The Oblongs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mature, in-toxic-atingly hilarious cartoon.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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Positive Messages

Aside from her addictions to sex, cigarettes, and alcohol, the mom is a devoted wife who loves her kids and thinks the world of her husband, despite his extreme deformities. The dad always puts his family first and is clearly in love with his wife. Characters with disabilities never poke fun at each other's issues, but the snobby residents of The Hills can be cruel.


The main characters have sex nearly every night, and though the act isn't shown, the noises come through loud and clear. Sexual banter between the husband and wife is a series mainstay. One character has a phallus-shaped growth on her head.


"Ass," and "oh, God" (mostly during sex) are common.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The mom chills out at the neighborhood bar and often drinks at home. She smokes cigarettes constantly, and the dad uses a pipe at home.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon is filled with sexual innuendoes and humor. Although the characters' various deformities are exaggerated for comedy, the underlying implication of the effects of toxic waste on our lives is slightly disturbing. Good lessons are scattered throughout the show, as the characters exhibit amazingly indomitable spirits despite their limitations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Parent of a 10 and 15-year-old Written byALunarLight April 28, 2011

Down in the valley where the chemical spill

Came from the people living up on the hill. It a division of the low class and the upper-class. a rift that just keeps getting bigger. if only one of the people... Continue reading
Adult Written byCSM Screen name... April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 January 12, 2021
Teen, 13 years old Written byKartoonLover November 30, 2017


Funny but lots of sex and sex moans. Not for kids.

What's the story?

Created by Angus Oblong, whose book Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children inspired the show's very unique characters, THE OBLONGS is the story of a deformed (and slightly dysfunctional) family living on land polluted by the careless lifestyle of the wealthy and snobbish residents up in The Hills. The Oblongs and all of the other unfortunate residents of The Valley are victims of various disabilities because of the toxic state of their resources. Bob Oblong (voiced by Will Ferrell) works at a poison factory and manages to navigate the world despite lacking both arms and legs. A lifelong resident of The Valley, Bob managed to catch the eye of beautiful Hills native Pickles (Jean Smart), and, in true forbidden-love fashion, the unlikely couple married. The Oblongs have four children -- conjoined twins Biff (Randy Sklar) and Chip (Jason Sklar); Milo (Pamela Adlon), who's riddled with mental and social issues and an unidentified eye affliction; and Beth (Jeannie Elias), who appears normal except for the phallus-shaped growth atop her head. Bob and Pickles trudge through familiar mid-life relationship issues like decreasing self-esteem and fear of losing a partner's affection, but their passion for each other is undeniable and is consistently renewed (often rather noisily) in each episode.

Is it any good?

Although the show garnered lots of criticism when it debuted on the WB in 2001 for its extremely disabled characters, the overall mood is a positive one, and adults and mature teens who can put the humor in perspective are bound to enjoy the show. No character seems bothered by his or her limitations, and Bob in particular is never less than blissfully chipper. And, in the end, it's hard not to chuckle as he undresses himself with his teeth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the daily challenges faced by real people with disabilities. What types of situations (driving, eating, working) pose the most difficulties for them? How do they find ways to deal with these challenges? Parents can also use the show to jump-start a discussion about the environment. How can we change our lifestyles to better maintain the health of the earth? What might the result be if we don't take care of it now?

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