It’s not every day that you come across a new, hilarious animated series on television, so when a good show comes your way, you better not miss it. “Bob’s Burgers” is worthy of that slot by all accounts: the show is a story of the Belcher family and their daily adventures of owning a burger restaurant. Bob Belcher lives above his shop with his wife Linda, tween daughter Tina, son Gene, and another rather psychopath-ish daughter, Louise.
Bob faces a new problem in each episode, but his problems are not necessarily ones that can happen to anyone. In one episode, Bob’s sister-in-law comes to visit and paints portraits of animal anuses that are supposed to be displayed at the town’s art fair. However, the art fair deemed the paintings too inappropriate, and Bob had to display them in his restaurant. As you can see, these aren’t the problems of a typical restaurant owner, but the way Bob handles them is relatable to audiences.
Linda is quite odd, to say the least. She is perpetually excited for almost everything that happens, and she really doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She might be bizarre, but her family, friends, and the viewers love her vivacious qualities. Linda and Bob do not spend their days making jibes at their kids (like you’d see on “Family Guy”). Comedy is not created by parents being mean to their kids, but by other idiosyncrasies between these two well-developed characters. It makes it really easy for the audience to love them.
Gene is a hyperactive kid who runs around with a synthesizer, while Louise is a bit of a narcissist who constantly stirs up ways to be evil. Their awkward sister Tina is probably the most popular character on the show: she’s slated to be the butt of most jokes, but it’s the very reason that makes Tina the most powerful character on the show. Tina is reaching her teenage years and is constantly discovering her sexuality, which she makes known to all she interacts with in a really awkward fashion. It’s hilarious to watch because at her age, sex is an awkward topic to discuss, which gives way to a lot of comedy.
The show is not about each individual character, but about the family as a whole, since the character’s chemistry is phenomenal. The Belchers are a believable family who actually love each other, despite any of the problems they run into. Bob goes through the travails that any breadwinner would; one of the central themes is his difficulty providing for his family while living his dream, but he always makes it work. Bob is an admirable father who strives to provide for his family, which is clearly relatable to viewers. Familial love is also a theme that makes the show stand apart from the rest.
Bob’s Burgers is still in its infancy when compared with other shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons that belong to the same lineup. However, “Bob’s Burgers” has been able to attract and maintain its audiences, because the characters and storylines are easily relatable. The characters of the show are what the viewers have really connected to because they’re all oddballs.
In regard to an animated series, the creators have a free hand. They can make an episode as crazy as they want by introducing an alien ship, a huge robot, or even start a war (think “South Park”)! All of this adds to the comedy quotient of a show, but the Bob’s Burgers creators attempt to chill it out a bit and show restraint to make the show relatable. “Bob’s Burgers” is goofy, without a doubt, but the show’s relatable nature is what keeps viewers entertained every week. Check out Bob’s Burgers on FOX with a cable TV plan in your home.