King of the Hill (Season 4) (1999)

Another terrific season for Mike Judge’s incredibly funny and layered satire of Texan culture, with some of the show’s best episodes. The season premiere, “Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall,” creatively addresses the last season’s surprisingly dark season finale, resolving a cliffhanger without dragging on the mystery too much, and its followed by one of the season’s strongest episodes, “Cotton’s Plot.” Over the course of the season, the show starts to address the confusion of puberty, the emotional consequences of infidelity, and the importance of connecting to one’s heritage, all while displaying some of its funniest, strongest writing so far. It’s a highlight of a season that flows effortlessly from one episode to the next, all the way to an inventive season finale (“Peggy’s Fan Fair”).

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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