With the series inching towards double digits’ worth of seasons, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the plotlines for some episodes are precariously close to over-the-top territory in a transparent effort to keep things fresh, but “King of the Hill” still manages to be a lot of fun in its ninth season. There are a number of episodes that don’t quite feel like they fit in with the rest of the show, like “Ms. Wakefield,” which finds an elderly woman determined to die in the Hill home because she used to live there, or “Yard, She Blows!” wherein Peggy buys an unsightly lawn gnome that disrupts Hank’s relationship with his front lawn. Episodes like these end up taking the long-time viewer out of the experience because the tone is incongruous with the rest of the show, but luckily there are still plenty of hilarious segments throughout the season that make up for it. The voice work is still excellent as ever, with Kathy Najimy’s Peggy remaining the queen of clueless, unfounded narcissism propelled by Najimy’s unmistakable delivery, and Mike Judge finding new depths for Hank (like in “The Petriot Act”), among many highlights.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)