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How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying/Texas City Twister

In Season Two, King of the Hill both found its creative groove and hit its peak of popularity. Acclaimed by critics and heavily promoted by Fox, KOTH enjoyed a brief cultural moment as one of America’s most watched and talked-about shows. Sadly … Continue reading

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King of the Ant Hill/Plastic White Female

Today we’ll wrap up KOTH’s first season. Somewhat uncertain and erratic, as first seasons typically are, it nonetheless established the show’s unique voice and worldview. These episodes flesh out two characters who haven’t had much chance to shine until now. … Continue reading

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Peggy the Boggle Champ/Keeping Up With Our Joneses

Peggy the Boggle Champ (Season One, Episode Nine) Original air date: April 13, 1997 Writers: Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger Director: Chuck Sheetz Like much of Season One, “Peggy the Boggle Champ” has a straightforward plot, straightforward jokes and straightforward … Continue reading

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Westie Side Story/Shins of the Father

It’s been awhile since our last review, for which I apologize. Today we examine two seminal KOTH episodes, each introducing a problematic supporting player voiced by Toby Huss. Westie Side Story (Season One, Episode Seven) Original air date: March 2nd, … Continue reading

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“Luanne’s Saga”/”Hank’s Unmentionable Problem”

Luanne’s Saga (Season One, Episode Five) Original air date: February 16th, 1997 Writer: Paul Lieberstein Director: Pat Shinagawa In KOTH’s first few episodes, we don’t learn much about Luanne Platter. She’s promiscuous, ditzy, the child of a broken home. Trouble … Continue reading

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“The Order of the Straight Arrow”/”Hank Gets the Willies”

The Order of the Straight Arrow (Season One, Episode Three) Original air date: February 2nd, 1997 Writer: Cheryl Holliday Director: Klay Hall Even more than the Pilot, “The Order of the Straight Arrow” focuses on Hank and Bobby’s relationship. KOTH … Continue reading

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“Pilot” and “Square Peg”

The Pilot starts with Hank, Bill, Dale and Boomhauer drinking and discussing Hank’s truck. …It’s not the most dynamic scene, yet establishes KOTH’s world pretty well: we’re in a semi-realistic small town with mundane concerns. Continue reading

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