Bob’s Burgers is a cartoon about a man, his family and a burger joint. A second-generation restaurateur, Bob 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. The restaurant is situated in an eastern seaboard town, complete with an oceanside amusement pier called Wonder Wharf. And across the street is Jimmy Pesto’s, Bob’s main competition and one of the many thorns in Bob’s side.
Bob’s Burgers premiered Sunday, January 9, 2011 on FOX.
Bob’s wife, Linda, supports Bob’s dream through thick and thin, but has some dreams of her own.
Their oldest daughter, Tina, is a 13-year-old hopeless romantic with minimal social skills.
Middle child Gene is a self-described musician, class clown and all-around entertainer.
Their youngest, Louise, is the most enthusiastic about her dad’s business, but her imagination and scheming make her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen.
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.
The cast of Bob’s Burgers is vetted in comedy and voice work.
Bob is played by H. Jon Benjamin, known most recently as Sterling Archer in Archer.
Bob’s wife Linda is voiced by John Roberts.
Comedian Eugene Mirman, the landlord on Flight of the Conchords, is the voice of their son Gene.
Another comedian, Dan Mintz is the voice of daughter Tina.
And the youngest daughter, Louise, is played by Kristen Schaal, who gave voice to Trixie the dinosaur in Toy Story 3.
Bob’s Burgers was created by Loren Bouchard (Home Movies, Lucy, Daughter of the Devil). Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill) serve as executive producers.
My Two Cents
Bob’s Burgers is a refreshing break from the Seth MacFarlane extravaganza that is Animation Domination on FOX. The writing is fabulous. The humor comes straight from the situation (a burger joint next to a crematorium, a husband forgetting his anniversary) rather than external references. (Who knew the FDA allowed 4% human flesh in hamburgers?) The play between characters is also hysterical, with goofy personalities trying to fit into a family dynamic. (Tina, keep that hand away from my burger, please.)
The cast is wonderful. Kristen Schaal could have been too over the top, but she tones down her innate wackiness just enough to keep kooky Louise grounded. And what could H. Jon Benjamin say that isn’t funny?
The cartoon is character driven, similarly to The Simpsons, but slightly more grounded. Bob’s Burgers isn’t interested in commenting on pop culture or politics, but exploring family dynamics and finding humor in everyday life.
With a wickedly talented cast, all with experienced comedic chops , Bob’s Burgers provides FOX’s Sunday night with a wonderful animated comedy.