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->''"Oblongs, Oblongs''\\
''Down in the Valley where a chemical spill''\\
''Came from the people living up on the Hill''\\
''There's a family by the landfill with hazardous foam''\\
''In their happy, glowing home''\\
''Oblongs"''
-->--[[http://youtu.be/eNdf1hw0gzc OpeningTheme]]

So the gist of ''The Oblongs'' is this: There's the eponymous family living in the extremely poor half of the town - in this case, the [[EnvironmentalSymbolism Valley portion]] of Hill Valley - where the air is toxic and the land befouled[[note]]This is the phrasing used verbatim by Mr. Klimer in the first episode[[/note]]. There's Bob, the father, who has no arms or legs yet somehow hops his limbless torso around from place to place, handle things with his mouth, ''and'' drives a car; Marie Kay "Pickles" Oblong, the alcoholic, chain-smoking mother with a huge beehive wig who used to live in the Hills; Biff and Chip, the oldest and Siamese twin brothers; Milo, their heavily medicated little brother with a myriad of mental and social illnesses; and Beth, the youngest and only daughter, who is possibly the most "normal" of the family despite the large pinkish tumor growing out of her head.

The series covers the family's day to day lives, e.g. Bob working at [[EvilInc Globocide]], Milo, Biff and Chip getting mocked by the popular people, and Pickles stumbling in and out of intoxication and the occasional lusting over of her husband.

This show was originally part of Creator/TheWB's crop of shows back when the WB first started out and modeled itself after The Creator/{{Fox}} Network (which explains the ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''-esque sitcom, ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter''). This show, along with ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' and ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues'' were also a part of the second wave of animated adult sitcoms [[DuelingShows dueling with]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (and then-newcomers ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''). This show (and the other two) failed (mostly due to ExecutiveMeddling and low ratings), but have since attained cult classic status, thanks to Creator/AdultSwim airing the episodes and the entire series being released on DVD (though ''Mission Hill'' was [[ClumsyCopyrightCensorship edited to remove the copyrighted music on its soundtrack]] and ''Baby Blues'' hasn't been released on DVD).

''The Oblongs'' was loosely based on characters from ''Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children'' by Angus Oblong. Despite rumors that he was frozen from the creative process and [[CreatorBacklash hated the show]], Oblong himself claims he found it SoOkayItsAverage, but stressed that it was an adaptation of his book rather than a direct retelling

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!!Tropes:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Helga on "Milo, Interrupted"[[note]]The episode where Milo secretly takes care of Helga after Helga reveals that she's been abandoned by her parents and Hill Valley hires a Bible-thumping old lady named Mrs. Hubbard to act as the town's MoralGuardian following a minor act of vandalism[[/note]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: Biff, until Milo just went ahead and pointed it out: "You're a latent homosexual!"
** More like Bi, as Biff does show an interest in women on multiple occasions.
** Ditto for bullies Jared and Blaine. Again, it's Milo who says what everyone's thinking: "Everyone says you have sex with each other!"
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Used with Milo when his father asks him if he has really gotten over his ADHD.
* AudienceMurmurs: Subverted in "Heroine Addict": Pickles keeps saying things that cause the audience to gasp. However, it's revealed that the gasps are actually coming from Milo's friend, Mikey, who has asthma.
* BallsOfSteel: Painfully subverted when Mayor Bledsoe, whilst doing a number of macho exercises, dares Mr. Klimer to hit him in the testicles with his golf club. Once the blow is made, the mayor stands perfectly still before saying, in an even voice, "That hurts more than I thought it would."
** Also the source of some marital strife in "Please Be Genital", where Bob [[ItMakesSenseInContext gets his wedding-tackle stomped on by a stripper]], keeping him from having sex for 2 weeks. He and Pickles had done the deed every night ''and'' morning for their 18 years of marriage.
* BigScrewedUpFamily
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Beth in "The Golden Child" and "Father of The Bribe".
* BlackHumor: So much so that the show has a BrokenBase
* BloodlessCarnage: In one episode, a man gets his head cut off with a jump rope, but there is absolutely no blood.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Disfigured Debbie"]], when one of the Debbies fall in a thresher. Though, [[{{Squick}} thankfully]], [[GoryDiscretionShot only the blood splatters are seen]].
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his narcoleptic Scottie dog.
* BrainBleach: Seems to be what people need when they witness Bob's method of playing the piano or organ, [[GagPenis considering that he has no arms or legs]].
** Also when the Hill kids saw Helga naked ("Please, God! Someone poke my eyes out!").
* ButtMonkey: Mikey Cheeks for one, but really all the Valley people.
** Bob and Helga usually get it much worse than any of the other characters in this show, whether they come from The Hills or The Valley, except for maybe Mikey.
* CatsAreMean: "Father of The Bribe" had the city unleash a shipment of cats in heat when Biff and Chip refused to give back the bribe money.
* ClusterFBomb: Wonderfully subverted.
-->'''Bob:''' How could I have been such a fiddly-faddly fool? ''[aside to Pickles]'' Excuse the string of F-words.
* CompanionCube: Beth's "doll", Slowie, which is actually a redecorated bondage whip.
* CompositeCharacter: Some of the characters are combinations of different characters from the book.
** Bob is Bean the legless and tailless dog combined with the owner of Scottie the dog.
** Pickles is Waldo's mom combined with Rosie's mom.
** Biff and Chip are Jenny, Jenny, Jenny & Babette the Siamese quadruplets combined with Waldo.
* ConjoinedTwins: Biff and Chip, especially awkward because it's implied one of them is gay.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: George Klimer.
* CrapsackWorld: The Valley.
* CrazyPrepared: In "Father of The Bribe", Beth finds a switch and starts swinging it.
* CreepyChild: Beth.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pickles ''owns'' this trope (particularly when she's dealing with her old friend, Pristine, who hates her for marrying Bob and giving up her life of being rich, pretty, and popular). Milo has his moments too. Creepy Susie does it in her own morbid way.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Pristine [[EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first episode]] says to Pickles "Well, gotta run. I don't want my daughter and her friends exposed to a drunken hosebag. Oh my gosh! Did I say that out loud?"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Beth's growth caused a lot of speculation until WordOfGod had to finally say on his website "It's not a penis, guys."
* DoggedNiceGuy: Milo
* DorkHorseCandidate: How the "Disfigured Debbie" episode kicks off. Needless to say, it does not end well.
* DrivenToSuicide: Attempted, and, thankfully averted, by one of the Debbies by jumping off of a bridge, but, as Milo put it, [[CrapsackWorld everyone in the Valley has tried]].
* DrJerk: Dr. Hofschneider.
* DumbBlonde: The Debbies.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Creepy Susie.
* TheEeyore: Creepy Susie.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Bob's lack of limbs.
* EvilInc: Globocide, Bob's employer.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* FiveManBand:
** Milo -- TheHero
** Peggy -- TheLancer
** Helga -- TheBigGuy
** Creepy Susie -- TheSmartGuy
** Mikey -- TheChick
* GirlPosse: The Debbies.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Bob and Pickles. It's what keeps their marriage together, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext it helps Milo sleep]].
* GoshDangItToHeck: Bob Oblong, constantly.
* {{Goth}}: Creepy Susie seems to be a parody of the Gloomy Goth subtrope.
** More like Existentialist French i.e. Sartre.
* GroinAttack: Bob went to a strip club to celebrate a co-worker's BachelorParty, and wound up on stage with a dancer. Despite warnings that "My boys are on the ground floor"...well, ItMakesSenseInContext.
** Invoked with the Mayor, see BallsOfSteel above.
* HappilyMarried: Bob and Pickles.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Peggy.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bob in the first episode.
-->'''Pickles:''' Beth, honey, nobody likes a tattletale.
-->'''Bob:''' I do. They're an essential part of any family. You keep right on tattling, sweetie pie.
-->'''Beth:''' [[PornStash Daddy has a magazine with]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot naked ladies hugging.]]
-->'''Bob:''' Ehh, criminy.
* ImAHumanitarian: Helga's parents were forced to eat the other passengers of their plane after it crashed and the food ran out. Her mom even made Helga a necklace from their teeth. Helga gets noticeably freaked out when her dad mentions she "looks good enough to eat".
* InformedAttractiveness:
-->'''Helga''': "I'm here to have tea with my friends, the Debbies." [beat] "[[BlatantLies I'm beautiful and popular.]]"
-->'''Mrs. Klimer''': "Come in, come in!"
** Not to mention the Hill people in general. If it weren't for Valley people being mutants with obvious deformities, you would not be able to tell.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much everyone from the Hills.
* JerkJock: Jared Klimer, and his little friend Blaine.
* KarmaHoudini: Due to the show's short run, we never really see those stuck-up Hill people get what they deserve, [[CrapsackWorld which may have been the point]].
** Though, in "Disfigured Debbie," one of the Debbies got shredded up in the thresher after beating Milo in student council elections. She did get what she deserved (even though she later [[spoiler: got plastic surgery to fix her face, returned to her circle of friends, and learned nothing from the experience]]).
** Another episode has a Debbie mauled by a bear during a nature hike [[MisplacedWildlife through the city]].
* LadyDrunk: Pickles.
* LittleMissSnarker: Beth is this on occasion.
* LogicBomb: In the first episode, we get this fun exchange.
-->'''Jared:''' Stay ''away'' from Yvette, or we'll beat you crapless! Comprende?
-->'''Milo:''' Everything but "comprende".
-->'''Jared:''' ''*{{beat}}*'' If you don't know what... aw, screw it, push him down!
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Creator/BillyWest (of course).
* MauriceLamarche: Recurring guest voice.
* MayContainEvil: Milo's Manic energy drink was popular because [[spoiler: it contained morphine from discarded medicine bottles found outside a hospital]].
* MeaningfulName: Hill Valley, which has the "hills" section and the "valley" section.
** NamesTheSame as the (table-flat) Hill Valley in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** Also, Helga Phugly = Hella' fugly.
** Arguably, Creepy Susie.
* MobileSuitHuman: Bob for the BeachEpisode "My Name Is Robbie", then a [[ThreateningShark shark]].
* Multiboobage: The Nurse. No, it's not sexy at all.
* TheNapoleon: Sometimes Beth.
* NightmareFetishist: Creepy Susie.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Willy the exercise instructor in "Heroine Addict" is an obvious stand-in for Billy Blanks, founder of the then-trendy Tae Bo.
* NoMouth: Beth has no visible mouth, except when she's talking.
* NoodleIncident: Milo was suspended from school for doing something "unspeakable" with a fish stick. Pickles was about to spank him, but somehow it turned into a Hawaiian lu'au.
** Milo's story involving panda bears getting into a Dairy Queen and Milo needing a lawyer.
* TheNoseless: Fitting with Angus Oblong's art style, none of the characters have noses.
** Helga Phugly notably has nostrils while still lacking a nose.
* OminousPipeOrgan: One of the Debbies plays one like Phantom of the Opera
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with all six of the Debbies.
* [[OnlySaneMan OnlySaneWoman]]: Beth is the most normal of the Oblongs, both in personality and appearance.
* OpeningTheme: By Music/TheyMightBeGiants.
* OurSloganIsTerrible: "The Restaurant That's Too Cool For a Sign." <--- "That sign doesn't count."
* PaperThinDisguise: All you need to do to infiltrate the Debbies is dress exactly like them. Helga is short, fat and ugly and she had them fooled completely -- until Helga [[BigEater scarfed down a platter of tea cakes and belched her wig clean off her head]].
** Same with Yvette, the alien girl, who was able to completely hide the fact that she was a Grey by wearing sunglasses.
* ParentalAbandonment: Helga's parents went on vacation and were stranded on an ice floe for a year (until [[spoiler: Milo rescued them to save Helga from being adopted by Mrs. Hubbard]]).
* PunnyName: Anita Bidet.
* QuietCryForHelp: In the episode "Milo Interrupted", when Helga is discovered to be living without parents, she is given to Ms. Hubbard to care for. She then appears at the Oblongs' door with Ms. Hubbard shilling bibles and acts outwardly upbeat and cheerful but when she blinks, she has "HELP ME" written on her eyelids.
* RunningGag: At least OncePerEpisode Milo's friend Mikey ends up getting into a horrible accident.
* SadistShow
* SadistTeacher: Principal Davis.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The credo of everyone living in the Hills.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/{{Heathers}} The Debbies]]
** Also, [[Film/BackToTheFuture Hill Valley.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Velva the Warrior'', a very MerchandiseDriven parody of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. With very... ''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything interesting]]'' names. ("Placentor, no!")
* StepfordSmiler: Pristine Klimer.
* TagTeamTwins: Biff and Chip compete in the same sports at school.
** Although one episode had one of them competing in a wrestling tournament one-armed while another was bandaged up from injuries he incurred earlier in the episode (remember, they're conjoined...)
* TakeThat: Mayor Johnny "The Mayor" Bledsoe, a dig at pro-wrestlers-turned-elected-officials.
** A few subtle ones are done toward ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (the scene in "Heroine Addict" with the family getting their picture taken at the mall has them dressed as The Simpsons [with Pickles as Marge, Biff and Chip as Homer, Bob as Maggie, Milo as Bart, and Beth as Lisa) and the WB frog (the scene in "Flush, Flush Sweet Helga" where Helga sees a spider advancing on a frog in a top hat that's trapped in a spider web).
* ThickLineAnimation
* ToxicInc: Globocide is one. Their legitimate products are poisonous with the nasty byproducts thereof, including the chemical spill mentioned in the theme tune, being responsible for the deformities of the people down in the Valley.
** This is to such a degree that, in the episode where Milo makes his energy drink, Mr. Klimer and the other executives need to have it explained [[spoiler: that they can't keep selling it as-is because morphine's a controlled substance]].
* UrbanSegregation: Enforced at just about every corner.
* ValleyGirl: The Debbies. [[OneSteveLimit All six of them.]]
* VengefulVendingMachine: Plumbing issues leave the entire city save the Oblongs' house without water. In order to cut down on bathroom lines, a hundred-dollar cash slot is installed on the door. When Bob's boss tries to use it and his bill is rejected, another character quips "the great equalizer".
* VomitDiscretionShot: In "Disfigured Debbie" when the kids walk in on the disfigured Debbie making herself puke after binging on candy.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Beth.
* {{Workaholic}}: Bob Oblong.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "Father of the Bribe", Biff and Chip get in a drag race with the bullies Jared and Blaine. Biff and Chip manage to stop their car just before it careens off a cliff, and breathe a sigh of relief when they exit the car safely and the car's okay. But immediately after that, Jared and Blaine drive up and kick Biff and Chip's car off the cliff.
* YouAreTheNewTrend: The family's lack of funds force Milo to go to school on a rainy day wearing a bucket on his head and a trash bag as a raincoat. The hill kids make fun of him, until the Fonzie [[CaptainErsatz stand in]] says he likes his bucket. Milo shows up at school the next day to find all of the hill kids wearing buckets and accusing ''him'' of copying ''them''. The rest of the plot focuses on his mother helping him stay one step ahead of them.
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