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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 Psychotic 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?
  • 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".
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: 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.
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  • Designated Hero: Allen. 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.
    • 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. Yikes.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A mere six episodes in, Allen's not mom Sheila delivers "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Allen Gregory when she leaves him. As it turns out, her sentiments are exactly what people absolutely hated about the show and its characters, and 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!"
  • 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 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.
    • 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: Patrick would later go on to be the comedic sister of a large, loud family.
    • Rachel Bloom worked as a staff writer on the series a few years before creating and starring in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It's probably safe to say she doesn't miss working on this show.
  • 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 likeable themselves) who is willing to tell off or humiliate Allen in some way.
  • The Scrappy: Allen Gregory, as well as his father Richard, were not well-received by the show's audience, for many, many different reasons.
    • In-Universe, they would be this except that they do somehow have people who are devoted to them either due to their status, like Patrick and Jeremy or because they have power and status, like the Superintendent. There are a few who won't care and take delight in making Allen suffer and others who try to keep Richard from costing them money.
  • 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 rather 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some reviewers have noted that the basic premise is not completely terrible and in the hands of writers with actual talent the show actually could have been good, or at least watchable.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance: The show seems to thrive on this trope; its unflattering treatment of homosexuality is especially certain to rub viewers the wrong way once you learn the true nature of Richard and Jeremy's relationship. Not to mention the daily pursuits of a sexual relationship between a seventysomething year old principal and a six-year old, with said advances all made exclusively by said six-year old.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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