By the end of King Of The Hill’s third season, the show was so good it prevented The Simpsons from winning a sixth Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program and its doozy of a cliffhanger (Peggy plummets out of a plane with a faulty parachute) ensured that season four started with a bang – Hank’s wife hitting the ground almost as quickly as the writers hit their stride. Peggy’s path back to (up)righteousness provides the first of an array of superbly plotted tales, from the gentle (Hank gets a bad haircut) to the surreal (Buddhists think Bobby is a reincarnated Lama). Of course, guests of the calibre of Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon don’t hurt, but ultimately it’s the show’s even-handed but big-hearted take on smalltown life that shines brightest. Oh, and anytime Hank’s frickin’ hilarious neighbour Khan appears.
BEST BIT “From now on, no one will flush a toilet in this town without thanking Hank Hill!”