Previous ‘Sports On TV’ columns (for ‘Saved By The Bell’ and ‘Full House’) have been fun to write but a pain to suffer through for research, because seriously, have you tried watching an 8th season episode of ‘Full House’ in 2012? Those columns sorta celebrate the badness of sports on TV, and how they get shoehorned in when people run out of love triangles and job jokes don’t have anything to write about.
So it’s with great pride that I present the third ‘Sports On TV’ effort, celebrating the 25 best sports moments from one of the best and most under-appreciated animated comedies ever made, FOX’s ‘King Of The Hill’. If you haven’t seen it before or just flip past it when you’re looking for ‘Squidbillies’ episodes on Adult Swim, the show’s entire 13-season run is available on Netflix streaming and is one of the best ways to spend 130-ish hours. What made the sports on ‘King Of The Hill’ great is that they aren’t accessories to the action … they’re focal points, important or not, just like in real life.
I’m lucky to have some great guest columnists this week, so I hope you enjoy the list. And yeah, there are at least 40 other moments we could’ve included here, so consider this part 1 of an eventual 50 Greatest Sports Moments Of ‘King Of The Hill’. We’ll loop back around when I realize Golden Girls didn’t have 20 sports moments on it.
More Sports On TV: Saved By The Bell | Full House | The Wire | The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air | Parks And Recreation | Married… With Children | 30 Rock | The Brady Bunch | The Three Stooges | The Simpsons | Glee
Episode: “Pilot” (season 1, episode 1)
What Happens: Bobby gets an infield hit during a Little League game, but gets distracted on first base by his Dad’s instructions (“STOP LOOKING AT ME, BOY! WATCH THE BALL!”) and gets drilled in the face with the ball. An old woman at Mega Lo Mart spots Bobby’s black eye and reports Hank to social services, pitting ‘King Of The Hill’s protagonist against the only character-type Mike Judge loves more than “middle-aged, put-upon conservative”: the overly-sensitive, by-the-books wimp who thinks he’s doing something helpful but is just ruining everyone’s lives.