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King of the Hill: The Complete First Season [Import]
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King of the Hill: The Complete First Season [Impor
Tell you what: Whether King of the Hill can usurp the throne occupied by The Simpsons as TV's royal animated family is something for the Hank vs. Homer contingents to duke out. But with this fit-for-a-king DVD set, the Hills of Arlen, Texas, can emerge from the shadows of their Springfield brethren. Co-created by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, the cult classic Office Space) and Simpsons veteran Greg Daniels, this brilliant series boasts an impeccable voice cast, bulls-eye writing, and the most rollicking theme music on television.
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
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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.
On Disc 1, select the 'Special Features' option. Then select 'Commentaries'. Highlight the 'Main Menu' option an press LEFT. Press ENTER to see a short black and white mower tips video entitled "Mower Lessions for Charlie."
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.
Pilot - A group of people are lead to believing that Hank is an abusive father and husband. They try to take Bobby away to live with another family.
Square Peg - When Peggy is recruited to teach sex ed, Hank insists Bobby not go. First appearance of Stewart Dooley (the red-haired kid with the deep voice) and the Strickland Propane building.
The Order of the Straight Arrow - On a camping trip, the crew accidentally kills a whooping crane (an animal nearing extinction.Read more ›
The first season of 13 episodes is a great introduction to the show. The character designs and voices aren't quite as polished as they would become, but the actual animation is probably the most visually imaginative in the show's run, and in terms of storytelling and characterization the show hit its stride right away. Some of the best episodes are "Plastic White Female," still one of the best episodes about Hank Hill (Mike Judge) and his son Bobby (Pamela Segall); "Shins of the Father," focusing on Hank's grotesque, tyrannical father Cotton (Toby Huss) and reminding us of the strength of character of Peggy (Kathy Najimy); and "Luanne's Saga," about Hank's unseasy relationship with his niece Luanne Platter (the show lost a lot in season six when Luanne, voiced by Brittany Murphy, started to have a much-reduced role). And this was also the season that gave us such classic moments as Bobby's first kiss with neighbor Connie (Lauren Tom); Hank dealing with the horrors of constipation and healthy eating; and the hilarious "threatening" phone call from Dale Gribble (Johnny Hardwick): "You don't know who I am but I know where you live, sex ed teacher...Read more ›
I was so intrigued by that episode that I went out and bought the 1st season DVD pack (yes, I'm impulsive like that). The episodes were awesome. I enjoyed everyone one of them. I had also purchased the 3rd season of The Simpsons, and the 2nd Volume (3rd Season) of The Family Guy at the same time. I watched through all of the King of the Hill discs first.
I have a feeling that King of the Hill will have longer legs than Family Guy. Family Guy is outrageously funny when you first watch it, but then you start to anticipate the bits. King of the Hill develops slowly and gives you a full 30 minutes of focused story, which is nice.
I plan on selling my Simpsons DVDS (except for 1st season) and I probably will wind up selling the Family Guy DVDs as well. I'm keeping King of the Hill and getting ready to buy the 2nd season right after I make this post.
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I just can't believe that Mike Judge "kill" Beavis and Butthead to do that redneck show to entertain other redneck.... Read morePublished on March 4 2005
This is one of my favortie shows that are on TV today. It is hilarious watching every episode. This is probably one of the best shows ever. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by MMAfan
this is a hilarious show.when this show first came out i just liked it because it looked like the simpsons. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by newfound32
King Of The Hill is a great show. It definetly beats The Simpsons. The Simpsons dosnt come close to as good to King Of The Hill because The Simpsons totally sold out I mean they... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by jim
I'll admit, I was bored with most the shows that were on TV. Then one day, I watched KOTH, and I haven't stopped watching since. I hope they release the second season soon.Published on Sept. 13 2003
I won't go on and on about how wonderful a show King of the Hill is. If you've seen it, you know. I just love Fox Sunday evenings, with KOTH and Simpsons back to back! Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by RMurray847
KING OF THE HILL is one of the best written shows on TV...PERIOD. The only show I would rank higher is The Simpsons. King Of The Hill has a great cast of characters. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003
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