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  • Accidental Aesop: Don't be like Allen Gregory and Richard, as being a Jerkass, having an It's All About Me attitude and basically acting like a Psychopathic Manchild will cause everyone around you to hate your guts and/or suffer from your very presence.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The show never gave any details on exactly how Richard managed to tear Jeremy from his wife and kids. Did Jeremy do everything he could and gave in out of desperation to protect his family, or was he too much of a spinless wimp to seriously fight back against Richard's advances?
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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Specifically, turning Frasier Crane's worst attributes Up to Eleven, putting them into a seven-year-old, surrounding him with similarly huge Jerkasses at home, and then sending him to terrorize an elementary school which contains a huge number of its own Jerkasses. It also contains a recurring subplot about Gregory attempting to date his principal, who is in her 70s. Worse, much of the focus on Richard is on his sexual obsession with Jeremy, a man he not only abuses but forced to "convert" to a homosexual lifestyle when it's clear that Jeremy has no genuine affection for Richard, whom he was forced to leave his family for.
  • Bile Fascination: For many, their interest in the show is because of seeing how bad it is.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Seemed to have intentionally made a point of this trope. One particularly cringe-worthy example comes in the first episode, when Allen Gregory has his first sexual fantasy of Principal Gottlieb; he asks her how she's doing down there. Her response: "It's".
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  • Designated Hero: Allen himself. No one in the show was really developed into a likeable rounded character, but he is just the worst of them; he's rude, lecherous, arrogant and manipulative, and we're apparently supposed to think he's funny and someone we should root for. There's the occasional, brief hints that Allen might actually not be all bad, mostly just being a product of his environment, and some Character Development might have helped in bringing this out; but the moments are usually either glazed over, forgotten, or immediately wrecked due to surrounding situations or Richard's influence. Then it's right back to normal.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Julie and Jeremy, for being rather sympathetic and one of the few likable charcters in the series.
    • Also, Sheila, Allen Gregory's biological mom, except not really, for her being a competent mom and humiliating Allen Gregory. Also, she's voiced by Lisa Kudrow which, obviously, earns her a million extra points.
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  • Fetish Retardant: Allen being attracted to his elderly principal. In the first episode, no less, we are treated to gratuitous shots of her huge, wrinkly backside.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • There's a lot of this in the De Longpre household: Richard basically blackmailed a straight man into being his lover. And Allen Gregory just assumes that this is what relationships are like.
    • The superintendent openly sexually harasses and is implied to have date raped Gina. He's never received any comeuppance for these actions. Likewise, Allen acts like this is perfectly normal and often laughs at the superintendent's highly amoral antics.
  • Funny Moments: Yes, even in this show. One scene in particular that stands out as genuinely funny is during "Gay School Dance", Richard is asking Jeremy about several artists, and asking if their names start with "D". After getting jealous of Jeremy being complimented for his DJ playing, Richard spills a drink all over the equipment, ruining it and giving us this glorious exchange.
    Roller Rink Worker: Jeremy! My equipment! You stuuupid douche!
    Richard:...Is that with a "D"-
    Jeremy: OF COURSE IT'S A "D"!
  • Ho Yay: One-sided: Allen wants to be on Joel's good side, oblivious that he doesn't want any of it.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The fact that no one even considers calling the police or CPS when a 7-year-old claims to have a sex tape with an 80-year-old and plans to show it to his classroom of fellow 7-year-olds.
    • The fact that Gottlieb's husband genuinely believes for a second that his 80-year old wife cheated on him with a 7-year old without glaring proof definitely makes him the stupidest moron on the entire show.
    • Many of the shows plots and even fundamental dynamics could not exist in the real world. Almost every episode's conflict could be completely avoided if any of the characters (aside from Joel and usually Julie) grew a spine and made an effort to fight back and / or generally had a lick of common sense.
  • Les Yay: In Gay School Dance, Beth and Val are pretty much the only students who seem to enjoy the setup.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • On some Image Boards it's become popular to mistake Allen Gregory for a ventriloquist dummy.
    • Also comparing Julie to a character from Code Lyoko.
    • Joking that this (among several other unfitting IPs) is now officially a Disney property in wake of the company's ground-shaking merger with 20th Century Fox.
  • Moment of Awesome: Sheila, Allen's biological mother, except not, humiliating him by chewing him out in front of his class and giving him a huge "The Reason You Suck" Speech at the end of the episode, mentioning everything that is wrong with him and Richard. Clearly the most satisfying moment on the entire show.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Richard bullying Jeremy into leaving his own family and becoming his constantly mistreated boy toy is this for both him and the show as a whole.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Rooting for the Empire: This trope is certainly in force, one way or another. Allen is a comedic sociopath who would be the villain in any other show but is cast as the protagonist. Yet, the audience cheers more at everyone and anyone (including characters who aren't overly likable themselves) who is willing to tell off or humiliate Allen in some way.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The Reveal that Richard forced Jeremy to be his partner despite him already having a family is invariably brought up when discussing just how horrible the show is.
    • Almost every review of the show will bring up the plot about Allen having sexual fantasies and making a sex tape with his principal who is seventy years older than him.
  • Special Effects Failure: Aside from the various instances of Uncanny Valley (See Below), the show also sees a complete lack of movement or interactivity of the background characters when the focus is on the main cast in quite a few shots. The art style in general is simplistic despite the high detail of the characters and tends to make everything look stiff and lethargic.
  • Squick:
    • Allen's crush on his principal (who is over 70 years his senior, by the way) would be this by itself, but then we get first hand looks at Allen's fantasies. One moment in particular is where he does a Male Gaze on his principal's thong when she's bending over in her car, complete with Gross-Up Close-Up.
    • The first time Allen tries to put the moves on Principal Gottlieb, which results in him rejecting him with a slap to the face, which shocks him so much he craps his own pants.
    • All of the "sweet talk" between Richard and Jeremy, for the simple fact that we know the latter is not gay but is forced to live as such.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: This is the big reason why the series got canned after only seven episodes. The two worst characters (and our protagonists) always win, beating out everyone from minor Jerkasses to the basically well-intentioned, often for flimsy reasons. No one is particularly well developed that we can even properly sympathize for the ones who suffer.
  • Uncanny Valley: The characters look off, especially Allen who looks way too much like a ventriloquist dummy, and Julie, who often prompts viewers into wondering what is up with her head.
    • Despite that, there are also a couple of people who actually enjoy the character designs, (Specifically when they are stillted in frame), claiming it to be one of the only good qualities to the show.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: We're supposed to think Julie is a spiteful, irritating girl. However, given that she receives far more than her share of hatred and mistreatment, to the point her own friends think nothing of mocking her, it's hard not to feel sorry for her. It doesn't help the creators's efforts that she's one of the few genuinely funny characters present (Rowdy C compared her to "a preteen Daria Morgendorffer").
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: We're supposed to feel bad for Allen Gregory when he fears not getting friends, but he's so unlikable and intolerant that anybody who is rude to him is justified.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jeremy, who at least tries to be a good father to Allen and life partner to Richard after he was forced to leave his original family, but gets no real respect from either of them, with Richard emotionally and sexually abusing him at every turn and Allen being generally rude and dismissive towards any favor or act of kindness he gives.
    • Julie, like Jeremy, is also getting the short end of the stick despite not being that obnoxious. No wonder she's snarky; living with two intolerable, arrogant Jerkasses makes you that.
    • Patrick is easily the nicest kid in the show and has no friends apart from Allen, who he does his best to help. Allen isn't grateful in the slightest, treating him as a doormat and manipulating him into doing whatever he wants.
    • Gina, who is constantly overruled and insulted by Allen when she tries her best to be reasonable and patient, simply because he refuses to acknowledge her as the true authority in his classroom. Not at all helped by the fact that she is being sexually harassed by the school superintendent, often with Allen's help. Her impatience and disgust with him is more than justified.


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