The Oblongs

The Oblongs

The Oblong family. From the left: Bob, Pickles, Beth, Biff (blonde-haired conjoined twin), Chip (brown-haired conjoined twin), and Milo
Genre Adult animation
Animated sitcom
Black comedy
Surreal comedy
Created by Angus Oblong
Jace Richdale
Starring Will Ferrell
Jean Smart
Pamela Adlon
Lea DeLaria
Jason Sklar
Randy Sklar
Becky Thyre
Jeannie Elias
Billy West
Laraine Newman
Opening theme "Oblongs" by They Might Be Giants
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Jobsite Productions
Film Roman Productions
Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network The WB
Adult Swim (episodes 9-13)
Picture format 4:3 SDTV
Original release Season 1:
April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)
May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
Season 2:
August 25, 2002 (2002-08-25) – October 20, 2002 (2002-10-20)

The Oblongs (stylized as the Oblongs...) is an American animated television series created by Angus Oblong and Jace Richdale. The Oblongs premiered April 1, 2001 on The WB and was removed on May 20, 2001, leaving season two unaired. The remaining season was later aired on Cartoon Network's late night programming block Adult Swim.

The series is loosely based on a series of characters introduced in a picture book entitled Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children. It was produced by Jobsite Productions and Mohawk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, and the theme song for the show was composed and performed by They Might Be Giants.

A total of 13 episodes were produced. All thirteen episodes of The Oblongs were released on DVD on October 4, 2005.

Setting and premise

The series focuses on the antics of a family who live in a poor valley community and, as a result of pollution and radiation exposure, are all disabled or deformed. The pollution is the direct result of the lavish lifestyle of the rich community known as "The Hills", whose residents exploit and harm the valley residents with absolutely no regard for their safety or well-being.

Social commentary

Many reviewers and fans see the series as a commentary on social stratification.[1] While the residents of the Hills live in wealth and economically dominate those in the Valley, there is no rallying cry for wealth redistribution or fairer working conditions.


The show premiered on April 1, 2001 on The WB but failed to find an audience. On May 20, 2001, The WB aired "Disfigured Debbie," the second episode produced, as the season finale, leaving five episodes unaired. Reruns of the first eight episodes, and the five remaining episodes later aired on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. Reruns of the series still continue to air on Adult Swim.

In Australia, the show premiered on the Nine Network on December 8, 2001,[2] however due to insufficient ratings, it was withdrawn after one episode,[3] but was eventually shown in a late night/early morning time slot. The series aired from 2005 to 2006 on TBS's late night programming block, Too Funny To Sleep.


The Oblong family

Milo's friends, "The Clubhouse Kids"

The Hill residents

The Valley Residents

Minor characters


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Misfit Love"Vincent WallerJace RichdaleApril 1, 2001236-001
Milo Oblong gets transferred to public school after his father, Bob, is taken off his job's insurance for filing too many claims, and falls for a beautiful, popular girl named Yvette who's really an alien. Meanwhile, Bob tries to find a second job to pay the medical bills.
2"Narcoleptic Scottie"Bob JaquesScott BuckApril 8, 2001236-003
In an attempt to calm his hyperactivity, Bob and Pickles let Milo care for an injured Scottish terrier, but when the dog proves to be a bad influence on Milo, he's forced to give the dog up for adoption.
Note: This is the first Oblongs episode to have the full opening.
3"Milo Interrupted"Kelly ArmstrongBen KullApril 15, 2001236-009
After a Hill kid chucks a rock at the window of Mr. Bergstein's house, the mayor hires a Bible-thumping, gun nut named Mrs. Hubbard to investigate the Valley for dysfunctional families and juvenile delinquents when the Valley kids are accused of the incident. Meanwhile, Milo discovers that Helga's parents are missing and must care for her, making Bob suspect that Milo is abusing drugs.
4"Bucketheads"Joe HorneScott BuckApril 22, 2001236-011
Milo becomes an unlikely trendsetter for the Hill kids after Pickles sends him to school with a bucket on his head, but the fame goes to Milo's head when Milo sets out to create his own line of offbeat attire.
5"Heroine Addict"Monte YoungJill Soloway & Scott BuckApril 29, 2001236-013
Pickles wins the chance at a shopping spree from a cigarette company, but when she passes out after smoking one too many cigarettes, Pickles decides to quit smoking (and drinking alcohol after inadvertently setting her finger on fire) -- and becomes a thrill-seeker after knocking out a woman during Tae-Bo class.
6"The Golden Child"Linda MillerLeonard DickMay 6, 2001236-008
Bob Oblong becomes depressed after learning all his suggestions to make Globocide better have been used as kindling for the factory's furnace. Meanwhile, Milo creates an energy drink called "Manic", and is named "The Corporate Messiah" by the higher-ups at Globocide.
Note: On Adult Swim, the angry customer's line "Go back to France, you stupid kraut!" to the "A to Zed" shopowner had "kraut" (an ethnic slur against German people) muted.
7"Flush, Flush, Sweet Helga"Monte YoungJace RichdaleMay 13, 2001236-005
When Milo and his friends get caught crashing a Debbie birthday party, Helga ends up losing Debbie's locket and goes in the sewers to retrieve it, only to be stuck in the Valley's sewer pipes, and the Hill people don't see it as a problem -- until a failed attempt to get Helga out results in the Hill people annexing The Oblongs' house (which isn't affected by Helga being stuck in the pipes) for water.
8"Disfigured Debbie"Joe HorneJill SolowayMay 20, 2001236-002
Milo runs for class president, but loses to Debbie, who ends up an outcast after falling in a thresher.
Note: This is the last episode to air on The WB before the series was cancelled.
9"Pickles' Little Amazons"Skip JonesBen KullAugust 25, 2002236-004
Pickles gets arrested for neglecting Beth after trying to rescue her from a giant Venus flytrap and is sentenced community service by working as a den mother for a vaguely lesbian Girl Scout-esque troop called "The Little Amazons."
Note: This is the first episode to air on Adult Swim after they picked up the rest of the unaired episodes from the show's second season. There were originally going to be 13 episodes for the second season, but only five episodes were produced.
10"Get Off My Back"Jack DyerEric FriedmanSeptember 8, 2002236-006
An accident involving Insani-Glue and Milo getting chased by Biff and Chip results in Milo getting stuck to Biff and Chip's back, which cuts into their training for the two-man triathlon against Hill kids Jared and Blaine. Meanwhile, Beth feels left out and begins sticking herself to others.
Note: On the Adult Swim version of this episode, Mayor Bledsoe's line after he pulls a gun on the other runners was "Move it, assholes!" (with "assholes" partially muted out). On the DVD, the line is changed to "Move it, pussies!" with no aural censorship to the last line.
11"Please Be Genital"Gary McCarverLeonard DickSeptember 15, 2002236-007
Bob gets his genitals crushed by a stripper wearing clogs during his best friend's bachelor party. When he confesses to Pickles that they can't have sex for two weeks, Pickles begins wondering whether or not her marriage to Bob is real. Meanwhile, Milo becomes an insomniac when Pickles and Bob stop having sex.
12"My Name Is Robbie"Vincent WallerJill SolowayOctober 6, 2002236-010
Bob gets his jaw injured at his company's theme park and, at the advice of company attorneys, is given a robotic body with the arms and legs he never had, which gives him the confidence to quit his job and become a lifeguard.
13"Father of the Bribe"Michael Kim and Bob JacquesEric FriedmanOctober 20, 2002236-012

Biff and Chip get their driver's licenses and crash Bob's car during a drag race. Biff and Chip then buy Bob a new car at a police auction, and come across the Mayor's bribe money, which they spend on themselves, despite nightmarish harassment from city officials.

Note: On the episode listings on the DVD cover, this episode is incorrectly listed as "Father of the Bride."

Awards and nominations

The Oblongs won the Artios award in 2001 for Best Casting for Animated Voiceover – Television Mary V. Buck Susan Edelman.[6]

Home release

The entire series released on two disc DVD set in the United States on October 4, 2005.

DVD nameRelease dateEp #Features
The Complete Twisted SeriesOctober 4, 2005[7] 13 "It's an Oblong World" – The show's concept, characters and casting, "The Art of the Oblongs" Angus Oblong-guided tour of his original artwork for the series, and "An Oblong Picture Book" – Angus Oblong drawings gallery.[8]

See also


  1. "'The Oblongs' Shapes Up As A Toxic Treat". Eric Mink. New York Daily News. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  2. "Nine's summer programming blitz". Retrieved December 2, 2009. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. "Off-beat cartoon gets chop.". The Mercury. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  4. Episode 10, "Get Off My Back"
  5. "Milo Interrupted"
  6. "Artios Award Winners". Casting Society of America. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  7. Kim, Mike. "The Oblongs – The Complete Series (2001)". Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  8. Lacey, Gord (May 12, 2005). "The Oblongs – Oblongs Back Shot and Specs". TV Shows On DVD. Retrieved July 6, 2011.

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