From 1997 to 2010, the world was gifted with 258 episodes of King of the Hill spread across 13 seasons. So, what happens when a show has such a lengthy, successful run? Well, among other things, fan theory starts to pop up about it. King of the Hill is no exception to this rule, and King of the Hill fan theories run a wild gamut, from plausible and mildly amusing to batsh*t.
Perhaps you have some of your own King of the Hill theories. Read on to see whether your ideas measure up to the other fan theories about King of the Hill out there.
There’s a running joke on King of the Hill that Nancy Gribble, Dale’s wife, has a long-running affair with John Redcorn. It's common knowledge that Redcorn is the biological father of Nancy and Dale's son, Joseph. While many assume Dale is simply too dumb to realize this, Redditor /u/OriginalName18 suggests Dale is well aware of the situation and playing his cards close to his chest.
While Dale might not be the sharpest tool he caught on immediately to what was going on. The man is beyond paranoid to the point where he thinks the government and aliens are keeping tabs on him. Why wouldn't he be suspicious that his attractive wife might be deceiving him? That sounds right up his alley. He often questions what his wife sees in him in the first place. He knows Joseph doesn't resemble him in the slightest. Dale might not be that bright but I don't he's so dumb he doesn't see that Joseph looks more like the massage therapist that's been frequently visiting his wife for years. He has a spiritual hallucination where he was lying in bed with his wife but she had the head of a mantis and decapitated him representing revelation. Honestly I think he knew right from beginning.
So if Dale knew this why didn't he do anything about it? Because he has a perfect life that he doesn't want to jeopardize it. He is a great father and loves Joseph sincerely. His wife pays a majority of their finances so he can have his own business. He lives close by to his best friends and doesn't want to relocate. Hell he practically witnessed first hand how Bill's divorce completely destroyed him and doesn't want to share a similar fate. Dale also loves taunting Redcorn with his relationship with Joseph knowing all to well that Redcorn wants to be in his son's life. Its a secret fuck you that he thoroughly enjoys. I also don't think Dale was the type of guy who was ever good with women and would rather be in a bad marriage then no relationship at all.
Dale often jokes to his friends about how Joseph is an alien or creates other bizarre stories to see his friends reactions. He's disappointed that they know and refuse to tell him but he knows he can't call them out on it. Better to play the fool then the broken loser. This also explains why he hates Peggy Hill so much (besides the fact that she's annoying). Peggy was literally the last person to find out about the affair and came close to telling him. Dale must have been like "Finally someone is actually decent enough to tell me the truth" but then Peggy quickly changes her mind and Dale is pissed because unlike the others who decided in group what not to do Peggy was alone and could have been the only one in the neighborhood to shine some light.
Sometimes, a new perspective comes along that completely changes how you view a show. Such is the case with this paradigm shifting theory from Redditor /u/ZiggyPlaffyLA. Basically, they suggest that when Peggy suffered a near-fatal skydiving accident in the Season 3 finale, "As Old as the Hills...," she actually suffered permanent brain damage.
From the start of Season 4 on, Peggy is decidedly more narcissistic and dismissive of others. Her rudimentary Spanish language skills also seem to deteriorate. Therefore, it's apparent that Peggy's injury radically altered her personality.
Redditor /u/irrelevant_inquirer concocted a theory regarding Boomhauer’s reason for living in Arlen, based on a piece of information revealed in the show’s final episode.
Here’s the theory:
In the last episode of the series, the one where Bobby joins the college meat-inspecting team, it's revealed that Boomhauer is, in fact, a Texas Ranger. At no other point in the series, is any mention made of this. It seems rather odd, as Hank, Dale, and Bill will often talk about their work with each other, and yet no one seems interested in Boomhauer's law-enforcement career, nor, do they ever mention him having a job at all. Until the final reveal, it seemed like Boomhauer was free all hours of the day to chase women and sunbathe. Why would Boomhauer's closest friends not ever question or discuss his job? especially considering the numerous times the characters have broken the law, such as stealing a tank from the Army base? It's simple; they have no idea he's a Texas Ranger. And they have no idea, because he's undercover.
The next natural question s why would he be undercover in sleepy Arlen, TX? Again, there's a simple answer; Dale. Dale makes no secret of his opposition to the government. He's been a member of at least one local militia movement, has trafficked illegal weapons, and seems to have contact with international criminals (as evidenced when he speaks in Russian to the shady guy about buying a Walrus). So, frankly, it would be alarming if Dale wasn't under surveillance.
Also, look at the layout of the neighborhood. It can be kind of hard to nail down exactly how the homes are laid out, but it is clear that Boomhauer's backyard backs to the alley, as does Dale's, presenting a clear method by which Boomhauer can quietly observe Dale's activities.
In flashbacks throughout the series, the four main characters, Dale, Hank, Boomhauer, and Bill, are shown to have grown up together. This may seem to work against my theory, but I actually think it works in favor. Boomhauer was specifically chosen for this assignment because he already had a relationship with Dale, and no one would view him as an 'outsider' within his own hometown. Boomhauer's superiors chose him so they would not have to waste time and resources getting another Ranger close to Dale. It had already been done. So they sent him back to Arlen, likely with a cover story to give to his childhood friends about why he was suddenly back in town.
Boomhauer, however, knows Dale well, and understands that Dale is too much of a buffoon to ever be a real threat to the government. So he accepts the assignment, knowing full-well he'll likely never have to take action against his old friend. Instead, he lives out his bachelor lifestyle, and may in fact even be protecting Dale by continuously sending reports to his boss saying he needs more time to collect evidence, and therefore prevents authorities from ever taking Dale down. And no one on Rainey St. Will ever likely know.
The real world analogs of fictional cartoon locations has long been an obsession for fans. Whether it's trying to figure out where Springfield is or determining how close South Park is to Denver, people are inextricably driven to locate animated hamlets.
Given the idyllic nature of Arlen, TX, it's no surprise that fans of King of the Hill want to figure out how to visit. One intrepid Redditor, /u/Phib1618, thinks that they have cracked it:
As a Texas resident I have always wondered where in Texas the show is set. Now, I've read all the other theories about the location and things Mike Judge has said, like that it's based on Garland, and inspired by Humble, or that the zip code (78104) is Beeville.
But recently, I noticed something I never had noticed before in the episode "Meet the Propaniacs". They give us a map right on the screen with the location of Strickland Propane.
Apologies for the crude quality, but here is a breakdown, image by image, of how I found the location.
The animated map of Texas is a little bit inaccurate, but from what I can tell it looks like the location is in Bosque county. The biggest city in Bosque county is Clifton, which also has a start park with a lake near by, and a major river. Both of which are oft-visited locations in the show.
Houston is about 3 hours away, as Kahn stated it was in one episode and Clifton is pretty central to Dallas, Wichita Falls, and Austin, just as the town of Arlen seems to be.
I know that there isn't one specific town that Arlen is based on like Mayberry, NC from The Andy Griffith Show is based on Mt. Airy, NC but I think that, geographically speaking, Clifton could be the place.
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