King of the Hill is a hilarious adult cartoon about the Hill family, their
neighbours, their jobs and basically, their lives, in the little town
of Arlen in Texas. Read on below for our character introductions for the
Hill family and their close friends.
Hank is the centre of the comedy. He is devoted to his wife Peggy who
he has been with for 20 years of his life. Of course, he loves her dearly
but would appreiciate it if she kept a bit more quiet when discussing
bodily functions, sex organs, and of course his narrow urethra. The next
thing in Hank's life is propane, and propane accessories. Hank is proud
of his country and of the state of Texas.
As a mother, wife and subsitute teacher, Peggy definetly does have her
hands full. She works hard, plays hard, loves hard - especially her son
Bobby. She is recognized by family and neighbours as the smartest person
in Arlen and is Arlen's 1996 Substitute Teacher of the Year. She is a
strong-willed Texan woman with a mind of her own - she demands and often
gets total respect.
Bobby is Hank and Peggy's 12 year pride and joy. Bobby is not unlike the
boys his age - that is, he loves video games, TV and snacks. As part of
his sexual awakening, he experienced his first kiss with a plastic beauty
mannequin. He has also given up smoking.
Dale is Hank's closest neighbour and one of his best friends. Dale's profession
is an exterminator. He has his own insecticide, which has somehow been
very unsuccesful. Possibily because it's nearly all gasoline. Ok, it's
all gasoline. Dale believes everything he sees on "The X-Files"
and he thinks the world is about to be taken over by a powerful supercomputer
known solely as "The Beast". Dale hates the government and big
organisations - with the possible (only possible) exception of the General
Tobacco Company. Dale is married to Nancy and they have one son together,
Joseph. He is often found with his best friend Bobby.
Just say "Boomhauer" to anyone, and chances are you'll get a
sentence back containing his favourite phrase: "Dang 'ol". Boomhauer's
slurred and nearly uncomprehensible speech can only be understood by Hank
who usually is able to "translate" this!
That Dang Ol' Internet
Yeah man, I tell ya what, man. That dang ol' Internet,
man. You just go on there and point and click. Talk about W-W-dot-W-com.
An' lotsa nekkid chicks on there, man. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.
It's real easy, man.
BOOMHAUER: Yeah, man, them Chinese, man, you can't understand
a dang-ol' word they say, man, just try, dang ol' whole upside-down and
BOOMHAUER (ordering dinner): Fried fillet of fried chicken
... french fried side of fries ... and some fried okra.
Dang Ol' Condom Dispenser
BOOMHAUER: Yeah man...I tell ya what...I'll tell him about
them condom dispensers...Put little ol' 50 cents in there and try to hit
that coin return...bang on that thing...Talk about her needs.
Ain't No Dang Ol' Woody Allen
BOOMHAUER: Hank, I don't know what you're thinkin', but no, man,
I ain't no Woody Allen with that little ol' Soon-Li, man, nothin's gonna
BOOMHAUER: Y'all listen up, man...this's Boomhauer...this
your lungs on air, this your lungs on smoke...see the difference, man?...it's
goin' stunt your growth all over...you'll wind up in a dang ol' hospital
bed like Morton Downey Jr...Robert Downey Jr. even worse, man...yo...think
they talk about oral gratification, all that dang...it's gonna give you
a low sperm count, man...give ya ear hair...yo...it just ain't no good.
Q: What's with that kid who calls Dale "dad?"
Is he adopted?
A: Joseph John Gribble's father is actually John Redcorn, who treated
Nancy Gribble for "headaches" for fourteen years (until she
broke up with him in the episode "Nancy's Boys"). Dale thinks
Joseph is his own son, and the closest he ever came to figuring out the
truth was in "Of Mice and Little Green Men," when he became
convinced that Joseph was fathered by an alien.
Q: Is Arlen a real town in Texas? Is it based on a real town? A: Arlen is not a real town. There are two primary inspirations
for Arlen. One is Garland, Texas, a town near Dallas, which was the town
Mike Judge has said he had in mind when he first pitched the show. The
other primary inspiration is Austin, Texas, which is where Mike Judge
lives and where the writers go every year to do research for story ideas.
Q: Where do the characters' names come from?
A: Bill Dauterive is named after KotH writer (and Texas native) Jim Dauterive.
- Dale Gribble is named after the late Mike Gribble, co-founder of the
"Spike and Mike" Animation Festival in San Diego, which premiered
Mike Judge's first two Beavis and Butt-Head shorts.
- Luanne Platter is named after a discount special, the "Luann Platter,"
served at the Texas restaurant chain Luby's (which was also the inspiration
for the restaurant "Luly's" on the show).
- The local minister, Reverend Karen Stroup, gets her name from a female
minister at Central Christian Church in Springfield, Tennessee.
- Kahn, of course, is just an anagram of "Hank."
Q: Was there a "Monsignor Martinez" spinoff from the
A: In 2001, Fox ordered a live-action pilot called "Monsignor Martinez,"
based on the lead character of Hank and Peggy's favorite Mexican soap
opera. The pilot starred Argentinian actor Ivo Cutzarida as Monsignor
Martinez, and the supporting cast included King of the Hill's David Herman.
The pilot was written by longtime KotH writer Jim Dauterive (who came
up with the Monsignor Martinez character in an episode he wrote called
"The Son that Got Away"), directed by Mike Judge, and executive-produced
by Dauterive, Judge and Greg Daniels. The pilot was not picked up as a
series. David Herman recalled in an interview that the pilot was very
funny and full of social commentary but that "I don't think they
[Fox] wanted a Catholic priest going around shooting at people."
Q: What's the name of that kid who talks like Butt-Head? What
about the big kid with the weird hair?
A: The kid who talks in a deep monotone voice ("I peed in some kid's
locker") is named Stuart Dooley. Mike Judge does his voice, of course.
The big kid with the ponytail is named Clark Peters. His wheezy voice
is provided by Pamela Segall Adlon.