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King Of The Hill – The Complete 4th 5th & 6th Seasons


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: B-



Mike Judge could have allowed his career to end with Beavis & Butthead and the feature film Office Space (both reviewed elsewhere on this site) retiring on those successes, but as his animated phenomenon ended, he launched King of The Hill on commercial network broadcast television.  Was he selling out?  Would it be watered down?  Would it last?  Would it be funny?  Would it be a hit?


Many seasons later, it is the longest running animated series on Fox since The Simpsons and Fox is up to the 6th Season in complete DVD box releases.  Judge is the voice of Hank Hill, the simple Texan father of a slightly dysfunctional family that is doing what it can to get by, including the very likable Peg voiced by Kathy Najimy in great form, older daughter Luanne and somewhat insecure son Bobby.  Hank also has his three neighborhood buddies he hangs with often as his family.  Add the middle class struggles, humor and Judge proves that he could do a show that was in for the long haul without the humor being broad or outrageously gross.  He did that well as well, but these later seasons with all their hi-jinx done at a slower-yet rapid pace has built the show a permanent audience whose size is easy to underestimate.  Greg Daniels co-created the series and these shows runs from 1998 – 2001, the last before the events of 9/11.  It would be a somewhat different show with the 7th Season, but this era was nice while it lasted.


The 1.33 X 1 image is more colorful than we have seen it before; with only minor aliasing issues and the detail is simple overall.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds, but nothing too spectacular.  This is a comedy series and everything is understated, but the sound has some punctuated moments.  There are no extras in any of these sets, but the show speaks for itself and if you like the semi-witty Southern humor with Judge’s irony, then you’ll love the show.  I think it is just very solid and consistent in laughs, but even when it is not funny, it is entertaining enough to make you smile.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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