''Oliver Beene'' is a 2003 American sitcom set in the early [[TheSixties 1960s]], and ran Sunday nights on {{Fox}} as a replacement for the then-cancelled ''{{Futurama}}''. It is about the titular character's struggle to survive his [[DysfunctionalFamily unpredictable family]], consisting of his dentist dad Jerry, homemaker mom Charlotte, and womanizing older brother Ted. Oliver's friends Michael and Joyce, however, make things a lot more bearable.

This show ran for two seasons with 24 episodes in total, with only the last two episodes [[ShortRunInPeru never airing in America]].
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AloofBigBrother: Ted is this to Oliver. He's the usual jock bully brother to Oliver, but despite all this, Ted does care for Oliver and even teaches him the art of Spin-the-bottle for his first kiss-party.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Ted's attitude towards Jerry, especially in the episode where they discover Jerry throws the ball like a girl.
* AnachronismStew: Happens on occasion for comedic effect, such as when Jerry and Charlotte spying on other people at their apartment and referencing current TV shows as if they were watching television, such as ''JoeMillionaire'' and ''QueerEye''.
* BrokenPedestal:
** Subverted in one episode. After collecting many details, Jerry deduces Charlotte's younger sister Connie was having an affair with JFK and tries to stop Charlotte from arriving there to prevent this to happen. Nobody gets to know if it was actually true.
* BumblingDad: Jerry. He even does wacky and embarrasing things for the sake of the family (when he found out the summer club wouldn't admit them not because of him, but because of Charlotte, Jerry mooned everyone at the pool, so it could be seen like he was responsible of they not getting the membership).
* ButtMonkey: Oliver.
* CampGay: Oliver's best friend Michael by far, if not CampStraight.
** Definetely CampGay, since 1) Those were early 60s, when almost nobody knew what meant being "gay", so it wasn't very obvious for the other characters, and 2) Flash Forwards show grown-up Michael as a costume designer and having adopted a chinese baby with a male partner.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Jerry. One martini is enough to getting him drunk.
* CheatersNeverProsper: Played with and Averted in the episode where EVERYONE (even the teacher, who left the answers of the Geography-Bee contest in the open) encourage Oliver to cheat with the only purpose of beating [[AcademicAlphaBitch Susan]] in the most humiliating way: Beaten by the ''worst'' student in geography.
* CoolTeacher: Mr Plotkin is considered this, since is the first teacher who attempts doing [[IncrediblyLamePun jokes]] on class.
* DumbassTeenageSon / DumbJock: Ted, whose only priorities in life seem to be playing sports and trying to bed hot teenage girls.
* GirlNextDoor: Bonnie to Oliver.
* HeroWorshipper: Future!Oliver tells Charlotte is a big JFK fan, so much that the family photo of the Kennedy's is displayed in the livingroom, and it's double size bigger than their actual family photo at the coffee table.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Jerry is [[MurphyBrown Miles Silverberg]].
** Joyce sounds like [[LiloAndStitch Lilo]] and looks like the scary ghost girl from ''TheRing''.
*** Most importantly, she's [[DonnieDarko Samantha Darko]]!
** Adult Oliver sounds like [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Tobias Funke]].
** In one episode Jerry is hit on by [[Series/JustShootMe Nina Van Horn]].
** Tayler is [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} T.J. Detweiler]]
* ICantDance: Oliver.
* InsufferableGenius: Susan, to the point of correcting and humiliating a teacher infront of the entire class.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Susan, to the point nobody, even her father, likes her. When Oliver tries to find something sympathetic about her, Susan again insults him, prompting Oliver to accept and cheat to beat her in the contest.
* MidSeasonReplacement: When ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' got canned, this was put in its place.
* MistakenForRacist: Oliver, when he jumps a wall and accidentally lands on a black classmate (who was also the [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement first black student to attend their school]]), gets accused of a hate crime.
** Jerry as well, who happened to be wearing a shirt that stated "Keep 'Em White"[[note]]Being a dentist, it was referring to teeth[[/note]] the same day when he arrived to pick up Oliver.
* MsFanservice: Elke, a blonde Swedish ForeignExchangeStudent who eventually enters a relationship with Ted.
* TheNicknamer: The aptly-named "Nickname", whose nicknaming is so pervasive in the school that many kids are [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known by them]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike: During a field trip, Oliver's thermos of chicken soup flies out the window as the bus hits a bump, with some of it spilling on his shirt. He then says that he "lost his lunch", which is slang for vomiting. The other kids continue to take this figuratively no matter how many times Oliver tells them otherwise.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Charlotte is good at sports, but has to pretend being not good at baseball because of the 60s old standards (a woman good at sports was like "being lesbian").
* {{Retraux}}: Fox's Sunday night promos were done in a 1960s style when this aired.
* ShipTease: Between Oliver and Joyce.
* ShortRunInPeru: The last two episodes never aired in the United States, but all episodes were shown in Britain on the SkyOne satellite network.
* TeachersPet: Averted. Oliver thought Mr. Plotkin would adore Susan, when in reality he ''hates'' Susan because she was always a bitch, to the point of plotting to make Oliver beat her.
* ValuesDissonance: Intentionally invoked by present day Oliver in many episodes. Much of the show's humor derived from a hindsight look at the cultural differences that existed in TheSixties.
* VomitDiscretionShot: In the episode where Oliver and his dad spend some quality time together, when Oliver vomits, the scene cuts to a fountain statue spitting water.
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