition. It doesn't sound like the theme of a show that aired in the early 21st century.

Me and a friend of mine were talking about this show in relation to another old animated series, Doug. I made the comparison only because I felt that the animation was similar in some respects. That is both seem quite cartoonish in their artistry, but then hey they are cartoons.

I've watched this show since day one when it aired on FOX back in January 1997. It has often been my favorite and while in general I loved the stories, my favorite character has been Boomhauer. He seems to have been a man's man and he speaks so fast and incoherently you never understand what he says although his friends know what he says and responds to him accordingly.

The world of Hank Hill seems to be a very neurotic one. Hank is very uptight, however, he seems to run into some unusual people and at worst these people take advantage of him. However Hank seems to be an upright guy who doesn't take much non-sense for long. He does like to threaten to kick someone's *ss literally.

He has an eccentric WW2 veteran father, Cotton, who died a season or two ago. He liked to talk trash about, Tilly, his ex-wife & Hank's mother and that was true until Hank Hill told his father off about it. He brought his son constant embarrassment, but Hank's own son was interesting.

Hank's son was overweight and not very athletically inclined as Hank hoped. Bobby Hill wanted to be a prop comic and engaged in antics that would generally embarrass his more uptight father. Actually it really didn't take much to embarrass Hank Hill, if Bobby wanted to have a pet other than a dog Hank would veto that.

Let's not forget about his wife Peggy. That woman was very neurotic. She's overly competitive as she definitely will take small accomplishments and turn them into big accomplishments. She also doesn't know how to teach Spanish and has often misunderstood what Spanish speakers say in addition to not speaking the language very well. I did mention that she teaches, but she's largely a substitute teacher. Also she has a very big ego.

Let's not forget the crazy friends that Hank has. I already mentioned Boomhauer. There's also Dale who always seems paranoid about the idea of the government coming after him and there's Bill who early on was despondent over his wife divorcing him, but beyond that he seems to have his own issues. Still I like Bill as a character.

The show has aired over a decade and it's finally getting cancelled. In recent years I hated the fact that the show tends to get pre-empted for football. Another issue was that I never was able to catch the show before the Simpson's. Once upon a time the show aired after the Simpson's but that was probably before Family Guy and American Dad arrived on the scene.

I'll miss that crazy show and its universe. Thankfully there's always reruns, DVDs, or even Hulu. Well any online video service that airs TV programming. I hope creator Mike Judge does a movie like he did for Beavis and Butthead, another creation of his.

King of the Hill wikipedia

King of the Hill on FOX

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have watched king of the hill since the begining
and wished it was not canceled they should cancel family guy because it is so offensive!!

Anonymous said...

King of the Hill is a great show. I don't see how they cancel King of the hill and bring unentertaining shows like sit down shut up. Sit down shup was confirmed canceled because of low ratings.I see that as a sign that fox needs to bring King of the hill back. King of the hill is a classic show which deserves to be aired because it teaches morals and people can really relate to the charactors. Fox needs to shape up because at this rate loyal fans of animated shows on fox will leave if they keep seing there favorie shows cancelled. Atleast futurama's back on Comedy Centrel! :)

Anonymous said...

Fox should develop king of the hill MERCHANDISE.It is the ONLY thing KING OF THE HILL needs.CANCELLATION IS NOT THE ANSWER!WE WANT KING OF THE HILL BACK!

Anonymous said...

King of the hill can't be cancelled because of ratings, it has a 4 star rating by numerous companies. The humor is subtle at times, and at others the humor is hilarious. But what (hwhat) it really has is a great story every episode. Family Guy, on the other hand, does not. It has really cheap humor, using unneccessary flashbacks and obscene slapstick. I really think family guy fails because the humor isn't funny to older teens and adults, and to the younger kids whom think it funny, it is too inappropriate for them.

In my opinion, the only show on tv better than King Of The Hill is Seinfeld. King of the Hill has been a phenominal show, and I hate to see it go away.

Ethan said...

King of the Hill has always been a great show. No-one can just cancel it like this! It has great stories, great characters, and GREAT humor!ive bought every season, and I watch season 7 episodes on Adult Swim. Hoping they will keep making this, I went to google to make sure....and i read this...

Anonymous said...

I love king of the hill. You actually grow with the characters. I mean and the personalities are classic. Takes me back to the neighbor of Beavis and Butthead. I vote keep it going. After all the aimless antics of Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson you need a more down to Earth program that I can let my 2 yr old watch with me. Plus I love hearing about the different ways hank is gonna kick someones ass. Classic I tell ya.

Anonymous said...

King of the Hill is surprisingly my favorite show. lol. i watch it everynight and cancelling
the damn show is something to get used to. THIS SUCKS!
KING OF THE HILL should stay!

Anonymous said...

I think that the execs at FOX need to look at the Sunday night lineup carefully. It really stinks. Family Guy is offensive and inappropriate for young viewers (where are the sensors on that dialog); American Dad is just not funny. The real insult is The Cleveland Show, I am caucasian but that is the most racially offensive show I've ever seen. Perpetuating those racial sterotypes should be illegal. Not to mention that "Sit Down, Shut Up" was just plain insulting to our intelligence (read as DUMB!) Bring back KING OF THE HILL.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe King of the Hill is getting cancelled. Its one of the few shows on television today with actual substance. A show the whole family can watch, and oddly enough, actually enjoy. It's a shame that I will never get to hear another Gribble conspiracy rant, instead I get to look forward to the season premiere of "Are You Smarter Than A Pro Football Player?!" yay

Anonymous said...

King of the hill is / was one of the best comedies ever to air on television. It's hillarious! I suppose they would have stayed on if the writers would have chose to be cutting-edge-offensive, but then it would have started to suck like the rest of the Fox programs. I'm cancilling cable, K.O.T.H. was the only reason I subscribed.

Anonymous said...

King of the Hill was never funny. They should have kept with Beavis and Butthead. I have never laughed once at King of the Hill, with the exception of the pimp episode. Also simpsons is dead. Family guy is starting to get lame, but still funnier than Simpsons and I mean is King of the Hill really a comedy or a Family show?

Anonymous said...

king of the hill is not about cheap laughs like family guy, etc (which i love also)

king of the hill was almost like a drama. the characters actually grew up (slowly) unlike other cartoons.

i dont know what i liked about it. but i did.

Anonymous said...

I don't want 'King of the Hill' to end. It is a great and entertaing show. If anybody out there is listening............."Don't cancel King of the Hill, Please!!!!!"

Anonymous said...

I have been watching King Of The Hill from the beginning. I absolutely love King Of The Hill. I totally do not understand why King Of The Hill was canceled? I so badly want to see more new episode of King Of The Hill. King Of The Hill must be brought back to TV. King Of The Hill is up with The Simpson. King Of The Hill is one the all time best TV shows ever. I would always watch King of the hill every Sunday. I terribly miss watching new episodes of King of The Hill on Sunday. Sunday is not the same without King Of the hill.
King Of The Fan
Debra Davidson

Anonymous said...

WHY THE F**************************(yes I did that.) But still just because someone died they could relate that on the show and at least put in "In memory of Luanne Pl-lucky"

Anonymous said...

I hate fox for doing this. i used to watch animation domination every sunday but after they cancel a great show like king of the hill and replace it with a family guy clone, i deeply hate them

Anonymous said...

MIKE JUDGE CAN'T BE THIS DUMB, AND I HAVEN'T WATCHED THE FOX CHANNEL SINCE THE KING OF THE HILL WAS CANCELED, JUDGE SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH WHAT WORKS. NONE OF HIS MOVIES WERE ANY GOOD, THE GOODE FAMILY FLOPPED, IF HE WERE SMART, HE'D BE TRYING TO COME UP WITH A GOOD PLOT FOR A BIG COME BACK OF THE KING, I'LL TELL YA WHAT MIKE JUDGE, MAKE A FULL LENGTH MOVIE OF KING OF THE HILL TO SET UP A NEW PLOT FOR THE BIG COME BACK OF THE KING.GET SOME GOOD WRITERS AND I GARUNTEE THE KING OF THE HILL WILL BE IN THE TOP SPOT RIGHT BEHIND THE SIMPSONS, AND IF FOX IS TO STUPID TO BRING IT BACK, THERE ARE 100'S OF OTHER GOOD STATIONS OUT THERE THAT WOULD. COME ON MR JUDGE, STICK WITH WHAT WORKS. YOU GOTTA BE SMARTER THAN THIS

Anonymous said...

Thank you lord!

Anonymous said...

its about time they canceled it, the stories were horribly boring and the voice just gave me a head ache

Anonymous said...

you guys should sign diffrent petitions online we might get the show back if we all sign together.

Anonymous said...

love king of the hill. and im a 34 yr old Hot chic!

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