King of the Hill: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (12 Jan. 1997)

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Hank Hill is a proud and true American. He loves his job as a propane salesman, and respects and loves his family. But one day, after his son Bobby receives a black eye from a baseball game... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Hank Hill / Boomhauer (voice)
Peggy Hill (voice)
Bobby Hill (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
Johnny Hardwick ...
Dale Gribble (voice)
Buckley (voice)
Cotton Hill (voice)
Case Manager (voice)


Hank Hill is a proud and true American. He loves his job as a propane salesman, and respects and loves his family. But one day, after his son Bobby receives a black eye from a baseball game and Hank is heard raising his voice at the Mega-lo Mart, some women come to suspect Hank abuses his son. Word of mouth gets around and soon Hank finds himself under investigation by a skinny, neurotic social worker. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Compared to later seasons, the animation quality is considerably more crude. In fact, the animation quality of the earlier episodes is not very different from that of Mike Judge's previous television series, Beavis and Butt-Head (1993). See more »


[Working on Hank's pickup truck]
Dale: You know what the problem is? It's a Ford. You know what Ford stands for? Fix It Again Tony.
Hank: Dale, that's a Fiat.
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Featured in Adam and Joe's Wonky World of Animation (2000) See more »

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And so was born one of the best cartoons of the last 50 years
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this first episode, we're introduced to Hank Hill, staunch Republican Texan family-man and Propane salesman, his family: son Bobby and wife Peggy, and his friends Boomhauer, Bill, and Dale. When Bobby gets hit with a baseball while playing the game and gets a black eye, people start gossiping that he got the bruise from Hank, which leads to a Child Protective Services 'twig boy' to start coming around. I remember watching this show and getting a kick out of it. Here was a man, Hank, who seemed to be speaking from a viewpoint that was all too infrequently spoken from on TV shows. It endeared me to the show right of the bat.

My Grade: A

The DVD of Season 1 has 2 extended scenes for this episode as well as Commentary by Co-creator Greg Daniels

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