"You can't judge a book by it's cover" never held more true then the DVD cover for Bob's Burgers. A wacky family runs burger shop with awkward kids with the tally complete with dumb son, puberty entering older daughter and crazy younger daughter. At least the dad isn't fat and stupid or this show would be a talking burger character short of another Seth MacFarlane creation. Since Bob's Burgers can't compete with Family Guy's gutter level's of pointlessness and stupidity and won't measure up to the satire and smarts of South Park, it had to go for something else, which is heart and thankfully it does have that.
Not to say Bob's Burgers isn't without it's trips down sad and wrong street. The first episode deals with reports of using dead humans in the burger meat. Another has transvestite hookers crashing the party of the oldest daughter and as far as original goes, you can see my above typed remarks on the family to see that Bob's Burgers doesn't break much new ground. Sure Bob isn't an idiot like Homer and Peter Griffin but Oldest Daughter Tina and Brother Gene have Meg and Chris written on them, except the family actually LOVES Tina and Gene has his own characteristics that make him stand out. Youngest daughter Louise is the standout with her precocious outbursts of energy and lines that make the show click. Plot threads will come together as you will expect too with the occasional last minute solution or sappy solution of a family member to the rescue and yes there are the wacky supporting characters like the handy man who can't shut up to save his life and the next door neighbor mortician who is far bubblier then you'd think he should be.
Why does the show work? At the center of the story is always the family. The Belchers (yes thats they're name) really do feel like a family unit that will stick together. The family is on the verge of always losing they're burger restaurant and even live ABOVE it in a leaky apartment. The kids get along with each other and more importantly act LIKE kids. Even Tina who sadly gets too melodramatic with her attitude is a family member. This is a family that you really get the feeling will stay together through thick and thin. Seeing scenes where Bob learns that a life long idol is a sham or that Bob may just lose his restaurant do hold you since you actually do care about what happens.
Is the show funny? Absolutely. The show isn't out to gross you out or offend as much as possible but still can cater to the animated sitcom crowd. You'll get a laugh, you'll have a good time. Sure it isn't the prettiest show to look at and it isn't the most original, but the show gets it's moments and it won't leave you with a bad aftertaste either.
Ugh, if there's a cartoon that gave me a horrible case of the douche chills, this would be a fine example of such. I watched one episode of this show (the pilot episode) and not only got zero laughs, but cringed badly at the awful art direction. From what I've seen, the humor seems like a series of contrived accidents, and I'm tired of that type of humor. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to watch some episodes of Frog in a Suit.
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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