King of the Hill (season 13)
|King of the Hill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
Syndication (episodes 20–23)
|Original release||Official run:|
September 28, 2008 – September 13, 2009
Episodes 20–23 burn off run:
May 3–6, 2010
The thirteenth and final season of King of the Hill originally aired Sunday nights on the Fox Broadcasting Company from September 28, 2008, to September 13, 2009. Four episodes from this season originally premiered in syndication from May 3 to May 6, 2010. Actress Brittany Murphy, who voiced Luanne Platter, died of pneumonia on December 20, 2009, five months before the final four episodes aired.
The showrunners for the season were John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. Beginning with the episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do", King of the Hill started being produced in 720p 16:9 high-definition. 20th Century Fox Television initially ordered 13  production episodes, but decided to keep the show in production for four additional episodes.
Like the previous season, because Fox wanted to make room for new shows on their "Animation Domination" line-up, two of the final six episodes aired that aired on FOX were "The Boy Can't Help It" and "To Sirloin with Love". Both episodes aired as a special one-hour series finale on September 13, 2009. The other four episodes "The Honeymooners," "Bill Gathers Moss," "When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor's Closet," and "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day" premiered first on local syndication and later appeared on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up as well as streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime, and, as of 2021, Hulu. Despite this, "To Sirloin with Love" is considered the last episode produced and written for the series.
At Comic-Con's 2011 panel discussion for the return of Beavis and Butt-Head, Mike Judge stated that, although no current plans exist to revive King of the Hill, he would not rule out the possibility of it returning. On August 8, 2017, Fox Television Group CEO and chairperson Dana Walden revealed that Judge and Daniels had talked with Fox executives about a potential revival. On January 18, 2022, Judge and Daniels announced the forming of a new company called Bandera Entertainment, with a revival of King of the Hill being one of several series in development.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
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|236||1||"Dia-BILL-ic Shock"||Ronald Rubio||Sanjay Shah||September 28, 2008||CABE16||7.1|
|Bill, unwilling to change his sugary eating habits after collapsing from a blood sugar spike, is diagnosed with diabetes. When his first attempt to put it under control fails, a mean-spirited doctor tells him that he is going to lose his legs. After deciding to use a wheelchair (which he really does not need), he is befriended by a rugby player named Thunder, who teaches him how to be independent, but their friendship is strained when Thunder realizes Bill is not really disabled. And that holds true for all Bill's relationships.|
|237||2||"Earthy Girls Are Easy"||Matt Engstrom||Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh||October 5, 2008||CABE17||6.6|
|A local paper plans to run a story about Strickland Propane illegally dumping old propane tanks into the river. Hank suggests the company go green, and when the ladies of Arlen hear of the eco-efforts made by the company, Dale decides to help out Strickland with their carbon off-sets to garner the attention of the girls. To impress the ladies, Mr. Strickland organizes an Earth benefit concert.|
|238||3||"Square-Footed Monster"||Kyounghee Lim||Jerry Collins||October 19, 2008||CABE18||7.4|
|After Hank and the guys fix up the recently deceased Dotty Dwyer's house, Dotty's nephew sells the house to Ted Wassanasong. But when Ted has construction workers tear down the home to make way for a McMansion (and Kahn discovers that Ted didn't build the house to move into it), the Hill family and the rest of the neighborhood visit the City Council to protest the construction and must team up to tear it down when it falls apart during a thunderstorm.|
|239||4||"Lost in MySpace"||Tony Kluck||Judah Miller & Murray Miller||November 2, 2008||CABE14||8.5|
|To boost business, Strickland Propane takes to advertising on the social media site MySpace, but when Donna is put in charge of creating the MySpace page, she uses the opportunity to make Strickland Propane look foolish and unprofessional. This eventually leads to Hank confronting Donna and she agrees to take down the negative content in exchange for him going easy on her. Meanwhile, Dale rents a pig to hunt truffles, loses it, and has to borrow Ladybird in order to track it down.|
|240||5||"No Bobby Left Behind"||Tricia Garcia||Tim Croston & Chip Hall||November 9, 2008||CABE15||6.8|
|To raise the school's grade point average as part of the No Child Left Behind program, Bobby and Joseph are put into a "special needs" class, which irks Hank, who believes his son's mediocre grades are from lack of trying. And things get worse when Principal Moss lets the "special needs" kids go on a trip to Alamo Land on the same day as the honors students.|
|241||6||"A Bill Full of Dollars"||Steve Robertson||Dan McGrath||November 16, 2008||CABE19||7.1|
|After losing money in the stock market, Peggy, Minh, and Dale decide to study an average man (Bill) in order to find out what sells among people like him.|
|242||7||"Straight as an Arrow"||Robin Brigstocke||Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May||November 30, 2008||CABE20||6.3|
When Bobby decides to become a member of the Order of the Straight Arrow (even though it was established that Bobby is already a member according to the season one episode "Order of the Straight Arrow"), Hank decides to get involved as well, but when he bumps heads with the Arrowmaster, who happens to be a new resident of Arlen, Hank finds his teaching methods to be too childish, rather than being risky. Meanwhile, Lucky and Luanne shake their neighbors down for gifts after realizing no one gave them anything on their wedding day or their baby shower.|
Guest Stars: Andy Richter as Wesley Cherish
|243||8||"Lucky See, Monkey Do"||Kyounghee Lim||Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh||February 8, 2009||DABE01||4.8|
When Peggy plans a baby shower for Luanne, Lucky invites his sister Myrna and her children to the party. Myrna has conflicting parenting information to give Luanne, and is described by Peggy as a "modern mother". Meanwhile, Bill falls for a fast-food hotline operator's voice and travels to Arizona to find the woman behind the voice.|
Guest Stars: Paget Brewster as Myrna Kleinschmidt
|244||9||"What Happens at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis Stays at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis"||Ronald Rubio||Jim Dauterive||February 15, 2009||DABE02||5.4|
When Buck Strickland is invited to the National Propane Gas Convention as the newest inductee into the Propane Hall of Flame, he asks Hank to accompany him. Although Hank is honored, he quickly realizes his primary responsibility will be babysitting Buck and preventing him from getting into trouble. Hank's job is made that much more difficult when Buck meets his illegitimate son Jody (guest voice Diedrich Bader) at the convention and stays out late carousing with him.|
Guest Stars: Diedrich Bader as Jody "Ray Roy" Strickland
|245||10||"Master of Puppets"||Tony Kluck||Blake McCormick||March 1, 2009||DABE03||5.7|
|When Hank and Peggy forget to pick up Bobby at the mall, he begins using emotional blackmail to get them to do whatever he wants as revenge. Meanwhile, Dale camps out in the backyard after seeing a "survive in the wild" reality show.|
|246||11||"Bwah My Nose"||Jeff Myers||Judah Miller & Murray Miller||March 8, 2009||DABE04||5.0|
|During a football game practice for an upcoming rematch, Bill breaks Hank's nose. After trying to live with the injury, Hank reluctantly gets plastic surgery...and becomes hung up on his looks.|
|247||12||"Uncool Customer"||Tricia Garcia||Christy Stratton||March 15, 2009||DABE05||5.5|
After Peggy finds out that she is not cool, she befriends one of Arlen's most glamorous and coolest moms in an effort to learn how to be cool. Meanwhile, Bobby joins a Cotillion class so he can be a proper gentleman and Hank finds a restaurant that sells delicious meatloaf sandwiches, but has a bizarre seating arrangement.|
Guest Stars: Kate Walsh as Katt Savage
|248||13||"Nancy Does Dallas"||Michael Loya||Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May||March 22, 2009||DABE06||5.5|
Nancy cheats and back-stabs her way to being top news anchor after being promoted to a Dallas station, and soon finds the ride downhill to be a bumpy one — especially when she appears at the Thanksgiving Day parade drunk. Meanwhile, Dale conducts a hare-brained experiment by turning the house into an igloo.|
Guest Stars: Peri Gilpin as Gwen St. James
|249||14||"Born Again on the Fourth of July"||Ken Wong||Erin Ehrlich||April 19, 2009||DABE07||3.4|
|Hank gets involved in a neighborhood war over Independence Day decorations, while a misbehaving Bobby is scared into righteousness by a fire-and-brimstone preacher.|
|250||15||"Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key"||Steve Robertson||Tim Croston & Chip Hall||April 26, 2009||DABE08||2.9|
|Hank receives a special delivery of his recently deceased father's personal belongings, including a list of bizarre final requests – one of which calls for Hank to flush Cotton's ashes in the toilet of a bar once used by General George S. Patton. Meanwhile, Dale and Bill bicker over an empty beer can Dale discarded in Bill's yard and will not pick up.|
|251||16||"Bad News Bill"||Ronald Rubio||Dave Schiff||May 3, 2009||DABE10||5.1|
|When Hank tries to be realistic about Bobby's below-average baseball abilities, he is vilified by Bobby's over-enthusiastic Little League coach, who only wants to set Bobby up for disappointment. Meanwhile, Bill is hired as the head of the baseball field's snack counter.|
|252||17||"Manger Baby Einstein"||Kyounghee Lim||Sanjay Shah||May 10, 2009||DABE09||4.2|
|While adjusting to her new career and life as a mom, Luanne resurrects her Manger Baby puppets and, with help from John Redcorn, starts a series of direct-to-DVD educational shows, but risks selling out when the franchise grows stale and other entertainers line up to take her place. Meanwhile, Dale writes a children's book about a lost bullet wanting to get home to find its gun.|
|253||18||"Uh-oh, Canada"||Tony Kluck||Jerry Collins||May 17, 2009||DABE11||5.2|
|Boomhauer vacations in Guelph, Ontario, and meets a beautiful French-Canadian woman. Meanwhile, a Canadian family living in Boomhauer's house for the summer irks Hank.|
|254||19||"The Boy Can't Help It"||Jeff Myers||Dan McGrath||September 13, 2009||DABE12||6.3|
|Bobby becomes quite the ladies' man when several girls in his class consider him a potential date for the Homecoming dance, but Hank is worried that Bobby is being used. Meanwhile, Hank and the guys try to put together the ultimate shopping cart for a local homeless man.|
|255||20||"The Honeymooners"||Tricia Garcia||Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh||May 3, 2010(in syndication)||DABE13||N/A|
|Hank’s mother announces she is marrying her new boyfriend, Chuck Garrison. Soon after, the newlyweds celebrate by purchasing an RV and heading to Hank's. When Hank's mom and new stepfather have a heated argument, she takes off with the RV and Hank is left to rescue his mother once again.|
|256||21||"Bill Gathers Moss"||Michael Loya||Aron Abrams & Gregory Thompson||May 4, 2010(in syndication)||DABE14||N/A|
Feeling lonely (and inspired by a cheesy sitcom about the wacky adventures of two roommates), Bill decides to take in roommates, but things take a turn for the worse when Bill is forced to take in a homeless Principal Moss (who recently lost his house and his car in a divorce and has been reduced to living in the school after hours, which Bobby and Joseph mistake for the paranormal activity of a dead homecoming queen), a former Playboy Bunny, and a Russian counterfeiter, who uses Moss to sell his bootlegged wares at Tom Landry Middle School.|
Guest Stars: Mimi Rogers as Katie
|257||22||"When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor's Closet"||Ken Wong||Sanjay Shah||May 5, 2010(in syndication)||DABE15||N/A|
|Joseph goes out with a girl who wants their relationship to become physical and goes to Dale for advice, but Dale checks himself into a mental hospital to avoid giving his son the sex talk. Meanwhile, Nancy competes with her coworkers to find the most compelling human interest story to broadcast on the air.|
|258||23||"Just Another Manic Kahn-Day"||Jack Perkins & Steve Robertson||Jennifer Barrow||May 6, 2010(in syndication)||DABE16||N/A|
|Hank advises Kahn not to pick up his medication at the pharmacy, until he realizes that Kahn needs his medication to curb his manic-depressive mood swings, though Hank must choose between giving Kahn his medicine or exploiting his neighbor's mania (which makes Kahn friendlier and incredibly skilled at robotics) in order to create a top-of-the-line grill. Meanwhile, Bobby tries to find the humor in a "Raymond J. Johnson Jr." comedy record after his parents and other adults claim it is funny.|
|259||24||"To Sirloin with Love"||Kyounghee Lim||Jim Dauterive|
Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May
|September 13, 2009||DABE17||6.0|
|Hank discovers that Bobby has a talent for inspecting and distinguishing cuts of beef (a skill Hank taught Bobby ever since he was a baby, but wasn't made apparent until now), and puts Bobby on a meat-inspecting team run by Heimlich County's community college, but a slip-up during regionals has Bobby worried that he may disappoint his father again.|
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