This page is intended to provide some background info on the current and former staff writers of King of the Hill. After each bio, I've added a list of episodes that the writer or team was credited with writing (remember, though, that episodes are collaborative efforts and the whole staff contributes). "(-co)" means he or she co-wrote that episode with another writer.
- The season 8 writing staff is: Executive Producers: John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky Co-Executive Producers: Jonathan Collier, Michael Jamin & Sivert Glarum, Dan McGrath, Garland Testa, Kit Boss Supervising Producer: Dan Sterling Producer: Etan Cohen
Co-Producers: Greg Cohen, J.B. Cook Story Editor: Christy Stratton Story Editors: Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May Staff Writer: Wyatt Cenac Consulting Producers: Jim Dauterive, Aron Abrams & Greg Thompson
If I have included anything inaccurate, or left out something important, please email me and let me know.
Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
(staff writers, seasons 1 - 5; executive producers, season 6)
Aibel and Berger are both from the New York area, and both Harvard-educated. After moving to Los Angeles, they wrote for the series Platypus Man,The George Carlin Show, and Mad TV. They also wrote an issue of the Simpsons comic book. They were with King of the Hill from the first season; in season 6 they became the showrunners. Explaining the process of working on the show, Berger told Newsday: "My writing partner and I are both Ivy League-educated Jewish guys from the New York area...For most of the country, it's a really cool, smart show about people they know. For New York and L.A., it's like an anthropological study." In 2002-3, Aibel and Berger were co-executive producers of A.U.S.A. Episodes: "Westie Side Story," "Peggy the Boggle Champ," "Arrow Head," "Meet the Manger Babies," "Hank's Dirty Laundry," "Pregnant Paws," "Sleight of Hank," "Revenge of the Lutefisk," "Cotton's Plot," "Naked Ambition," "Nancy's Boys"
John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky
(staff writers, seasons 2 - 6; executive producers, season 7 - present)
Altschuler and Krinsky met when they were freshmen at the University of North Carolina, where they got their first television experience at STV, UNC's student television station. After moving to Hollywood, they worked at hotels while trying to break into screenwriting. Their first staff job was on the short-lived HBO series "The High Life." In 1997 they became staff writers on "King of the Hill," and have been with the show ever since; they ran the show in seasons 7, 8 and 9 and will do so again in season 10. Their KotH episode "It's Not Easy Being Green" won an Environmental Media Award for outstanding use of environmental themes in a television comedy episode. They also created (with Jonathan Collier) the Icebox.com cartoon "Navy Bear."
Episodes: "Three Days of the Kahndo," "Life in the Fast Lane: Bobby's Saga," "Love Hurts and So Does Art," "Bills are Made to be Broken," "Won't You Pimai Neighbor?," ""Twas the Nut Before Christmas," "It's Not Easy Being Green," "I'm With Cupid"
(executive producer, seasons 3 - 5)
Rich Appel graduated from Harvard Law School, spent three years as a law clerk, and another three as a prosecutor in the United States attorney's office in New York. In 1993, Appel quit his job and moved to Los Angeles to find work in TV writing. His spec scripts got him chosen as a staff writer for The Simpsons, where he stayed for four seasons. In 1998, Greg Daniels hired Appel as a producer of King of the Hill; Appel shared showrunning duties with Daniels in season 4, and became sole showrunner in season 5. In 2002, Appel created and ran A.U.S.A (Assistant United States Attorney), based on his own experiences as a young prosecutor. He is now co-executive producer of The Bernie Mac Show. Appel is married to novelist Mona Simpson; they have two children.
(season 4 - present)
Kit Boss went to the University of Michigan; while there, he interned at the Detroit Free Press. He then worked as an entertainment reporter for the Seattle Times. After moving to Los Angeles, he wrote for "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," got a story credit on a "Seinfeld" episode ("The Maid") and worked as a writer on "Fired Up." He has been on "King of the Hill" since 1999. He was nominated for an Annie Award for his episode "Man Without a Country Club."
Episodes: "Little Horrors of Shop," "Meet the Propaniacs," "Yankee Hankee," "Luanne Virgin 2.0," "Goodbye Normal Jeans," "Man Without a Country Club," "Returning Japanese, Part 1" (-co), "Queasy Rider," "After the Mold Rush," "Apres Hank, le Deluge," "Bystand Me"
(season 7 -)
Cenac performs at the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival. He was in the Second City LA Mainstage revue “Encino Evil,” and has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Crossballs."
Episodes: "My Hair Lady," "Gone With the Windstorm"
Alan Cohen & Alan Freedland
(seasons 1 - 6)
Cohen and Freedland wrote for The Nanny before joining King of the Hill in season 1 as executive story editors. Known as "The Alans," they soon became among the most prolific contributors to the show, with such episodes as "Shins of the Father" and "A Firefighting We Will Go" to their credit. In 2000 they signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox. They created and produced (with Steven Levitan) the comedy pilot "With You in Spirit." In 2002-03 they wrote for the WB comedy Do Over. Most recently they were executive producers of the Comedy Central animated show "Kid Notorious" (starring Robert Evans as himself).
Episodes: "Shins of the Father," "Jumpin' Crack Bass," "The Final Shinsuit," "Death of a Propane Salesman," "Next of Shin," "A Firefighting We Will Go," "Take Me Out of the Ball Game," "Happy Hank's Giving," "High Anxiety," "When Cotton Comes Marching Home," "Hank's Back Story," "Tankin' It To the Streets," "The Texas Skilsaw Massacre"
Etan Cohen (season 5 - )
Cohen attended Yeshiva in Boston and Efrat (near Jerusalem). While in Boston, he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. While in Efrat, he wrote a Beavis and Butt-head script during breakfast ("In the yeshiva culture, there's a real sensitivity about wasting time," he recalled). He sold a script to Beavis and Butt-head, and since then has worked on many of Mike Judge's projects. He also wrote for ABC's It's Like, You Know. He co-wrote the script for Mike Judge's new science-fiction comedy (untitled as yet). Here's a link to an article Cohen wrote about the process of writing the KotH episode "The Father, the Son, and J.C."
Episodes: "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner," "The Father, the Son, and J.C.," "Beer and Loathing," "Returning Japanese, Part 1" (-co), "Vision Quest," "Rich Hank, Poor Hank," "Ceci N'est Pas Une King of the Hill," "Death Buys a Timeshare," "Redcorn Gambles With His Future," "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Neighbor Sings"
Greg Cohen (season 8)
Greg Cohen wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. He then spent many years on the writing staff of Late Night With Conan O'Brien, getting an Emmy nomination and appearing on the show as the Audience Request Guy. He has also written for "Mad TV" and "TV Funhouse."
Episodes: "Phish and Wild Life," "Enrique-Cilable Differences"
Jonathan Collier (seasons 1 - 5 & 8)
Collier graduated from Harvard and got his first major TV writing job on
the Married: With Children spinoff Top of the Heap. Though that
show only lasted seven episodes, Collier soon landed a job on the staff of
The Simpsons (along with another former Top of the Heap writer,
Mike Scully), where he stayed for four seasons. Collier was with King of
the Hill from the beginning and stayed through season 5 as a consulting
producer, writing a wide variety of episodes. Along with two other TV writers, Collier founded Icebox.com, a company devoted to the production of online series and cartoons. Collier served as the executive producer of the comedy-drama As If in 2002. He rejoined King of the Hill in season 8 as a co-executive producer.
Episodes: "Keeping Up With Our Joneses" (-co), "Husky Bobby," "The Wedding of Bobby Hill," "Escape From Party Island," "Peggy's Magic Sex Feet," "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator," "Pigmalion," "Dale Be Not Proud," "Arlen City Bomber"
J.B. Cook (season 5 - )
A Dallas native, Cook has become well-known as a standup comedian,
frequently appearing at Dallas comedy clubs and opening for headliners such as
Dave Chappelle. Before joining the staff of KotH, he co-wrote the movie
Lost and Found (with David Spade). The first story he pitched after joining King of the Hill became the Emmy-nominated "Bobby Goes Nuts."
Episodes: "Soldier of Misfortune," "Megalo Dale," "Racist Dawg," "Patch Boomhauer," "Daletech," "Ms. Wakefield"
Greg Daniels (creator, executive producer)
Daniels went to Harvard, where he worked on the Harvard Lampoon.
After graduating, Daniels and his friend (and fellow Lampoon-ite) Conan
O'Brien landed a job writing for "Not Necessarily the News." After a year and
a half on that show, Daniels and O'Brien were offered a job on "Saturday Night
Live." Daniels later contributed a script to "Seinfeld," and then joined "The
Simpsons" in season 5. Daniels stayed on "The Simpsons" for three seasons,
eventually becoming co-executive producer and writing many of the show's
finest episodes (including "Homer: Bad Man," "Lisa's Wedding," and "Bart Sells
His Soul"). In 1996, Fox asked Daniels to help create "King of the Hill" with
Mike Judge. (Some comments on his role in the development process can be
found in the "Behind the Scenes" section.) Daniels has been with KotH ever
since. He was full-time showrunner for the first three seasons, shared
showrunning duties with Rich Appel in season 4, and returned to a more active
role in running the show (with new showrunners Dave Krinsky and John
Altschuler) in season 7. He also co-created the unsold KotH spinoff
"Monsignor Martinez" with Mike Judge and Jim Dauterive. Daniels' wife,
Susanne Daniels, was president of development at the WB network for several
years, and recently signed a development deal with Fox. Greg Daniels is currently working on an adaptation of the English comedy series "The Office."
Episodes: Pilot, "Hank's Unmentionable Problem"
Jim Dauterive (seasons 1 - 5)
Dauterive was one of two native Texans on the original writing staff of
King of the Hill (Johnny Hardwick was the other). His episode "Hank's
Cowboy Movie" was nominated for an Annie Award for best writing in a half-hour
animated show. He co-created (with Mike Judge and Greg Daniels) the unsold
KotH spinoff pilot "Monsignor Martinez." He returned to King of the Hill in season 8 as a consulting producer.
Episodes: "The Company Man," "The Son That Got Away," "Snow Job" (-co), "Junkie Business," "Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men," "Hank's Cowboy Movie," "A Beer Can Named Desire," "Hanky Panky," "The Perils of Polling," "The Trouble With Gribbles," "The Redneck on Rainey Street"
Brent Forrester (season 2)
Forrester wrote for The Ben Stiller Show (winning an Emmy) and Daddy Dearest and then wrote for The Simpsons for several seasons. While working on The Simpsons he also wrote the screenplay for the movie The Stupids. He joined King of the Hill in season 2 as co-executive producer and head writer. He then worked with Judd Apatow on the series Undeclared and the TV movie Life On Parole. In 2002 he returned to KotH as a consulting producer and also served as consulting producer on A.U.S.A. Episodes: "Peggy's Turtle Song"
Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May (season 7 - )
Gama-Lobo and May are a husband and wife team. Gama-Lobo first joined King of the Hill as a writers' assistant before becoming a staff writer in season 7.
Episodes: "I Never Promised You an Organic Garden," "Reborn to be Wild," "Stressed for Success," "Mutual of Omabwah," "Bill's House"
Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin (season 5 - present)
Before joining the staff of KotH, Glarum and Jamin were among the original
staff writers on "Just Shoot Me." They worked on that show for the first four
seasons, writing some extremely funny episodes including "The Experiment" and
"Jesus, It's Christmas." Before that, they contributed scripts to "Lois and
Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "The Wonder Years." Click here to read a longer biographical article.
Episodes: "Of Mice and Little Green Men," "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill," "Board Games," "The Witches of East Arlen," "That's What She Said," "Yard, She Blows"
Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck (seasons 4 - 7)
Gregory and Huyck (Huyck's cousin is screenwriter Willard Huyck) both went to Stanford University. They wrote for Spy magazine and were then hired as staff writers for Late Show With David Letterman. They subsequently wrote for The Larry Sanders Show and Frasier. Their
King of the Hill episode "My Own Private Rodeo" was nominated for a
Writers' Guild Award for best writing in television animation.
Episodes: "Flush With Power," "What Makes Bobby Run?," "Ho Yeah!," "Unfortunate Son," "Sug Night," "My Own Private Rodeo," "Returning Japanese, Part 2," "The Fat and the Furious," "The Good Buck"
Johnny Hardwick (seasons 1 - 5)
Hardwick is from Austin, Texas. He has primarily been a popular standup comic, getting his start at the Velveeta Room on Sixth
Street in Austin. After doing a show at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 1995, he got a development deal at NBC (which didn't
lead to anything) and did many standup comedy showcases both in Austin and Los Angeles. While Hardwick was doing a comedy
showcase in Los Angeles, Greg Daniels saw his act and, impressed by a routine about Hardwick's father (who came off as
somewhat like Hank Hill) hired him as a writer on "King of the Hill." After Daniel Stern turned down the part of Dale Gribble,
Hardwick auditioned for and eventually got the part. Hardwick still lives in Austin, in a house that (according to a newspaper
article) "features a working teepee in the backyard."
Episodes: "Hank's Got the Willies," "King of the Ant Hill" (-co), "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg," "Traffic Jam," "Three Coaches and a Bobby," "Wings of the Dope," "Hillennium," "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues," "Now Who's the Dummy?"
Norm Hiscock (seasons 2 - 7)
Hiscock was born in Montreal and raised in Calgary. He majored in film
and TV at SAIT, and was part of Calgary's Loose Moose Theatre Company where
several "Kids in the Hall" members (including Bruce McCulloch and Mark
McKinney) got their start. Hiscock wrote for the Kids in the Hall
series for four years, and collaborated on the screenplay for the KitH movie
Brain Candy. (McCulloch called Hiscock "the sixth Kid in the Hall" for
his writing contributions to the team.) He then worked three years on
"Saturday Night Live." King of the Hill was his first sitcom job, and
he has worked on the show since 1998, writing many episodes including the
Emmy-winning "And They Call it Bobby Love" and the notorious sixth-season
opener "Bobby Goes Nuts," which won him an Annie Award for best writing in
Episodes: "Propane Boom," "And They Call it Bobby Love," "Peggy's Pageant Fever," "As Old as the Hills," "To Kill a Ladybird," "Old Glory," "The Buck Stops Here," "Bobby Goes Nuts," "The Bluegrass is Always Greener," "Dances With Dogs," "Flirting With the Master"
Cheryl Holliday (seasons 1 - 3)
Holliday wrote for a number of comedy shows including "Empty Nest," "Herman's Head," "Martin" and "The Faculty" before becoming one of the original writer-producers on King of the Hill. In addition to writing, she also did voice work in several episodes as Eustis Miller's nerdy son Randy. After leaving KotH, she created the Fox series Costello, starring comedian Sue Costello. After that show ended, she spent several years as co-executive producer of Norm (with Norm MacDonald). Most recently she was co-executive producer of Father of the Pride. Episodes: "The Order of the Straight Arrow," "Texas City Twister," "Snow Job" (-co)
Mike Judge (creator, executive producer)
Judge's first project was an animated short called "Office Space." He
then created several other animated shorts. His big break came with "Beavis
and Butt-Head" on MTV; Judge created the show and did the voices of both
Beavis and Butt-Head. The success of the show led to a successful feature
film. In 1996 Judge signed with Fox to create "King of the Hill," another
project that needs no introduction. In 1999 Judge wrote and directed his
first live-action feature film, Office Space, based on his own animated
short. The satirical office comedy, starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer
Aniston, and KotH's own Stephen Root and David Herman, was not a box-office
success but has been far more successful on video and DVD. Judge is currently co-producer (with Don Hertzfeldt) of "The Animation Show," a travelling festival of the best in current short animated films. He recently finished shooting a new film for Fox, which he directed and co-wrote: a science-fiction comedy (untitled as yet), starring Luke Wilson as an average guy in a future where everyone in the world has been dumbed down.
Episodes: Pilot, "Hank's Unmentionable Problem"
Paul Lieberstein (seasons 1 - 5)
Lieberstein was working as an auditor in New York when he decided to quit
his job and try to break into the TV writing business. He got his first job
co-writing a script for Clarissa Explains It All, and then spent a year
as a staff writer on Weird Science. Lieberstein's first job on a
network show was as a staff writer on ABC's The Naked Truth. He left
that show to join the first-season staff of King of the Hill, and spent
four years on that show, rising to the rank of co-executive producer.
episode "Luanne's Saga" was nominated for an Annie Award for best writing in a
half-hour animated show. After leaving KotH, Lieberstein worked as a
writer-producer on The Drew Carey Show and Greg the Bunny. He
is now co-executive producer of The Bernie Mac Show. Episodes: "Luanne's Saga," "King of the Ant Hill" (-co), "How To Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying," "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying," "I Remember Mono," "Pretty, Pretty Dresses," "De-Kahn-Structing Henry," "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall," "Not in My Back Hoe," "Bill of Sales," "I Don't Want To Wait...," "Spin the Choice"
Dan McGrath (season 6 - present)
McGrath wrote for the Harvard Lampoon and then for Saturday Night Live. He became a staff writer on
The Simpsons in 1992. He has become something of a specialist in prime-time
animated or puppet shows, working as a writer/producer on Muppets
Tonight,The PJs,Mission Hill, and now King of the
Hill. Episodes: "Full Metal Dust Jacket," "Be True To Your Fool," "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane," "Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon," "Care-Takin' Care of Business," "Smoking and the Bandit"
Emily Spivey (season 6)
Spivey majored in film and broadcasting at the University of North Carolina. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a writer for the Groundlings. Before writing for King of the Hill, she wrote for Mad TV. She is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live, and was part of the team that won a 2001-2 Emmy for best comedy writing.
Episodes: "Torch Song Hillogy"
Dan Sterling (season 6 - present)
Sterling co-wrote the South Park episode "An Elephant Makes Love to
a Pig." He then worked as a staff writer on NBC's Jesse. He has been
with King of the Hill since 2001.
Episodes: "The Son Also Roses," "An Officer and a Gentle Boy," "Maid in Arlen," "The Incredible Hank," "A Rover Runs Through It"
Joe Stillman (seasons 1 -3)
Of the original KotH writers, Stillman was the only one (other than Mike Judge, of course) who had written for Beavis and Butt-Head. He also collaborated with Mike Judge on the screenplay for the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Before that, he was head of the story department on Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete. After leaving KotH, he became co-executive producer of the series The War Next Door and then co-wrote the screenplay for the tremendously successful feature Shrek. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Shrek 2. Episodes: "Square Peg," "Keeping Up With Our Joneses" (-co), "Peggy's Headache," "Good Hill Hunting"
Christy Stratton (season 7)
Stratton is a native Texan. After graduating from the University of Florida, she was a staff writer on Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show" and NBC's "Three Sisters." On KotH she started the episode "An Officer and a Gentle Boy." She was one of the "New Faces" in the Chicago Comedy Festival and performed
as a member of "Girl Group" at the Austin Comedy Festival.
She made her movie acting debut in the film Dead Man's Curve. She has made two short films hosted on ifilm.com, FANatical and Being Ozzy Osbourne.
Episodes: "Cheer Factor," "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo," "The Petriot Act"
Garland Testa (season 3 - )
Testa is from Bakersfield, California. While in high school, she wrote for the Bakersfield Californian. After moving to Los Angeles, she became a staff writer on Roseanne and then on Caroline in the City. When King of the Hill was looking for more writers from Texas, Testa recalled, "When I told them I had lived in Bakersfield, they said that was close enough." Testa wrote many episodes of KotH, including the Emmy-nominated "Chasing Bobby" and the miniature NewsRadio reunion "Movin' On Up". She received an Annie Award nomination for her episode "Aisle 8A."
Episodes: "Aisle 8A," "Movin' On Up," "Chasing Bobby," "Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story," "Joust Like a Woman," "Fun With Jane and Jane," "Get Your Freak Off," "Night and Deity," "Talking Shop," "Dale to the Chief"
Gregory Thompson & Aron Abrams (season 8)
Abrams (younger brother of screenwriter Ian Abrams) and Thompson spent two years as writer-producers on Third Rock From the Sun and two more on Fox's Grounded For Life. They also wrote the pilot episode of the Fox kids' series Big Wolf On Campus. Episodes: "Hank's Back," "Bobby on Track"
Jon Vitti (seasons 2 - 5)
Another Harvard Lampoon contributor, Jonathan M. Vitti started writing for Saturday Night Live, after which he joined the writing staff of The Simpsons in its first season, going on to write many of the show's best episodes including "Bart the Genius," "Lisa's Substitute," and "Mr. Plow". After leaving The Simpsons (to which he has returned periodically over the years), Vitti worked as a writer and consulting producer on many shows. He has been particularly associated with shows produced by James L. Brooks, including The Critic, Phenom and What About Joan. He wrote for The Larry Sanders Show for several seasons, and in 1998 he joined King of the Hill, where he wrote the much-discussed "Return To La Grunta." Vitti also worked on Larry Doyle's oft-postponed series of new Looney Tunes cartoons.
Episodes: "Return To La Grunta," "Dog Dale Afternoon," "Rodeo Days," "Hank's Bad Hair Day," "Hank's Choice"
Dean Young (season 4 - 7)
Young is from Baldwin, NY. After moving to California, he wrote for the Nickelodeon cult-favorite series Hey Dude. He was a story editor on Mad About You and the UPN series Head Over Heels. He joined King of the Hill in 1999. After KotH, he worked on The Martins for Brillstein-Grey and was a co-executive producer of The Drew Carey Show in its final season.
Episodes: "The Exterminator," "Lupe's Revenge," "Father of the Bribe," "Dang Ol' Love," "Boxing Luanne," "New Cowboy on the Block"
David Zuckerman (seasons 1 - 3 & 6)
Zuckerman majored in film and television at UCLA. In the early '90s he worked as a development executive, first at Lorimar-Telepictures and then at NBC. In 1993 he got his first staff writing job on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where he stayed for two years. In 1996 he created the comedy The Last Frontier for Fox. After that show ended, he became one of the first staff writers on King of the Hill. In 1998 Fox asked him to help develop Family Guy with Seth MacFarlane. The series, with Zuckerman as showrunner, lasted two years and developed a cult following. Zuckerman later created the Internet show "Meet The Millers" for Icebox.com, and returned to KotH as a consultant in season 6.
Episodes: "Plastic White Female," "Hilloween," "Leanne's Saga," "To Spank With Love"