YMMV / The Oblongs

  • Adaptation Displacement: Loosely based on a picture book by Angus Oblong, Creepy Susie And 13 Other Tragic Tales For Troubled Children, but the show is more well-known at this point.
  • Crosses the Line Twice/Nightmare Fuel: The show swings between the two all the time. The material is so over the top because otherwise it would be more horrific and depressing than it already is if it were toned down or shown realistically (even though some people who watched the show still thought it was nightmarish and depressing, even if it was shown in such an over-the-top way that it becomes ridiculous.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Beth and Pickles. The former for being relatively cute, well, by this show's standards anyway. The latter for providing some of the best lines in the show and her status as a former resident of the Hill leaving fans to speculate why she'd give it up. There's surely a story behind it somewhere.
    • Helga is well-liked for having some of the funniest lines.
    • Creepy Susie has appeared in an abundant amount of fan art online.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The dichotomy between the rich and poor in the show reached a particularly absurd point in "Flush, Flush, Sweet Helga" when the rich had ready access to clean water that the poor didn't, and proceeded to use it for frivolous purposes like fountains and washing cars. When things are arranged so both the Valley and Hill people have to share a very small amount of water, the Hills only instill a heavy fine on it so only they can afford it. This became slightly less absurd with the water crisis in California. The government has restricted wasteful water-use such as for landscaping, but large houses still have conspicuously-green lawns since the rich just casually pay the large fines on a regular basis.
    • Similarly, the Flint, Michigan water crisis in 2015, when it was discovered that various people with the right connections had been receiving shipments of water for months before the issue of contaminated water finally came to light.
  • Ho Yay: Jared & Blaine.
    Milo: Everyone says you two have sex with each other.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Scottie grossing out the Debbies by defecating on the Klimers' lawn in "Narcoleptic Scottie".
  • Too Good to Last: It's a testament to this show that it remains one of the bleakest, over-the-top sadistic animated comedies in only 13 episodes, whereas shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy are over-the-top, sadistic, and bleak within a span of 200+ episodes (a lot of which aren't very good).
  • Ugly Cute: Beth.

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