Bob’s Burgers (FOX – Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)

BOB’S BURGERS is a new animated series about a man, his family and a burger joint.

A second-generation restaurateur, BOB (H. Jon Benjamin) is a dreamer with big ideas about burgers. Despite his greasy counters, his lousy location next to a crematorium and the occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves.

Bob’s wife, LINDA (John Roberts), supports Bob’s dream through thick and thin, but has some dreams of her own. Their oldest daughter, TINA (Dan Mintz), is a 13-year-old hopeless romantic with minimal social skills. Middle child GENE (Eugene Mirman) is a self-described musician, class clown and all-around entertainer. Their youngest, LOUISE (Kristen Schaal), is the most enthusiastic about her dad’s business, but her imagination and scheming make her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen.

The restaurant is situated in an eastern seaboard town, complete with an oceanside amusement pier called Wonder Wharf. Next door to BOB’S BURGERS is the It’s Your Funeral Home and Crematorium – owned and operated by Mort the Mortician, one of Bob’s most faithful regulars. And across the street is Jimmy Pesto’s, Bob’s main competition and one of the many thorns in Bob’s side. – FOX

3 out of 10

We had very mixed emotions going into the series premiere of Bob’s Burgers.  On the one hand, we’re always excited about a new animated series on FOX (yes, it’s the one thing we like about FOX at this time) and this one genuinely looked VERY funny based on the sneak-preview we saw on the It’s A Trap! Blu-Ray but on the other hand, it’s been a poorly kept secret that FOX has been trying to replace American Dad since about the second season and Bob’s Burgers would be in all likelihood, the heir-apparent.  We really are not sure why FOX treats American Dad like the proverbial red-headed step-child, either, but they always have. The audiences numbers haven’t been as big as Family Guy, however, they have been good enough and consistent over the last six seasons to keep FOX from just arbitrarily dumping it like the do with so many other of their shows.

That being said, it’s with a heavy heart and overwhelming joy at the same time that we declare this:


There… we said it… and we want our readers to realize this before they start investing a whole bunch of time into this dopey show expecting the show to become enjoyable.  It’s not going to happen.   The jokes are lame and incredibly dated and it’s really just a whole bunch of recycled crap from other prime-time cartoons with a smattering of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim comedy thrown in for good measure.  The truth is that if they couldn’t pull off more than three good jokes in the premiere, it’s never going to happen.

Another thing about this is that there’s really nobody likable or relatable on this show except for maybe Bob himself.  His wife, Linda, reminds of Pickles Oblong from the short-lived WB series, The Oblongs, without being funny or endearing. All three of the kids are just a bunch of gross weirdos and the writers just keep jumping back to these gross/weird kids in an attempt to exploit their grossness/weirdness into a joke.  It’s not working at all as it’s all very predictable and you just wind up a little more grossed-out.  To give you an idea about how predictable and unoriginal this show is, they actually did a “Whatever-you-do-don’t-touch-that-red-button” joke.  Pure, puke-in-your-mouth, suckitude©.

Believe us when we say that we really wanted to like Bob’s Burgers, despite what the ramifications of a high-quality animated show on FOX means to the fate of American Dad.  We really tried. We’re firm believers in letting the best show win at the end of the day and its self-defeating to root for a show to suck, even if it means losing another beloved show.

We even brought Mrs. ‘Tastic in to watch this who normally stares through the television like she’s trying to see the hidden image of the sailboat like in one of those ‘Magic Eye’ pictures whenever one of our shows is on.  She confirmed our worst fears when she said at the end, “Was that supposed to be funny?”  Then we contemplated turning on MTV’s Teen Mom to make us feel better about our lives after having to sit through Bob’s Burgers.

So, in the end, the downside is that Bob’s Burgers is really not very good at all but the upside is that it looks like American Dad may have dodged the FOX bullet for yet another season and for that… we rejoice.

And before anyone starts talking about how Bob’s had the highest rated season premiere of any new show this season, keep in mind that the show was heavily promoted by FOX and oh, yeah… it had the benefit of having an NFL wild-card game as a lead in. We would not expect similar numbers next week because we simply find it impossible for anyone who watched that mess to think it was good enough to tune in to a second time.

19 comments on “Bob’s Burgers (FOX – Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)

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  2. While I think the show was terrible, I think this review is great! It speaks to those of us who WANTED the show to be good, and those of us who are actually interested in seeing cool, new animation. I am a HUGE fan of American Dad, and I wasn’t aware that FOX wanted to can it, but I’m not surprised either. I mean, look at what happened to Futurama. I’ve read a couple other reviews, and they either completely trashed the show without backing up WHY it sucked, or they tried to convince us we should give it a chance. No, we shouldn’t give it a chance. I am in the firm belief that this show is a children’s show. Animation Domination is about adult shows that are in cartoon form. This is a regular cartoon – which means it’s meant for kids. It belongs on Saturday morning, not Sunday night. Yes, it’s gross and vulgar in the non-funny way, but it’s still a kids show. It just is. It reminds me of “The Wild Thornberries” or that show on Cartoon Network about the teens in the fake-reality-show, or even “The Proud Family.” They are just kids shows. That’s what this is. FOX is stupid for this.

    • Thanks so much, Gina, for the most flattering post ever! We try to be as objective as possible when doing our reviews and actually be able to back up our positions. We couldn’t agree with you more that many “reviewers” either gush or slam without explaining why and that of course does nothing for the reader. We’d love to have you subscribe and join our Facebook Group Page… and tell your friends. 🙂

      We hadn’t thought about it in those terms, but we ‘re going to have to completely agree with you with your contention about Bob’s Burgers being a children’s show. You’re absolutely correct. It’s like a bad version of The Simpsons or Adult Swim’s Home Movies but geared towards tweeners (10 – 12 year olds). Honestly, I’d much rather watch Spongebob Squarepants with my kids than this.

      Yes, FOX hates American Dad and I think it’s the same mistake that they made with Family Guy in that they think the it should be doing better numbers than it is. The problem that FOX consistently has is that scripted animated programming usually doesn’t hold he attention of adults, because, well frankly, we’re too smart for it. It’s very rare to see successful animated prime -time programming but FOX has this problem that they think animated programming will be received by audiences similarly to the way live-action sitcoms are. It never has worked that way and FOX keeps making the same mistakes.

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  4. So right on. I tried twice to watch BB. The animation sucks, the writing is sooo weak,
    and bob’s voice reminds me of Justin Bateman, not in sound but in attitude, and I find
    it annoying. The alien on A dad is the funniest character on TV. Where are reruns of
    Beavis when you need them!

  5. bobs burgers is one of my fave shows lol my friend and i watch it every week we have them saved so if we ever want to watch them we can and we do
    everyone we have told about this show loves it as well

    American dad suckd.

  6. Great Review, I forced myself to watch 15minutes of this show last night and it was ungodly terrible… worst cartoon to be on the air in history i think….

  7. Bob’s burgers is one of the best written animated shows on prime time television today. There has been a gap in well written non slap stick comedy style animated shows since the loss of king of the hill, and in many ways, this show is king of the hill. Only instead of the rural south, it’s the urban city. Instead of propane, it’s burgers. Instead of a straight shooter, it’s the every man. Yes they do inject a bit more silliness into children, but I love it. I fell in love with all the characters on day one. But that love was cemented with the capoeira episode. I have watched that episode so many times. Also the nod to 16 candles in a later episode was golden.

    I know this show is hard for many to get. In my opinion some of the best written shows are. The critic for example went before it’s time. While I love American Dad and find it to be better then Family guy (not at first, but American Dad has gotten better while Family guy has gotten stale) I really hope the Sunday night animation block has room for both shows.

    • I love animation and laughing and I also paint and draw. I have really tried hard to watch this show and fell asleep both times. It is so bland. American Dad is funny and I love Roger the alien. I know lots of people of all ages due to my work. On one hand I can count the friends that kind of liked Bob’s Burgers. I too gave it a chance, but no dice.
      I cannot believe they revived it and put it on Sunday. Maybe they should air it on Tuesday. I like what Fox already had. Oh well.

    • Winston, old bean, I do believe the creators are related to someone at Fox, much like how other rotten shows got on the air and despite public outcry continued on for some time till said relative lost their chair at Fox’s “Council Of Major Decisions Despite What The Public Wants Because We Want Our Relatives To Have Employment”.

  8. I didn’t laugh once. These characters suck. What’s with the stupid bunny ears? The animation sucks. The voices sucks. It can’t even be considered comedy, so I can’t even say the humor sucks. It’s not humor. Anyone that likes this show is missing something in their brain. How can it be on Fox primetime? They’ve always had problems getting good shows, but this is down there with the worst of the worst. I don’t know how Loren Bouchard got his job producing animated shows, but he should retire.

    • What’s worse is that Bob’s got renewed for a second season. Here’s the press release:


      Animated Series Renewed for a Second Season

      All-New Episode Airs Sunday, April 10, on FOX

      Animation Domination newcomer BOB’S BURGERS has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

      “BOB’S BURGERS has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year,” said Reilly. “The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we’re excited to serve up another season to the fans.”

      The premiere of BOB’S BURGERS this year was the highest-rated new series debut on any network so far this season. The series currently ranks among the Top 10 programs this season among young men.

      In the all-new “Burger War” episode, airing Sunday, April 10 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), BOB’s (H. Jon Benjamin) eccentric landlord, MR. FISCHOEDER (guest voice Kevin Kline), pays the family a visit to deliver some bad news. Bob’s rival across the street, JIMMY PESTO (guest voice Jay Johnston) of Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria, wants to take over Bob’s lease so that he can expand his gift shop. With little time and not enough money, the Belcher family must cook up some business or luck to save the restaurant.

      BOB’S BURGERS follows a third-generation restaurateur as he runs his own burger joint with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves. The animated series features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.

      • If “Bob’s Burgers” is considered a neighbor, then he must be the one with the rusty bike out front and the yellow grass and family van up on blocks, with the rusty tool shed out back rented out to crack heads whom go out at night and graffitti the neighborhood. LOL

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  10. Ive watched a few episodes now & i think i have laughed once or twice but all & all its really lame, completely agree with the review

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