King of the Hill (Season 5) (2000)

Mike Judge’s long-running parody of Texan culture enters its fifth season in top shape here, with a surprising number of emotionally charged episodes pushing the established dynamics among the many characters in unexpected directions. For instance, “Spin the Choice” tackles the entangled relationship between Dale, Nancy, John Redcorn and Joseph in an impressively layered manner, and “When Cotton Comes Marching Home” deals with aging, disability and toxic masculinity – not to mention the ongoing disregard for the well-being of military veterans – in a direct and poignant manner. The voice work continues to be outstanding, while the writing is often downright hilarious, and the season is filled with stand-out episodes.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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