You can tell FOX wants you to watch Bob’s Burgers because they plop it between The Simpsons and Family Guy, two of their longtime powerhouses. You can tell I want you to watch Bob’s Burgers because of how much I laugh at the mere thought of the show. Haha! Can you tell that I do that at home, at work, and in transit?
Bob’s Burgers is an animated comedy about a family like its surrounding shows, but with less social commentary, so it’s more lighthearted and playful. Since most people to whom I’ve eagerly mentioned the show aren’t familiar, I’ll run you through the Belcher family, who own and live above the not-very-successful burger joint called Bob’s Burgers.
Bob is practical and down-to-earth, while his highly excitable wife Linda incites decidedly impractical projects such as an impromptu dinner theater. A beacon of pubescence, Tina divulges unsavory details concerning her changing 13-year-old body and mind to her family at will. Gene is 10 years old, fond of eating and sound effects. And Louise is a domineering 9-year-old with a penchant for dirty jokes and elaborate pranks.
The voices behind these characters create an alt-comedy dreamscape, and it’s not for nothing. The show is alt(ernative), and it is comedy. If you’re not used to the varying “out-there-ness” of cartoons for grown-ups I offer the following: Linda’s oblivious and emotionally-unstable sister proudly hangs paintings of various animals with extremely detailed anuses in the restaurant during an art festival. Linda is secretly tormented by these realistic orifices and an Alice in Wonderland-style dream sequence with the plodding lyrics “butts, butts, butts, butts!” ensues. The public should just be warned (how hilarious it is).
And as with any good show, the little touches seal the deal. Here, it’s the specials board behind the counter in the restaurant that shows a constantly-changing burger of the day, which is titled as an amusing pun. See a list of the first 10 episodes’ offerings here and more riffs on Twitter. Watch the show at 8:30/7:30c on FOX or on Hulu or Netflix to have your burger pun fun any old time!
**Pun-derful Burgers and Toppings (as seen on Bob’s Burgers)**
Jen Cantin is a new Philly resident with a degree in English and Journalism from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She shares other (a)musings at Deep Fried Epiphany and dedicates this post to Lily for sharing the TV love and for having great TV taste!