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Short-Lived Shows: The Oblongs

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 24th 2005 2:14PM

oblongsI miss this show and am truly thankful that they released the full series on DVD. It only lasted around a dozen episodes on The WB and was later picked up by Cartoon Network, but it certainly didn't get the run is deserved. It starred Will Ferrell as Bob Oblong: a legless, armless everyman who smoked a pipe. Jean Smart (who recently joined the cast of 24) voiced his wife Pickles. The show was just pure madness. They lived in one big nuclear waste pile and just about everyone was screwed up in some way, shape, or form (just look at the picture). But what I really enjoyed was it's social commentary ("nuclear" family was an obvious pun). The highlight was The Debbies - a squad of look-a-like high school blondes who were attached at the hip. They talked alike, they dressed alike, and they reminded me of someone I knew so it just made it all that more special. Highly recommended, some of Ferrell's funniest stuff. Check it out on Cartoon Network if they still play the reruns.

 

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Alan

If you're a fan of "the Oblongs," make sure to check out Angus's web site http://www.angusoblong.net/, and a funny interview he did, http://ugtv.org/oblong.php

November 25 2005 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeff stiefer

Also, the theme song was done by They Might be Giants, my fav band : ) Such a good show. Will Farrell was great on this show. jeffro

November 24 2005 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

They show reruns on TBS.

November 24 2005 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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