This Dark, Brilliant Comic Takes on the Abuse in Your Favorite Cartoons
The incredibly dark comic Couples Therapy is the kind of thing that would joke (especially since their therapist is King of the Hill's Bobby Hill). As for King of the Hill, Hank and Peggy are hardly perfect parents and both have a tendency towards stifling Bobby's more flamboyant and/or. King of the Hill is an American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels. The main characters are Hank Hill, Peggy Hill, Bobby Hill, Luanne Platter, Her strained relationship with her mother is a source of drama for her. often taking such classes as Home Economics and Peer Counseling, instead of more.
Throughout the series it is never known what he does for a living, although it was revealed in an early episode that he was an electrical engineer but was on workers compensation. At the end of the series finale, a badge seen in his open wallet reveals that he is a Texas Ranger.
Luanne moves in with the Hills after her mother Leanne stabs Hoyt with a fork during a drunken fight which tips over their trailer. Hank initially makes frequent attempts to encourage Luanne to move out on her own, but later more-or-less accepts her as a member of the family.
She was a student at the beauty academy and later at Arlen Community College. She was often portrayed as an airheadbut was shown to be an expert mechanic in the first two seasons and is good at logic puzzles. Luanne was promiscuous, but she settles down after being visited by the spirit of her first boyfriend, the slacker Buckley, whom she calls "Buckley's angel"; and then attending a church-sponsored " born-again virgin " program and starts a Bible study class.
Luanne created a puppet show entitled "The Manger Babies" for a Public-access television cable TV station, featuring the barnyard animals who witnessed Christ's birth though they included a penguin and an octopus. In the 10th-season finale, Luanne revealed that she was pregnant with the child of Lucky, whom she married in the 11th-season finale.
In the 13th and final season, she has a baby girl named Gracie Margaret Kleinschmidt. Her companionship temporarily relieved Hank's stress and narrow urethraallowing him to impregnate Peggy. Later on in the series Ladybird would become deaf and despite much effort on Hank's part, would never bear puppies because of her narrow uterus. Cotton Lyndal Hill voiced by Toby Huss — Hank's cantankerous father, Peggy's father-in-law and Bobby's grandfather he has a hair-trigger temper.
Despite his many shortcomings, he occasionally showed a softer side, for example in the episode "Cotton's Plot" where he helped Peggy learn to walk again after her parachuting accident. His shins were blown off in World War II by a "Japan man's machine gun" and his feet were reattached to his knees, resulting in a short height and stilted gait.
Despite his disability, he eventually reached the rank of colonel in the state militia. After Cotton and his first wife Tillie, Hank's mother, divorced, he married a much younger, soft-spoken, busty blonde candy striper named Didi who gave birth to his youngest son "G. He was immensely proud of his military service. Though his claim of fighting " nazzies " Nazis was proven false and his claim of killing "fitty [fifty] men" was dubious, his participation in several of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater was confirmed and his uniform was shown to be decorated with the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.
Cotton himself died in episode"Death Picks Cotton", after suffering severe burns and an allergic reaction to shrimp during a flashback at a Japanese restaurant. Instead of addressing Peggy by her name he calls her "Hank's wife".
Didi Hill voiced by Ashley Gardner — Didi is Cotton's second wife, Hank's stepmother, Peggy's stepmother-in-law and Bobby's stepgrandmother she's a candy striper after she retired from being an exotic dancer. She has breast implants and suffers from postpartum depression following the birth of Cotton's third son "G. She was absent at the time of Cotton's death and was only seen once more, where she says she is engaged and will remarry a wealthy professional wrestler. Didi was in the same Kindergarten class as Hank.
Good Hank Jeffrey "G. She divorced Cotton after suffering years of verbal abuse. Tillie is a kind woman who collects miniatures because they made her happy during Cotton's abuse. Hank is often over-protective of her, fearing she is too old and fragile to go out and do things on her own. Tillie lives in Arizona with her husband Chuck. Tillie's legal name varies during the series. She is listed as "Tillie" on Hank's birth certificate, but is addressed as Matilda by the clergyman during her wedding to Gary.
Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt voiced by Tom Petty — Lucky is Luanne's itinerant, but generally benign redneck husband, and is the father of Luanne's child. It's often hard for Lucky to hold down a job he has no credit or Social Security number.
He was nicknamed "Lucky" after the settlement windfall. Peggy tried very hard to break him and Luanne apart, but after Luanne's pregnancy was revealed, she and Hank reconciled the two, giving them a shotgun wedding at Lucky's request.
Although dimwitted in some aspects, Lucky has learned some facets such as basic math through life experience as opposed to formal education, and was astute enough to deduce that his father-in-law spent time in prison whereas Luanne believed the story that he works on an oil rig.
He yearned to receive his GED but only to prove he was good enough to marry Luanne.
- Couples Therapy
She was born in the season 13 episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do". Luanne originally wanted to name her Lasagna stating that lasagna was their favorite food while under the influence of hospital analgesics, but choosing a more conventional name after she had recovered. She is an intelligent, modern mother who only appears in the episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do".
This Dark, Brilliant Comic Takes on the Abuse in Your Favorite Cartoons
She has two children, one son and one daughter Gracie's paternal first cousins and raises them in strict accordance with contemporary parenting practicessomething which leads her into a rivalry with Peggy, whose parenting skills are from older schools of thought, over how to assist Luanne as her pregnancy due date approaches. When Luanne goes into labor, Myrna commandeers the situation and insists that Luanne have a natural, drug-free water birthbut under Hank's encouragement to think for themselves about how to raise their child, Luanne and Lucky opt for a hospital birth instead.
Leanne Platter voiced by Pamela Adlon — Leanne, Luanne's violent alcoholic mother, Gracie's grandmother, Bobby's aunt and Lucky's mother-in-law she was imprisoned for "second-degree assaulting" her husband in the back with a fork. Though she is often mentioned during the course of the series, she appears only in the episode "Leanne's Saga," visiting Luanne in Arlen after her release from prison and briefly being courted by Bill Dauterive.
Despite Luanne's beliefs, he never worked on an oil rigbut was in jail for most of Luanne's life, with the oil rig story acting as a cover so Luanne wouldn't know her father was a convict. He appears in only one episode: After being released from jail, Hoyt commits a robbery and tricks Lucky into taking the blame, but he eventually confesses and is sentenced to life in prison under a three-strikes law. The episode "Leanne's Saga" reveals that Hoyt was planning on marrying a pharmacist girl before Leanne, then working as a stripper, entertained at his bachelor party.
Mother Platter lives in Montana with her son Hoyt. She's an old-fashioned, tough-as-nails rancher type and loathes Peggy for deserting the family ranch and not marrying a local neighbor boy. Strangely, earlier episode flashbacks feature a totally different "Peggy's mother" character, who is essentially an older version of Peggy—it's not made clear if one is her real mother and one is her stepmother, or if the "Maddy" mother character retconned the older version completely.
He makes only a single major appearance when Peggy, Bobby and Hank visit the family ranch. He seems to be going somewhat senile and preachy, only talking in rural old-west metaphors which Hank interprets as old-fashion Western-style wisdom. Junichiro voiced by David Carradine — Junichiro is Hank's elder half- Japanese half-brother, Peggy's half-brother-in-law and Bobby's half-uncle who has lived in Japan all his life.
Hank and Junichiro have the same father, due to Cotton's affair with a Japanese nurse during his war days, and share many similarities in appearance and mannerisms this in spite of the fact that Hank actually shares more of his mother's features ; one of these is that when he is shocked, like Hank, he yells "BWAH! At first, he renounces the Hill blood in him.
But eventually calls Cotton "Father". Dusty enters the car in a demolition derby in which it is badly damaged. Hank and Dusty make their peace after Dusty has the car repaired and installed at the Cadillac Ranch.
She had a fourteen-year affair with John Redcorn, which produced her son, Joseph, although she eventually broke off the affair and became a faithful wife to Dale. Redcorn refused to come back to her out of respect for Dale. Her mother Bunny was similarly unfaithful to Nancy's father, but did not reveal her own long-term affair until Nancy began suffering from stress-induced hair loss over her unresolved feelings for John Redcorn. Nancy is a former beauty queen, a fact which helped her get her job as a news anchor.
Despite Joseph's obvious Native American features, his similarity in appearance to John Redcorn, and the fact that his middle name is "John," neither he nor Dale is aware that Redcorn is his biological father Nancy refers to Dale having a "Jamaican grandmother" to explain Joseph's dark complexion.
Redcorn's occasional and awkward attempts to get closer to Joseph against Nancy's wishes lead Joseph to regard him as strange and creepy. Joseph starts out as an ordinary teen, but eventually grows weird and creepy—not to mention dim-witted.
Joseph begins to take after Dale more than John, Nancy or even any of his friends. Joseph has a half-sister named Kate by John Redcorn having another affairwho is very similar to Joseph in personality and interests but likewise does not realize that Redcorn is their father.
Joseph is the only character of the series shown to physically mature, having grown six inches in height over the course of a summer, a more built physique, athletic prowess and having a deeper voice and a wispy mustache upon his reappearance.
Bug Gribble voiced by David Herman — Bug is Dale's father, Nancy's father-in-law and Joseph's grandfather, who had been estranged from Dale for many years for kissing Nancy at her and Dale's wedding reception. Bug is actually gay and had been flirting with a Filipino caterer instead, and, upon sensing Dale's imminent entry into the room, attempted to hide his orientation from his son by grabbing and kissing 'the nearest thing in a dress'.
This misunderstanding, and Bug's inability to reveal his true sexuality to Dale, resulted in their estrangement. When Dale and Nancy renew their wedding vows 20 years afterward, Nancy arranges to invite Bug, and Dale initially suspects his odd behavior and his having a "partner" of meaning that Bug is an undercover government agent, but finally accepts the truth upon seeing Bug and his partner share a devoted kiss. Bug's appearance in " My Own Private Rodeo " retcons his appearance in earlier episodes, where he bears a near-identicality to present-day Dale.
Though at one point shown to live on the family estate with his aunt and cousin in a Louisiana bayou in "A Beer Can Named Desire", he and Bill eventually wind up as the last two living Dauterives. It is strongly implied that he is gayand he even hits on Buck Strickland when Buck attempts to capitalize on the Dauterive family's traditional barbecue sauce recipe in " Blood and Sauce ". She expressed deep concern over the family's ever-shrinking headcount, lamenting that "the Dauterive blood is down to a trickle".
She happily received Bill upon his return for a visit and was not displeased to see him and his cousins' widows taking mutual interest. Upon Bill's visit she, Rose, and Lily, all having been without male companionship for too long, vied for Bill's affections and attempted to seduce him, even despite Violetta's own blood relation to him.
She is mentioned frequently throughout the course of the series, but only appears twice — once being when Bill and Bobby watch Bill's wedding video. She appears when Bill begins dating former Texas Governor Ann Richards to meddle with their relationship in " Hank and the Great Glass Elevator ", but with help from Richards, Bill is finally able to tell her off and move past her toxic influence.
Eric Dauterive voiced by Stephen Root — Bill's implicitly-deceased father, who was said to be an abusive man and a heavy drinker, and is largely responsible for Bill's emotional instability.
Among the abuses Bill recalls from his father are having been spanked every day between the ages of 9 and 16, being called a girl and made to wear "pretty, pretty dresses", and being locked in a rabbit hutch. He appears in " Patch Boomhauer ", apparently engaged to marry Boomhauer's old flame, Katherine—much to Boomhauer's mounting displeasure, as he himself has unresolved feelings for Katherine, and Patch's continued philandering angers him for her sake.
The wedding is later called off after Patch hires strippers for his bachelor party and frames Boomhauer for trying to break up the engagement. Patch makes a final cameo in " Lucky's Wedding Suit " as one of the guests at Luanne and Lucky's wedding. Patch, like Boomhauer, speaks in a fast-paced Southern gibberish.
Boomhauer voiced by Mike Judge — Boomhauer's parents. Boomhauer is shown to speak like Boomhauer in "Peggy's Turtle Song". In "Three Coaches and a Bobby", Boomhauer mentions that his parents had won the lottery and moved to Florida. She is seen in "Dang Ol' Love", when Boomhauer, infatuated with Marlene, goes to Mee-Maw to ask for a family-heirloom wedding ring as well as " Lucky's Wedding Suit ", where she is seen sitting with the other guests as well as dancing with Patch for a brief moment.
Mee-Maw speaks in the same characteristic gibberish that the rest of the Boomhauers share. He believes he's better than his neighbors, often referring to them as " hillbillies " or " rednecks ". He frequently boasts of his superiority to the others and dreams of being far more successful than Ted Wassanasong.
Despite his arrogant attitude, Kahn seeks approval and friendship from his down-to-earth neighbors, who are accepting and tolerant of his ways. He previously worked for a defense contractor that manufactured composite ceramic armor, but was fired for spilling company secrets. After a string of job failures due to his attitude he found a new job forcing him to commute. Upon recollection of the story of how Minh and Kahn met, it is revealed that he was a former rebel and playboy whom Minh chose over the straight-laced intellectual her father set her up with.
In one episode, Kahn shows that he is a trained martial artist while getting into a fight with a few rednecks. In the episode "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day", it is revealed that Kahn has bipolar disorder which was also mentioned in the earlier episode "Lost in Myspace".
It is revealed in the episode "Three Days of the Kahndo" that Kahn has a brother also living in the US with a family of his own. Minh is a housewife who enjoys making rude comments about the neighbors, particularly Peggy. She sometimes has a snobbish attitude toward the neighbors, literally also referring to them as " hillbillies " or " rednecks " or "dumb monkeys".
She is a crack-shot, with championship-level skills, and at one point joined Dale's gun club, exerting a positive effect on its members. She is highly competitive, going so far as to cheat on The New York Times crossword puzzle. Like her husband, Minh grew up in Laos, where her father was a powerful general in the army who was not happy with her decision to marry Kahn.
She once told Nancy Gribble that she didn't grow up oppressed, rather because of her father's high ranking position in the army, she "was peasants' worse nightmare", pointing to being a bully in her youth. She once taught Bobby some of the Laotian language. She is one of Bobby's best friends and for a time his girlfriend.
She is a violin player, "A" student, and general overachiever pressured by her mother and father, who hold her to very high standards. Though it is implied that she works hard because of her overbearing parents, in reality, she does it for herself. Connie is named after her ego-maniacal father because he wanted a son. She attended Tom Landry Middle School in the meantime. She seduced Bobby and tricked him into creating a meth lab by pretending to help him with building a candy machine for his group science project, and persuaded him to steal propane tanks from Strickland Propane to complete it.
Tid Pao was caught by Connie and she was sent away by Kahn to Wisconsin to work on her last uncle's dairy farm at the end of the episode because of her criminally-inclined nature. There her uncle told her she was on her last chance as he was the last relative left in America. Any more trouble would see her shipped off to live with her grandmother in Laos.
Laoma Souphanousinphone voiced by Amy Hill — Laoma is Kahn's mother, Minh's mother-in-law and Connie's grandmother she's the only person on the show who addresses him by his full name. She's kind and hardworking and enjoys housekeeping. She is disliked by Minh because of her criticism of Minh's housework skills. The status-conscious Kahn is horrified when Laoma, bored and unwanted by her daughter-in-law, becomes the Hills' housekeeper, and even more horrified when she begins a love affair with Bill Dauterive.
Laoma has not been seen since her first episode, mainly because the creators nixed the original plan for her and Bill to become a regular couple, preferring for Bill to remain his usual single and miserable self.
While shows great affection towards Minh and Connie, he dislikes Kahn. He served under several Laotian dictators and was put on trial for war crimes at The Hague. Strickland Propane[ edit ] Buck Strickland voiced by Stephen Root — Buck is the slightly overweightbalding, over-the-hill owner of Strickland Propaneand Hank's boss. His physical appearance and attitude greatly resembles Lyndon Johnsonparticularly his hairline, and he has a habit of hosting employee discussions in his bathroom —a habit of Johnson.
Originally hailing from ArkansasBuck was historically known for his modest start in business and general business smarts. These attributes have since been worn away by life and been replaced with many habits which often come in the way of his business decisions.
Buck is a compulsive gambler to the point where he will use company profits to continue gaming, even betting in underground events. Also like LBJ, Buck is a chauvinist, alcoholic, and adulterer. It is often implied that Hank reveres Buck and that, in Hank's eyes, the two have a close relationship.
Compared to Hank who is the ultimate model of a good employee, Buck's vices require Hank to keep an extremely close eye. Buck refers to Hank as his " Golden Goose " implying Hank is the only reason his business remains afloat and thus he would never fire him. Hank has used the threat of quitting to capitulate Buck's transition from things Hank found unsavory. His health is questionable as he has suffered numerous infarctions and has had several cardiovascular surgeries including valve replacements.
Despite his less than desirable traits, he has an ethical side although he planted evidence on Hank for murder rather than let his wife be arrested. He has a drinking problem, as seen when he is a member of the Propaniacs. Joe Jack has a habit of calling people he speaks to "honey", regardless of their gender or level of familiarity with him.
Originally he spoke with a very weak accent. In the episode " Enrique-cilable Differences ," Enrique forcibly befriends Hank after a nasty fight with his wife. Enrique ends up moving in with the Hills for a short time eventually developing a pathological attachment to the Hill family, but quickly patches things up with his wife after a fed-up Hank kicks him out.
Enrique nearly lost his house due to rent increases when property values in his neighborhood skyrocket when Peggy began selling working class housing to upper-middle class Millennials. To solve the problem, Peggy helped the neighborhood value decline when she fabricated the area as uncool by making it appear as if typical middle-class families were moving in prompting the millennials to leave.
Afterwards he applied and became a homeowner. Donna voiced by Pamela Adlon — There are actually two separate Donnas who have both worked as Strickland accountants, and are often referred to as "Donna from Accounting".
The first Donna appears, albeit infrequently, as an overweight, dark-skinned woman, most notably in " Meet the Propaniacs ".
In " Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill ", Buck mentions having discovered stolen office supplies in her bedroom presumably during an extramarital encounterand orders Hank to "find us a new Donna".
The "new Donna" is a tall, curvy white woman who first appears in " The Miseducation of Bobby Hill ". In " Lost in MySpace ", her most significant episode, she is briefly promoted to assistant manager alongside Hank, which didn't settle in well with him.
She often uses MySpace during work hours and ignored Hank when he asked her for a down to business approach. In turn, Donna is briefly fired when some of her MySpace friends mistook Buck for Hank and brutally beat him up.
She sought revenge against Hank by making rude comments about him and Strickland. After sifting through the blogs, he confronts Donna for her behavior at Goobersmooches and eventually makes amends with her.
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After being rehired as an accountant, Donna takes down the blogs and rearranges it to a down to business approach like Hank wanted. His abrasive and insulting style of humor infuriates Hank, as well as the dean of the traffic school, who terminates his employment at the traffic school for not teaching traffic safety as he was hired to do. Hank later gets Roger a job at Strickland Propane.
Grateful to Hank for saving him from unemployment, Roger's attitude mellows afterward. In "Hanky Panky", the first half of a two-part episode, Miz Liz confronts Buck at an awards dinner while he is there with his mistress.
She files for divorce from Buck and subsequently takes control of Strickland Propane. This forces Buck to move in with Debbie. She promotes Hank to manager and attempts to seduce Hank in a propane-powered hot tub. However, the interest was not reciprocated.
She brags to Buck about this, Buck, in turn, surprises Hank with a loaded shotgun expressing his jealousy. She and Buck reconcile in the second half " High Anxiety ", but later on, in " The Good Buck ", Buck claims that Miz Liz has left for good, stating that "she could handle my drinkin' binges, and my gamblin', and even turn a blind eye to my extramarital escapades, but not when they happen all once!
As revenge for Buck ending their relationship, she plotted to murder Buck and his wife, but accidentally killed herself with Buck's shotgun while attempting to climb into the dumpster she was using as a hiding place.
Moss is one of Hank's high school classmates; he played center for their football team. His primary concerns are tight budgets, maintaining discipline and the schools zero tolerance policy for "everything". He tends to follow procedure to avoid trouble, even when it conflicts with his friendship with Hank. A highly changed person, Hank will often remind Carl of how he used to be and insinuate that Carl sold out for a position of power.
He frequently rejects staff demands for better teaching aids, citing budget cuts; he once referred to wood being used in shop class as a "fancy teaching aid". Often the center of various scandals at the school, he permitted installation of soda dispensing vending machines solely for raising funds for staff vacations and purposely placed lazy students into special education classes to avoid state-mandated exams whose grades would heavily affect school funding. Once, when one of Dale's plots to get rid of Moss came to nothing before they got started, Bill mentioned that Moss couldn't hide behind inflated test scores forever.
He has a difficult time relating to things outside of football and often uses football-related expressions in everyday speech. Kleehammer is portrayed as being sexist, having displayed a very negative attitude towards women's sports. Stuart Dooley voiced by Mike Judge — Often referred to by his surname, he is Bobby's deep-voiced, laconic classmate. He always sardonically intones something obvious after witnessing an event for example, to Bobby after witnessing Mega Lo Mart exploding, "Your Dad got blown up.
He also is something of a rebel — he pulled down Peggy's pants, and he is seen smoking. I was also going to say "And Mike Brady" but then I remembered that an architect designing a home for his new blended family of six children and only including one other upstairs bathroom aside from the master bath was a pretty boneheaded thing to do.
I really like "King of the Hill" and have spent far too much time thinking about it over the years. Not only is she pretty creepy, but Kermit is also horrible. If you watch the early Muppets as I have been! Given that there's been a "grand romance" narrative about Piggy and Kermit since I was little in the eighties, it's depressing to reflect that their relationship was ever seen as anything other than awful.
Also, early Muppets is really, actively misogynist - way out of line with even eighties misogynist staples like Labyrinth. I actually would never recommend it for kids and am kind of surprised that my parents let us watch the show. Don't know about the later stuff. Labyrinth is all about a teenage girl learning to dial down her creative side to take care of a baby.
A baby boy, no less. How would this film be different if it were about caring for a sister? Why would this never be the plot arc? There are almost no other women characters in the film, except the stepmother, the bad birth mother, a few sexy-goblin dancing ladies and the Bad Sad Goblin Woman Burdened By Materialism at the end.
Sarah receives no assistance or advice from women, except Bad Sad Goblin. It is strongly implied in the film that her birth mother is slutty and selfish, in addition to being an actress? There's that bit right at the end where a wiser, more moral, less "selfish" Sarah puts away the picture of her birth mother that is on her dresser. It is filmed in such a way that it is clear that Sarah is rejecting the values that her "bad" birth mother had, in favor of the "wiser" values she has learned on her adventure.
The choice in the film is between "mature" "unselfish" womanhood which centers family and minimizes personal goals and a "selfish" sexual womanhood of submission to male desire. The choice is between two forms of patriarchy. The one that is less work is the one that is figured as immature and immoral, that's all. I loved that movie as much as anyone else as a kid and it certainly has its moments.
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But it illustrates the state of cinematic affairs in the eighties - that any film with a female lead was experienced as liberatory simply because female leads were so rare, even when the actual message of the film was anti-feminist. Women are always told that it is selfish not to want to care for children and not to want to be obedient; women are always told that it is selfish to put artistic desires ahead of family duties.
Men are almost never told this; men are very rarely hectored about being selfish at all. All she does is say, in understandably frustrating circumstances, that she wishes the goblins would take the baby away, when as far as she knows goblins don't even exist.
How could anyone but a bad, selfish woman wish harm on an innocent baby? And then blammo - express anger and the goblins show up. Also, the film totally implies that missing her mother and wanting to be like her mother are bad, wrong feelings, which is I think pretty fucking heartless. Well, note the contrast with Hank Hill: He's not hectored into it because he doesn't need to be.
Any sort of "grand romance" is a retcon originating with the first and third movies. Piggy had a massive crush on Kermit from her first appearancebut would drop it in an instant in favor of a handsome guest star, and Kermit viewed her as a grabby prima donna -- which she was, let's be honest.
I don't remember any outright gaslighting on Kermit's part, though, and I have also seen the early Muppet Shows, although it's been a few years now. What were you thinking of? One thing is, Kermit was pretty close to being a perfect character up to this point, both from the Muppet Show and before, the sort that was capable of no wrong, and they probably put in his mocking of Piggy as a way to break that a bit, of making him less of an authorial self-insert.
And that pretty much demanded that Piggy have her persistence, and karate, as a way to get back at Kermit.