Any King of the Hill fan will no doubt have a long list of their favorite hilarious quotes, but there’s also a multitude of lines from the series that border on outright wisdom. Often cited as a show ahead of its time, King of the Hill aired for an impressive 13 seasons of dry hilarity.
The show was rich enough to inspire fan theories, and it was about as much fun behind the scenes as it was onscreen. During its run, King of the Hill gained a following for its witty yet subdued writing that somehow managed to both mock and celebrate Texan culture. Nowhere is the quality of writing more apparent than in the multitude of hypocrisies and uncomfortable truths dropped by various characters throughout the series.
Most of the best King of the Hill quotes are too wordy to fit on a bumper sticker, but one of Hank Hill’s snarkiest comments from Season 7, episode 7, is an exception. When confronted with the fact that he might have anger issues, Hank claps back, “I don’t have an anger problem, I have an idiot problem.”
It’s an all-too-true notion to which most people can relate.
Sometimes, King of the Hill features wise statements amid less than enlightened context, and that’s definitely the case for this Season 4, episode 5, quip. He warns his son about the dangers of premenstrual syndrome.
Hank advises, "Bobby, some things are like a tire fire, trying to put it out only makes it worse. You just gotta grab a beer and let it burn."
Everyone knows Spider-Man’s famous ethos, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Hank Hill has a slightly different version of the credo to pass on, though.
In Season 4, episode 14, of King of the Hill, Hank stonily remarks, “With the joys of responsibility comes the burden of obligation” - a statement that really cuts to the core of Hank’s character.
Most of King of the Hill’s 13-season run came before social media took over society, but a Season 9, episode 11, quote from Peggy Hill could easily be applied to the distractions of our modern technological society.
Peggy sagely tells her son Bobby, “Entertainment is the only thing that distracts people from realizing how much they don’t like each other.”