Sharp Southern comedy, not to be confused with One Tree Hill.
It seems odd that the Hills were once dismissed as Simpsons copyists. Compared to Springfields helter-skelter surrealism, Arlen, Texas is doggedly low-key and the animation is as flat as the landscape. Taciturn, Texan-born creator Mike Judges natural feel for small-town rhythms and ordinary lives makes this the truest and kindest of the post-Groening animated sitcoms. His Hank Hill, propane salesman, proud Southerner and fatigued patriarch, is the sympathetic face of Red State America.