The Oblongs

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Father of the Bribe

    Aired 10/20/02

  • S 2 : Ep 2

    Get Off My Back

    Aired 9/8/02

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    My Name is Robbie

    Aired 10/6/02

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Please Be Genital

    Aired 9/15/02

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Pickles' Little Amazons

    Aired 8/25/02

  • Cast & Crew
  • Billy West

    Voice of George Klimer, James, Anita Bidet, and Various Others

  • Will Ferrell

    Voice of Bob Oblong

  • Pamela Adlon

    Voice of Milo Oblong, Jared Klimer, Debbie Kilmer (as a Group), and Various Others

  • Jean Smart

    Voice of Pickles Oblong

  • Jeannie Elias

    Voice of Beth Oblong, "Creepy" Susie, Mikey Butts, and Various Others

  • show Description
  • The tight-knit Oblong clan lives in Hill Valley, a toxic valley downstream from your typical industrial waste site, which has caused a variety of bizarre physical and emotional abnormalities. At the head of the dinner table is the loving, limbless, tirelessly upbeat patriarch Bob Oblong and his adoring, alcohol-and-tobacco-addicted, bald-but-beautifully-wigged wife Pickles, who frequents the Rusty Bucket bar, owned by transexual Anita Bidet (who was originally to be named Sofonda Cox!). The family includes their conjoined twin sons Biff and Chip, who share three legs and three buttocks, but can't seem to agree on anything; sweet, tattling, 4-year-old daughter Beth, sporting a cucumber-like growth sprouting from her head; and youngest son Milo, a one-haired optimist who has every childhood emotional disorder and behavioral problem ever diagnosed. Other members of the family include Bob's mother, Grammy, who's a vegetable; Milo's narcoleptic scottie dog, Scottie; and the chain-smoking family cat, Lucky. Milo used to go to a special school for "the pathologically high-spirited," but now enjoys his days at "normal" school with fellow valley outcasts including the zaftig, toad-like Helga Phugly; gothic and death-obsessed Creepy Susie; bulbous-bottomed Mikey Butts; and brainy, spitting, lower-jaw-lacking Peggy Weggy. Milo and the gang constantly clash with the Debbies, a giggling gaggle of wealthy, popular, seemingly cloned "hill" girls of the same first name. As far as the Debbies and their parents are concerned, anything that isn't perfect - like them - isn't worthy of their attention. "Normal" school is headed by Principal Davis. Other members of the school staff include Nurse Rench, who has a scary operating contraption in place of her right arm, and the homeroom teacher, Leland. Aside from hanging out in the clubhouse in the Oblongs'back yard, the kids often find themselves hanging out at the local store "A to Zed." Bob's disregarding boss at Globocide Industries is the aristocratic father, George Klimer. His wife, Pristine, is a Barbie-like, former Debbie, who used to be school friends with Pickles when both girls lived in the hills - before Pickles married Bob and joined the "grotesque" side. Their attractive daughter, Debbie, is leader of the Debbies; and their not-too-bright but popular son Jared, together with his best friend Blaine, is a well-coifed tormentor of the Clubhouse kids. Executive producer Bruce Helford ("The Drew Carey Show," "Norm[show]," "[show]Nikki") and writer/executive producer Jace Richdale ("The Simpsons") bring to animated life the strange world of underground cartoonist Angus Oblong. Created by Oblong and Richdale, this half-hour comedy series is executive produced by Helford, Richdale and Deborah Oppenheimer ("The Drew Carey Show," "Norm," "Nikki"), for Oblongs Productions, Inc. in associate with Mohawk Productions and Jobsite Productions, distributed by Warner Bros. Television. Mary V. Buck and Susan Edelman are the winners of The Casting Society of America's, award for "Best Casting for Animated Television Voiceover" for The Oblongs. The Oblongs is inspired by characters in the book "Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children" by Angus Oblong. Milo, Susie, Helga, the Debbies, and Milo's Narcoleptic Scottie all originated in this book, which is aimed at adults in the guise of a children's book. Special thanks to Angus Oblong, without whom (the show and) much of the information in this guide would not have been possible! If you like the show, do yourself a favor, buy his book and check out angusoblong.com!moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (99)

    • (After failing in trying to injure Milo) Helga: I quit! Injure your own damn self! Milo: Please Helga! No one else in my family is gonna get hurt. (Pickles backs the car into a tree) Biff & Chip: Oh God! Tree! Tree! (the tree falls on the twins. Helga and Milo walk over to it) Helga: Your mother does beautiful work!

    • Peggy: I can't wait to get back to school and resume learning! Helga: I can't wait till you drown in your saliva. Susie: Drowning is my third favorite way to die. But, they are all good.

    • (to Milo) Bob: Son, you know you're forbidden to handle anything sharper than a boiled egg!

    • Yyvette: Subject presumed incinerated. Return home? P.A.: Negative. Not cost efficient. Terminate self. Yyvette: Aw, crap. (Yyvette turns to ashes)

    • Pristine: Pickles, love your hair, where'd you buy it? Pickles: Off some whore, I think it was your mother. Pristine: Well I'd love to stay and chat, but I wouldn't want to expose my daughter and her little friends to a drunken ho bag. Oops! Did I say that out loud?

    • 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: Daddy has a magazine with naked ladies hugging. Bob: Ehh, criminy.

    • (Milo causes an electrical surge while Bob is brushing his teeth) Bob: Gosh Darnit, I'm still riddled with tartar!

    • Milo: That's homeless Bill, he smells like pee-pee... I'M KEEPING HIM!

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    Notes (44)

    • The WB's promotions used the line "Its okay to stare" to introduce the show.

    • The Debbie-suit that Helga wears to infiltrate the tea party was used in Helga's story in the book Creepy Susie and thirteen other tales for troubled children.

    • Angus Oblong wasn't involved with the show other than the theme song and the basic premise.

    • This episode was first broadcast on Cartoon Network on August 4th, 2002.

    • The original cut of this episode was 4 1/2 minutes too long, so to allow extra time, the opening segment was left out. Just to clarify, there isn't a longer version available. The makers realized that the pilot was running long, so un-needed scenes were trimmed and the longer version was never completed.

    • The music that plays over the ending credits (in non-WB prints) of this episode is different than the ending music on the rest of the episodes. For this episode, it's a variation of the music that plays in the scene where Helga is trying to injure Milo.

    • WB premiered this episode three times during the course of their primetime block.

    • Like many other characters, "Narcoleptic Scottie" was the based on a character who appeared in Angus Oblong's book Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children. The story of the scottie dog bears the same title as this episode.

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    Trivia (28)

    • Helga only says hello and goodbye to four Debbies, even though five walk by.(She might not have noticed that one.)

    • The picture behind Milo's bed shows a character from Angus Oblong's screen play 'The Victorian Hotel'.

    • Since she's too big for a bucket, Helga gets the family's garbage can with a ham sticker on it to wear.

    • Again, the number of Debbies constantly changes within scenes. When the cool kids arrive on their scooters, there are 3 Debbies. A moment later, there are 4. Later, right before Milo's fashion show, 4 Debbies arrive. During the fashion show, there are 5 seated in the crowd. As they're leaving, there are 6.

    • When Bob is dusting the empty trophy case it cuts away for the conversation he and Pickles have. Watch closely when Bob begins to dust again the duster is invisible.

    • In the scene where Milo is left at Globocide Pickles says she'll miss him and she is told that Milo cant hear her. Yet he could hear Biff and Chip a few seconds earlier.

    • One unseen man at Milo's stand says "Go back to France you stupid kraut." When aired in syndiation on Cartoon Network, the word "kraut" is muted. Also edited, when a minor character says "You stupid fag." when aired on Cartoon Network "fag" was muted.

    • Response: Many factory workers are not high school graduates, so Bob could have been employed there since he was 16

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    Allusions (12)

    • The tune of Yvette's "doorbell" is the same tune used to summon the aliens in the 1977 science-fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

    • The title of Bob's book "Kids Snort the Darnedest Things" is a reference to the Bill Cosby hosted TV show Kids Say the Darnedest Things. The plot of the show was that Bill Cosby would ask a child a question and they would answer in a "cute" way. This type of family-friendly show would most likely appeal to Bob's old-fashioned standards of appropriateness, and therefore a book on children doing drugs with a family-friendly title, and most likely family-friendly approach, would warm him into the uneasy subjet.

    • Behind The Title: The title for this episode Milo, Interrupted is a farce on the 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted and the movie based on it of the same title. A majority of the book's location takes place at a mental hospital, a commentary on Milo's ADD condition.

    • Mayor Bledso: Shut up, candy-ass! Mayor Bledso uses a favorite insult of wrestler/actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

    • Susie: Soon you will be dead. Then we will dig up your corpse and make it do hilarious things... ala Weekend at Bernie's Weekend at Bernie's was a movie about two guys who killed their boss but have to make everyone think he is alive so they do not get in trouble.

    • Funzie is based off of Fonzie from Happy Days played by Henry Winkler.

    • PIckles's old friend & style icon Tommy Vinegar is a reference to fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.

    • Velva is HUGEY based on Xena, a female warrior like Velva.

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  • Fan Reviews (55)
  • How can an awesome show like this only survive 13 episodes?

    By mnman, Feb 01, 2013

  • Atomic Betty, No Matter How Lame That Show May Be Is At Least is a More Watchable Show Than This

    By 03bgood, Dec 03, 2012

  • I miss this!

    By CassShields1, Jun 04, 2012

  • Now i don't watch Adult Swim that much but I really love this show and i think there are episodes of this on youtube.

    By dude57, Feb 12, 2012

  • This should've lasted longer than 10 episodes

    By Woahwoah312, Aug 07, 2011

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