Why Bob’s Burgers Is the Best Family Show Your Family Isn’t Watching

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If you came to this article thinking, “Bob’s Burgers is animated, that’s kid’s stuff,” I’m going to stop you right there. You may have grown up watching Saturday morning cartoons (a lot of us did), but there’s good news: you don’t have to stop. In fact, you can include all of your loved and maybe not-so-loved-ones in watching Bob’s Burgers. Yes, there are other late-night cartoons about families, but this one is better. I had my doubts about Bob’s Burgers once but here is why I’m a fan now, and why you should be, too.

The Belcher family consists of Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise; they own a restaurant named after Bob and every single one of the Belchers is involved in some sort of shenanigans. Good-hearted shenanigans, let’s be clear. The humor of Bob’s Burgers revolves around the family and their quirks.

Tina is notorious for her desire for everything boy-butt and erotic friend fiction, which make you cringe in second-hand embarrassment. However, Tina handles how people perceive her eccentricities confidently throughout the show.

Gene regularly bursts out with notable comments like “Queen Latifah give me strength” in the Halloween episode, “Full Bars.” I’ll be the first to admit that Gene is my least favorite of the Belchers, but he won my heart in this season’s first episode “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl.” The episode was a musical mash-up of Die Hard and Working Girl, and it was hilarious. It left me wanting more from Gene as a character.

Louise is the youngest and most mischievous of the Belcher children. If you’re looking for a reason to love Louise, just watch her biker gang battle in season three’s “Ear-Sy Rider.” She has that classic, always scheming personality that never gets old.

If you’re a sibling, you’ll understand the Belcher children just fine. Their loving and ridiculous parents encourage their antics and arguments, and reinforce that at the end of the day they are a family above all else. Bob’s Burgers certainly represents caricatures of real people, as the show is literally a cartoon. However, they’ve hit the mark when it comes to portraying an average family, and that family is anchored by Linda and Bob Belcher.

Linda and Bob regularly worry if they will have enough money to pay the bills; the topic is never too heavy, but it is very clear that running a restaurant is a tough business. It’s difficult to describe Linda and Bob without sounding cheesy, which says more about them than anything else. They love their weird kids and their weirdly normal life. Bob is famous for his “Oh my God” and Linda is famous for her “Alright!” Together, they create a parenting team like no other.

For a more “adult” animated show like Bob’s Burgers, you may expect the humor to be crude and vulgar. Sure, sometimes they don’t sugar coat topics like puberty or where babies come from (a question Linda Belcher has answered honestly on at least one occasion), but repeatedly Bob’s Burgers reminds viewers that the Belchers are one exceptionally funny family, one that may or may not be just like yours but one that certainly everyone in your family can come to love. 

[Photo via FOX]

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