Bob’s Burgers: Not Worth the Hype

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While procrastinating on the mountain of homework to do over the rather short spring break, I took to perusing my Netflix when I stumbled upon (and finished) “Bob’s Burgers”. Although it is an adult cartoon, it references little mature content and I believe it is suitable for most ages.

The Adult Swim-esque show follows the Belcher family: Bob and Linda and their preteen children, Louise, Gene, and Tina, while working at their family’s business, Bob’s Burgers. In their port town in New Jersey, the family faces everyday tasks of the middle class. The plotline is too simple, and the Belcher’s local town adventures get repetitive and is almost exhausted by the sheer amount of episodes. I appreciate how the writers stayed true to the whole “American” vibe, but it limited the creativity that could be achieved in the show, leaving it subpar.  

I had heard about “Bob’s Burgers” from Tumblr with the flood of screenshots of puns, which got my hopes up for a fresh and hilarious show. Instead, I was disappointed by the far inbetween jokes which left the show to hold up on the average plot. The occasional joke did mock today’s pop culture which was refreshing, but like the plot, it was limited.

Probably the best part of the show was the collection of the family’s colorful personalities, which helped it flow from episode to episode. Although their temperaments made the show more intriguing, they are all portrayed as extreme stereotypes lacking any sort of character development throughout the episodes. Linda is a “wine mom” who never grew up and acts just as mature as her children. Bob is the all American dad, who thinks he’s still cool as he was in high school but in reality just makes questionable dad jokes. Louise is a complete tomboy: she loves dangerous adventures and hates boys. Gene is that kid in your elementary school obsessed with anything gross; instead of thinking about school, Gene channels his energy into fart jokes. Remember your cringy seventh grade self that you never want to remember? Tina is that multiplied by ten. Puberty stricken, she is obsessed with boys and the definition of awkward. Especially during this time and age, as media is a major influence on today’s society, it’s important for shows like these to show how people do not just fall into stereotypes and are actually multi-faceted, but instead “Bob’s Burgers” only enforces and promotes these labels.

But despite the above reasons, I watched all 88 episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” in hope of it becoming worth the hype, but it didn’t. If you want to watch an adult cartoon, I don’t recommend this one. Appreciate the gifs online, but that’s probably the best content you will get from this show.

3.5/5

Photo from adultswim.com/Press Release

1 Comment

  1. Rohan

    May 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

    This show is great show!! Bob’s Burgers is a very relatable show. It carries numerous parallels to the famous American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for Fox, The Simpsons. Similar to the beloved The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers is about a blue collared family trying their utmost hardest to stay afloat. The only other show coming close to this Family Guy, a politically incorrect (usually for comical purposes) animated series, created by Seth MacFarlane, that dominates Sunday night Fox along with The Simpsons. Family Guy is more about a Family that does not really worry about real life problems and had been made popular through the use of taking comical stances on current political figures and topics or by exaggerating common events in our lives. The family in Bob’s Burgers literally worries about every little thing, usually things that me and you will also worry about (and some radical things that not much people can relate to — not covering your beans in the community garden). This makes the show much more relatable to me and you. Then the highly impulsive and exaggerated characters of Louise and Gene and Linda top the show of in a unique and AMAZING WAY!!! YOU SHOULD WATCH ALL OF THEM AGAIN. I think you went in with a wrong mindset, this time watch some of the episodes with a goal to laugh at the random things that Gene says, or the moaning of Tina, or the craziness of their mother!! WATCH THEM AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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