King of the Hill

 
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Wickedly funny at times, but not for all tastes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Hank is the upstanding citizen in his community, but everyone else is bound to misbehave. The characters' sometimes-questionable stances on issues are mined for laughs.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Luanne is bursting with hormones, as are other cast members. Some innuendo and references to pornography.

Language

"Jackass," "hell," "bastards," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The men drink beer whenever they can pull the cooler out of the garage. Dale is always smoking. Illegal drug use is alluded to but looked down upon.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the family in this long-running animated series lives in a lower-middle class Texas community where men drink beer, gossip, and watch TV. The humor satirizes and glorifies life in Texas and is geared toward adults. Hank does try to teach a moral lesson to Bobby whenever something goes awry, which could provide topics for discussion -- but there are better programs for kids to learn from. Teens with mature humor will enjoy and "get it."

What's the story?

Set in the small town of Arlen, Texas, KING OF THE HILL centers around propane salesman Hank Hill (voiced by Mike Judge) and his family – wife Peggy (Kathy Najimy), son Bobby (Pamela Adlon), and daughter Luanne (Brittany Murphy). Although the Hills are constantly bombarded with the realities of contemporary life -- trouble with the law, drug-addled hippies ruining a camping trip, discovering the lies behind enculturation, traffic school, money issues, and so on -- they nonetheless attempt to keep their home free of bad influences. Try as they might, the Hills just can't keep the big bad world from infecting their little Texas town, but it's their old-fashioned values creaking along that make for the laughs -- and the heart -- of this series.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Not everyone will "get" KING OF THE HILL because it straddles the fence between good clean livin' and hedonism in a very interesting way. Troubles are hashed out by the community in a comic manner, though it's sometimes difficult to discern whether the moralistic views are real "American values" or a parody of them. This is where the conflict arises and the comedy comes through.

 

Keep in mind, however, that some mature topics might offend sensitive viewers. Others might not appreciate the way these topics are clumsily handled, since King of the Hill can hit pretty close to home. Parents will want to decide for themselves before giving their young teens unlimited access to the show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the notion of using sarcasm and humor to make a point. Does your teen understand the underlying themes of the series? Is the subtext clear despite what the characters might say or do? Do you and your teens find humor in the same elements of the program?

TV details

Cast:Kathy Najimy, Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon
Networks:Fox, FX, Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2015
 

Super funny

Hilarious witty comedy with some inappropriate references. It's super funny I always love to watch it at like hotels and stuff. You have to be about 11 to find funny but if you get the jokes it's terrific
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byhypemiitrudog07 October 29, 2011
 

Advised for MATURE teenagers and older

King of the Hill is a show about a redneck named Hank and his family and neighbors. There are several characters with different back stories. Each character has something good about them, like standing up between right and wrong. There are several acts of violence (such as a boy accidentally walking into a lady's self defense class and learning to kick other people in their testicles) and threats that you might find inappropriate. There is also a chunk of sex (one kid sees a girl's rear end and when he accidentally leaks it to another kid, that kid attempts to look at the same rear end with the other kid attempting to stop him and they accidentally see another girl who accuses them of being 'peeping toms' and other near sexual encounters). On language, there are threats like "I'LL KICK YOUR *SS!" There is plenty of drugs (one guy always smokes and 4 men are usually seen drinking beer in the intro). Other than that, this show is appropriate for anyone who will not repeat or recreate anything that is done in this show
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bytimraw August 25, 2011
 

Good for teens upwards

King of The Hill is mainly an adult show, not due to content but due to the themes being set (largely) from the adults perspective. It does contain some mild swearing and racist terms, but these are outweighed by the context and messages. There are good role models in the show, Hank and Peggy despite their old values do have good solid messages behind them. One episode on sexual education has a lot of sexual language and graphic details.. however this is again justified by the overall message of the show, but not suitable for young children. As said before, ' hon**y' 'cra**er' 'pi**' 's**t' and 'bas**rd' make their way into a good few episodes. Drinks and smoking are a constant theme and in one episode Hank makes his son smoke a carton of cigarettes as a punishment for smoking one. Also Hank and his friends are always drinking and smoking in the alley as they chat.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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