Oliver Beene premiered on FOX in March 2003. It's 1962, and 11-year-old Oliver Beene's world is filled with chaos. His eccentric family includes his dentist father, Jerry, whose idea of a fun Sunday is drilling his kids' teeth; mother Charlotte, who is doing her best to be a happy homemaker; and brother Ted, a sports fanatic never without his transistor radio. Making life more bearable are Oliver's eccentric friends, including heavyweight Neal and lightweight Michael, who is already obviously gay in a time when gay still means "happy." Narrated by the wickedly wry, adult Oliver, the show depicts the trials of growing up during the Cold War. Like every kid, Oliver longs for family normalcy and peer acceptance, especially while practicing drills for the end of civilization in a fallout shelter with his family during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Along the way, Oliver must contend with Mrs. Heller, a teacher who hates him; Joyce, a classmate who feels she's married to him; and Bonnie, the unattainable red-haired girl.