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King of the Hill: Bill, Bulk and the Body Buddies

by Adam Finley, posted May 21st 2007 9:48AM

king of the hill(S11E11) As much as I like to poke fun at the "Simpsons already did it" crowd for not realizing that everything has pretty much been done already, I must admit that I sometimes fall into that same mindset a little too easily.

Yes, the Simpsons did do an episode where Homer starts working out and becomes, not unlike Bill does in this episode, about half flabby and half muscular. Coincidentally, that Simpsons episode is actually titled "King of the Hill." However, that particular Simpsons episode was about Homer trying to win Bart's respect, whereas this episode of King of the Hill was about Bill obtaining a body never thought he could have, and becoming so self-centered he pushes all his friends away.

One of the things I love about King of the Hill is that the secondary characters are just as substantial as the main characters. Often when another series focuses on a secondary character, that means the episode won't be as strong as the others, but Hank Hill's neighborhood is filled with weird, amazing characters who can easily carry an entire episode. Bill is such a lonely sap that when his three muscle-bound, meat-headed buddies take him under their vein-y wings he accepts with glee, even if that means all his real friends start to hate him.

Also, never let it be said a cartoon can't make you feel. When Bill injures himself and is held hostage by his ignorant trainers, I wanted to jump into my television and whisk him off to the hospital.

I was turned off by this episode at first, but it won me over by the end, so I'll give it 7 out of 7.

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JW

That was great to have Diedrich Bader do the voice of the main bodybuilder. Those that watched Napoleon Dynamite might remember him playing a bodybuilder where kip want to get in shape. I thought it was a great episode. King of the Hill is one of my favorite shows now.

May 21 2007 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Miranda

I totally agree with Peanut. The end of the episode that aired immediately after "Bill, Bulk and the Body Buddies" ("Lucky's Wedding Suit") really, really felt like a series finale. Does anyone know, is KotH coming back next season? I hope so. I think it is still fresh and entertaining, unlike certain other animated sitcoms that just hit 400 episodes ...

May 21 2007 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fullbug

I really enjoyed Randy Macho Man Savage doing the voice of one of the bodybuilders, all in all a fun episode....

May 21 2007 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ralph

Where the hell is the new KOTH DVD Season Pack? "Coming Fall 2006" was the last thing we heard of it. (Sorry if I'm off-topic.)

May 21 2007 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

The ending of this episode felt like a series finale. The creators must have doubted they'd be renewed for next season.

May 21 2007 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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