Although it left screens in 2010, King of the Hill remains one of the funniest TV shows to exist, in my opinion. It’s dry wit never fails to amuse. The hilarity of the characters and their lives exceeds the slapstick, vulgar comedy of Seth MacFarlane and his many mediocre productions.
Although it has never been as prominent as shows like The Simpsons or Family Guy, I would rather watch King of the Hill any day. Although it is animated, the stories and characters are very realistic. The creators, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, parody American culture, attitudes and over-exaggerate stereotypes. Other popular animated shows do not have the refined humour that this show has. Family Guy and American Dad are to me, extremely mindless and filled with poorly constructed satire.
The show also has a long, rich celebrity guest history as well as having stars like Brittany Murphy and Kathy Najimy voice main characters. Meryl Streep, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Arnold Schwazenegger and Gwen Stefani are among the many stars which have complemented the shows greatness.
My favourite character is Dale Gribble. Unlike his “best friend” and neighbour, Hank, he is not an avid supporter of the government, or America in general. He adopts the pseudonym “Rusty Shackleford” various times throughout the show in order to conceal his identity in his wrong-doings. Dale’s blunt and inexplicable attitude produces comedic gold. His quotes are definitely the funniest out of any other animated series.
“Boil up some Mountain Dew; it’s gonna be a long night.”
“Hell, I ain’t no quitter. I’ve been smoking for 30 years.”
“TV sets are getting smaller and smaller, and bigger and bigger. Soon the medium-sized set will be a thing of the past.”
Although I have criticised the ridiculous nature of other popular animated series, I think that Judge and Daniels have managed to balanced absurdity and realism to a point where the show could be easily performed as a live-action comedy.
TOP TEN KING OF THE HILL EPISODES:
- Peggy the Boggle Champ
- Plastic White Female
- Pretty, Pretty Dresses
- Lupe’s Revenge
- Megalo Dale
- The Peggy Horror Picture Show
- Love Hurts And So Does Art
- Peggy Hill: The Decline And Fall
- Peggy’s Magic Sex Feet
- Returning Japanese (Double Episode)