The animated comedy series King Of The Hill is coming back to screens.
Hulu has ordered a new run of the hit series, which originally ran on Fox from 1997 to 2010.
The show’s co-creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are returning to executive produce the show, while Saladin Patterson is joining to executive produce and serve as showrunner.
Judge will also be back to voice the lead character, the propane salesman Hank Hill.
It’s back! King Of The Hill (pictured) is returning with a revival in the works for Hulu, it was announced on Tuesday
In addition to Judge — who also voices the incomprehensible Boomhauer — Kathy Najimy of Hocus Pocus fame is back to play Hank’s wife Peggy Hill.
Stephen Root, possibly best known for playing the stapler-obsessed Milton in the Judge-directed live-action movie Office Space, is back to voice Hank’s friend Bill.
Better Things star Pamela Adlon will once again be voicing Hank and Peggy’s son Bobby Hill, while Johnny Hardwick will play Hank’s conspiracy theorist friend Dale.
Lauren Tom will be back, presumably to voice the Hills’ Lao neighbor Minh, though it’s unclear if Toby Huss will be back to voice her husband Kahn.
Although the character received little scrutiny at the original time of airing, having Huss — a white actor — voice an Asian character could offend audiences.
The original series ran for more than 250 episodes and featured a more life-like tone than other Fox animated series of the period, including The Simpsons.
It focused on the day-to-day experiences of the propane salesman Hank Hill and his beer-guzzling buddies, along with Hank’s overzealous wife Peggy and his difficult son Bobby.
The originals: Co-creator Mike Judge (L) returns to executive produce and voice Hank Hill and Boomhauer, among other characters. Kathy Najimy (R) is back to play Hank’s wife Peggy Hill
Original team: Greg Daniels, who co-created the original series with Judge, is back as an executive producer; seen in 2013 in NYC
Judge is also known for creating and acting in Beavis And Butt-Head, which has also been recently revived, and he also created the HBO series Silicon Valley.
He has directed the animated film Beavis And Butt-Head Do America, along with Office Space, Idiocracy and Extract.
‘Yeah, man I tell you whot man, that dang Ol’ Greg, talking about “OG” and then that Mike Judge … Inspirations, man … the original show, dang ol’ classic … Got my kids, man, walking around talking about “That’s my purse! I don’t know you!” Feeling blessed, man, I tell you whot “Feel so Good” is a great song, I don’t care what no-dang-body says …’ joked Patterson in a statement, affecting a version of Boomhauer’s speech.
Patterson developed and executive produced the Wonder Years reboot, which has been renewed for a second season. He previously served as a writer on The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men.
‘I’m so lucky to have been a part of this show from the very beginning and couldn’t be more excited to visit Arlen, Texas, once again with Mike, Greg and Saladin, who together are bringing a whole new perspective to the original series,” said Marci Proietto, 20th Television Animation executive vice president. ‘We all want to thank the fans for their overwhelming support because they helped make this happen, and I can’t wait to share this new iteration through the lens of 2023 America. In the words of our beloved Peggy Hill, Ho yeah!’
Simple: The original focused on the day-to-day experiences of the propane salesman Hank Hill and his beer-guzzling buddies, along with Hank’s overzealous wife Peggy and his difficult son Bobby
New blood: Saladin Patterson is joining to executive produce and serve as showrunner; seen in May 2022 in Los Angeles
According to deadlinethe revival has been in the works since 2017, when Judge and the cast reunited to celebrate King Of The Hill’s 20th anniversary.
‘We are all so excited to welcome back Hank, Peggy and Bobby, and to see what they have to say about the world we live in and continue the conversations we began years ago,’ added Craig Erwich, ABC Entertainment president for Hulu and Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals. ‘This show has all of the perfect ingredients to meet this moment in animation at Hulu, and we’re so thankful to be having those conversations alongside this talented group.’
King Of The Hill isn’t the only classic Fox animated series set for a revival after the Disney–Fox merger, as the sci-fi comedy Futurama also has a revival in the works.