Calling all fans of propane and propane accessories: “King of the Hill” is coming back to TV, according to reports.
Mike Judge’s animated sitcom about propane salesman Hank Hill; Hank’s wife Peggy; their son Bobby; and neighbors Dale, Bill and Boomhauer is getting a revival at Hulu. The show, set in the fictional DFW-area suburb of Arlen, Texas, originally aired on FOX for 13 seasons from 1997-2009. All seasons of the show are currently streaming on Hulu. No premiere date has been set yet for the new season.
Judge will reprise his role as Hank Hill, as will other cast members Kathy Najimy (Peggy); Stephen Root (Bill); Pamela Adlon (Bobby Hill); Johnny Hardwick (Dale) and Lauren Tom (Minh). No reports mentioned what would be done with the characters of Luanne Platter or Lucky, voiced by Brittany Murphy and Tom Petty, respectively. Murphy died in 2009 and Petty died in 2017.
“We are all so excited to welcome back Hank, Peggy and Bobby, and to see what they have to say about the world we live in and continue the conversations we began years ago,” ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich said in a statement. “This show has all of the perfect ingredients to meet this moment in animation at Hulu, and we’re so thankful to be having those conversations alongside this talented group.”
The original show’s celebration of the Lone Star state and its many idiosyncrasies made it a favorite among Texans. It’s unknown if the show would pick up right where it left off in 2009 or if it would start in 2023. The above quote implies 2023, which would be interesting. Just imagine Dale’s thoughts about the pandemic, or how Hank would feel about the Cowboys these last few seasons. What’s Bobby doing now? The possibilities are endless.
“King of the Hill” isn’t the only animated show getting another life on Hulu. “Futurama,” home of the Hypnotoad, is set for a revival at the streamer as well.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go crack open an Alamo beer, stand next to the fencepost and wonder about what’s going to happen next.