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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include integrity and humility.
Positive Role Models
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.
King of the Hill subverts expectations across class, gender, and race, but not all characters stand the test of time. While it centers on a White family, some racial diversity arises through characters like a Laotian family, Native massage therapist John Redcorn, and Mexican truck driver/salesman Enrique. Depictions are generally respectful and treated similarly; all characters are flawed but written with affection. But by virtue of their relative scarcity, characters of color feel tokenized. And without more breadth, attributes like Kahn Souphanousinphone's generic "Asian" immigrant accent -- made more cringeworthy given that it's performed by a White voice actor -- feels awkward. John Redcorn is further flattened, never given an identity beyond being broadly "Native." Women of color, beyond Minh Souphanousinphone and her daughter Connie, are practically nonexistent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Luanne is bursting with hormones, as are other cast members. Some innuendo and references to pornography.
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"Jackass," "hell," "bastards," etc.
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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.
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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."
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 occasional mature topics are explored in funny but often crass ways. That said, King of the Hill can hit pretty close to home for families in its depiction of a loving but flawed family.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.