King of the Hill

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Wickedly funny at times, but not for all tastes.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 116 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes include integrity and humility.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism
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.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that King of the Hill is long-running animated series about a family living 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 s... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 year old Written bymikeisawesome123 February 1, 2011

Great show!!!

Hank is a very outstanding citizen and shows great leadership. He isn't afraid to stand up for himself and always keeps a promise. The other people are iff... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 July 13, 2014

I love this show!

King of the Hill is one of my favorite adult cartoons, in fact, i'm watching it right now! It's so funny, I love the animation, I love the character... Continue reading

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?

Not everyone will "get" this show 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the notion of using sarcasm and humor to make a point in King of the Hill. Do teens and adults find humor in the same elements of the program?

  • What are the underlying themes of the series? Is the subtext clear despite what the characters might say or do?

  • How do the characters in King of the Hill demonstrate integrity and humility? Why are these important character strengths?

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