It’s a slice of animated hyperrealism that extended the banal to ludicrous extremes to mine comic genius. A show driven by exactitude of language, character, and philosophy, King Of The Hill remains one of the longest-running animated sitcoms of all time, and one of the funniest (I’d argue second only to classic Simpsons.)
Ostensibly about the trials and tribulations of humble propane salesman Hank Hill, his extraverted boy Bobby, and over-enthusiastic wife Peggy, King Of The Hill dared to critique the ideal ‘moral conservative’ nuclear family of post-Reagan America. The conflict in KOTH generally stemmed from the friction between Hank’s longing for the mythic greatness and ideals of America’s ‘golden age’, and the postmodern alternative culture of its steady decline. King Of The Hill explored the baseness of the American legend by way of empathy, intimacy, and epiphany.
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