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->''"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''"
-->--[[http://youtu.be/eNdf1hw0gzc Opening Theme]]

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 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 in the first episode with Milo when his father asks him [[NotHelpingYourCase 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 in "Father of the Bribe" 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 and with expression unchanged, "That hurts more than I thought it would."
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Bob lacks limbs and is unbelievably naive, Pickles is an alcoholic, Biff and Chip are bickering conjoined twins, Milo has tons of mental disorders, and Beth has a growth on her head.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Beth shows a nastier side in "The Golden Child" and "Father of The Bribe".
* BitingTheHandHumor: In "Flush, Flush, Sweet Helga", Helga encounters a frog with a top hat caught in a spider's web, which is clearly a jab at ''Franchise/LooneyTunes'' character Michigan J. Frog, who was at one point the mascot of The WB, the channel the show originally aired on.
* BlackComedy: ''Tons.''
* 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: Milo and Scottie qualify as a boy and his narcoleptic Scottie dog.
* BrainBleach: Two examples from "Bucketheads".
** 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!").
* BrickJoke: In "Heroine Addict", Milo decides that playing Velva with his sister Beth is lame and says that he'd rather drink brake fluid. Later, Bob crashes his car and states that he was certain he changed the brake fluid.
* 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 in "The Golden Child".
-->'''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.
** In "Narcoleptic Scottie", Creepy Susie reveals that she has a pet clam, only to be informed by Peggy that it is actually a coin purse.
* CompositeCharacter: Some of the characters are combinations of different characters from the book.
** Bob is Bean the legless and tailless dog (he has no limbs) combined with the owner of Scottie the dog (in addition to owning Scottie in the series, he smokes a pipe and has the same hairstyle).
** Pickles is Waldo's mom (she's an alcoholic) combined with Rosie's mom (beehive hairdo, though it's a wig).
** Biff and Chip are Jenny, Jenny, Jenny & Babette the Siamese quadruplets (conjoined siblings) combined with Waldo (Chip has his appearance).
* ConjoinedTwins: Biff and Chip, especially awkward because it's implied one of them is gay.
** It has to be Biff, since Chip had already fallen in love with a girl in one episode where he temporarly attached to Milo.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: George Klimer runs a poison company called Globocide and, much like everyone else in the Hill part of Hill Valley, is a colossal dick.
* CrapsackWorld: The Valley is heavily polluted and pretty much everyone there gets the short end of the stick.
* CrazyPrepared: In "Father of The Bribe", Beth finds a switch and starts swinging it.
* CreepyChild: Beth can come off as rather creepy because of how sneaky and not-so-innocent she is.
* 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's feelings for Yvette are never returned.
* 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 is pretty condescending and insulting to his patients. Notable examples of his assholishness include callously asking Bob if he knows what an idiot he is after he misinterprets his suggestion to neuter Scottie as neutering Milo in "Narcoleptic Scottie" as well as photographing Bob's injured groin so he can use the picture to freak other people out in "Please Be Genital".
* DumbBlonde: The Debbies have blonde hair and are clearly not intelligent. In "Bucketheads", a background gag shows Debbie Klimer proudly showing off a D+.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Creepy Susie has pale skin and dark hair and pretty much lives up to her name.
* TheEeyore: Creepy Susie tends to be very pessimistic.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Bob's lack of limbs is rarely pointed out.
* EvilInc: Globocide, Bob's employer.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The theme song mentions that the titular family live in the polluted part of town and infers that it is polluted because of the corrupt and rich people who live on the other side.
* FiveManBand:
** Milo -- TheHero
** Peggy -- TheLancer
** Helga -- TheBigGuy
** Creepy Susie -- TheSmartGuy
** Mikey -- TheChick
* FunWithAcronyms: In "The Golden Child", Biff mentions that he prefers the manly side of sports and gives "Heart, Obedience, Motivation, and Opportunity" as an example. Beth points out that the statement spells "homo", to which Biff replies by insisting that Beth can't spell.
* GirlPosse: The Debbies have nothing better to do than pick on the Valley children.
* 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:
** In "Please Be Genital", Bob went to a strip club to celebrate a co-worker's bachelor party, and wound up on stage with a dancer. Despite warnings that "My boys are on the ground floor", the dancer stomps on Bob's groin. As a result, Bob has to abstain from sex for the next two weeks in order to properly recover.
** Invoked with the Mayor in "Father of the Bribe", see BallsOfSteel above.
* HappilyMarried: Bob and Pickles have to be if they've had sex every morning ''and'' night ever since they first got hitched.
* HasTwoMommies: Peggy is shown in "Bucketheads" to have two gay men as her parents.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the first episode, Bob encourages his daughter to tattle on others, only for her to tattle on him.
-->'''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.
* HypocriticalHumor: In "Milo Interrupted", Bob and Pickles state that their son Milo knows better than to be a slave to an addictive substance. Shortly afterwards, they and Lucky all start smoking and exhale with glee.
* 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 Hill is a complete dick to those who live in the Valley.
* 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]]).
** "Pickles' Little Amazons" has a Debbie mauled by a bear during a nature hike [[MisplacedWildlife through the city]].
** In addition, the Hill people occasionally get humiliated while trying to shove their success in the Valley people's faces.
* LadyDrunk: Pickles is an alcoholic.
* 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).
* MayContainEvil: In "The Golden Child", 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. The other Valley kids look at least presentable when compared to her.
** Creepy Susie lives up to her name because of her obsession with death, among other things.
* MobileSuitHuman: Bob for the BeachEpisode "My Name Is Robbie", then a [[ThreateningShark shark]].
* {{Multiboobage}}: The Nurse. No, it's not sexy at all. Conversely, Peggy, who has one breast. It's still not sexy.
* TheNapoleon: Sometimes Beth.
* NightmareFetishist: Creepy Susie, as befitting her name, has a fondness for what others are horrified by. In the first episode, she states that drowning is her third favorite way to die.
* 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:
** In "Narcoleptic Scottie", 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.
** In "The Golden Child", when Bob wakes up from a nightmare and decides to tell the truth from now on, Pickles abruptly confesses "I was the one who farted and ruined Christmas!"
* TheNoseless: Fitting with Angus Oblong's art style, none of the characters have noses, though some of them at least have nostrils.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Debbie Klimer plays one like the Phantom of the Opera after being disfigured in "Disfigured Debbie".
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with all six of the Debbies. All of them are referred to as "Debbie" and that somehow doesn't confuse anyone.
* [[OnlySaneMan OnlySaneWoman]]: Beth is the most normal of the Oblongs, both in personality and appearance.
* OpeningTheme: By Music/TheyMightBeGiants.
* OurSloganIsTerrible: From "Bucketheads": "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's name is a play on "I need a bidet".
** Also, Bob - namely the old joke about "What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs in the water?"
* 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: Pretty much everyone who lives in the Valley goes through all sorts of humiliation and hardship.
* 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's smile often comes off as forced.
* 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.
** In "Heroine Addict", the Oblongs are given a selection of backgrounds to pose for a family photo, one of which is described as a family in trapped in the seven circles of Hell. They end up choosing that option and the family is shown dressed as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Bob as Maggie, Milo as Bart, Pickles as Marge, Beth as Lisa, and Biff and Chip as Homer.
* ThickLineAnimation: Just about everyone and everything has a thick outline.
* 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: It is enforced at just about every corner that Valley people aren't allowed to go anywhere near the Hill section.
* 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".
* VisualPun: Pickles escalating "Oh god, oh god, oh GOD!" as she and Bob have immodest sex next to Milo's room is visualized in his dream as his mother selling tickets to a screening of ''Film/OhGod''.
* VomitDiscretionShot: In "Disfigured Debbie" when the kids walk in on the disfigured Debbie making herself puke after binging on candy.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Beth is just a little girl, but at times makes it clear that she is aware of how terrible the world is.
* {{Workaholic}}: Bob Oblong enjoys his job even if it's not a good one.
* 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 in "Bucketheads" 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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