Trivia: King of the Hill

  • Actor Allusion:
    • In "Arlen City Bomber", Bobby says that his dream is to eat a corn chip right off the production line. Lucky tells him "I'm gonna help you run down that dream". Lucky's voice actor has a song called "Runnin' Down a Dream".
    • Ben Stein voices a quiz bowl host in one episode.
  • Author Existence Failure: Averted. Brittany Murphy, the voice actress of Luanne Platter and Joseph Gribble before he hit puberty,note  was a cast member on the show who did die. However, her death came three months after FOX aired the last episode.note  Still, for any fan who wants King of the Hill to come back, it probably won't happen without Murphy.
  • The Character Died with Him: Averted. Victor Aaron, the original voice actor of John Redcorn, died in a road accident after recording his lines for his only episode "The Order of the Straight Arrow." Rather than drop the character, he was recast by Jonathan Joss.
  • Executive Meddling: FOX executives demanded the writers drop or at least scale back the recurring plotlines for syndication reasons, which accounts in part for the Negative Continuity in later episodes. It's also claimed that in later seasons, network executives interfered to the extent that they were demanding rewrites while episodes were being animated.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Has its own page, now!
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The DVDs only go up to Season 6, though the prospect of a DVD release is unnecessary as the series is easily and legally obtainable through the iTunes store. Netflix used to air the entire series (including the four leftover episodes), and [adult swim] has been airing all of the episodes (including the missing four from FOX) since the show was in its final seasons. However, The DVDs will be coming out again now that Fox has licensed the DVD rights to Olive Films, and will most likely include Seasons 7 to 13.
  • Life Imitates Art: One of the more startling examples, two years after "Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?,"note  in which Kahn joins a Laotian-American paramilitary group lead by a former general planning an attack on the communist government of Laos, a real life Laotian American group lead by a former general planned an attack on the communist government of Laos.
  • Missing Episode: Because FOX wanted to get rid of the show as quickly as possible (as they needed room for The Cleveland Show), the network decided to pick two episodes out of the last six they ordered and unaired the remaining four. The last two episodes that aired were: "The Boy Can't Help It",note  and "To Sirloin with Love".note  The four episodes that didn't air on FOX aired in network syndication, on [adult swim], and were on Netflix. Those episodes are: "The Honeymooners",note , "Bill Gathers Moss",note  "When Joseph Met Lori and Made Out With Her in the Janitor's Closet",note  and "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day".note 
  • Name's the Same: Before Donna from accounting was introduced, there was an overweight background character with the same name, who was fired for stealing office supplies.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In John Redcorn's first speaking role, in the Season 1 episode "Order of the Straight Arrow", he was voiced by Victor Aaron. When Aaron died in a car accident, Jonathan Joss was hired to take over as the voice actor of John Redcorn for the rest of the series.
    • M.F. Thatherton was voiced by Burt Reynolds in his first appearance. In all other appearances, he was voiced by Toby Huss.note 
    • Hank's mom, Tilly Hill, was voiced by three actresses: first by country singer Tammy Wynette for two episodes in Season 2. When Wynette died, she was replaced by Beth Grant during Season 3 (plus the unaired episode "The Honeymooners"). Finally, K. Callan voiced Tilly in two Season 5 episodes and one Season 8 episode.
    • Roger "Booda" Sack was voiced by Chris Rock in his first appearance, and was voiced by Phil LaMarr doing a Chris Rock impression (the same one he did on a couple of episodes of MADtv) in subsequent appearances.
    • Debbie Grund was voiced by an unknown actress during her one talking scene in Season 3 (possibly Ashley Gardner). In her only other speaking appearance (the two-parter where she vows to kill Buck Strickland after he broke up with her and ends up dead in a Dumpster), she was voiced by Reese Witherspoon.
    • Special circumstances are behind this one,note  but it's worth noting that for the first four seasons (and a few episodes in Season 5), Joseph Gribble was voiced by Brittany Murphy. When Joseph hit puberty on the episode "I Don't Want to Wait for Our Lives to be Over," he was voiced by Breckin Meyer.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Janeane Garofolo provided the voice of a sexy exterminator who tries to act as a Romantic False Lead to Dale. He doesn't bite.
    • Danny Trejo as Enrique in the later seasons, with him playing the role of a relatively normal guy for once.
    • In Johnny Knoxville's first role in the series, he provided the voice of a cool but responsible small business owner who mentors Bobby in "Business is Picking Up." Later, he returned to provide the voice of Luanne's dad.
  • Post Script Season: Seasons 12 and 13. The Season 11 finale is explicitly designed as a series finale, with the Lucky-Luanne wedding, cameo appearances by everyone from Cotton and John Redcorn to Hank's half-brother Junichiro and Chuck Mangione, and the ending with Hank and the gang drinking beer in the alley. Then Fox decided to renew the show for two more years. YMMV whether or not this benefited the show. Some people think the show should have ended after Luanne's wedding, while others think "To Sirloin with Love" was a better ending, as most of the series centered on Hank and Bobby trying to be father and son and "To Sirloin with Love" showed that Bobby does have a hobby that doesn't bore him or disappoint/embarrass Hank.
  • Screwed by the Network: King of the Hill was a huge hit in its first few seasons, but Fox damaged the show's ratings by constantly shuffling its time slot. Even during its last few seasons, when it returned to its original 8:30 Sunday slot, King of the Hill was pointedly treated as the lesser show of Fox's "Animation Domination" block due to the continued popularity of The Simpsons and FOX banking everything on Seth Mac Farlane's shows (Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show).
  • Tuckerization: Bill Dauterive is named after script writer Jim Dauterive.
  • Vindicated by Cable: FX, during the show's original run, and Cartoon Network's [adult swim] have arguably treated King of the Hill much better than Fox ever did (in terms of putting it in a consistent timeslot where people would actually be able to watch the show), with the show finding new fans through syndication years after it ended. When [adult swim] briefly removed King of the Hill from its lineup in fall of 2013, they encountered enough viewer backlash to not only bring it back, but place it in a more prominent timeslot. As of 2014, it's now the first cartoon that airs when Cartoon Network stops broadcasting for the day and [adult swim] starts (8:00pm Eastern Standard Time).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Spanish Soap Opera, Monsignor Martinez, was actually planned to be a live action spin-off, but it got killed mid-production when the crew couldn't find a network that would accept a show about a Catholic priest assassin.
    • According to the DVD commentary for the pilot episode, the show had a lot of titles before King of the Hill was chosen. Some examples include Dale Gribble and the Other Guy, I'm Gonna Kick Your Ass!, Citizen Hank, Propane Man, The Hank Hill Family Hour, and Hank Hill and His Clan.
    • The first episode was originally going to be "Westie Side Story" (the one where Kahn and his family move into the neighborhood). However, for reasons unknown, it was replaced with the episode where a social worker accuses Hank of beating Bobby.
  • Write Who You Know: Mike Judge based Boomhauer's voice on a Motor Mouth phone call he received complaining about Beavis and Butt-head (which the caller referred to as "Porky's Bunghole").