Mike Judge of “King of the Hill” is like comfort food. When you turn it on, you know exactly what you’re going to get, and you know it’ll make you feel good. Like a propane oven that you know lights up every time and cooks evenly.
The show had its fair share of social statements, but to a lesser extent than contemporaries like “South Park” or “Family Guy”. Instead of poignant satire, Judge uses what has made live-action sitcoms for decades – fish-and-observation comedy. Judge explains his simple recipe to IGN, says, “It often pits Hank against something that’s really nasty and ridiculous in the modern world and just makes it as offensive and ridiculous as possible.”
It helps that Hank is a conservative pragmatist in an era when society is beginning to develop more progressive. In one episode, Hank’s relationship with old-fashioned “traditional values” makes it difficult to deal with a “new age” parenting style. Judge takes what normal “new age” parenting might look like and makes it as absurd as possible.
It’s a surprisingly simple recipe for a show that has run for 13 seasons. But the show also uses humor to tackle complex issues that people often find difficult to talk about. While there’s nothing groundbreaking about the show’s formula, the impact of “King of the Hill” has been widespread.
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