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(1997–2010)

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In nearly every episode of the show, Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer stand in the alley and drink beer. Creator Mike Judge has described the four of them as like "the Greek chorus of the show".
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Boomhauer's job is not stated for most of the series. Near the end of the final episode a shot shows a badge in his wallet identifying him as a Texas Ranger.
The voice of Boomhauer is based on a message left on Mike Judge's telephone answering machine by an irate viewer of Beavis and Butt-Head (1993).
The first and last line of the series was "Yep".
In addition to providing the voice of Luann, Brittany Murphy voiced the young Joseph Gribble. When Joseph hit puberty, Breckin Meyer took over the role.
Hank, Bobby, Peggy, Luanne, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer were animated into an episode of The Simpsons (1989). At one point, Homer makes a reference to the Springfield football team playing the Arlen football team, then, the shot goes to the Hill family, where Hank says "We came two thousand miles for this?" The rest of the characters do not speak. In an episode of King of the Hill, Bobby also has a Bart Simpson doll on his bookshelf.
The third longest running primetime animated series.
From the second season on, each episode ends with a line of dialogue from that episode being repeated.
The Hills' zip code is 78104. The code is real and is located in the town Beeville, Texas.
Bill's full name, with military rank, is Sgt. Barber William Fontaine Delateur Dauterive. He stands 5' 8-3/4" and was born in Louisiana, or "Loser-ana" as Dale described it.
Kahn's license plate reads "KINGKAHN".
Before Cotton Hill's shins were blown off, he stood 6' 4". He is now 5' even.
Joseph's middle name is John, in honor of his biological father John Redcorn.
The Luann Platter is a type of combination plate available at Luby's Cafeteria, a popular restaurant in Texas (In the show, it's referred to as "Luly's"). It has a meat, a roll, and a side for a low price.
In the episode "Death and Taxes", on the list of prison guards is the name Alex de Large - the central character in A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A live-action Msgr. Martinez pilot was filmed, but never aired.
King of the Hill was passed over for renewal in September 2005, which would have made season ten its final season. The order for new episodes was only made after production had ended on the show. The renewal for the eleventh season was due to the high ratings of season ten.
Luanne's middle name is Leeanne.
Dale Gribble's looks are based on actor Robert Patrick.
Hank's full name is Henry Rutherford Hill.
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A 1999 episode "Death and Taxes" has a death row inmate named "Wesley Martin Archer." Bobby comments that it's a good name for a killer. This episode is directed by Wesley Archer.
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In the episode where Bobby is afflicted with gout, he eats at a deli that has portraits of famous comedians on the wall. One portrait is Johnny Hardwick, the voice of Dale.
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The last name of the character Bill Dauterive is an homage to the series writer Jim Dauterive.
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Throughout the series, on the rare occasion that Bobby is seen playing Little League, he wears #3. This is in homage to Babe Ruth, another husky baseball player. This connection is confirmed in the episode "Bad News Bill" when the coach refers to him as "Great Bobino", a nod to Ruth's nickname of "Great Bambino".
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The school which Bobby Hill attends, Tom Landry Middle School (named after the Dallas Cowboys football coach), really does exist. It is located in Irving, Texas in the sub-division of Valley Ranch, just a few blocks down MacArthur Blvd. from the Dallas Cowboys' Office and Training Facility (most of the streets in the neighborhood are also named after Dallas Cowboy greats).
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Joseph Gribble is the name of a character in the Marx Brothers movie Room Service (1938).
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The character of Stuart Dooley is based on Butt-head from Beavis and Butt-Head (1993), Mike Judge's other show.
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Dale's birthday is July 12.
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How and when the show's last episodes would air became a point of uncertainty after Fox officially canceled it early in 2009. The network originally planned to show unaired Season 13 episodes at some point in the early 2009-10 season. It was later speculated that ABC would pick up the show for a 14th season but the idea was shot down by ABC's president. Fox later said it would not air any of the S13 episodes and fans believed they would premiere on either the cable Cartoon Network or a season DVD. In the end, two new episodes comprising a series finale aired on Fox on September 13, 2009.
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The character of Hank Hill is based on a character in Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) by the name of Tom Anderson who acted and talked exactly like Hank. Also Hank's catchphrase of "That boy ain't right" was from an episode of "Beavis..." when they're at Burger World and Tom Anderson comments on Beavis by saying "That boy ain't right in the head."
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Dale Gribble's last name is a tribute to Mike, who died of cancer in 1994. Gribble, along with Spike, founded the "Spike and Mike" Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation in San Diego. The Festival is considered the birthplace of Beavis and Butt-Head (1993), since Spike and Mike produced Mike Judge's first two Beavis and Butt-head shorts.
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The town of Arlen is in Heimlich County, Texas. Both are fictional.
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According to the Season 1 DVD commentary, Bobby Hill's full name is Robert Jeffrey Hill.
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Mike Judge and Greg Daniels pitched the show to Fox network executives, as an animated pencil sketch, featuring all the main characters with Hank doing the pitch.
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Bobby has a Bart Simpson doll on the top shelf of his bookcase.
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Cotton Hill's voice is based on Ross Perot's.
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Each time a character is seen reading a book it is 'A Dinner of Onions'. This book is first seen in the episode where Peggy and Hank go to a book club and that was the assigned book.
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The Hills' dog is named Lady Bird after Lady Bird Johnson.
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Dale's middle name is Alvin.
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In the episode about voting for the presidential candidate, Dale suggested to Hank that he was born in Ecuador; in real life, co-creator Mike Judge (voice of Hank Hill) was born in Ecuador.
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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".
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When Cotton flees to Las Vegas, all of the hotel/casino names are fictional, but are parodies or real ones. For instance, the Golddust is a parody of an actual hotel/casino called the Stardust.
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Would go on to become Mike Judge's longest running animated series, running for 13 years with Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) running for 4 years then being revived in 2011 and The Goode Family (2009) lasting only one year.
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Following the season 2 cliffhanger ending, rumors begin spreading through various FOX commercials and promotional spots that the Hills would be moving to Hollywood. TV Guide ads and the like even touted Propane Boom (the season 2 finale) as the "last episode in Texas!" This was all later, of course, revealed to be a hoax - actually meaning that show show itself (not the characters on the show) was moving to another night on the network - a move that nearly killed the series. Fortunately this was later rectified and the show eventually regained the coveted Sunday night prime time slot for the remainder of its run.
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Peggy's favorite song is Gloria Estefan's, "Can't Stay Away From You".
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Mike Judge came up with the idea for this show in 1995.
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Stephen Root (voice of Bill) also worked with Mike Judge in Office Space (1999), playing the character Milton.
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In the episode with the diving pig at the fair, the pig's most difficult dive is called the "Johnny Cash", and it must dive through a flaming ring. This is a direct reference to Johnny's song "Ring Of Fire".
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Hank is 6' 2" and weighs 220 pounds. His weight is correctly and accurately stated in "Dale to the Chief".
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Dale's "Dale's Dead Bug" van is a 1990 Dodge Ram minivan.
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Stephen Root was uncredited during the first few seasons. This was because he was also on NewsRadio (1995) and his contract prevented him from being credited on another network's show. After the show was cancelled in 1999, he was able to be credited for "King of the Hill".
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This show features the last television appearance of John Ritter, who reprised his role as Eugene Grandy (supplying the voice), the junior high school teacher during season 8. The episode was "Stressed for Success" which was broadcast on May 2, 2004.
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Bass Pro Shops, the company that appears on Hank's fishing hat, is an actual chain of stores.
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Stephen Root, who voices Bill, originally auditioned for the part of Dale.
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Dale wears a hat with Mack (Truck Company) on it.
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The license plate on Dale's truck is LXD-352.
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Cotton's middle name is Lyndal.
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Hank's mother Tillie has the middle name Mae.
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The melody played by Mr. Strickland's car horn is "Yellow Rose of Texas".
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Was originally planned to premiere at the start of the 1996-1997 season in Sept. of 1996, but premiered mid-season for unknown reasons.
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Hank is seen as owning two pickup trucks in the series. At the start of the series, he drives a 97 Ford Ranger. Later in the series, when he is forced to replace his truck due to it being hit by a train, he upgrades to a Ford F-250. (The model year is unknown, but, the body style was in production from 1999-2006.)
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"That's Amore", the upscale Italian restaurant seen in the series, takes its name from a Dean Martin song.
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The license plate on Hank Hill's pickup truck is JD3-170.
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Boomhaur's first name is Jeff.
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Whenever John Redcorn talks about his Native American heritage, a mysterious wind comes up and blows his long hair.
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