Allen Gregory was an American animated television series created by Jonah Hill, Andrew Mogel, and Jarrad Paul that aired on Fox. The series premiered on October 30, 2011.The series followed Allen Gregory De Longpre (Jonah Hill), a pretentious seven-year-old being raised by his father, Richard, and his father's life partner, Jeremy, and who has, because of a recession, been forced to attend elementary school.It was officially cancelled by Fox in early January 2012 after 7 episodes and was universally panned by critics.
Here are the following tropes:
Adults Are Useless: The show dipped in and out of this trope. Some of the adults like Allen's father and the superintendent of the school are completely oblivious and incompetent, which sends the wrong ideas to Allen. Other adults like Jeremy, Allen's teacher, and the principal are shown to be competent.
It's implied that Gina (Allen's teacher) is a bigger bitch than she lets on. Keep in mind that she does nothing when Joel disrupts the class to make fun of Allen not having a mom, but nearly kills Allen for looking for his lunch.
Aesop Amnesia: Seemingly in-universe, as neither Allen nor his father retain anything they actually learn for more than a few moments, especially if it comes to interfere with their own selfish ends later.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Gina. While she is constantly on the verge of slitting Allen Gregory's throat for anything, she does not seem to have a problem with Joel's bullying. Also, when she asks Allen Gregory's mother to make him apologize, she sounds like a whiny 5 year old about how he hurt her feelings.
Jerkass: Allen Gregory, almost unrepentantly so. This has a lot to do with how he was raised, and so has little to no tact when dealing with people, much to the annoyance of just about everyone he irritates with his behaviour.
Richard, which is probably where Allen got it from, as dialogue in the episode "Gay School Dance" indicate.
Kicked Upstairs: Richard is too incompetent to run the family business. So his father, Allen's grandfather made up the title of "Super CEO" and gave his son meaningless busy work to keep him from ruining the corporation by trying to run it.
Like Father, Like Son: Nearly everything Richard (father) does, Allen (son) emulates, whether it is seeking attention or having messed up (if accidental) views on the issue of race.
Male Gaze: The first thing we see in Allen Gregory's POV is... a close-up of Principal Gottlieb's backside. *shudders*
Magical Negro: The concept is played with with Carl. Allen Gregory treats him as this, but he's quite clearly as crazy and useless as every other adult in his life.
Parental Sexuality Squick: Averted. Allen Gregory describes his parents' sex life to Carl and without any hint of disgust. The viewers are probably a little disturbed, though:
Allen Gregory: I think it would just need to be regular sex. Like, one person should be running away, saying, "No, I don't feel like it," and the other person should completely ignore that and be like, "C'mon, Jeremy, just go with it!" and then there should be a slap, and then somebody should plead to God, like, "What has my life become?!" And then I think we should just wrap it up with a little crying in the bathroom.
Pet the Dog: You can consider Richard doting on Allen this, to the point of sacrificing his own happiness with Jeremy in "Mom Sizemore" just so Allen would have a mother and be happy.
Prince Charming Wannabe: Allen, big time. He not only hits on his 60 year old principal, but insists that the two of them are meant to be together, despite her protests and the fact that she is married.
Allen's teacher and principal also feel the same way, especially when it comes to the superintendent.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sheila delivers one to Allen and Richard when she leaves them. Her words would echo exactly what people absolutely hated about the show and its characters, things that would lead to the show being cancelled:
Sheila: "Oh no, I'm leaving by choice, cause you (Allen) are a horrible child that says terrible things to people. And Richard, I don't know if you've noticed this about yourself, but you are a gay man, maybe the gayest man I've ever met. I got swept up in the idea of wanting to be in my son's life, but you are a family of awful people. Except Julie, she's sweet!"
Too Dumb to Live: Richard; Also serves as an in-universe example as he is shown to be so dysfunctional and inept as an adult that his father's own company works tirelessly to maintain the illusion that he has any important role in it to prevent him from bringing it down.
Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Allen, very much so. To give just one example: The second episode's plot is about him lying about making a pornographic film with his 70 year old principal.