King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 10

Keeping Up With Our Joneses

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 27, 1997 on FOX
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  • When Hank catches Bobby and Joseph experimenting with a cigarette they found in a dumpster, he attempts to create an aversion to smoking in Bobby by forcing him to smoke an entire carton.

    9.0
    Similarly, an episode like "Keeping Up with Our Joneses" could probably never be attempted by a live action sitcom. When Hank catches Bobby and Joseph experimenting with a cigarette they found in a dumpster, he attempts to create an aversion to smoking in Bobby by forcing him to smoke an entire carton. Adult cigarette smoking is verboten on most shows, so to see a child smoking is quite shocking. King of the Hill takes the situation one step further as Hank's plan backfires when Bobby becomes addicted and Hank and Peggy's past nicotine habits are also rekindled. Their attempts to simultaneously hide and fulfill their habits are laugh out loud funny. Animation helps to soften what may be too bold in a standard sitcom, thus allowing somewhat taboo subject matters like this one (and Hank's life altering run in with a silent killer - constipation - in "Hank's Unmentionable Problem") to be broached with less a chance of offending the audience.

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