King of the Hill

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 133 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.


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


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

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
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bySircjalot July 20, 2018

Probably the most realistic animated sitcom!

This show deals with everyday issues of a white middle class family living in Texas. This show also deals with old fashion religious parenting vs the modern vie... Continue reading
Adult Written byJoshua H. November 10, 2017

King of the Hill

It's sort of compared to the Simpsons just not in yellow
Teen, 15 years old Written byYoloda June 6, 2020

One of the most wholesome shows in TV

This show has so many wholesome and relatable father son moments. hank is truly the best father in television, he really loves and cares about his son Bobby an... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byFoxfurr June 11, 2018

Very Humerous and Realistic Title!

A sharp cartoon comedy that follows the trials and tribulations of every day life through the perspective of hard-working Texan Hank Hill and his family and nei... 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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