The artistic staff departed months ago. Come tomorrow night, the last new series episodes make their final goodbyes:
The double episode that ends the show's 13-year run just calmly serves up another slice of life in Arlen, Tex. Even the acknowledgement of its own departure is handled matter-of-factly, with Hank Hill figuratively passing the family torch to his son, Bobby.
"King of the Hill" has always been funny because it never tried to be funny. The casual viewer often might have thought not much was happening, period.
But just when you decided that Hank, his wife, Peggy, and their pals were all white-bread Middle American clueless, they'd say something that showed there was genuine perception and insight bubbling around in there. Kind of like in America itself ...
The crew that made the show had a quiet, "can do" spirit, and happily worked on the series for years. It's a shame the party has ended, and a shame that all the folks that kept King of the Hill humming are scattered to other jobs. ... "Good ain't forever and bad ain't for good ..."
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