King of the Hill (Tv Series) 1997

King of the Hill is an American animated television series created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It centers on the Hills, a small-town Methodist family in Texas. It attempts to retain a realistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional or mundane aspects of everyday life.

Judge and Daniels conceived the series after a successful run with Judge’s earlier Beavis and Butt-head on MTV, & the series debuted on the Fox Network on January 12, 1997, becoming a hit early on. The series’ popularity has also led to syndication around the world. The show has risen to become one of FOX’s longest running series, and the second longest-running American animated series, behind The Simpsons. In 2007, it was named by Time magazine as one of the greatest television shows of all time. The title theme was written and performed by The Refreshments. King of the Hill has won two Emmy Awards and has been nominated for seven since its inception.
History
In early 1995, after the successful run of Beavis and Butt-head on MTV, Mike Judge co-created King of the Hill with former The Simpsons writer Greg Daniels. Judge was a former resident of the Dallas, Texas suburb of Garland, considered the basis for the setting of the series, the fictional Arlen. Judge loosely based his creation of Hank Hill on a character from Beavis and Butt-Head, Tom Anderson. Mike Judge conceived the idea for the show, drew the main characters, and wrote a pilot script. Fox, as was its usual practice, teamed the cartoonist with an experienced prime-time TV writer. Greg Daniels rewrote the pilot script and created several important characters that did not appear in Judge’s first draft (including Luanne and Cotton), as well as some characterization ideas (e.g., making Dale Gribble a wacked-out right-wing conspiracy theorist). After its debut, the series became a huge success for Fox and was named one of the best television series by various publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Time and TV Guide. For the 1997-1998 season, the series became one of FOX’s highest rated programs and outperformed The Simpsons in ratings. Fox also earned a double profit from the series success, since 20th Century Fox produced the show. During the fifth and sixth seasons, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels became less involved with the show. They eventually focused on the show again, though Greg Daniels steadily became more involved with other projects. The series’ tenth season was largely composed of episodes that did not air the previous season due to frequent sporting event preemptions. During the tenth season, in 2005, the show was scheduled to be cancelled; however, it managed to attract high ratings and was renewed. Fox renewed the series for seasons eleven and twelve, making it the second longest-running animated television series after The Simpsons. The thirteenth season episode “Lucky See, Monkey Do” became the first episode of the series to be produced in widescreen high-definition when it aired on February 8, 2009.
Characters
King of the Hill depicts an average middle-class family and their lives in a typical American town. It documents the Hills’ day to day lives in the small Texas town of Arlen, exploring modern themes such as parent-child relationships, friendship, loyalty, and justice. As an animated sitcom, however, King of the Hill’s scope is generally larger than that of a regular sitcom.
The family patriarch is Hank Hill, a salesman of “propane and propane accessories,” who is obsessed with his lawn and the Dallas Cowboys. He is uncomfortable with intimacy and sexuality but has a healthy relationship with his wife, as well as the rest of his family. Hank’s trademark sigh in times of discomfort or exasperation, his scream of “Bwah!” when startled, and the phrase “I tell you what!” are running gags on the series; additionally, when someone angers him, he tends to respond with, “I’m going to kick your ass!” In contrast with his emotional distance with the members of his family, he dotes unashamedly on his aging Bloodhound, Ladybird. Hank is married to Peggy Hill, a substitute Spanish teacher who has a poor grasp of the language (referring to it phonetically as “es-puh-nole”). Peggy is also a freelance newspaper columnist, real estate agent, notary public, and Boggle champion. Peggy frequently speaks the phrases “Ho, yeah!” when she exerts effort into a task, and “Oh, Peggy!” a self-compliment after a perceived accomplishment, and “I am Peggy Hill! Oh, yeah!” Usually well-meaning and open-minded, she often displays her naïveté and arrogance; with an inflated sense of her intelligence and appearance, she considers herself knowledgeable, clever, and very physically attractive. The two have a son, Bobby Hill, a chubby 13-year-old, who wants to be a famous prop comic when he is older. Although he is not particularly attractive or intelligent, Bobby has an excellent sense of self-esteem; he is not ashamed of his body or his often sub-par performance in sports or other activities. Bobby lacks his father’s athletic prowess and dislikes most sports, but has participated- often in a peripheral way- in wrestling, baseball, and track at Tom Landry Middle School. He has also attempted to play football and soccer. He has a rather offbeat sense of humor that clashes with Hank’s more collected and conservative manner. Hank’s discomfort with Bobby’s proclivities is a regular narrative element in the series, and is manifested with remarks like “That boy ain’t right.” Luanne Platter (named after the Lu Ann Platter from Luby’s) is Peggy’s niece. She was taken in by the Hills after her mother, Leanne, was sent to prison for stabbing Luanne’s father (Peggy’s brother) with a fork. In addition to the Hills, the show includes an array of quirky characters co-workers, teachers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople, and local celebrities.
Awards
* 1998 BMI TV Music Award by Roger Neill, John O’Connor and Lance Rubin.
* 1999 Emmy for Outstanding Animation lasting under an hour for episode “And They Call It Bobby Love”.
* 2001 Annie Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production by Kathy Najimy.
* 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Voice Over by Pamela Adlon for Bobby Hill.
* 2003 Environmental Media Award in television episodic-comedy category for I Never Promised You An Organic Garden.
* 2005 Annie Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production by Brittany Murphy.
* 2005 Annie Writing in an Animated Television Production by Etan Cohen.




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