Unlike The Simpsons, which got a running start on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Hills may take a little warming up to. In the pilot episode, Hank Hill (voiced by Judge) is more a quick-to-temper redneck than good ol' boy. But as this inaugural season unfolds, he empathetically struggles to be the voice of reason in an ever-changing world where his substitute teacher wife, Peggy (Kathy Najimy), is forced to teach sex ed (Hank's spit take when the repressed Peg blurts out the word "vagina" is worthy of Danny Thomas), his son Bobby (Pamela Segall) wants to be a prop comic, and his neighbor, Dale (Johnny Hardwick), finds government conspiracies under every grassy knoll. But Hank is that sitcom rarity: A good man and father who is devoted to his job (selling propane and propane accessories) and his family, which includes Peggy's niece, nubile aspiring beautician Luanne (Brittany Murphy). For the uninitiated, disc 2 of this three-disc set may make a more favorable first impression. It contains three of the season's best episodes, among them "Shins of the Father," which pits Peggy against Hank's incorrigibly sexist father (when Peggy tells him that Bobby is a good helper in the kitchen, he responds, "Whatever you say, Hillary"). The set is loaded with features, from deleted scenes to episode commentaries by the series' creators and the characters themselves. Welcome to home video, Hills. We'll get the barbecue started. --Donald Liebenson
1) A cartoon show about a normal family is refreshing for a change. People who find "The Simpsons" or "Futurama" (or ""The Family Guy") too wild should appreciate this leisure comedy.
2) Some of the episodes (mainly the first six) are extremely hilarious.
3) There are a few episode commentary tracks and behind-the scenes shows.
1) This season is short - only 13 episodes (as compared to the usual 22).
2) The commentary tracks where the actor's use their character voices aren't very entertaining or informative.
This series is a must-have for anybody with a sense of humor. The first few episodes should get you hooked.
Animated DVD Credits:
On Disc 3, highlight 'Special Features' and press LEFT. Press ENTER. Hank thanks all the people that were involved with Season One by letting us know that it takes "thousands of drawings for that beer to reach my mouth". Then, on the right, a listing of names scrolls by that includes all the people who helped pitch in to make Season One a reality.