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King of the Hill - The Complete Sixth Season



DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 21 (20 half-hour episodes, 1 hour-long episode)
Running Time: 494 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and Spanish subtitles and audio (no Spanish audio on "Lupe's Revenge"); closed-captioned
Special Features: None


Yeeee haw! King of the Hill is back for another season of King of the Hill on DVD! The sixth season of the show is now available on a three disc set from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, once again in a set that is "complete" but without any special features. Regardless, you'll get over 8 hours worth of Texas-style comedy in this highly underrated animated series about the assistant manager of a propane company, his family, and his neighbors.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There are many good episodes in this season, beginning with "Bobby Goes Nuts," where Hank wants Bobby to defend himself, and Bobby decides to get lessons on how to do that--in a women's self-defense course! In "Lupe's Revenge," Peggy gets to chaperone a field trip to Mexico, but her ability (or inability) to speak Spanish causes her to be involved in an international kidnapping crisis, and she is the kidnapper! Hank gets a chance to carry the Olympic torch through Arlen, but messes things up when he accidentally extinguishes the flame in "Torch Song Hillogy."

In "The Bluegrass is Always Greener," Hank discovers that Connie is a natural at playing the fiddle and wants to enter her in a bluegrass contest in Branson, but Kahn won't allow her to go--but does she go anyway? Ed Asner has a guest role in "Unfortunate Son." Peggy finds the perfect new job, as a Spanish teacher at a Catholic school, in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Hill," but the school wants to hire a nun--and Peggy is willing to be one, too. Dale finally realizes that he is not Joseph's real father, except what he DOES realize is that Joseph was actually fathered by aliens in "Of Mice and Little Green Men." In "Beer and Loathing," Alamo Beer can't be found anywhere in Texas, so Hank depends upon Peggy (Alamo Beer's newest employee) to find out why, but when she signs a nondisclosure agreement and Hank ignores her warnings to not go to Mexico to get the beer, Hank learns a valuable lesson.

Peggy and Luanne join an organization--well, actually a cult--that makes jam and jelly in "Fun With Jane and Jane." Dale finds out that his dad works in a gay rodeo in "My Own Private Rodeo." The season ends with the two-parter "Returning Japanese," where Cotton wants to apologize to the widow of a soldier that he says he killed in World War II--only problem is that the "widow" wasn't married, and even more shocking, she has a son that looks an awful lot like Hank!


The packaging seems to have an outdoor cookout theme to it this time, and of course, the steaks are being cooked on (what else?) a propane grill. The front cover has Hank and the rest of the guys at the grill, with the words "The Complete 6th Season" being written in ketchup and mustard. On the back, Joseph is squirting ketchup and mustard all over Luanne (why?), and Luanne is crying... and Peggy is protecting herself with a plate. Somewhat interesting artwork, I suppose. The slim cases are employed in this set, as usual. And the front of each slim case shows the guys taking part in the food fights; Bill and Boomhauer on the cover of the Disc 1 slim case, Dale on Disc 2, and Hank on Disc 3. The back of each slim case lists each of the episodes on the disc, along with a short description and the original airdate. All three discs are double-sided this time, so there is no disc artwork. Episodes 1-4 are on Disc 1/Side A, 5-8 on Disc 1/Side B, 9-12 on Disc 2/Side A, 13-16 on Disc 2/Side B, 17-19 on Disc 3/Side A, and 20-21 on Disc 3/Side B (but episode 21 is a two-part episode presented in the original one-hour format on this set).

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are slightly different this time, but they are still basically the same. The main menu on each disc has the closing music playing with brief scenes from episodes on the disc playing in a circle in the middle of the screen. The choices on the main menu include Play All, Episode Selection, and Languages, all of which are basically self-explanatory. The Episode Selection menu takes you to a list of episodes, and even has a short description of the episode on screen when you highlight the episode. In the background, there is a picture of a scene from one of the episodes on the particular side of that disc. There are chapters placed in each episode at all of the appropriate spots, but there are no scene selection menus.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio is fine, nothing to complain about; that is about what you can expect from episodes from the 2001-2002 season. There are minor issues here and there, but nothing that will really bother you. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Surround sound, in both English and Spanish. For some reason, though, there is no Spanish audio track for the "Lupe's Revenge" episode (maybe because this episode contains so much Spanish in it anyway?), but the box clearly indicates that. Additionally, there are English and Spanish subtitles, as well as closed-captioning. The episodes all run at approximately 22:30, which seems to indicate these episodes are all (as expected) the original unedited versions.

Special Features:

Once again, we have nothing. The first two seasons had some decent special features, but none have been seen since then, and at this rate, it appears that we may never see special features on any of these King of the Hill sets--such a shame! Maybe my idea is crazy, but I think a fun idea for a special feature would be to have an episode translated into "Peggy Hill Spanish" (I kind of thought of this idea after watching the "Lupe's Revenge" episode on the set).

Final Comments:

Once again, we have a set with great episodes, but there aren't any special features. This is getting to be annoying by now, but at least the episodes are being released, and unedited at that. The current season was expected to be the final season of the show, and in fact, episodes were no longer being produced, but it was later decided that it will indeed be back next season, so there is no telling how much longer this show will go on. But one thing is for sure, and that is that this show is a great show, and is worth having as part of your DVD collection, even without special features.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 05/11/06

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