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King of the Hill

Show Tidbits
Stephen Root, the voice of Bill Dauterive, actually wanted to voice Dale Gribble.
 
Recurring Gag

Throughout the show, there is always a gag about Hank being self-conscious about his narrow urethra, something which his Japanese half brother Junichiro also shares.
 
Alamo Beer

The beer that Hank and his friends drink is Alamo beer. It is an actual beer brewed by Real Ale Beers in Blanco, Texas. (Go to its official site)
 
Mega Lo Mart

The name of this retail store located in the show is a play-on for "Mega Low," meaning very low prices, and "megalomania," meaning "having delusions of grandeur in a form of insanity."
 
In the Season 1 DVD Commentary, it is revealed that Bobby's full name is Robert Jeffrey Hill.
 
Dale Gribble is named after Mike Gribble. He and Craig "Spike" Decker worked on the first two Beavis and Butt-Head shorts.
 
The middle school Bobby attends, Tom Landry Middle School, is named after Tom Landry, a very successful coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
 
The color of Bobby's GameBoy is constantly changing through each episode.
 
Through the course of the show, Bobby only aged one year, Luanne aged four, and Joseph had probably the biggest change of all when he finally hit puberty with a complete redesign of his character model and change in Voice from Brittany Murphy to Breckin Meyer.
 
The Hills' dog, Lady Bird, is named after Lady Bird Johnson, the First Lady when Lyndon Baines Johnson was in the White House.
 
The idea for this show was created by Mike Judge in 1995.
 
Although Dale's vehicle has the words "Dale's Dead Bug" on it, the name is actually the "Bug-a-bago."
 
The Hills supposedly live in a county in Texas known as Heimlich County, but that is not a real county.
 
At the end of every episode, there is a tagline. These taglines are just memorable quotes from the show, similar to gags such as the chalkboard/couch gags from The Simpsons, the Langley Falls Post front page headline gags from American Dad!, and the opening theme promotion gags of Futurama.
 
The Boston Phoenix singled out King of the Hill as the best of the "grown-up" animated TV shows.
 
Hank's License Plate Number: JD3-170.
 
Awards won by King of the Hill


1998 BMI TV Music Awards


1999 Emmy Awards



2001 Annie Awards

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production: Kathy Najimy in "Luanne Virgin 2.0"


2001 Environmental Media Awards



2002 Emmy Awards



2003 Annie Awards



2003 Environmental Media Awards



2005 Annie Awards


 
TV References

The Simpsons


  • Episode Title: "King of the Hill" -- The title is named after this show.
  • Cameo Appearance: "Bart Star" -- The Hills are seen in the bleachers watching Bart's football game. Hank says "We drove 2000 miles for this?";

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  • Reference: "Helter Shelter" -- We see the Simpson family waiting outside for a new place to live after their house undergoes fumigation. While they wait, we see Homer drinking a beer a la Hank while the King of the Hill theme plays;
  • Reference: "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" -- When Barney is disguised as Homer in Moe's bar, he says "That boy ain't right," a classic Hank Hill line;
  • Reference: "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays" -- When Bart and Lisa are fighting over the remote, the channels flip through the television and end up on a King of the Hill episode where Hank is heard saying "Bobby, I've got propane in my urethra";
  • Visual: In some episodes, we see that Bobby has a Bart Simpson doll.



Family Guy


  • Reference: "One If By Clam, Two If By Sea" -- We see Peter and his friends acting out the classic "Yep" scene of King of the Hill;
  • Reference: "Petergeist" -- When Peter's head reshapes itself, it becomes Hank's head, who says, "Heh, propane."

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South Park


  • Visual: "Cartoon Wars Part II (2)" -- We see the words "King of the Hill - 11th Season" on a cubicle when Eric Cartman and Kyle reach FOX Studios.

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Warning: King of the Hill guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Animation
Genre: Adult Cartoons | Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: FOX ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 08:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 12, 1997
Ended: September 13, 2009
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