Personally I don't have complaints about that sort of thing, adding new one-hit wonder relatives can work for animated comedies; it's when the relatives who have already been established getting turned into one dimensional piss-takes of themselves that the shows start losing me. Family Guy has always prided itself on shock value but it used to be intelligent in doing so: now the main characters are universally despicable, just downright unpleasant people!
Agreed: characters developed but never became caricatures of themselves; Dale was a hilariously paranoid conspiracy nut but he remained a (relatively) rational and reasonable person, where other shows might just take the concept and run wild with it until he might be an insane assassin hunting government officials. That's my biggest problem with once loved shows like The Simpsons or Family Guy - the characters have been reduced to one extreme flaw or personality trait. Homer and Peter used to be slow but well-meaning and caring fathers, now their just thick as shite retards who take dopey delight in abusing relatives!
P.S. Apologies for the lateness of this reply, I've been at university.
Indeed, and it's also to see a Conservative protagonist: I did enjoy how most of the show's problems were created by far-fetched Liberal schemes with little basis in reality (like the social worker who assumes out of context that Hank is beating his wife and child), as opposed to the later Family Guy series which are just Liberal/atheist circle-jerks.
Uh, not to put too much of a political slant on things!
Well Hank isn't 100% conservative. If you watch the show closely, he'll like just about anyone from Texas, be they conservative or liberal. I think Hank is more about the side that uses common sense the most.
Well they would certainly like to present themselves as the side of good old common sense. But compare and contrast Hank with, say, Peter Griffin: one allows their children to do anything, the other tries to restrain their offspring's activities. One has experimented with hardcore drugs on an almost regular basis and invented a religion, the other adamantly rejects narcotics (except for that one time....) and wants their family to retain a traditional religious upbringing. I'm not trying to argue that King of the Hill was totally awesome Conservative propaganda but it is a nice change of pace to see a cartoon father who is further right then most.