This page is for articles on and reviews of King of the Hill. Where available, I will post links to the articles; otherwise I'll give citations and/or relevant quotes.
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Reviews of King of the Hill
(Newsweek * The Village Voice * Washington Post * Variety)
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New: The Onion A.V. Club has a new Interview with Mike Judge.
- Bobby Hill, World's Greatest Mom, an interview with Pamela Segall Adlon. http://weblogs.variety.com/wicked_little_town/2003/11/bobby_hill_worl.html
- Here's a nice article about the Catfish Plantation, a real restaurant that inspired the setting of the episode "Patch Boomhauer."
A Chat With Hank Hill about the Dallas Cowboys (from the Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
"Catching Up With King of the Hill" -- from Written By magazine, the official publication of the Writers' Guild. Discusses the writing and production of the show. (The May 2003 issue of Written By includes an article on the current staff of KotH; the article is not on the web, but the issue can be ordered from the WGA's website.)
NPR interview with Mike Judge -- originally aired in 2001.
"Over Hill and Dale" -- from the Austin Chronicle, an article on Johnny Hardwick.
"All Hail!" -- from Millimeter magazine, April 1, 1997. Includes interviews with Greg Daniels and Wes Archer.
"Producer Greg Daniels" -- from Millimeter magazine, May 1, 1997. A more in-depth article on Greg Daniels and King of the Hill.
Other articles on King of the Hill staff members:
- Glenn Berger (writer/showrunner)
- Online Chat with Dave Krinsky (writer/showrunner)
- "As Long as it's Funny," by Etan Cohen (writer)
- Norm Hiscock (writer) (Adobe file of the entire publication; article is on p. 11)
How TV Animation Works -- a guide to the King of the Hill production process, including interviews with showrunner Dave Krinsky and post-production producer Kenny Micka.
"Animating the Real World" -- from the Boston Phoenix; singles out KotH as the best of the grown-up animated shows.
"You Do Have To Be Mad To Work Here" -- from the Guardian, August 29, 2003; partly about Office Space, it discusses King of the Hill for several paragraphs. (The same critic plugs the KotH episode "Bad Girls, Bad Girls..." in an article called "Minority Model")
Not entirely on-topic, but check out this article and then this more recent article about a city in Missouri that recently passed an ordinance banning the installation of propane tanks. Truth is unquestionably stranger than fiction... just don't tell Hank.
Reviews of King of the Hill
Newsweek, January 20, 1997, reviewed by Rick Marin
...The "heh-heh-heh" snickering of those MTV bad boys makes people forget that Judge has a great ear for satire as well as toilet and breast jokes. "King of the Hill" isn't nearly as dark and dumb as "B&B." It even gets a little too sweet sometimes. But it has the same crudely drawn verisimilitude, from Hank's drawling chorus of beergut buddies to the trailer-trash niece who moves into the Hill house when her "momma" runs off. There's a great moment when Hank is making himself a bacon sandwich. Just when he's about to lay on some mayonnaise, he thinks better of it and spreads bacon grease on the bread instead. Homer may finally have met his match.
The Village Voice, February 25, 1997 p. 54, reviewed by Tom Carson
...If Judge means King of the Hill to stick up for a class of people he thinks are scorned for being squares, that's fine with me up to a point--I dig my Oregon relatives the most myself. But his way of being on their side frequently amounts to putting them on his, which means turning them into straw men he can use to work off a grievance against elitists that he's clearly never bothered to get much perspective on. The theme of the show, former Simpsons writer and King of the Hill cocreator Greg Daniels told the Times, is populism and common-sense Americans versus the silly elite -- a formula that sounds practiced enough to convince me that, unlike his partner, Daniels is less a man on a mission than somebody who really likes his new job title. But Judge, now--hoo boy, does he hate elitists! He hates them like a guy who wakes up every morning in a cold sweat that he might have turned into one as he slept.
One obvious reason to be suspicious of the kind of populism that fuels itself through bias against unspecified elites rather than more definite antagonists--corporations, say--is that it s so easily converted into a pseudopolitical justification for bigotries it's otherwise taboo to express. I don't know how long Judge's list is, but unbridled homophobia is clearly right on top....
Still, Judge is even less likely to get called on his cliches than on his nelly jokes, because trendoids are always going to assume that anything with hip credentials is somehow on the side of the angels and trad-minded types will always find it hard to take mere cartoons seriously. At its early- 90s peak, The Simpsons used that freedom to be more adventurous than anything else on the air. But on King of the Hill, all too often that same license is just dispensation to vent its creator's most benighted, retro attitudes and call them cutting-edge. It s enough to make you pomophobic.
The Washington Post, January 11, 1997, reviewed by Tom Shales
...They aren't going to overwhelm anybody with such a simple concept and straightforward execution, but maybe it's possible to overwhelm by artfully underwhelming. The show establishes its special tone from the opening scene, in which Hank and three of his beer-drinking buddies stand around Hank's ailing truck offering cockeyed theories as to why it's not working... "King of the Hill" may not hold up under week-in, week-out exposure, because at heart Arlen County is a horribly depressing place and Hank seems doomed in even his more modest ambitions. But for now, "Hill" is a pleasant surprise, touching and winsome and deliciously sly.
Variety, January 13, 1997 p. 98, reviewed by Phil Gallo
...It's a break from all the over-the-top sitcoms Fox has scheduled in hopes of building off the "Married ... With Children" franchise. Humor here is far more sedate. Plenty of folks won't get it... Animation is neither as crude as "B&B" or as sharp as "The Simpsons," which Film Roman also produces. Its simplicity bolsters the shows ambling tone, which could be a welcome sedative on Sunday evenings and may eventually be what football fans appreciate after the afternoon rush.
- The June 27 issue of Entertainment Weekly (which has always been a big booster of KotH) gives an extremely favorable review to the first-season DVD set of King of the Hill. There are also favourable reviews of the set in The Kansas City Star, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Toronto Star, MAXIM and its indistinguishable cousin STUFF.
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