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Nov 1, 2023·edited Nov 1, 2023

I love Fleabag, but to see it losing to an absolute classic in King of the Hill makes me sad. KotH might be Mike Judge's best show/movie ever. It's consistently great over a VERY long run, has a stable of really great characters, and did a lot of that Norman Lear by teaching its audience about how to be a better member of society (the episode where Peggy unknowingly befriends a drag queen and later learns to accept her is fantastic). And it was the last hand-animated show on TV!

Fleabag is great, but it's easy to be that great when you're doing the UK short-and-few seasons thing. Any show can be good for 12 episodes. King of the Hill was good for 259.

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Fleabag's short run was really, really good, but King of the Hill produced thirteen years worth of excellence with very few misses (LOOKING AT YOU, MICHAEL KEATON) and both a rewatchability and an impact on popular culture that is far greater than Fleabag's. An easy vote for Arlen.

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I really loved Fleabag, but how is it beating KOTH?

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The day I stopped having to ask my husband "What'd he say?" every time Boomhauer spoke was when I first felt like an honorary Texan.

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I completely sympathize with KotH fans, even as I am very much not one. I don't even know that Fleabag is a sitcom even in the loosest sense, in the way that Eastbound and Down is if you squint hard enough. But it is very good and very popular, so it will probably win. Alas.

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I completely sympathize with KotH fans, even as I am very much not one. I don't even know that Fleabag is a sitcom even in the loosest sense, in the way that Eastbound and Down is if you squint hard enough. But it is very good and very popular, so it will probably win. Alas.

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