King of the Hill (Season 2) (1997)

Following a good-but-not-great first season, it’s great to see that Mike Judge’s long-running show really finds its footing in this second season. From the first episode, “How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying,” it’s clear how focused this season is: The dynamics introduced in the first season are solidified and exploited for consistent comedic material, while Judge never lets the audience forget that, ultimately, this is a fairly damning satire of Texan culture. Lead character Hank in particular is a walking representation of narrowly focused masculinity, and Judge seems to find great pleasure in mining comedy out of Hank’s discomfort with fairly normal situations, which makes the show feel somehow both gentle and savage in its satire.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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