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Oliver Beene (TV Series)

Rating
5.5
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Original title
Oliver Beene (TV Series)
Year
Running time
30 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Eric Abrams, Matthew Berry, Chris Bishop, Bill Callahan, Howard Gewirtz, Brenda Hsueh, Stephen Lloyd, Maurissa Tancharoen, Philip Wen, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Jim Bernstein, Kristofor Brown, Jace Richdale, Michael ShipleySee 11 More
Music
Daniel Licht, Paul Buckley
Cinematography
Bruce M. Pasternack, Joe Pennella, Victor Goss
Cast
Producer
DreamWorks Television, 20th Century Fox Television, DreamWorks SKG, Steven Levitan Productions. Distributor: FOX
Genre
TV Series. Comedy | Family Sitcom
Synopsis
TV Series (2003-2004). Oliver Beene is a half-hour comedy series about another time. That time is 1962. It's the worst of times, but also the best of times for Oliver Beene (Grant Rosenmeyer), a 12-year-old whose world is full of comedic chaos. Oliver's eccentric family is headed by his father, Jerry (Grant Shaud), a dentist whose idea of a fun and relaxing Sunday is drilling his kids' molars. Then there's Oliver's mother, Charlotte (Wendy Makkena), a homemaker who idolizes Jackie Kennedy and fantasizes about being her. The Beene household is rounded out by older brother Ted (Andrew Lawrence), a sports fanatic who lives by one simple rule: "If it ain't about sports, it ain't worth talking about." This is exactly why he and Oliver haven't spoken in four years.

Like every kid, Oliver longs for a modicum of family normalcy and peer acceptance at a time when nothing seems to make any sense -- especially while his family practices "end of civilization" drills in a fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Making life a bit more bearable are Oliver's friends at school, including heavyweight Neal, a hypochondriac who already appears to have hit middle age, and lightweight Michael, the most fabulous kid in school who has an impeccable sense of style and a penchant for Judy Garland musicals. You do the math.

Along the way, Oliver also must contend with Mrs. Heller, a hatchet-faced teacher who hates him just as much as she hates things like joy and laughter. There's also Joyce (Daveigh Chase), the girl with whom Oliver has shared a desk since third grade and who nags him like a wife in a marriage that's getting stale. And then there's Bonnie (Amy Castle) -- beautiful, perfect Bonnie -- the unattainable blonde whose parents slapped Oliver with a restraining order after a Valentine's Day misunderstanding when he was six years old. He still has it bad for Bonnie; if only she was a foot shorter, they might start to see eye to eye.

Set against the backdrop of Rego Parks, Queens, Oliver Beene uses a unique combination of flashbacks and flash-forwards to vividly re-create the Kennedy-era sixties. Narrated by a wickedly wry adult Oliver (David Cross), the series depicts the often hilarious trials and sometimes outrageous tribulations of a kid growing up during the Cold War.
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