Three of the best King of the Hill episodes

FOX’s King of the Hill was an animated series which came to an end under questionable circumstances after a 13-season run; here are three of the best episodes.

King of the Hill is arguably one of the most memorable animated shows to have aired on FOX. The premise of the show, as shared by IMDb, reads, “A straight-laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line.” Specifically, the protagonist was Hank Hill, who was the patriarch of the Hill family. Hank was always getting into trouble after attempting to solve a mundane family problem. After failing to do so, the plot followed Hank as he enlisted the help of his family and friends to resolve the matter.

Premiering in 1997, the animation would have a 13-season run until 2010. It set itself apart from other popular animations of the time, such as American Dad and The Simpsons, by showcasing more realistic events, rather than over-the-top plots of the aforementioned. Besides Hank, the Hill family included his wife, Peggy, their son, Bobby, and Peggy’s niece, Luanne. The show was voiced by acclaimed and leading actors, Mike Judge as Hank, Kathy Najimy as Peggy, Pamela Adlon as Bobby, and the late Brittany Murphy as Luanne.

Why was King of the Hill cancelled?

Throughout the 14-year run of the show, it had fluctuating viewership numbers. However, even at its lowest, it did not produce deplorable numbers. The lowest recorded viewership numbers were during season nine, when it brought in an average of 4.8 million viewers. However, that changed in the following seasons, with the show amassing an average of 6.6 million viewers by season 12, which was reportedly its highest. Therefore, it served as a surprise when it was announced that it would not be renewed.

The announcement was made in 2008, ahead of the premiere of its thirteenth season on FOX. However, at the time, the consensually assumed reason for the abrupt and surprising cancellation of the animation made sense. This is as FOX was preparing to premiere the third Seth MacFarlane-produced animation, The Cleveland Show, which would air in the same time slot which was occupied by King of the Hill. MacFarlane already had two animations on the channel, including Family Guy and American Dad.

Replacing King of the Hill with The Cleveland Show was seemingly a bad move. This is as the show had a four-season run from 2009 to 2013. Additionally, the impact of the show proved flat, as it has been forgotten. Unlike that of Kings of the Hill, which to date is still remembered, so much so that it is believed that there are ongoing negotiations to revive the show. However, its return date has not been confirmed yet.

Three highly rated episodes of King of the Hill, according to IMDb

Looking back at some of the best episodes to have come from the animation, IMDb has created a chronological list of the top-rated episodes by users of the platform. In its 13 seasons, King of the Hill aired a total of 259 episodes, and the top-rated episodes are from the early days of the show, specifically between 1999 and 2001. Below is a list of the three highly rated episodes, according to IMDb users:

Bobby Goes Nuts

Rated a total of 8.9/10, the episode was the first episode of the sixth season of the animated series. Co-written by Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Norm Hiscock, and directed by Tricia Garcia, the premise is detailed as, “To Hank’s chagrin, Bobby learns to protect himself by kicking boys in the groin.”

Ho, Yeah!

Rated a total of 8.8/10, Ho, Yeah! was the thirteenth episode of the fifth season. Co-written by Mike Judge, Geg Daniels and Alex Gregory, and directed by Tricia Garcia, the premise of the episode is detailed as, “After a violent pimp shows up looking for her, Hank and Peggy unknowingly board a prostitute. Then they soon discover that Hank has been unwittingly ‘pimping’ her all around town.”

A Fire-Fighting We Will Go

Rated a total of 8.7/10, A Fire-Fighting We Will Go was the tenth episode of the third season of King of the Hill. Co-written by Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Alan R. Cohen, and directed by Cyndi Tang, the premise of the episode is detailed as, “Hank and the boys become volunteer firemen, but when the firehouse burns down, they all have a different version of how the event took place.”