History YMMV / KingOfTheHill

10th Feb '17 4:17:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** "Get Your Freak Off," which features an 'NSYNC-esque boyband as an important part of its plot, aired in 2003 - over a year after most '90s boybands had broken up, bubblegum pop was on its way out (then newly considered childish or effeminate by many members of its target audience) and DarkerAndEdgier pop-rock acts like SimplePlan, Blink-182 and GoodCharlotte were taking over their spot in the mainstream music scene.

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** "Get Your Freak Off," which features an 'NSYNC-esque boyband as an important part of its plot, aired in 2003 - over a year after most '90s boybands had broken up, bubblegum pop was on its way out (then newly considered childish or effeminate by many members of its target audience) and DarkerAndEdgier pop-rock acts like SimplePlan, Music/SimplePlan, Blink-182 and GoodCharlotte Music/GoodCharlotte were taking over their spot in the mainstream music scene.
2nd Feb '17 6:03:40 PM plcthecd
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: While not as [[ComedicSociopathy cruel]] or [[SadistShow sadistic]] as its competing Fox shows, the series has its fair share of mean-spirited nastiness. From Hank being a stubborn stick-in-the-mud to Peggy being the KnowNothingKnowItAll she is, the series' cast of characters aren't exactly people you wish they exist in real life. One example is "What Makes Bobby Run" where Bobby became the school mascot of Tom Landry Middle school. At first, he was ecstatic and happy, until he discovers that there's the school's tradition to have the mascot beaten by the rival school every time Bobby's school wins. Bobby, understandably [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs away]] and was labelled as a DirtyCoward by the entire school. To rub salt on his wound, Hank scolds Bobby for "ruining tradition" instead of comforting him. At this point, nearly no one in the show is sympathetic anymore.
30th Jan '17 7:46:32 AM 123456789
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** Lucky gets a lot of hate, mainly due to his relationship with Luanne (combined with Luanne's {{Flanderization}}) turning her into the exact kind of person she ''didn't'' want to be in the earlier seasons, his lazy lifestyle, (which Hank, for some reason, mostly seems to roll with despite being established as treating hard work and effort seriously) and this combined with his [[AscendedExtra greater importance]] in the show's last legs despite contributing very little to the plot other than said relationship with Luanne.

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** Lucky gets a lot of hate, mainly hate due to, bluntly speaking, being a contributing factor to the show's NegativeContinuity and nothing else. The reasons being his relationship with Luanne (combined with Luanne's {{Flanderization}}) turning her into the exact kind of person she ''didn't'' want to be in the earlier seasons, his lazy lifestyle, (which lifestyle which Hank, for some reason, mostly seems to roll with despite being established as treating hard work and effort seriously) seriously, and this combined with his [[AscendedExtra greater importance]] in the show's last legs despite contributing very little to the plot other than said relationship with Luanne.



* SeasonalRot: Much like ''The Simpsons'', it's not known exactly when the show went downhill (if it went downhill at all), but season nine is usually the point in which the show's quality started to fade, due to weak/bad episodes (starting with the senseless retconning of Peggy Hill's past in "A Rover Runs Through It"[[note]]though considering Peggy's inclination to lie and inflate her self-image, maybe the so-called "retcon" was the writers showing that Peggy was wrong about everything in her life[[/note]] and Luanne falling for Lucky the redneck on "Care-Takin' Care of Business"). However, unlike the SeasonalRot of ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy'', this show was still somewhat enjoyable in its later years, rather than being a waste of time/a shining example of why [[LongRunners long-running TV shows]] aren't always a good thing.

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* SeasonalRot: Much like ''The Simpsons'', it's not known exactly when the show went downhill (if it went downhill at all), but season nine is usually the point in which the show's quality started to fade, due to weak/bad episodes (starting with the senseless retconning of Peggy Hill's past in "A Rover Runs Through It"[[note]]though considering Peggy's inclination to lie and inflate her self-image, maybe the so-called "retcon" was the writers showing that Peggy was wrong about everything in her life[[/note]] and Luanne falling for Lucky the redneck on "Care-Takin' Care of Business"). However, unlike the SeasonalRot of ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy'', this show was still somewhat enjoyable in its later years, rather than being a waste of time/a shining example of why [[LongRunners long-running TV shows]] aren't always a good thing. However, FOX caught onto this [[ScrewedByTheNetwork and did something about it]].
22nd Jan '17 7:44:20 AM KamonTheSkunk
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* BlackHoleSue: Many have accused Hank of this, partly because no matter ''what'' stance he takes, even if it's [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop wildly family unfriendly]] or [[MoralDissonance insanely morally wrong]], he'll ''always'' be portrayed as the one in the right, and is often called upon to fix problems and such that he really ''shouldn't'' be able to fix, to the point where he can occasionally become a walking DeusExMachina. Episodes vary on how much this is true; many times Hank was unknowingly the butt of the show's jokes, with his own ignorance of the world being played for laughs, but other episodes (especially later ones) had his initial, foolhardy assumptions be validated in the end, leading to this trope.
10th Jan '17 6:08:14 PM maxwellsilver
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** The sub-plot of the season 4 episode "Happy Hank's Giving" Hank packs a turkey in a box, that's mistaken as a IED by the bomb squad. Considering that the episode aired ''two years'' before 9/11, any person who watches the episode now might find it uncomfortable.
10th Jan '17 6:05:43 PM maxwellsilver
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** Big Tex, the iconic 50 foot cowboy statue at the Texas State Fairgrounds plays a significant role in "Girl You'll be a Giant Soon". In 2012, Big Tex caught fire and was completely destroyed (a new Big Tex was built the following year), making this episode a little sad to watch if you're a Texan or a frequent Texas State Fair goer.
6th Jan '17 3:16:02 PM PrincessGwen
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** Is Hank Hill really what the creators consider the OnlySaneMan? It seems that he's almost permanently stuck in the 1950s, when women are at home and everyone was more patriotic and full of morals. Is it just a mental barrier to keep him moral, unlike his immoral "friends" and co-workers and his own family? Or could it be that he's slightly autistic and has more emotional attachment to objects and his pet then to people and has to put up with a crazy-ass father and wife and is preoccupied with things everyone considers "Manly" and is too insane to watch a magician perform because he doesn't like things that can't be explained instantly?
** A different interpretation: He isn't stuck in the 1950s but he has a classic mental-block caused by the traumatic memories of his childhood. He became so used to being beaten down by Cotton in his youth for showing the slightest sign of weakness that he in essence built a mental fortress around himself, a sort of shelter. He is afraid of anything "new" or "modern" penetrating this mental fortress out of a subconscience fear of Cotton's retribution.

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** Is Hank Hill really what the creators consider the OnlySaneMan? It seems that he's almost permanently stuck in the 1950s, when women are at home and everyone was more patriotic and full of morals. Is it just a mental barrier to keep him moral, unlike his immoral "friends" and co-workers and his own family? Or could it be that he's slightly autistic and has more emotional attachment to objects and his pet then than to people and has to put up with a crazy-ass father and wife and is preoccupied with things everyone considers "Manly" and is too insane to watch a magician perform because he doesn't like things that can't be explained instantly?
** A different interpretation: He isn't stuck in the 1950s but he has a classic mental-block caused by the traumatic memories of his childhood. He became so used to being beaten down by Cotton in his youth for showing the slightest sign of weakness that he in essence built a mental fortress around himself, a sort of shelter. He is afraid of anything "new" or "modern" penetrating this mental fortress out of a subconscience subconscious fear of Cotton's retribution.



** Hank himself. While he may be a FountainOfMemes, and his hard-work ethic and the fact he genuinely cares for his family are admirable qualities, they are often overshadowed to some fans by the fact that he is so painfully old-fashioned that he treats anything "new" (Even if it turns out to be helpful to the other characters) with utter disdain and horror. Not only that, but he tended to be so controlling of Bobby's life that anything even remotely unorthodox that interested Bobby in the slightest would cause Hank to freak out and attempt to get rid of it (IE: "Dad, look, I can (Insert activity here)" "BWAAAAAA!") It did not help at all that Hank was usually portrayed as right in whatever stance he took, as explained in the BlackHoleSue example below. In the few instances when he actually allowed Bobby to pursue his interests, Hank had an odd habit of taking over Bobby's current hobby, such as in the case of his ventriloquist dummy. All in all, Hank ends up becoming UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to some, and there quite a few who wonder if the social worker trying to take Bobby away in episode one may have been better for him than letting Hank raise him.

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** Hank himself. While he may be a FountainOfMemes, and his hard-work ethic and the fact he genuinely cares for his family are admirable qualities, they are often overshadowed to some fans by the fact that he is so painfully old-fashioned that he treats anything "new" (Even if it turns out to be helpful to the other characters) with utter disdain and horror. Not only that, but he tended to be so controlling of Bobby's life that anything even remotely unorthodox that interested Bobby in the slightest would cause Hank to freak out and attempt to get rid of it (IE: "Dad, look, I can (Insert activity here)" "BWAAAAAA!") It did not help at all that Hank was usually portrayed as right in whatever stance he took, as explained in the BlackHoleSue example below. In the few instances when he actually allowed Bobby to pursue his interests, Hank had an odd habit of taking over Bobby's current hobby, such as in the case of his ventriloquist dummy. All in all, Hank ends up becoming UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to some, and there are quite a few who wonder if the social worker trying to take Bobby away in episode one may have been better for him than letting Hank raise him.



* FandomRivalry: ''King of the Hill'' fans tend not to be very fond of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Branching off from the ''Family Guy'' rivalry, fans tend to dislike ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' a lot more than the former since a big reason for the series cancellation in 2009 was to make way for the debut of ''The Cleveland Show''.

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* FandomRivalry: ''King of the Hill'' fans tend not to be very fond of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Branching off from the ''Family Guy'' rivalry, fans tend to dislike ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' a lot more than the former since a big reason for the series series' cancellation in 2009 was to make way for the debut of ''The Cleveland Show''.
28th Dec '16 9:59:37 AM Thad
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: While not as [[ComedicSociopathy cruel]] or [[SadistShow sadistic]] as its competing Fox shows, the series has its fair share of mean-spirited nastiness. From Hank being a stubborn stick-in-the-mud to Peggy being the KnowNothingKnowItAll she is, the series' cast of characters aren't exactly people you wish they exist in real life. One example is "What Makes Bobby Run" where Bobby became the school mascot of Tom Landry Middle school. At first, he was ecstatic and happy, until he discovers that there's the school's tradition to have the mascot beaten by the rival school every time Bobby's school wins. Bobby, understandably [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs away]] and was labelled as a DirtyCoward by the entire school. To rub salt on his wound, Hank scolds Bobby for "ruining tradition" instead of comforting him. At this point, nearly no one in the show is sympathetic anymore.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: While not as [[ComedicSociopathy cruel]] or [[SadistShow sadistic]] as its competing Fox shows, the series has its fair share of mean-spirited nastiness. From Hank being a stubborn stick-in-the-mud to Peggy being the KnowNothingKnowItAll she is, the series' cast of characters aren't exactly people you wish they exist in real life. One example is "What Makes Bobby Run" where Bobby became the school mascot of Tom Landry Middle school. At first, he was ecstatic and happy, until he discovers that there's the school's tradition to have the mascot beaten by the rival school every time Bobby's school wins. Bobby, understandably [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs away]] and was labelled as a DirtyCoward by the entire school. To rub salt on his wound, Hank scolds Bobby for "ruining tradition" instead of comforting him. At this point, nearly no one in the show is sympathetic anymore.
18th Dec '16 7:49:29 AM LBHills
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* AwardSnub: "Chasing Bobby" was up for an Emmy in 2001, and is one of the best episodes of the series. What did it lose to? ''The Simpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E9HOMR "HOMR" ]].

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* AwardSnub: "Chasing Bobby" was up for an Emmy in 2001, and is one of the best episodes of the series. What did it lose to? It lost to ''The Simpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E9HOMR "HOMR" ]].
9th Dec '16 5:23:30 PM JackFlash
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*** Might be the case on paper, but it's not uncommon to find civilians in barbershops in practice.
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