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A straight laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Hank Hill / ... (258 episodes, 1997-2010)
 Peggy Hill / ... (258 episodes, 1997-2010)
 Bobby Hill / ... (258 episodes, 1997-2010)
Johnny Hardwick ...
 Dale Gribble / ... (257 episodes, 1997-2010)
 Bill Dauterive / ... (256 episodes, 1997-2010)
 Luanne Platter / ... (231 episodes, 1997-2009)
 Kahn Souphanousinphone, Sr. / ... (151 episodes, 1997-2010)
 Buckley / ... (146 episodes, 1997-2010)
 Nancy Hicks Gribble / ... (125 episodes, 1997-2010)


King of the Hill is another animation hit for Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge, who also voices the starring character Hank Hill, a propane gas salesman in the fictional town Arlen, Texas. Hank is often besieged by the idiosyncrasies of society, but he finds (some) serenity in his home-life with his wife, substitute Spanish teacher Peggy, his awkward son Bobby and his live-in niece-in-law Luanne Platter. Adding flavor to the ordinary dish the series serves are Hank's friends, divorcee military barber Bill Dauterive, paranoid Dale Gribble (with an obsession with Government conspiracy theories) and gibberish spouting Boomhauer. Written by Ondre Lombard <>

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Looking for laughs as big as Texas? Head for the hills!


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Release Date:

12 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Did You Know?


There is no beer based on King of the Hill's "Alamo Beer". The Real Ale beer is actually called "Remember Alamo Golden Ale" but only in San Antonio, everywhere else it is called "Real Ale Firemans #4".

Actually, as anyone who has ever been to Texas realizes, "Alamo Beer" is a parody of "Lone Star Beer", which has long semi-facetiously advertised itself as "The National Beer of Texas". This presentation is done along the same lines as "Luly's" for "Luby's" or "The Renaissance Faire" for "The Texas Renaissance Festival" and other satirical yet obviously-apparent-to-locals ways around potential copyright infringement. "Whataburger", on the other hand, is presented as-is, as are the "Dallas Cowboys". See more »


When Hank passes out from varnishing the grandfather clock in Hillennium, when he falls over he leaves a varnish streak down the clock face. But when he wakes up, this streak is gone. See more »


[repeated line]
Hank: I'm going to kick your ass!
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Crazy Credits

Usually during the credits, Hank talks to the audience and apologizes for the content of the episode, or disputes occurring during the show were resolved. See more »


Referenced in House MD Cures FOX Cartoons (2010) See more »


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It's alright to be a redneck
9 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hank Hill, the hero of "King of the Hill", is the last of a dying breed in many ways. He's reasonably honest, reasonably moral, he works hard, he believes in American craftsmanship, and he loves his dysfunctional family. And he's a conservative. He's a bit repressed emotionally though; annoying him or getting him mad is easy, but expressing those tender emotions like love is hard for him, due mostly to his upbringing by his dysfunctional and tyrannical dad Cotton, an obnoxious old man who lost his shins in WWII and somehow had his feet sewn into his knees. Hank's conservative point of view doesn't always make him easily sympathetic in some cases though.

Hank's wife, Peggy, is a warm, loving and caring person at heart, but she's also a megalomaniac. Peggy is an over confident and under educated substitute Spanish teacher, quite rare in this day and age of "Women power". Peggy always strives to do her best, which isn't bad in and of itself, but her pride tends to exude control over her decisions which leads to Peggy making a fool of herself.

Hank's son Bobby is a dense, effeminate couch potato who's watched too much TV. Full of under developed desires and longings, Bobby is easily impressionable and easily gets caught up in fads when they shove their message in his face hard enough. As Hank puts it, "That boy ain't right." His initial goal is to be a stand up comic, but he later decides to be a magician. His friends are Connie (later a girlfriend) and Joseph.

Hank also has a live in niece, Luanne. She was raised to be trailer trash by her dysfunctional parents (her dad is Peggy's brother) and initially longs to be a Hollywood hair stylist. Like Bobby, Luanne can be easily caught up in fads.

Hanks friends are Dale, Bill and Boomhauer. Boomhauer is a motor mouth Lothario whom no one can really understand. Bill is a faded high school football star turned army barber who's wife has left him and appears to have a thing for Peggy. Dale is an exterminator and conspiracy theorist who's so wrapped up in his conspiracy theories that he would never suspect that his newscaster wife Nancy is having an affair with her Indian therapist John Redcorn and/or that his son Joseph is actually the son of John Redcorn and Nancy. The only other person who doesn't seem to notice this is Joseph himself. Hank's neighbor is an Asian man named Kahn (Connie's dad), the classic feuding neighbor scenario.

Despite the many frustrations Hank endures and the compromises he has to make, he trudges on, clinging to his ideals and doing the best he can.

Part of why this is still better than the Simpsons is that unlike the Simpsons, this show doesn't rely on anyone character to supply all the laughs and it doesn't rely on larger than life animated sight gags for all the laughs either. Hank is also probably the only TV Dad to have the dignity of being right anymore. And unlike Homer, even when Hank's efforts get ridiculous they're never as outlandish and moronic as the former's.

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