King of the Hill (season 1)

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King of the Hill (season 1)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12
Original network Fox
Original release January 12 (1997-01-12) – May 11, 1997 (1997-05-11)
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List of King of the Hill episodes

This is a list of episodes from the first season of King of the Hill


The showrunner for the season was Greg Daniels.[1]

Broadcast history[edit]

The season originally aired Sundays at 8:30–9:00 p.m. (EST) on the Fox Broadcasting Company.[2][3]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Pilot" Wes Archer Mike Judge & Greg Daniels January 12, 1997 (1997-01-12) 4E01
Straitlaced propane salesman and family man, Hank Hill, is accused of beating his son, Bobby, after Bobby gets a black eye from getting hit in the face with a baseball during a Little League game and rumors spread that Hank beat up a teenaged Megalo-Mart employee (when really he just yelled at him for not knowing if the store sells a tap and dye and some WD-40). Meanwhile, Hank's friends, cuckolded conspiracy nut Dale Gribble, down-and-out Army barber Bill Dauterive, and fast-talking womanizer Jeff Boomhauer, try to fix Hank's truck, while Luanne Platter (Hank's niece) moves in with the Hills after her trailer trash parents get sent to jail over a domestic disturbance.
2 2 "Square Peg" Gary McCarver Joe Stillman January 19, 1997 (1997-01-19) 4E02
Peggy is mortified and tongue-tied when she finds out she has been chosen to teach the middle school's sexual education class, while Hank does everything he can to keep his son from learning about sex.
3 3 "The Order of the Straight Arrow" Klay Hall Cheryl Holliday February 2, 1997 (1997-02-02) 4E03
Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer take Bobby and his friends on an Order of the Straight Arrow camping trip where the men send the boys on a snipe hunt during which Bobby stuns a whooping crane but then everyone believes it is dead. Meanwhile, Peggy sneaks out to buy special shoes for her large feet.
4 4 "Hank's Got the Willies" Monte Young Johnny Hardwick February 9, 1997 (1997-02-09) 4E05
Hank is worried that Bobby does not have a normal role model in his life—and things get worse when Bobby accidentally hits Hank's idol, Willie Nelson (voiced by Nelson himself) with a golf club during a day on the green.
5 5 "Luanne's Saga" Pat Shinagawa Paul Lieberstein February 16, 1997 (1997-02-16) 4E04
When Buckley breaks up with Luanne and Luanne goes on a days-long crying jag, Hank sets out to find Luanne a new boyfriend in 48 hours—which backfires when Hank sees Luanne with Boomhauer.
Chuck Mangione also guest stars.
6 6 "Hank's Unmentionable Problem" Adam Kuhlman Mike Judge & Greg Daniels February 23, 1997 (1997-02-23) 4E07
Hank's ongoing constipation causes great concern for Peggy and, much to Hank's embarrassment, everyone else in Arlen.
7 7 "Westie Side Story" Brian Sheesley Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger March 2, 1997 (1997-03-02) 4E06
When a new Laotian family moves in next door, problems ensue when the new neighbor's family dog goes missing and the Hills fear that the stereotype about Asians eating dogs is true.
8 8 "Shins of the Father" Martin Archer Jr. Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland March 23, 1997 (1997-03-23) 4E08
Hank's brash, sexist father, Cotton Hill, crashes Bobby's 12th birthday party—and stays over the Hills' house, which does not sit well with Peggy when Cotton's misogyny begins rubbing off on Bobby.
9 9 "Peggy the Boggle Champ" Chuck Sheetz Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger April 13, 1997 (1997-04-13) 4E09
Hank's promise to coach Peggy at the Texas State Boggle Championship is jeopardized when his buddies try to lure him away to the Ninth Annual Dallas Mower Expo. Meanwhile, Bobby and Luanne freak out when they leave a condensation ring on the new coffee table, but their efforts to fix it cause even more trouble.
10 10 "Keeping Up with Our Joneses" John Rice Jonathan Collier & Joe Stillman April 27, 1997 (1997-04-27) 4E10
When Hank catches Bobby smoking a cigarette in a gas station bathroom, Hank punishes him by making his son smoke an entire carton, but the plan backfires when Bobby, Hank, and Peggy all become addicted.
11 11 "King of the Ant Hill" Gary McCarver Johnny Hardwick & Paul Lieberstein May 4, 1997 (1997-05-04) 4E13
After telling Dale never to spray insecticide on his lawn again, Hank's expensive new lawn becomes mysteriously infested with fire ants days before Rainey Street's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Meanwhile, Bobby becomes the hypnotized servant for the Red Ant Queen.
12 12 "Plastic White Female" Jeff Myers David Zuckerman May 11, 1997 (1997-05-11) 4E11
Bobby is invited to his first boy/girl party, and Peggy is horrified when she discovers him playing Spin the Bottle with one of Luanne's plastic beauty school heads.

Home release[edit]

The season was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The season two episode "The Company Man" is included due to its production code.