Western Animation: Allen Gregory

Allen Gregory was a controversial 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: While not true towards all adults, the spirit is enforced. The adults with power and authority are egomaniacs who are easily manipulated (though never towards positive ends). The adults who are powerless almost universally serve as a voice of reason, though even then can often be easily manipulated by the younger cast members.
  • 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.
  • Attention Whore: Allen is this big time.
    • Richard, especially when the attention is focused on Jeremy.
  • Bald of Evil: Richard.
  • Big Bad: When all is said and done, Richard falls into this, if only for the bare-bones definition given by this wiki: "The cause of all bad happenings in a story." His treatment of (and backstory of his relationship with) his life partner Jeremy is bad enough, but the fact that he has raised the main protagonist to be just as much of a tool as he is (and even encourages it!) means that he's to blame for the consequences of Allen's behaviour on others by proxy.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In-universe. This was what saved Allen's play.
  • Black Comedy Rape:
    • The superintendent and Gina.
    • Richard and Jeremy given the way Allen describes them. Disturbingly, he does not seem to have a problem with it.
    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.
  • Butt Monkey: Nearly everybody whom Allen Gregory or his father interact with; Jeremy, Julie, and Gina are easily the most severe cases though.
  • Child Prodigy: Allen certainly acts like one and may believe he is, but it's unclear whether this is the case of, or if he, like his father, depends mostly on power, bullheadedness and selective obliviousness to get his way.
  • Children Are Innocent: Played straight with Patrick. Averted with Allen Gregory.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Comically Missing the Point: Patrick, in the case of Allen's attraction to the principal. He's probably lucky he doesn't understand it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yeah....basically everyone.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Richard.
  • Dirty Kid: Allen, supposedly altered from his father's toxic influence on him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Jeremy, Patrick.
  • Expy:
    • Allen's basically an elementary-school aged Stewie Griffin minus the supervillain kick, or possibly a non-obese Eric Cartman as well as anything that makes those characters funny.
    • Richard is the splitting image of Dean Pelton. See here.
    • He is actually based off of Jeremy's voice actor. Yes, JEREMY!
  • Gayngst: Inverted. Richard forced Jeremy into a gay relationship and marries him so he can treat him like crap, despite the man having a wife and two kids.
  • Has Two Daddies
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Jeremy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jeremy is literally the heterosexual life partner of Richard.
  • Hot Teacher: Gina. Subverted in that Allen hates her and doesn't show any attraction to her.
  • Innocent Bigot: Though the defining "innocent" is up for debate, Allen Gregory genuinely doesn't understand that not all Hispanics work in the service industry. It also does not help that Richard reinforces the racist misconceptions to Allen, showing that Allen is pretty much just like his father.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's "Allen Gregory", not just "Allen".
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Allen Gregory has one with Carl.
  • Isn't It Ironic?: The pilot episode has Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" playing when Allen sees his principal for the first time and starts having lusty fantasies about her. Even though looking at the verses (which the show conveniently left out) reveals that the song isn't romantic or even lustful, but is instead a very dark song about having bitter feelings towards someone.
  • It's All About Me: Allen loves this trope.
    • So does Richard, apparently.
  • 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.
  • Naked Apron: Jeremy is forced to wear an apron without a shirt on. He's obviously uncomfortable with this, especially while in front of his kids.
  • Never My Fault: Richard blames Jeremy for his own faults.
    • Allen does it to Patrick too.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: As stated above, we're given no indication that Allen's intelligence is above normal, but early commercials had Allen saying he had written "genre shattering novels" and won the Nobel Prize.
  • Only Sane Man: Julie, Jeremy, Gina and Principal Gottlieb.
  • Ordered Apology: The only way you can ever get Allen Gregory to do the right thing, trust us. Or better yet, watch the episode where he is reunited with his mother.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Pollyanna: Patrick
  • Precocious Crush: Allen Gregory has a very disturbing interest in his seventy-year-old principal.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite being Allen's father, Richard behaves similar to how he does.
  • Running Gag: Allen insults his teacher, and often flirts with the principal.
  • Sadist Teacher: Allen Gregory views his teacher Gina as this, whenever she tries to assert control over the class. That said, Gina does occasionally indulge in some schadenfreude at Allen's expense due to a personal grudge.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Played with with Richard and Jeremy. Initially, Richard and Jeremy seem to have this dynamic as Richard is slender and neurotic while Jeremy is well-built and more down to earth, but it is soon clear that Richard is very assertive and uncaring while Jeremy is sensitive and harbours his own scars.
  • Sissy Villain: Despite his raging idiocy, Richard still plays the part of the decadent gay sociopath to the hilt. And then does unspeakable things with said hilt.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Allen feels this way. Julie at times as well.
    • 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!"
  • Title Theme Tune: "Allen... Gregory. (Allen, Allen!)"
  • 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.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Allen, though its hard to tell if he is supposed to be funny.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Jonah Hill voicing 7-year-old Allen is just one example. Most of the kids in Allen's elementary school sound way off. That is to say, none of the voice actors even attempted to sound like children, though Patrick, Allen's (only) friend, is the only one who avoids this.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Thanks to the show being taken off the air, we may never know who Jeremy's wife and kids were before Richard came into the picture.