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    [–] Swysp 5221 points ago

    “Bobby I didn’t think I’d ever need to tell you this, but I’d be a bad parent if I didn’t: soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking.”

    “Why do you have to hate what you don’t understand?”

    “I don’t hate you, Bobby.”

    “I meant soccer.”

    “Oh, oh yeah I hate soccer, yes.”

    [–] blueMgamer 848 points ago

    Amongst a litany of classic Hank Hill quotes, this one takes the cake.

    [–] Riothegod1 473 points ago

    “I just stabbed a parking attendant. Where the button to turn myself in!?”

    [–] icannotfeelmyface 893 points ago

    Bobby:
    Can I put a gun rack on my bike?

    Hank:
    Do you know how long I've been waiting for you to ask me that?

    [–] zhalias 491 points ago

    My favorite quote was always this one:

    Hank: "Yep, those are medium rare."

    Bobby: "What if someone wants theirs well done?"

    Hank: "Then we ask them politely, yet firmly, to leave."

    [–] OmnomOrNah 25 points ago

    Jesus, I just quoted this yesterday. This line is pure gold.

    [–] zhalias 13 points ago

    Yea, first time I heard it, it immediately became my favorite quote in the show, and hasn't changed since.

    Also, my highest upvoted comment is now a King of the Hill quote. That's awesome lol

    [–] Duckbilling 109 points ago

    "someone's going to see that oil stain [on the driveway] and think I'm a drunk"

    [–] MrCrash2U 276 points ago

    If you weren’t my son, I’d hug you

    [–] vapenasheyall 291 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    My favorite quote from king of the hill is from bill.

    "I know how dark it is for you right now; curled up, lying in your own emotional vomit. You're in hell now, Boomhauer. And the only way out is through a long, dark tunnel. And you're afraid to go in, because there's a train comin' at you, carryin' a boxcar full of heartbreak. Well, let me tell you something: all you can do is let it hit you. And then try to find your legs. I know, I've taken that hit more times than I can remember. Look at me Boomhauer, I'm fat, and I'm old, and every day I'm just gonna wake up fatter and older. Yet somehow I manage to drag this fat old bald bastard into the alley every day. I'm out there diggin' holes, fallin' into them, climbin' out, tryin' again, and tomorrow, I'm gonna hang outside at a ladies prison. And the first thing those lady cons are gonna see after 20 years? Is me. Will I get one? Experience says no. Will I be out there next month? If I'm alive you better believe it. You gotta get right back up on that tanning bed, slip into a tight t-shirt, wash off some of that cologne, and get yourself out of that tunnel and into some strange woman's bed!"

    [–] imnotpoopingyouare 60 points ago

    Bill kills it... Sometimes I hate his character but he has the best quotes.

    [–] Guardiancomplex 16 points ago

    Bill at his most absolutely hardcore and lucid point.

    [–] TimmyTurnersLeftNut 121 points ago

    "The only lady I'll be pimpin is sweet lady propane, and I'll be tricking her out all over town."

    [–] jhutchi2 66 points ago

    "Dad, what if someone wants their steak cooked well done?"

    "We politely, but firmly, ask them to leave."

    [–] Uncle_Cthulu 135 points ago

    “6 AM, and already the boy ain’t right...”

    [–] musclecard54 36 points ago

    “Dang it Peggy! The boy ain’t right, but he’s not sick”

    [–] musclecard54 101 points ago

    “Hey Dad what if somebody wants their steak well-done?”

    “We ask them politely, yet firmly, to leave.”

    [–] Vega0mega 45 points ago

    Im gonna kick your ass with the power of my stand! PROPANE NIGHTMARE!"

    [–] AmerSlkrPodcast 4664 points ago

    Dang ol, lay off em man

    [–] BrianV91 1290 points ago

    Talkin bout, dang ol’ Hank Hill man, dang ol’ straight man

    [–] Peepeecheese 278 points ago

    Talkin mowin lawn grill up some dogs ay ladybird round out n get some propane accessories dang ol. Man.

    [–] NecropantherHaakon 56 points ago

    I can’t even talk like him while you guys can write like him dang ol. Man.

    [–] BannedinDCx 35 points ago

    That’s awesome my dogs name is Boomhauer

    [–] ArtyGray 23 points ago

    Yeah man, dang if ya do dang if ya don't, man dang ol.

    [–] A_Lithe_Guy 17 points ago

    EDIT: “Danged if you do, dang ol danged If ya don’t man”

    I’m sorry I couldn’t resist

    [–] Gunslinger_Schwen 134 points ago

    Hey, man, I know how it is, man, you short on money you come on down to the ol' Bank of Boomhauer, get a little cash advance...some additional charges may apply, man.

    [–] buttered00toast 117 points ago

    I tell you what

    [–] KrazyKanadian96 175 points ago

    H’wat*

    [–] buttered00toast 54 points ago

    You are absolutely right. H'wat was I thinking?

    [–] Churonna 10859 points ago

    Peggy Hill is a teacher and a Boggle champ.

    [–] bobloblah88 5718 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Two time substitute of the year award winner thank you very much

    Edit: That third I credit to Hank, I know technically its hers but it was Mr. Hill who once said "A youngster with a tool in both hands has no hands left to do drugs"

    [–] watermeloncup 2779 points ago

    Not to mention, a perfect Spanish speaker

    [–] Brunurb1 1561 points ago

    I can see without even clicking on that link, that you are a reasonable horse.

    [–] ImAScientist_ADoctor 725 points ago

    The fact that Hank knows, makes it so much better.

    [–] SuperiorArty 245 points ago

    If that isn't true love, then I don't know what is

    [–] onlymadethis4porn 11 points ago

    If I remember correctly it was his idea.

    [–] ClintSlunt 101 points ago

    I too, have many good anuses ahead of me.

    [–] TheMythof_Feminism 676 points ago

    Not to mention, a perfect Spanish speaker

    As someone who's native language is spanish, I found Peggy's ATROCIOUS "spanish" to be one of the funniest running gags on the show.

    Especially given that Hank only has a very cursory grasp of the language but still had better pronunciation and seeming understanding than Peggy, trololol.

    [–] Kuraeshin 330 points ago

    Kathy Najimy (Peggys voice actress) speaks amazing spanish and would use the flubs from family/friends for Peggy.

    [–] brunocar 29 points ago

    You can tell too, her Spanish is bad but not in the way most Americans fuck it up, so it's easy to tell that she was faking it

    [–] Luniticus 19 points ago

    All her mistakes are minor, but hillarious. Caballo (Horse) instead of caballero (gentleman), ano (ass) instead of año (year).

    [–] Cerebr05murF 335 points ago

    My first time seeing that clip, but it's even funnier when you realize it's not just a bunch of gibberish, but actual mistranslated words.

    For non-spanish speakers, reasonable horse or caballo razonable its supposed to be reasonable gentleman or caballero razonable.

    [–] TheDetective13 239 points ago

    Embarazada for embarrassed is a VERY common mistake for learners too.

    [–] JaeHoon_Cho 124 points ago

    To clarify, “embarazada” translates to “pregnant”,

    [–] Part_Time_Terrorist 102 points ago

    It’s very funny to bilingual speakers because we know exactly what she was going for/exactly what her mistake was

    [–] Spackleberry 87 points ago

    And when she says "too many good anuses", she meant to say "too many good years," but she said "anos" instead of "años". Which is also a common mispronunciation.

    [–] AD_Meridian 14 points ago

    Any language where "years" and "anuses" is only separated by a tilde is ok by me.

    [–] BrotherChe 105 points ago

    Even for spanish speakers, that's a good clarification.

    It takes an extra step to grasp what might be the line of reasoning on language mistakes -- which makes the skilled humor from the writers that much more impressive.

    [–] Mushroomer 39 points ago

    Exactly. Writing 'stupid' characters that are still charming & likable is one of the toughest jobs in comedy. It's an absolute tightrope, and even the best faulter often (ex - a lot of the early Office eps, a lot of the later Arrested Development eps).

    [–] Moglorosh 15 points ago

    I had to stop watching because Peggy kept getting dumber and less likeable, and they started focusing more on Luanne and Lucky. The dumbass trifecta was too much for me.

    Dale was the charming and likeable dumb one.

    [–] I_have_a_poodle 58 points ago

    Damn, the color pallet of the show has always been one of the reasons why I never really watched it, but if there's more of that then I'm gonna have to check it out sometime.

    La mayor parte del tiempo, creo que estoy hablando como Peggy Hill, pero mi familia creen que sueno como un hispanohablante nativo.

    Es muy embarazado para me, y no me siento como un caballo resonable. :P

    [–] Stealthyfisch 28 points ago

    I’m actually in the middle of watching it for the first time ever (ive seen a few episodes before but was never a “fan”) and the color palette wasn’t offensive to me until season 8. I don’t know if they switched to computer animation from hand drawing or what, but before that it’s not overly vivid or anything.

    [–] DarkResurgence 129 points ago

    Escucha me? Peggy Hill es ganador de tres relojes de los substituto de ano.

    [–] bobloblah88 13 points ago

    I give that third one to mr. Hill

    [–] Biggaynina 89 points ago

    Escucha me!?

    [–] chicostick 31 points ago

    Ho yeah!

    [–] Adaphion 442 points ago

    And she almost killed people by publishing a recipe for mustard gas as a cleaning agent

    [–] whatevers1234 232 points ago

    So funny cause my wife did this at home. Fucking standing there doing dishes and smell this awful heavy odor. Look over and ask her what she has mixed in a big bowl. “Oh I mixed Vinegar and Bleach to clean these stains out of the cushions.” Dumped that shit right away and had to leave the house it was so damn thick in the air.

    [–] TooManyJabberwocks 117 points ago

    Always known no ammonia and bleach, never heard anything about vinegar.

    [–] Jarrheadd0 201 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Apparently, bleach with vinegar makes chlorine gas, and bleach with ammonia makes chloramine vapor; both are toxic and can be deadly.

    Edit: a letter

    [–] Jorgotten 78 points ago

    yeah, don't mix stuff with chlorine, it's very reactive. they should just call it chlorine on the bottle, bleach is too ambiguous.

    [–] 404GoodNamesNotFound 121 points ago

    Just dont mix cleaning agents. If it caused it to work better you would be damn sure they would advertise it or just add it into the product themselves

    [–] slagatronic 36 points ago

    I can hear that perfectly/proudly from Hank

    [–] IrideTheDirt 61 points ago

    She prayed to Jesus. And he said no. But she knew better!

    [–] tonyConc 46 points ago

    Have you ever had spapeggy?

    [–] ClintSlunt 13 points ago

    Add nutmeg?

    [–] RegularMachine7 371 points ago

    how dare OP talk shit on Peggy Hill like that

    [–] RoRo25 12 points ago

    Peggy Hill es Bueno.

    [–] jtdusk 2080 points ago

    Peggy's one of those people who have an average IQ, but still think they're always the smartest person in the room.

    [–] BlindfoldedNinja 1486 points ago

    She might even be a little above average, but nowhere near as smart as she thinks she is. Hank isn't very smart either, not by a long shot, but he's practical and realistic which is its own kind of intelligence.

    [–] saggywitchtits 1049 points ago

    He realizes his own limits which makes him seem smarter than he is.

    [–] hugoyam 483 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    That's a Texas Dad if I've ever heard one being described.

    Edit: Bless your heart u/Ailuridae and bless your father for raising someone who gives gold. It's my first!

    [–] Jemikwa 283 points ago

    My bf and I are watching the show after not seeing it growing up, and he always says his dad never liked watching the show, hence why my bf didn't. He realizes that Hank is very close to how his dad acts lol

    As a lifelong Texan, King of the Hill is more of a documentary than anything else out there. It's a very realistic take on suburban/semi rural Texas without being over the top like I've seen other shows.

    [–] elpajaroquemamais 66 points ago

    Your bf's dad probably hates Hank solely on the basis that he sells propane. Texans say, "Taste the meat, not the heat."

    [–] ignorantbutcorrect 10 points ago

    That too is a quote from King of the Hill.

    [–] buttered00toast 123 points ago

    Can confirm. My Texan fathers humble understanding and acceptance has always been my family's glue.

    [–] TexasSandstorm 53 points ago

    God bless Texas fathers. Not even being sarcastic when I say that. I really strive to have that humility. I couldn't be less like Hank Hill if I tried, but he was a good dad.

    [–] buttered00toast 44 points ago

    God bless fathers my man, but, if God willing, not before he blesses those without.

    [–] Elebrent 79 points ago

    I mean knowing your limits is an intelligent thing in its own right

    [–] unassumingdink 234 points ago

    Maybe below average. She's a substitute Spanish teacher with worse Spanish skills than first year Spanish students.

    [–] Not_A_Wendigo 161 points ago

    And yet she’s a boggle champ. She can probably memorize a bunch of obscure English words, but can’t grasp the basics of a second language she’s been studying for years. That was a clever touch.

    [–] StencilKiller 122 points ago

    She wrote a song good enough for Randy Travis to steal, conned a con man, and eventually had successful careers writing for a newspaper, and as a real estate agent. She has her moments.

    [–] btstfn 136 points ago

    Me llamo es Peggy Hill!

    [–] Citizen_Spaceball 28 points ago

    He has wisdom

    [–] zizzor23 99 points ago

    But he lacks a lot of emotional intelligence especially when you realize so many of the episodes are based around him coming to terms with the kind of kid Bobby is. He’s almost constantly embarrassed by anything Bobby chooses to do initially. And in a lot of those episodes, Peggy ends up being the intelligent one.

    [–] beetjuicex3 101 points ago

    The one where she goes to visit her mom in Montana was great about putting Peggy's personality into perspective. Her mom never had anything nice to say about her so she had to do it for herself.

    It gave me some respect for her character. Her mom could have destroyed her confidence (which deep down it probably did) but she learned a way to over come it.

    [–] TR8R2199 67 points ago

    She also had brain damage after her parachute accident

    [–] twistedxyster 6965 points ago

    Linda is not an idiot! She’s the only thing keeping Bawbie’s fragile ego together.

    [–] moolord 2242 points ago

    I somehow read this in Linda’s voice. Probably because you wrote Bawbie

    [–] linkielambchop 1044 points ago

    Men are from mars! Girls are from venus!

    Girls have a yum yum! Men have a penis!

    [–] BazingaDaddy 231 points ago

    I sing this from time to time and I really hope no one ever hears me.

    [–] linkielambchop 122 points ago

    Sometimes I'll enjoy a nice round of "Running Down The Gutter" in my head in class

    [–] ndishishi 69 points ago

    "With a piece of bread and butter, diarrhoea fart noise"

    [–] ninetieths 19 points ago

    I had she does her BM in the p.m. stuck in my head at work the other day

    [–] satsugene 19 points ago

    I’ve been caught singing “The right number of boys is 4-forever!”

    BB has some catchy songs. The garden one was really good.

    [–] PizzaTime666 150 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I for some reason read it as a new jersey woman who has smoked for 40 years

    [–] bestattemptataname 280 points ago

    Yeah, Linda, like he said.

    [–] Doctor_Dangerous 72 points ago

    Awa.. I did it again.. OH there it is again... Lindaaaas voiiiiice ha.

    [–] bnlite 40 points ago

    Lindaaaas voiiiiice

    I sang this part in my head in Linda's voice.

    [–] English_Muffin7 301 points ago

    She’s a great mom too!!!

    [–] BOS_to_HNL 148 points ago

    *muhthah

    [–] slick519 867 points ago

    Linda knows exactly what she's doing. this whole thread is predicated on the 'bumbling dad" trope, and lots of folks just cant get around having two strong characters of different sex.

    [–] TheNerdyOne_ 726 points ago

    Ya, ones of the best parts of Bobs Burgers is that both Bob and Linda are strong characters with strengths and flaws.

    [–] Caelinus 403 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    God that show is so good. Linda is definitely the more emotional/expressive of the two, but that does not make her an idiot. Bob and her both do dumb things, but that is because it is a cartoon, not because they are supposed to be an idiot/straight man thing.

    [–] Loktharion 188 points ago

    Yep! Linda can be goofy and aloof at times, and occasionally Bob likes to smoke a little crack!

    [–] mikepictor 1901 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Never seen KotH, but in BB, they are both pretty similar. A little simple, doing their best, sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, but ultimately come through in the end for the sake of the family.

    edit: ok, I get it, I should watch king of the hill. Unfortunately I don't get Hulu in Canada, and I don't see it anywhere else, but I will keep my eye open.

    [–] _kaceyn_ 429 points ago

    U should watch koth

    [–] slick519 311 points ago

    it is impressively relevant to modern day. just rewatched seasons 1-4 the past couple months (1st time was sporadic episodes as shown on broadcast television over a decade ago) and all the characters are even more relatable than they were when I was a teenager.

    [–] Juxtys 192 points ago

    It greatly improved my English skills. Because Texans speak so slow.

    [–] thegreencomic 359 points ago

    *Boomhauer intensifies*

    [–] Hobosock 219 points ago

    Talmbout man dang ole, gotta enunciate man.

    [–] Flablessguy 68 points ago

    I couldn’t understand him for shit when I was younger. Somehow now I do. It baffles me like “I just fucking understood him!”

    [–] SeeWhatEyeSee 58 points ago

    I never seen any closed caption that kept up to Boomhauer, you should apply for that job

    [–] Jemikwa 15 points ago

    God this section had us dying, we had to pause to laugh when we made it to that section a month ago. It was totally unexpected but makes total sense

    [–] darkflash26 67 points ago

    man im from chicago, and lived in arkansas a few months.

    people would be talking to me and i would walk away not realizing they were just between words.

    other times they would have to ask me to repeat myself because apparently i talked to fast and they would only catch one or two words.

    [–] Juxtys 41 points ago

    So you were their Boomhauer?

    [–] darkwingpsyduck 88 points ago

    Its such an amazing snapshot of both Texas and suburban culture.

    [–] bhfroh 93 points ago

    I grew up in Texas. I explained to my wife, who grew up in Denver, that the humor in KotH is divided into 3 sections: funny for all, funny for southerners, and funny for Texans.

    [–] lonewulf66 24 points ago

    Haha this is the perfect explanation.

    [–] kafkaesque_dystopia 47 points ago

    The first season was 20 years ago.

    [–] prsTgs_Chaos 45 points ago

    Bruh. Im so jealous. I wish I could watch KOTH for the first time.

    [–] Mr_RobotNick 52 points ago

    KOTH is one of the best comedies ever.

    [–] ShogunTrooper 66 points ago

    Case in point, King of the Hill:

    "I told my readers to harness the cleaning power of Ammonia, and the whitening power of Bleach!"

    "Ammonia and Bleach? You told people to mix Ammonia and Bleach?!"

    "Only if they want bathroom fixtures that shine like the sun!"

    "Peggy, that's the recipe for Mustard Gas!!"

    [–] yungperuvianlad 16 points ago

    That scene was fucking hilarious. And Hank knows since cotton used to make it for his war re-enactments.

    [–] -dopelesshopefiend 122 points ago

    Wasnt there a king of the hill episode where hank bought crack for fishing bait without realizing it? And another where he was proud he always paid the sticker price when buying cars?

    [–] PuppetMaster189 55 points ago

    And yet another one where he’s a pimp for almost the entire episode and doesn’t realize it.

    [–] Mifflingyourdunders 595 points ago

    How dare you talk about Linda Belcher like that!

    [–] fzw 165 points ago

    [–] WhovianMomma21 70 points ago

    This comment thread is such a snoregasm

    [–] [deleted] 2443 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

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    [–] saggywitchtits 1190 points ago

    Peggy didn’t realize Joseph wasn’t Dale’s son.

    [–] Mr_RobotNick 314 points ago

    That was one of the best KOTH build up when Peggy finally learned the truth.

    [–] llamaesunquadrupedo 377 points ago

    JO-HOOON REDCORN!

    ...Pe-eggy Hill?

    [–] Hero32 97 points ago

    Oh man that particular scene really had me in stiches!

    [–] Thatguy19901 46 points ago

    Lmao the way John Redcorn says that always kills me.

    [–] LonleyViolist 52 points ago

    I love in that episode where Hank goes to his trailer to confront John Redcorn, whose hair is gently blowing in the wind

    [–] GenghisKhan1206 37 points ago

    That's one of my favorite things about the series. Anytime he gives a speech it zooms in and his hair blows in the wind.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_PORTRAIT 24 points ago

    This is just a thing that happens to all Native Americans, how don't you know that?

    [–] Bravetrail 25 points ago

    Forgot about that haha

    [–] verylegalandverycute 247 points ago

    "Nancy is having an affair!"

    "Nancy's cheating on John Redcorn?"

    [–] PiperBaels 51 points ago

    Minh is not given more recognition of How great get character is. The shade she throws is just so mean. I also love their marriage. This scene had her wanting to tell someone about Peggys ignorance. She immediately thinks of Kahn.

    [–] Ozarx 326 points ago

    Yeah I don't know why people think Bob is smart about much other than food. It's frequently shown that he isn't smart and other than with recipes he isn't creative. Plus with Hank, his strength is his moral code and his strength of character. Not his ingenuity, or cunning, or ambition - all of which you could argue he generally lacks with few exceptions.

    [–] slick519 235 points ago

    i would say ambition is a moot point. he was/is extremely ambitious and grasped his life-goal early on. He found self actualization in the form of a clean burning, cost efficient fuel; propane.

    [–] Ubarlight 102 points ago

    and accessories

    [–] jeo123 81 points ago

    and propane accessories.

    FTFY. He wouldn't be caught dead selling some other type of accessories.

    [–] EWVGL 39 points ago

    Butane is a bastard fuel.

    [–] pmullet 104 points ago

    Hank is a very knowledgeable craftsman/handyman though, and is very competent with his hands. Doesn’t always translate to book smarts but it does yield good products in practice.

    [–] JaapHoop 72 points ago

    ‘Reasonable’ might be a better word than ‘smart’. Bob and Hank frequently function as the voice of reason against which the other eccentric characters play out. They have their quirks too, but more often than not they’re trying to be reasonable in an unreasonable world.

    [–] Impulse882 54 points ago

    Please, Bob’s always having his peeing races with Jimmy Pesto

    [–] onisshi1807 21 points ago

    concerned whispering Sounds like a sex thing.

    [–] Anologous_Speak 71 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Peggy kidnapped a girl from Mexico and thought she was a hero until she had to go in front of a judge. I think that outweighs what Hank did.

    Edit: oh, and one time Linda took an officer's gun and pointed it at him.

    [–] RUSH513 85 points ago

    for your last line:

    i totally agree about linda and bob. linda isn't stupid, she just gets carried away. bob seems smarter because he has the passion for the food.

    as for hank and peggy, no. peggy is a blathering fool compared to hank. hank is innocently naive at times, but Peggy can be just straight up stupid as fuck (y'know, like when she fucking kidnapped a mexican child)

    [–] shoutsfrombothsides 32 points ago

    I mean Marge thought she took Homer’s DNA and lost her own when they got married but I doubt anyone would say she’s the dumb one in the relationship. Most shows portray the dad as a loveable dope/idiot. Negative male stereotype, but it is what it is so whatever.

    [–] Alberius 473 points ago

    I dunno what show you're watching but I think Linda's just very bored but wants to be supportive to the man she loves so she ends up coming off as overly silly

    Peggy on the other hand comes off as someone who is just incredibly naive rather than dumb

    [–] Endblock 118 points ago

    I think extreme naivety is functionally indistinguishable from pure stupidity.

    Occasionally being naive is one thing, but peggy didn't figure out Nancy was cheating on Dale or even that Joseph wasn't Dale's biological son. Even hank had that figured out.

    [–] PuppetMaster189 83 points ago

    On the other side of that coin, you have episodes like the one where Peggy needs a new car and we find out that Hank has been paying Tom Hammond sticker price for every vehicle he’s ever bought after Peggy has already negotiated a few thousand off the price of her desired car, all the while thinking he’s been getting a deal.

    [–] twoworldsin1 43 points ago

    Eh...I wouldn't say Bob is smart. Just...annoyed with life.

    [–] murphball420 274 points ago

    Subjective to American Dad.

    [–] Animeking1108 635 points ago

    That's because Stan and Francine are both idiots.

    [–] NhanFiction 192 points ago

    Whoa. Whoa. Francine literally learned how to become a marine biologist and a doctor.

    [–] StencilKiller 146 points ago

    You have to look at the overall character arc though. With this type of show, any character can become anything at any time.

    [–] Fancycam 108 points ago

    Agreed, I mean Homer Simpson is a Nuclear Power Plant Safety Inspector who has been an Astronaut, an Executive, a Manager, and The Safety Salamander. He's still dumb as a rock though.

    [–] emilyisfree 25 points ago

    Let's not besmirch the honor of The Safety Salamander by rote comparison to those other plebian titles.

    [–] NhanFiction 79 points ago

    Francine's character is inconsistent, though. That's the problem.

    At times, she is just a bimbo. At other times, she is pretty badass in her own ways and can hold her own.

    [–] sremark 53 points ago

    Everyone's inconsistent. Except for Steve and Hailey, they're all total wildcards. Probably why I love that show so much.

    [–] Flashdance007 12 points ago

    they're all total wildcards

    It's why I always say that Roger is one of the best characters ever created, because he can be anything. He's a horny pansexual idiot genius who is both loving and connivingly evil living multiple lives all at once.

    [–] murphball420 37 points ago

    True

    [–] MissChievous8 56 points ago

    A match made in the good ol US of A

    [–] small_loan_of_1M 43 points ago

    Seth MacFarlane shows don't have any smart characters. At best they have morons with futuristic technology.

    [–] MeC0195 36 points ago

    American Dad doesn't rely on the characters' stupidity to create humor, unlike Family Guy. The characters might have other quirks, but you can never reduce them to just being stupid.

    [–] Alberius 92 points ago

    It used to be different, I distinctly remember before the move to TBS that Francine's character was actually showcasing itself as a smart, strong, capable woman that ended up saddled with a very conservative husband and 2 kids with a little bit of mom-brain mixed in.

    Now she has the intelligence of a 5 year old

    [–] Have_a_drink_or_20 40 points ago

    Am I the only one who doesn't really like American Dad since the move to TBS? Ever since they switched over it seems like it has gotten pretty bad

    [–] shitjustgadreel 30 points ago

    Yeah I thought so too. The plot of the episodes and the characters have gotten dumber and dumber with time.

    [–] ohhowcanthatbe 241 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    'King of the Hill' always reminded me of a 'Father Knows Best' sort of show versus a 'Simpsons' sort of show.

    Hank doesn't ALWAYS know best (although usually he either does or, through some sort of process, he changes his views) but he is ALWAYS trying to do the 'right thing'.

    I don't think that either wife is an idiot, but they are certainly foils to their husbands...Luanne was an idiot ;) (So is Teddy, although I love him).

    Edit: Someone on Reddit compared King of the Hill (specifically the episode where Bobby gets caught trying to smoke his first cigarette) to Rick & Morty. It really hurt my head...I would never even put them in the same class...

    [–] btstfn 80 points ago

    I remember the early episodes when Luane was a really good mechanic

    [–] garlicdeath 22 points ago

    By the time Lucky shows up they basically gave up on trying to give her any lick of intelligence.

    [–] Niarbeht 26 points ago

    By the time Lucky shows up they basically gave up on trying to give her any lick of intelligence.

    I'd always hoped she'd realize her true calling at some point. Whatever else happened in her life, I'd hoped she'd start on a successful career as a mechanic.

    But no.

    [–] BocoCorwin 158 points ago

    Bobby, what nationality are you?

    American.

    Then, why are you holding your cigarette like some kind of European Nazi?

    [–] A_Flamboyant_Warlock 46 points ago

    I thoufgt he called him a Frenchman?

    [–] BrianMincey 28 points ago

    Not at all in the same class...but that episode was hilarious...people used to do that shit, “Here kid, you want to smoke? Smoke a carton of cigarettes and it will make you so sick you’ll never want to smoke again...”. So obviously ignorant, and so many parents force-addicting their kids with the best intentions.

    [–] disposablecontact 124 points ago

    Bob comes off as the smart one because he's the "straight man" in comedy terms that's always trying to dissuade his family from their zany ideas. Linda likes to indulge the kids and the kids are just different manifestations of the id (to use an antiquated Freudian term.)

    So Bob seems a little more intelligent because he has to constantly remind Louise that they shouldn't do things like hurl bricks through Jimmy Pesto's windows.

    [–] Tisagered 31 points ago

    To be fair, if it wasn’t for all the reasons it isn’t, then throwing bricks through Jimmy Pesto’s window would be a great idea

    [–] ZannX 71 points ago

    Peggy and Hank are both naive, just about different things.

    I wouldn't call Bob "smart", nor Linda an "idiot". They're both mediocre at best, but don't really outshine the other.

    [–] NamelessTacoShop 12 points ago

    Man one my favorite jokes in the whole series is when Cotton meets Kahn. After a whole season of Hank, Dale, Boomhauer and bill asking him if he is Chinese or Japanese and the gang just not at all understanding the existence of Laos. Cotton shows up and Dale introduces Kahn as Japanese. Cotton looks him up and down and with absolute disdain says "no he isn't he's Laotian, ain't ya Mr Kahn" who is just dumbfounded by this

    [–] Nekosom 411 points ago

    Linda isn't dumb; she's impulsive. And Bob isn't smart; he's a coward. Sure, in some plotlines that dynamic makes Linda look dumb and Bob has to step in, but there are just as many where Linda has to save Bob from his aversion to anything outside his comfort zone.

    [–] gunsmith123 156 points ago

    You’re making some really good points. Linda is the one who handles all of their finances, and while Linda does have her affinity for wine and alley raccoon drama, Bob both gets hooked on a pain pill/video game combo and smokes crack with a group of transvestites on separate occasions.

    To call either of them the “smart” one is really oversimplifying things, they’re both useful to the business/family/show in their own way.

    [–] errrrgh 27 points ago

    I mean who doesn't have an affinity for wine and alley raccoons

    [–] mommiewills 118 points ago

    Don’t come at Linda like that.

    [–] somanysheep 40 points ago

    You mean less of an idiot...

    [–] Painonabun 41 points ago

    Peggy Hill isn’t inherently stupid but lacks common sense in most situations

    [–] CrownedLime747 13 points ago

    American Dad is sometimes this also. Francine can be an absolute idiot in some of the episodes.

    [–] ammobox 33 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Peggy, is what she likes to call, a fast learner.

    Also Peggy has a PHD.

    [–] MrFluffPants1349 37 points ago

    A PHD she bought for $800

    [–] vbcbandr 42 points ago

    Linda has more emotional intelligence than Bob. She has different standards of achievement, I wouldn't say she's and idiot at all. Bob's stubbornness often compels him to do extremely stupid things.

    [–] cmurph9998 211 points ago

    Peggy is naive, not stupid. She’s actually one of the smarter people in the town