King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 12, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Hank's son, Bobby, gets a black eye during a baseball game, but after witnesses see Hank yell at a Mega-Lo Mart employee, rumors spread that Hank has abused his son, and Children's Protective Services is sent to investigate. Luanne (Peggy's Brother's daughter) has to move in with the Hills as her mom is in jail for stabbing her dad (with a fork) and her dad has run off.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Let the Reign Begin

    From the opening shot of the Arlen Tower, to the extremely awkward conversation at the end, everything was great. It is really hard for shows to start because they have to not only have a good plot line but introduce every character and show their personalities. This episode did it with ease. Almost every character has such a distinct personality even though it has only been 1 episode. The plot is also hilarious, and entertaining. This is a great start to a great cartoon!moreless
  • King of the Hill starts off with a brilliant pilot that is full of very classic moments.

    In this episode, a child protection agency accuses Hank of beating up his son, Bobby, with a baseball bat Whoever knew a pilot of a TV series could contain so many classic scenes, such as the Funny Phone Jerks, Luanne in the shower with the door unlocked, that boy aint right, bobby getting hit in the eye, the 110% scene, the agent, the tap and dye scene and the hammer, Bobby hitting Peggy in the eye, Dale you giblet head, no more bouncing that ball, bobby being bad, hank's weird noise near the end, the CPS thinking hank punched bobby, and much more. In conclusion, I will say that Pilot is a perfect start to one of my favorite series

  • A pilot is always a bit tedious especially if you saw later episodes first(I was too young). However it's not terrible. Poor Bobby gets hit with a baseball and the town talks, rumors get around and eventually there's a social worker harassing the Hills.moreless

    A pilot is always a bit tedious especially if you saw later episodes first(I was too young). However it's not terrible. Poor Bobby gets hit with a baseball and the town talks, rumors get around and eventually there's a social worker harassing the Hills.

    The episode works well for a pilot, It introduces every character well and even throws in Nancey's affair. On more viewings I actually caught why Luanne's Mama stabbed her daddy with fork. It also introduces.

    So Bobby takes advantage of the social workers supervising his Dad so he can get away with being a hooligan even after the social workers are called off. Hank is mad when he finds out but holds back when Peggy say's Bobby didn't tell so Hank will love him more even when he messes up.moreless
  • Pilot

    The pilot of King of the Hill introduces us to much of the main cast. Basically, the plot is that Bobby gets a black eye from baseball, but a social service person thinks it was Hank, due to his overall attitude. He attempts to send Bobby to another family unless Hank treats Bobby better. When Bobby finds out, he makes life Hell for Hank, because he knows he can not do anything about it. But in the end everything is back to normal.

    A good episode, a good pilot that did a nice job introducing characters. Overall grade would be a Bmoreless
  • I hated this episode.

    If someone was to watch the pilot peisode of King of the Hill, there is a good chance they wouldn't watch another episode. That's how I felt when I watched this one. The good thing is, I started watching later episodes before I watched this one. I thought that everything was forced and the story was stupid. It reminded me of something on the Simpsons. The graphics were poor and the voices were very bland compared to the King of the Hill today. I might be a little harsh, but I really hated this episode. Not a good pilot and a bad way to start a series. Most of the episodes were good after this, I must admit. Thank you.moreless
Gailard Sartain

Gailard Sartain

Anthony Page's Supervisor

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Buckley, Anthony Page

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Hank and Bobby are in Mega-Lo Mart they pass by two ladies, one in blue and one in green. Then when Hank starts yelling at the employee, it shows the ladies again, and they are past Hank (they are on the side the employee came from). It is possible that they passed by during the conversation, but most likely it is an animation error.

    • During the interview Anthony flips his paper over multiple times, and each time when it shows it again, the paper is not flipped.

    • When Bobby and Joseph go into the garage, Joseph's shirt turns yellow for one frame.

    • In the first scene, when Hank and co. discuss the previous nights episode of 'Seinfeld', the Spanish dubbed version instead has them discussing 'Beavis and Butt-head', Mike Judge's previous animated hit.

    • When Hank puts the piece of bread over the other half of the sandwich, you can see three pieces of bread on the plate.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Social worker:(trying to take Bobby away) Come on, Bobby. I can put you with a nice foster family in North Arlen where you can develop healthy life adaptations. And they've got a pool.
      Hank:(to Peggy) Honey, let's give him Luanne. (to Social worker) I got a girl in here you can take right now.

    • Hank: If you want to win, you're gonna have to do better than your best.
      Bobby: How do I do that?
      Hank: You gotta give 110 percent. That's what'll give you that winning edge.
      Bobby: But what if the Wildcats give 110 percent, too?
      Hank: Well, then you gotta try even harder.
      Peggy: How about if Bobby gave 112 percent?
      Hank: Sure that'd work.
      Bobby: Or maybe 113.
      Hank: Yeah, yeah, that's even better.
      Peggy: No I don't know. 13 is a very unlucky number.
      Hank: Look we're not talking about 13. We're talking about 113. And even... Okay, give 112, what's the difference? Look, Bobby, just do your best, okay?

    • Hank: It's hard, Peggy I don't wanna lose my little boy, my only son oh it's hard.
      Peggy: Well you can relax the investigation has been off for a week only Bobby didn't tell us.
      Hank: I'll kill him!!

    • Luanne: Mamma's in jail. She was saving a quart of beer before bed, and daddy threw it out, and she went after him with a fork, and the trailer tipped over, and everything went upside down, and it's all gonna be on Real Stories of the Highway Patrol.

    • Hank: Now you listen to me mister I work for a living, and I mean real work, not writing down gobbledygook. I provide the people of this community with propane and propane accessories. Oh when I think of all my hard earn tax dollars going to pay a bunch of twig boy bureaucrats like you. It just makes me wanna -- oh, oh, God.

    • Hank: Excuse me, where's the hardware department?
      Buckley: Where is the hardware department... uh, hmm. What exactly is it you're looking for?
      Hank: The hardware department.
      Buckley: Yeah, but are you looking for like a tool or something?
      Hank: What difference does it make?
      Buckley: Huh. What difference does it make.
      Hank: Okay, I'm looking for a tap and die and some WD-40.
      Buckley: Huh, and what is it are you trying to do?
      Hank: I'm trying to buy a tap and die and some WD-40 and get out of this god-forsaken store.
      Buckley: Ah, and what is a tap and die?
      Hank: Okay, forget it. Let's say I want a hammer. Do you know what a hammer is? That's what I want, a damn hammer. Now where in the hell would I go?
      (Hank and Buckley argue)
      Old Lady #1: Hey that's that Hank Hill fellow that lives on the block next to us.
      Old Lady #2: He sure has a temper, doesn't he?
      Old Lady #1: He sure does. Makes you wonder who gave that boy that black eye.
      (Bobby knocks down a few cans)
      Buckley: Uh, you're gonna have to pay for that, dude.
      Hank: You're fired!

    • (on Dale's disbelief of global warming)
      Hank: Dale, you giblet-head! This is Texas! It's 110 degrees in the shade, and if it gets one degree hotter, I'm gonna kick your ass!

    • Dale: I know what's wrong with your truck, Hank. It's a Ford. Know what Ford stands for, don'cha? "Fix it again, Tony."
      Hank: Dale, that's a Fiat.

    • (on the topic of global warming)
      Dale: We'll see what Butros Butros Gali Gali thinks about that, we'll grow oranges in Alaska.

    • Peggy: We would have had more children, but Hank has a narrow urethra.
      Hank: Peggy!
      Peggy: What?
      Hank: He asked us how many children we had, he didn't ask you about my glands!

    • (Bobby smashes the fence with a baseball bat)
      Hank: Bobby! (sees that neighbors are watching) Er... please respect that fence's right a fence!

  • NOTES (10)

    • This is the first episode of the series to have a cold open. A cold open is a scene before the opening credits. In the early seasons many episodes have cold opens, but as the series went on there were less and less.

    • In the opening theme, when Peggy hands Hank the trash bag, his beer just disappears from his hand. This is the case for the entire series.

    • The clock (that is the shape of the state of Texas) in the Hills' kitchen constantly changes colour throughout the series. Not just in different episodes, but often even in the same episode. It later changes to just a plaque in the shape of Texas, as suppose to a clock.

    • The opening and closing credits song is "Yahoos and Triangles" by The Refreshments.

    • This episode is also known as "Bobby The Baseball Phenom."

    • Boomhauer's voice is based on the voice of an angry viewer who called when he was offended by a cartoon that one of the creators made.

    • Bill has the first line of the series, both the unofficial Yep, and the actual first line.

    • Animation by Rough Draft Studios.

    • Mike Judge's original draft of the pilot had the same basic plot as the final version, but also had a subplot about a Laotian family moving next door to Hank. When Greg Daniels came in to help rewrite the pilot, he suggested saving the Laotian neigbors story for a future episode, and it became "Westie Side Story." Daniels also added the characters of Luanne and Cotton to the pilot, and made Dale a conspiracy theorist.

    • Mike Judge fans will notice that Hank Hill is very similar to Tom Anderson from Judge's other show, "Beavis and Butthead". In fact, in the film Beavis and Butthead Do America, Tom Anderson pretty much looks and sounds exactly like Hank Hill ended up as. Incidentally, Judge voices and draws both characters.


    • Alamo Beer
      The beer that the guys are seen drinking in practically every episode, is named after an actual beer brewed in Texas. However the design is completely different and they come in bottles not cans.

    • Ladybird

      Ladybird was most likely named after former first lady Ladybird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Both were natives of Texas. Ladybird has since passed away on July 11, 2007.

    • Luanne Platter

      In Texas, there is a chain of cafeteria-style restaurants known as Luby's. When dining there, one can purchase what amounts to a combo meal, which consists of the main dish, two sides, and a roll. The name of this combo is the Luanne Platter.