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King of the Hill: Blood and Sauce

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 19th 2007 12:01PM

king of the hill(S11E03) Since I write these little reviews for both The Simpsons and King of the Hill, it's almost impossible for me not to compare them, at least in my head. I don't consider one series better than the other, but what sets King of the Hill apart from its animated brethren on Sunday nights is that it adheres to a much stricter reality than shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, where the world can be skewed and aspects of a character's personality can be altered or amplified if the story calls for it.

On King of the Hill, much like in real life, people don't change, so the humor is derived from how each person deals with whatever life throws at them. In this episode where Bill worries about the Dautrive name dying with him, we already know Bill is a lonely guy who can't seem to get his life back together after his wife left him all those years ago, so right from the start we're emotionally invested in his character. An episode like this wouldn't have worked as well in an earlier season, but ten years down the road we know these characters, and we actually care what happens to them.

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I'm not sure most folks are aware how dead-on this program is about the Texas working class culture. I grew up in Pasadena, and my half-brother was (he died in 1991) a perfect stand-in for Hank, right down to the white t-shirt. He lived about five blocks from me and the house, lawn, street, everything is perfect. Eerie does not begin to describe it. Bobby Hill is basically me in 1956, although I didn't have his wit and outlook.

Anyway, make it a point to look closely at these people. Someone obviously took a lot of time to make it right.

February 19 2007 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Belden

That's it? There's exactly TWO sentences in the review that actually address the episode. This is by far the worst review I have ever seen on TV Squad. Did you even watch the episode or just see commercials for it?

February 19 2007 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think King of the Hill has to be funny. To me, it's rarely funny. But it's always consistant and interesting with it's stories and character development. It's probably the best animated show on the air right now.

February 19 2007 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, nice story. Not many laughs though.

February 19 2007 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a nice story, I agree, but the laughs just weren't there.


February 19 2007 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Deep, man. Deep...

February 19 2007 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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