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King of the Hill: FOX Announces Series Finale, What About the Rest?

King of the HillFOX just can’t seem to decide if they want King of the Hill or not.

Back in 2005, the show was set to be cancelled but execs changed their minds when the ratings went up and the Hill family stuck around for a few more seasons.

Last October, FOX announced that they were officially cancelling the animated sitcom. Though there were still several new episodes left, the April 12th episode was initially described as the animated sitcom’s series finale. Several original episodes aired after that.

It was later confirmed that there were still six original episodes left. FOX had already licensed two of them and the network had the option to license the remaining four. FOX pulled the show completely in late July, an indication that it was gone for good.

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Last week, at the Television Critic’s Summer Press Tour, FOX’s network president, Kevin Reilly, said that it was unlikely that the network would be airing any more new episodes of King of the Hill.

Today, FOX announced that they were going to be running two original episodes together and calling them the series finale. Titled “The Boy Can’t Help It” and “The Honeymooners,” the stories revolve around Bobby being considered a ladies’ man at school and Hank’s mother’s sudden plans to remarry. The so-called “Texas-size” series finale is set to air on September 13th.

That will presumably finish off the number of episodes that FOX has licensed. So, what happens to the remaining four installments?

They’ll surely surface at some point so it’s just a question of when. The show is currently airing in syndication on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and the last batch of episodes should be available to the cable channel soon. If Cartoon Network picks them up, they’ll be aired and could be promoted as “world premieres.”

The last four episodes are titled “Bill Gathers Moss,” “When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor’s Closet,” “Just Another Manic Kahn-Day,” and “To Sirloin with Love.”

It’s unclear if the actual last episode, “To Sirloin with Love,” will give any more closure to the sitcom than FOX’s so-called series finale. However, it was registered with the copyright office in December 2008, two months after FOX announced the cancellation.

What do you think? Would you rather have seen the final handful of episodes on FOX or are you just as happy to see them show up elsewhere?

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Katie September 14, 2009 at 10:07 am

THis is awful.King of the Hill is a great show.Its sad to see it go.


Anonymous September 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I for one am upset tht Fox would cancel King of the Hill which general has a good message & keep Family Guy & American Dad, which over all has now redeeming value. Haven’t seen the Cleavland show yet, but I pretty much know what it’s content is going to be – crap. I am going to exercise my right to tune out – Fox you suck!


beautiful September 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I love King of the hill, I dont see why you would cancel the show. Its funny and has tact unlike Family guy (which is racist and has no tact) . I would like to see King of the Hill continue another season.


Skysoldier173 September 10, 2009 at 10:30 am

Who cares if there’s closure when this show goes of the air “It’ll be a day long remembered”


KOTH rules September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm

wow, Fox doesn’t know what to do…I agree with some other posts – let it go to CN. BTW, I still don’t understand why Fox stopped with Season Six of the DVD releases. There’s plenty of good episodes following that season, although it did start to go down in quality around Season Ten, but man they need more seasons on DVD. I know I would continue to buy them, as I have bought seasons 1-6 already.


FlashGordon314 September 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm

King of the Hill has been my all time favorite TV show since the year 2000 and the fact that the people at FOX are willing to cancel a show with such a huge fan base is personally an insult. Although I enjoy some of the networks other shows (mainly Family Guy), I will be boycotting this network for the far foreseeable future. For the FOX executives to cancel KotH to make room for crappy animated spinoffs like “Cleveland” (A show that if it makes it to the year 2010 would be a huge statement to how sad our society has become) makes me want to vomit.


Holly September 4, 2009 at 11:35 pm

It’s nice to hear rumors of king of the hill possibly getting more air time, BAD DECISION FOR WANTING IT OFF FOX… it’s my favorite show of all time, I actually don’t even care to watch anything else.


Fox Sucks September 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Great job Fox, I just hope that Adult Swim would keep King of the Hill running unlike you Fox people. You destroyed so much shows, and this is my most favorite show ever, and you people cancel it? If you cancel it, I’m never gonna watch Fox…. I’ll just go to Youtube to watch Simpsons. Keep King of the Hill running! Keep letting it run. You guys suck. Boo! Fox sucks! I was a proud watcher of Fox, but now, I’m not.


King of the Hill Lover September 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I believe with hussain.
And, I enjoy that show. If you cancel that show, then I will hate “Fox” forever, then I would have to wait till 10:00 PM to watch it (Which I’m fine with.) . But King of the Hill is a reasonable show and isnt atleast offensive like Family Guy and the new show your going to put in. Freakin’ Fox…. You guys sucks, this really blows.

I hope you have a fantastic time cancelling the only show I watched in Fox.


hussain September 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm

this sucks. This show is better than crappy american dad.


Anonymous August 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I love the show and am sad that this has happened. I hope the cartoon network realizes what a gem this show is and picks it up and they make new episodes!!!!


g sweet August 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I grew up with this show look at all the crap they have triedon Fox this is the second longest animated show to run. When I found out it was cancelled it felt like I lost my father. It should not have been canceled and I hope it comes back on Tv.


Tim August 25, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Here’s hoping Adult Swim does new KOTH. Fox has no clue what they’re doing, although they were smart enough to pass on “The Goode Family.”


Dylan August 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I find it sad that Fox is just going to throw away a show that’s done so much for them over the years. It should have been made a huge deal and brought some closure to the series. When the simpsons ends, let’s see what big deal fox does for them.


John Sposato August 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm

If Fox let the show go, Cartoon Network should air the leftover episodes. Eventually, they’ll be on DVD and Blu-Ray, but that’s not for a while. I just wish Fox renewed the show.


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