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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, bull's-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

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary on various episodes
  • Deleted scenes
  • Becoming King of the Hill featurette
  • Easter egg: Mowing Lesson with Charlie
  • Main title w/alternate music themes
  • Barenaked Ladies music video
  • Number of discs: 3

Cast

Mike JudgeHank Hill
Kathy NajimyPeggy Hill
Pamela AdlonBobby Hill
Brittany MurphyLuanne Platter
Johnny HardwickDale Gribble
Ashley GardnerNancy Hicks Gribble
David HermanBuckley
Toby HussCotton Hill
Gailard SartainCase Manager
Stephen RootBill Dauterive
Cheryl HollidayRandy Miller
Willie NelsonHimself
Dennis HopperHimsel
Jim CummingsC. Everett Koop
Lauren TomMinh Souphanousinphone
Laurie MetcalfCissy Cobb
Billy WestCigarenders Leader
Jennifer CoolidgeMiss Kremzer
Dawnn LewisSharona Johnson

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Martin Archer
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 299 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 12, 1997
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