King of the Hill (Season 1) (1997)

The first season of Mike Judge’s impressively durable satire of Texan culture is similar to the first season of “The Simpsons,” which means that it helps to be familiar with the overall show before watching it sequentially. Here, the animation is still pretty crude which makes the experience distracting sometimes, and it’s easy to miss some of the great writing and visual jokes. Nevertheless the characters and their dynamics are well established, and there are a number of strong episodes here like “Luanne’s Saga,” “Shins of the Father” and “Peggy the Boggle Champ” that point the way to the string of hilarious, memorable episodes that follow in the later seasons.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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