King of the Hill was an animated show on Fox beginning in 1997 and ending in 2009. It consisted over 200 episodes. Created by Mike Judge, the creator of Beavis and Butthead, the show was surprisingly different in nature. Rather than focusing on situations that are absurd in nature which is the focus of many modern animated programs childish or adult, this show portrays characters that are realistic in realistic situations and the humor is more subtle than what is featured in shows such as The Simpsons or Family Guy. After driving out much of the adolescent audience who watched because it was associated with the creator of Beavis, it gained a good adult audience that allowed the show to last a very respectable thirteen seasons. The show is noted as the only one of Fox's Sunday night animated programs where the main character is a Republican and not vilified for it.
The show is based on a stereotypical conservative Texan family, and has a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor. Hank Hill, the father of the Hill family, seems to always do what is right despite the circumstances or ramifications. In the series pilot, Hank's overweight adolescent son Bobby is nearly taken into state custody by a politically-correct, socially liberal social worker based on assumptions and misunderstandings made about Bobby by the social worker, who quickly runs afoul of Hank's wrath and is later fired by his boss at the social services office when the truth about what happened to Bobby comes out. Hank often learns to be more open-minded and accepting of others, while others learn that there is value in his traditional ways as well.
King of the Hill is still frequently aired in syndicated reruns.
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