King of the Hill's finale ends the way all good comedies should
by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 14th 2009 2:10AM
The one-hour, two-episode King of the Hill finale should stand not just as the end of a great show that never got the attention it deserved, but as a finale that tried not to seek that attention.
The show came to a rather quiet end last Sunday during Fox's "Animation Domination" block that has done just that, thanks in part to brilliant shows like King of the Hill. It featured two episodes that treated their audience to some of the characters' humorous and heartfelt changes before sending it off into the depths of the TV land vaults.
Then it slapped them back into cold, harsh reality by following it up with an all new episode of nature's cruel mistake Family Guy, but that's hardly Mike Judge's fault.
The first of the two episodes featured everyone's favorite underdog who isn't a dog, Bobby Hill, trying to score a date for his homecoming dance and ending up in the evil clutches of three "perfect 10" 8th graders who callously lead Bobby by the nose for their own amusement.
The second and stronger of the two again focuses on Bobby, who has always been in my mind the series' strongest and funniest character, finding his love of eating and grading meat his true calling and ultimately earning the admiration of his father, Hank.
The episodes didn't take the usual road to a long-running series finale by having the Hills pack up and move out of Arlen into the next phase of their lives or in some other predictable manor. It kept the characters honest, true and humble in their own unique ways and sent the audience off exactly where they started -- by being funny and fresh without being cheap or crass in their caricatures.
It actually made me wish I was reviewing another season premiere instead of a series finale.