King of the Hill: Season 2
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"You gotta be real, Bobby. Get in touch with your white roots. So advises African American comedian and driving-school instructor Buddha Sack (voiced by Chris Rock) in the episode "Traffic Jam," and in its second season, King of the Hill mines this fertile territory for some of the funniest and sharpest comedy writing on television. But it's the pitch-perfect ensemble, led by series co-creator Mike Judge as forthright Hank Hill and Kathy Najimy as the formidable Peggy Hill--that also gives King of the Hill a heart as big as Texas itself. Hank struggles to be the voice of reason in a world that often just "ain't right."
In "Hilloween," Hank rallies the town after a lawsuit by a fundamentalist (voiced with hellfire by Sally Field) shutters the local haunted house and abolishes trick or treating. In "Hank's Dirty Laundry," the tenacious Hank is forced to immerse himself in adult video after a video store computer's false claim that he rented and did not return "Cuffs & Collars" sullies his credit rating. Hank may he hard-headed, but, unlike Homer Simpson, he is never a buffoon. His literal nature provides some of these episodes' biggest laughs, as witness his attempt to one-up put-down artist Buddha Sack in "Traffic Jam": "Your mother's hair is short, it looks like she's not a woman at all, but more like a man." In season 2, Hank continues to look for common ground with his misfit son ("How To Fire a Rifle Without Rally Trying"), and romance begins to blossom between Bobby and neighbor Connie ("The Son That Got Away"). But it is the throwaway moments that provide some of the series' giddiest delights. In "The Unbearable Blindess of Laying," Bobby is introduced to the Jewish idiom. "You said, 'You I like' instead of 'I like you,'" he tells his grandmother's new boyfriend. "That's funny." --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Season Two has 22 episodes which include the following: (1) How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying: Bobby discovers he excels at shooting but Hank's traumatic childhood may prevent them from participating in the father-son funshoot; (2) Texas City Twister: One of my favorites. Hank tries to save Peggy and Luanne from a twister headed for the Shiny Pines trailer park; (3) The Arrowhead: Peggy is intrigued by an archeologist but Hank is suspicious; (4) Hilloween: A fanatic church member tries to cancel Halloween in Arlen; (5) Jumpin' Crack Bass: Hank finds a cool new fishing "bait"; (6) Husky Bobby: Another favorite. Bobby becomes a model for husky boys...over Hank's body!Read more ›
Audio Commentaries: The only "crew" commentary is on the season premiere, "How To Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying," by Greg Daniels (co-creator and showrunner) and Paul Lieberstein (writer). This is an excellent commentary, extremely informative about the production process and the show's style and tone. My only serious objection to the special features on this set is that there aren't more commentaries like this one; there are any number of other episodes that would benefit from them. One hopes that the third season will include more commentaries from Daniels and other writers.
The four other commentaries are "in-character" commentaries, where voice actors talk about the episodes while playing their characters. "Husky Bobby" and "Leanne's Saga" offer Peggy (Kathy Najimy), Bobby (Pamela Segall) and Luanne (Brittany Murphy) while "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg" and "Three Days of the Kahndo" are commented on by Dale (Johnny Hardwick), Bill (Stephen Root) and Kahn or Cotton (both voiced by Toby Huss). The approach works better this time than on the first-season set; the actors sound like they're having fun, and occasionally break character to call attention to a favorite scene or actor. Still, it would be nice to have more "real" commentaries next time.
Deleted Scenes: There are 197 deleted scenes for the 22 episodes in the set. This feature is, if anything, even better than on the first set: by including more excerpts from the early animatics, it gives us a chance to view rough versions of scenes that were recorded and storyboarded but got cut or changed for various reasons.Read more ›
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This cartoon is so funny that I just had to order this dvd. Does anyone know what the heck Boomhauer says at anytime during the show? LOL!Published on March 10 2012 by Bruiser
After starting with a 13 episodes season one in the first half of 1997 wich was many years ago now,King Of The Hill returned for the 1997-1998 season with a full season of 22... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2008 by T. Skylar
TVShowsondvd.com reports that King of the Hill season 3 should come to DVD in November or December of 2004. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
The TV show altogether is better then the Simpsons and every other animated show. Unlike most every show on televion King of the Hill can make laughs and entertain you without the... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Luk3
King of the Hill is like the more intelligent, mature and down at heel cousin to The Simpsons. The characters and comedy are not loud and in-your-face, stories develop at their own... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Inspector Gadget
This show is probably my second favorite TV show of all time. It is hilarious. Every episode is filled with laughs. If yu have kids they would love it. It is a awesome show. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by MMAfan
*Sigh* I suppose those Khan (Sr. or Jr.) episodes have a tendency to grate. Some of the writing, though sly and wry, may be a little too close to home; some references obscure... Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by S. Lu
Season 3 of King of the Hill, originally promised for spring 2004, is now tied up in the same kind of music-clearance issues that plague Malcolm in the Middle. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Jaime J. Weinman