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Arlen, Texas Will Disappear From The Planet As We Say Farewell To The Hill Family

By Nikki Weingartner     Nov 3, 2008 in Entertainment
Now in its thirteenth year of success, 'King of the Hill' will soon be no more. FOX made the announcement late last week to pull what Time Magazine called one of the greatest shows of all time. A sad day for the state of Texas, for sure.
Whether you loved them or hated them, the neighborhood residents of Arlen, TX never ceased to make viewers laugh in the FOX cartoon sitcom, King of the Hill. Centered around Hank and Peggy Hill, a married Christian couple living in Texas suburbia who dealt with issues such as parenting, work ethics, sexual relationships and how small town neighbourhoods and family values impacted decisions, the show served as a parody for many working middle-class individuals who live in the Southern tier.
Hank, a propane salesman, shows his loyalty to his job and how it supports his family; Peggy, a substitute Spanish teacher who has almost no ability to speak the language, serves as the glue for her family and helps neutralize her husband's narrow-minded thought processes, especially when raising their son, Bobby, who is a 13-year-old chubby kid with an incredible sense of self-esteem and "different' take on the world.
After the show's release, Peggy and Hank took in Peggy's niece, Luane after her mother was sent to prison for stabbing her father.
The neighbourhood of Arlen came complete with the young womanizer who seems to have a new fling every night despite his complete inability to speak audible English words, a drunk and depressed divorcee who has no self-esteem or self worth and a chain smoking braghardt who runs in the face of conflict. There is also a family of high critical and uppity Asians, an ongoing extramarital affair and a Mega-Lo Mart which is similar to Wal-Mart.
On October 31, FOX made its decisions to rid Texas of fantasyville and has cancelled the show following its 13th year of comedy success. According to the Associated Press:
The show's creators, Greg Daniels and Mike Judge, have moved on to other projects. Daniels developed and is running NBC's "The Office," and Judge has a new animated series, "The Goode Family," launching on ABC in midseason.
Daniels, the former writer for The Simpson's, and Judge, the creator of Beavis and Butthead, loosely created the Texas based comedy around a combination of Judge's growing up in a Dallas suburb and a character in the Beavis and Butthead series.
King of the Hill debuted in January of 1997. Current episodes are expected to take it through 2009-10 season.
So in a horrible Peggy Hill Spanish accent, we say "Ahhh Day Ose" to the neighborhood.
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