King of the Hill is one of those shows that you either get or simply don’t. For millions across the world, they got it. The show kicked off at the start of 1997 and spanned well over a decade, before the show was rightly or wrongly axed in 2010. 13 years of great memories were left with us of Hank, Peggy, Bobby and Dale, battling the wacky antics of their family and friends in Arlen, Texas.
The Fox produced show was streaming on Netflix up until the end of 2013. Two years on, many fans are still wondering why it was taken off and whether King of the Hill will ever stream again on Netflix.
So we did a little research and came up with some conclusions. However, the conclusions aren’t looking bright for long-time King of the Hill fans wanting to binge-watch every season on Netflix. Fox has shown no sign in recent months or years that it will be returning the series to Netflix or any other of their streaming rivals for that matter.
But why? Well, it goes back to one of the very first articles we ever wrote here on What’s on Netflix regarding The Simpsons. We came to the conclusion that the show must still be generating substantial income whether that’s through video on demand platforms such as iTunes and Google Play but also traditional outlets such as DVD sales and merchandising. King of the Hill is likely still doing well in this respect, which is why it was pulled and why it’s not set to return.
So what does this mean? It means that all of the additional revenue King of the Hill is generating may not warrant it needing to go onto a streaming service and actually, the fact it’s not on a streaming service to begin with, may promote sales on the fore-mentioned platforms.
The only glimpse of hope we have is that September is usually the date for Fox content to be refreshed on Netflix. This is where new seasons of existing and new shows are added and sometimes, even cruelly taken away. We hope that 2015 is the year we get King of the Hill back on Netflix but it future looks bleak.