Boy Howdy: King of the Hill Review

King of the Hill is the forgotten stepchild of prime time animation.

Overshadowed by The Simpsons and Family Guy, the Hill clan has quietly become the second-longest-running comedy on TV. Season 6 showcases how the Texas redneck suburbanites made their mark: by embracing reality and continuity.

Unlike most cartoons, the characters grow if not necessarily improve, as seen in "My Own Private Rodeo." One of the series' longest-running jokes is neighbour Nancy Gribble's 14-year dalliance with native "healer" John Redcorn.

She ends the affair and the storyline by renewing her wedding vows with her conspiracy-minded yet oblivious husband Dale, and invites his estranged gay-rodeo-riding father to the ceremony.

That's how the Hills embrace the comedic peculiarities of daily life. Mmm-hmm. Yup.

Extras: None, it's as bare bones as they come.

I haven't done reviews for years but I'm starting up again. This review originally appeared in Dose on May 3, 2006.


  1. I sure do love this show...

    Great review!

    More more!

  2. Ah, too kind. Now if I could just get the studios to start sending this stuff to me...