|Created by||Loren Bouchard|
|Theme music composer||Loren Bouchard|
|Opening theme||"Bob's Burgers Theme"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||206 (list of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Animated rendition of single-camera|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Picture format||720p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound with SAP DVS audio description|
|Original release||January 9, 2011 –|
Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belcher family – parents Bob and Linda and their children Tina, Gene and Louise – who run a hamburger restaurant. The show was conceived by Bouchard after he developed Home Movies . Bob's Burgers is a production by Bento Box Entertainment and 20th Television.
While reviews for the first season were mixed, feedback for subsequent seasons has been much more positive. The series premiere, "Human Flesh", drew in 9.39 million viewers, making it the highest-rated series premiere of the season and finishing ninth in the ratings for the week it aired.Reruns began airing on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim on June 23, 2013 and its sister channel TBS in 2016 and began airing in syndication on local stations in September 2015.
A comic book series based on the show, published by Dynamite Entertainment, began in September 2014and a soundtrack album was released on May 12, 2017.
In 2013, TV Guide ranked Bob's Burgers as one of the top 60 Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time.The series has been nominated for several awards, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program seven consecutive times, winning in 2014 and 2017.
The show has been renewed past its current eleventh for a twelfth and thirteenth production cycle,and a feature film of the animated television series originally had plans to release the film on July 17, 2020 before it was delayed indefinitely.
The show centers on the Belcher family — which consists of Bob, his wife Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise. The family runs a burger restaurant on Ocean Avenue in an unnamed seaside community (informally known as "Seymour's Bay" among the show's writing staff).Series creator Loren Bouchard said early on that the show's location was an indeterminate Northeastern United States shore town (calling the setting a "semi-Springfield", saying that he drew inspiration from several areas (including San Francisco, whose Victorian architecture is mimicked on some of the buildings) for the town's physical appearance. As the show has proceeded, viewers and critics alike have come to a conclusion that the unnamed town is actually in southern New Jersey. The first such episode where the connection is at least attempted is the season three episode "It Snakes a Village", and as the years have gone on, the show writers themselves have even dropped references to the setting being New Jersey. For example, character Tammy Larsen has a phone number with the area code 201, which belongs to the state (although not to the Jersey Shore area). An episode of Archer that featured a crossover between the two series has also furthered the narrative; in the episode "Fugue and Riffs", Sterling Archer is discovered to have been "flipping burgers at the Shore" for several weeks due to a case of amnesia where he believes he is Bob Belcher (Archer and Belcher are both voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).
Bob's Burgers is located in a green two-story building which features an apartment on the second floor where the Belcher family lives. The restaurant is sandwiched between two other commercial buildings, one of which houses "It's Your Funeral Home and Crematorium". As a running gag, the other building is shown in the opening credits to be a new business each week, often with names which are elaborate puns.
Bob's Burgers has a few regulars — most frequently Mort from the neighbouring crematorium and handyman Teddy. The restaurant has to compete with several other local eateries for business. His biggest rival is Jimmy Pesto, who owns an Italian restaurant called "Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria", which is located directly across the street and is generally more successful, creating tension between the two owners.
As well as assisting in the restaurant, the Belcher children all attend Wagstaff School. Several episode plot lines involve the children's escapades in and out of school. 13-year-old Tina, at the beginning of adolescence, struggles with her attraction to boys. The most common target for her affections is Pesto's eldest son, Jimmy Junior. 11-year-old Gene strives to be a musician, very often carrying a keyboard and noodling with it. Louise is the scheming troublemaker, seeking revenge, riches, or adventure, often dragging her siblings along; she puts on a face of fearlessness, but is still afraid of some things, like the dentist.
Episodes will sometimes involve a single storyline involving all of the Belchers, or will have two simultaneous stories for different groups of the family. The family members interact with many recurring characters who are also residents of the town.
Bob's Burgers makes occasional use of musical numbers. The closing sequence uses different soundtracks each episode, and, from season two, a different animation played alongside the credits.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||January 9, 2011||May 22, 2011|
|2||9||March 11, 2012||May 20, 2012|
|3||23||September 30, 2012||May 12, 2013|
|4||22||September 29, 2013||May 18, 2014|
|5||21||October 5, 2014||May 17, 2015|
|6||19||September 27, 2015||May 22, 2016|
|7||22||September 25, 2016||June 11, 2017|
|8||21||October 1, 2017||May 20, 2018|
|9||22||September 30, 2018||May 12, 2019|
|10||22||September 29, 2019||May 17, 2020|
|11||TBA||September 27, 2020||TBA|
The Belcher family runs a hamburger restaurant.
There are various recurring characters in the series, including Jimmy Pesto, Sr. (Jay Johnston), Bob's primary business rival who owns an Italian-themed restaurant across the street with his friend Trev, and his three sons: Jimmy Jr. (Benjamin), Tina's somewhat oblivious love interest who just wants to dance; and hyperactive and childish twins Andy (Laura Silverman) and Ollie (Sarah Silverman), who are friends of Louise. Other friends, and frenemies, of the Belcher kids include the rebellious yet soft-hearted Zeke (Bobby Tisdale); valley girl Tammy (Jenny Slate) and her sidekick Jocelyn (Roberts); anxious nerd Darryl (Aziz Ansari); and the timid Regular-Sized Rudy (Brian Huskey). Mr. Frond (David Herman) is the always-stressed guidance counselor at their school. The kids often have run-ins with him.
Other recurring characters include customers Teddy (Larry Murphy), a bumbling but kind handyman who is often considered a main character and wishes to be referred to as “Uncle Teddy;” Mort (Andy Kindler), the mortician who lives next door; the Belcher family's taciturn mailman Mike Wobbles (Tim Meadows); Linda's flighty sister Gayle (Megan Mullally); and the Belchers' wealthy, meddling and odd landlord, Calvin Fischoeder (Kevin Kline) and his bratty brother Felix (Zach Galifianakis). Bob is frequently antagonized by health inspector Hugo (Sam Seder), Linda's ex-fiancé who holds a grudge against Bob and constantly schemes to get the restaurant shut down, though his plans are often revealed to the Belchers by his easy-going assistant, Ron (Ron Lynch). Other characters include Linda's troubled friend Gretchen; Linda's insufferable parents; several recurring teachers and classmates of the Belcher children; Nat Kinkle, a family friend who helps them with odd jobs; and Marshmallow, a local who comes and goes as she pleases.
Creator Loren Bouchard said Bob's Burgers came about because Fox's animation brand centers mostly on family, but he also wanted to dabble in workplace comedy.In his original concept, the family were cannibals, but Fox executives convinced him to drop that aspect of the show. However, the idea was referenced in the pilot episode when Louise spreads a rumor that the burgers were made of humans. The show has generally been viewed as a spiritual successor to King of the Hill , which carried less emphasis on shock comedy and focused more on character-driven humor; Bob's Burgers executive producer Jim Dauterive worked on King of the Hill for nearly its entire run.
Before the show was aired, the team created a proof of concept so Fox Broadcasting Company knew what to expect if they bought the show. Bouchard, who was living in the Mission District of San Francisco at the time, hired some local artists to work on the pilot. These included Jay Howell, the character designer, and Sirron Norris, the background designer.The test animation featured Bob forgetting about his and Linda's wedding anniversary. This proof of concept eventually turned into the pilot episode. It had the same synopsis as the official pilot (aired in 2011) but had both cosmetic and substantial differences.
The original pilot can be seen on the DVD release of the first season, released on April 17, 2012.
Bob's Burgers first appeared on the development slate at Fox on August 6, 2009.On December 1, 2009, Fox ordered 13 episodes for the first season. On May 17, 2010, Fox placed the series on the primetime slate for the 2010–11 television season. A special preview aired on Thanksgiving on November 25, 2010.
Creator Loren Bouchard serves as the executive producer, alongside developer Jim Dauterive. They have served as executive producers since the first season. Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi were promoted to executive producers during season 6.
The current team of writers include Loren Bouchard, Scott Jacobson, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, Wendy Molyneux, Holly Schlesinger, Nora Smith, Steven Davis, Kelvin Yu, Dan Fybel, Rich Rinaldi, Jon Schroeder, Greg Thompson, and Katie Crown. Past writers on the show include Jim Dauterive, Kit Boss, Aron Abrams, and Mike Benner. H. Jon Benjamin, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hook, Dan Mintz, and Mike Olsen have also written or co-written episodes. After the writing has been completed, the voice actors read the script as written, but later are allowed to improvise lines. The editors and writer decide what improvised lines make the final cut.[ citation needed ]
The designing of the characters was provided by Dave Creek.
Bob's Burgers has six main cast members: H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher, John Roberts as Linda Belcher, Dan Mintz as Tina Belcher, Eugene Mirman as Gene Belcher, Kristen Schaal as Louise Belcher, and Larry Murphy as Teddy.
At the Bob's Burgers Comic-Con 2018 panel, show creator Loren Bouchard stated they were aware of the predominantly male gender imbalance amongst the voice actors, saying they would "strive to do better...to have balance". He stated one of the driving factors behind this was voice actor Kristen Schaal "reprimanding" them on the issue.
The ingredients of a hamburger fall into place on a white screen, and Bob's hands appear underneath to hold it. The other family members appear around him one at a time, beginning with Linda and ending with Louise. Linda puts her arm around Bob, Tina stands expressionless, Gene plays a sound effect on his keyboard, and Louise poses for the camera. The restaurant then materializes behind them and the neighboring businesses slide into place, with a funeral parlor at screen left, and the street slides into view in front. A "Grand Opening" banner is placed over the door, followed by a series of mishaps: a fire, an infestation of vermin, and a car knocking down a utility pole so that it smashes the front window of the restaurant. A new banner is hung up after each event: "Grand Re-Opening," "Grand Re-Re-Opening," and finally "Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening." The camera then zooms in on the cheese on the burger Bob is holding (or the restaurant sign during Seasons 1–2), and the view fades in to the start of the episode.
As with other Fox animated series such as The Simpsons , the show employs the "changing element" running gag in its opening credits. The gag present on Bob's Burgers involves the store located to the right of the restaurant, which has a new, humorously named occupant in every episode (such as "Betty's Machetes" in "Purple Rain-Union"). Additionally, beginning with Season 2, the pest control van in the sequence has the name of a different company on each episode; the van read "Rat's all Folks! Exterminators" on all episodes of Season 1. On certain episodes, an element is changed for a special night (a flash frame saying "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" was shown during the title sequence of "Fort Night").
In an article where the writers of the show rank the best 10 musical numbers of the first three seasons, show creator and theme composer Loren Bouchard explains that the ukulele track in the theme is an edited version of the first recording he did, as well as the first take in 2008. According to Bouchard, if the EQ filter is taken off the original track, there is noise audible from the nightclub below the apartment he was living in when he recorded the theme.
The credits sequence of Bob's Burgers often features the Belcher family at work. The scene is the kitchen of Bob's Burgers drawn with a black outline over a white background and the characters in full color, with the credits off to the right hand side. The sequence consists of Bob cooking a burger and Louise and Tina doing prep. Bob places the burger on the plate for Louise to give to Linda, who takes it from the window, and a few seconds later Gene walks through the kitchen wearing his burger costume.
Although the kitchen scene is still the main closing sequence the show uses, beginning in season two the producers began to use different elements from the show in the credits. Other times, the scene will play out as usual, but with something from the episode going on in the background.
Every episode features one or more "Today's Special" burgers on a chalk board on the wall behind the counter. The name of the special is usually a play on words that indicates what comes on the burger (ex.: "It's Fun to Eat at the rYe M C A Burger": Comes with Rye, Mustard, Cheese, and Avocado). Other "Special" burgers are also mentioned by the family without being written on their chalkboard. The joke is often that the play on words is overly complex or obscure, or simply a bad pun.
Adult Swim acquired the cable syndication rights to air Bob's Burgers in 2013. Episodes air six nights a week, with a 10:00 pm airing on Saturday and 10:00 pm airings Monday through Thursday. An additional episode airs every Monday through Friday at 10:30 pm. Adult Swim currently has rights to the first eight seasons of Bob's Burgers and recently began airing the season-eight episodes on Sundays.
20th Century Fox Television began distributing Bob's Burgers to local stations in 2015. The local stations had rights to the first eight seasons and also had rights to the ninth when the tenth season debuted on Fox. The series also premiered on September 26, 2016, on TBS and airs Mondays afternoons (along with Family Guy and American Dad! ) and on Friday nights. As both are sister channels, TBS has the same rights as Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, and is airing the first eight seasons.
The series joined the FXX lineup on September 24, 2019, starting with the ninth season. In 2023, it will become the exclusive cable network for reruns, which means it will leave the Adult Swim and TBS lineups. This will not affect local syndication stations' rights to rerun the series.
It aired on E4 and later Comedy Central in the UK. Seasons 1-10 are included with Amazon Prime.
The first season through the current season of the show are available on the iTunes Store for download & Hulu. The first 8 seasons are available from Amazon Video.
|Region||Set title||Episode count||Discs||Time length||Release date||Notes|
|1||Bob's Burgers: The Complete 1st Season||13||2||286 minutes||April 17, 2012|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 2nd Season||9||198 minutes||May 7, 2013||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 3rd Season||23||3||506 minutes||May 13, 2014||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 4th Season||22||484 minutes||May 12, 2015||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 5th Season||21||July 20, 2016||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 6th Season||19||October 2, 2018||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 7th Season||22||October 2, 2018||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 8th Season||21||October 2, 2018||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 9th Season||22||September 3, 2019||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 10th Season||22||479 minutes||June 23, 2020||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
Bob's Burgers initially received mixed reviews for season 1, with a Metacritic score of 60 out of 100.However, by season 2, the ratings had reached a score of 78 out of 100, proving a rise in popularity with praises about its "daffy comedic momentum" and how it is "new and fresh." Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 73% score based on 41 reviews with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site's critical consensus states "A modestly immature workplace cartoon, not without potential, that needs to work on finding its rhythm". The Washington Post described the show as "pointlessly vulgar and derivatively dull", while Reuters stated that "It's unwise – and unnecessary – to launch an animated sitcom on Fox that appears intent to ape the vulgarity quotient of Family Guy ." USA Today stated that "Bob's Burgers isn't very tasty", describing the comedy as just "lop[ing] along, stumbling from one tasteless moment to the next". The New York Times described the show as having "a lackadaisical vibe; its humor, no matter how anarchic, slides by in a deadpan monotone."
However, as the first season progressed and concluded and the second began, critics began giving the series praise. Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club has recalled, "...the show was amusing, yes, and there was certainly potential, but it took half a dozen episodes before it really began to meet that potential."Season 2 has a Metacritic score of 78 out 100, and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% based on 8 reviews.
Season 3 has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88% based on 8 reviews, Season 4 has a score of 89% based on 9 reviews, season 5 has a score of 100% based on 12 reviews, and season 6 has 100% based on 10 reviews.
Entertainment Weekly gave the show an A− grade in its review, remarking that "a comedy this well done is very rare indeed".Ain't It Cool News called Bob's Burgers "perhaps the funniest half-hour currently airing on broadcast TV" in 2011. In its review, CNN called the show "wickedly funny" and said there are "too many highlights to list here". Speaking about the show during its second season, The A.V. Club reviewer Rowan Kaiser said: "After an uneven start, Bob's Burgers is becoming one of television's best comedies!" Since the debut of season two of the series, the show's positive reception has increased.
The A.V. Club voted Bob's Burgers as the 10th best TV show of 2012,the 3rd best show of 2013, the 20th best show of 2014, and the 35th best show of 2015.
After airing, the show became the highest-rated series premiere of the season and also finished 9th in the ratings for the week it aired.Despite this, the ratings went on a slide with ratings expert Bill Gorman of TV by the Numbers calling it a "toss up" for renewal before the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on March 11, 2012.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership|
|1||Sunday 8:30 pm||13||January 9, 2011||9.38||May 22, 2011||4.31||2010–11||117||5.07|
|2||Sunday 9:30 pm||9||March 11, 2012||4.04||May 20, 2012||3.57||2011–12||142||4.18|
|3||Sunday 8:30 pm||23||September 30, 2012||5.46||May 12, 2013||3.38||2012–13||107||4.45|
|4||Sunday 8:30 pm (1–11)|
Sunday 7:00 pm (12–22)
|22||September 29, 2013||4.48||May 18, 2014||1.95||2013–14||96||4.93|
|5||Sunday 7:30 pm (1–2, 13–18)|
Sunday 9:30 pm (3–12, 19–21)
|21||October 5, 2014||3.14||May 17, 2015||2.44||2014–15||147||3.18|
|6||Sunday 7:30 pm (1–10)|
Sunday 8:30 pm (11–19)
|19||September 27, 2015||2.51||May 22, 2016||2.04||2015–16||144||2.90|
|7||Sunday 7:30 pm||22||September 25, 2016||2.60||June 11, 2017||1.52||2016–17||138||2.78|
|8||21||October 1, 2017||2.93||May 20, 2018||1.62||2017–18||155||2.80|
|9||Sunday 8:30 pm||22||September 30, 2018||2.47||May 12, 2019||1.48||2018–19||TBD||TBD|
|10||Sunday 9:00 pm||22||September 29, 2019||1.82||May 17, 2020||1.28||2019–20||110||2.43|
|11||TBA||September 27, 2020||1.77||TBA||TBD||2020–21||TBD||TBD|
On January 6, 2011, some Fatburger locations were re-branded as Bob's Burgers for the day as a promotion.It also offered limited-time offers, such as a free burger giveaway, and a special, "The Thanks a Brunch Burger", on the menu until February 2011. There were also "Bob's Burgers" coupons offered for a free medium Fatburger special. Across the US, four locations were re-branded as Bob's Burgers: in California, New Jersey, Nevada, and Illinois. Two restaurants location in California continued to use the Bob's Burgers appellation into 2016 which are located in La Puente, and Westminster, California.
The season 4 premiere episode of Archer features a crossover where the Belcher family is shown, but Bob is revealed to be Sterling Archer (also voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) in a fugue state. Archer has taken the place of Bob Belcher, with Bob inexplicably missing. The menu board touts the "Thomas Elphinstone Hambledurger, with Manning Coleslaw", a play on amnesiac secret agent Tommy Hambledon, a character in a series of novels by Manning Coles.
"Homerland", the season 25 premiere episode of The Simpsons , features a couch gag in which the Belcher family (skinned yellow according to the standard character coloring of the series) attend a 25th anniversary party in the Simpson family living room with the main characters of their fellow Animation Domination series. Bob made another cameo in the episode "The Girl Code", where a picture of him is shown, and explaining that the restaurant was boycotted by short people due to an offensive Burger of the Day. The show has also been referenced in season 30 of The Simpsons in a couch gag in the episode "My Way or the Highway to Heaven". Homer is stuck in the restaurant and the Belcher family doesn't understand what he wants. The original five cast members guest starred for the couch gag.
In the Family Guy episode "Space Cadet", the principal shows Peter and Lois a picture of Bob Belcher as a sign that Chris is doing poorly in his Advanced Art class. Peter mutters "I'm so ashamed", and the principal replies "Yeah, well, someone should be." In "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee", Louise is one of many characters Stewie is turned into by Peter using a remote control. Bob's Burgers is also mentioned on "He's Bla-ack!", as one of the reasons why The Cleveland Show did not succeed. Bob makes a cameo appearance in the hour-long The Simpsons-Family Guy crossover "The Simpsons Guy".He appears on the same airplane as Homer and Peter in a cutaway about them being a greater team than the Air Force. Peter remarks to Homer that they have to carry Bob, and then Peter points to Cleveland's plane and says "We let that other guy try and look what happened." Cleveland, repeatedly saying "no", crashes in flames. This is a reference to the poor ratings of Bob's Burgers and the cancellation of The Cleveland Show . Bob's Burgers has been referenced two times in season 17 of Family Guy . In "Trump Guy", when Peter and Lois find out that Donald Trump (a caricature) is about to sexually harass Meg, Chris says that Bob's Burgers is on the TV. In "Trans-Fat", the Belcher family makes a cameo appearance in the Griffin family home, but only Bob has lines. In this cameo, H. Jon Benjamin voiced Bob, as he works on Family Guy.
In Aqua Teen Hunger Force , a character previously known as Dr. Eugene Mirman (obviously played by himself) was renamed "Dr. Gene Belcher" in the episode "Hospice". The character's name was revealed on Aqua Teen Hunger Force's creator Dave Willis' Twitter account two hours before the episode. The character had been introduced in 2006, which was five years before Bob's Burgers aired.
Seattle rock band Sleater-Kinney collaborated with Bob's Burgers and its crew for their 2015 single "A New Wave", from the album No Cities to Love . The resultant music video featured the band, animated in the cartoon's style, performing for the Belcher children in Tina's bedroom.
In 2016, The Bob's Burgers Burger Book, edited by series creator Bouchard, was released. There are 75 burger recipes pulled from the fan-based blog "The Bob's Burger Experiment" based on the Specials of the Day that appear on the chalkboard menu in the show.
On October 4, 2017, Fox announced that a Bob's Burgers Movie was in the works to be released on July 17, 2020.Creator Bouchard has said the movie will "scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had", while being appealing to new audiences.
On July 18, 2018, Loren Bouchard said that the script has been submitted and accepted by the studio. The movie will be a musical comedy and will involve Louise and her night light Kuchi Kopi inside her fantasy world as a minor subplot.
On November 17, 2019, the movie was briefly pulled from Fox's release schedule,but the following day it was back on the schedule.
On April 3, 2020, Disney announced that the film would be delayed to April 9, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On January 22, 2021, the film was delayed indefinitely, along with a few other 20th Century films.
A comic book series based on the show, published by Dynamite Entertainment, began its run in September 2014.
A virtual pinball adaptation of the series was developed and released by Zen Studios in 2015, available as an add-on for the games Zen Pinball 2 , Pinball FX 2 and Pinball FX 3 , as well as a standalone, paid app on iOS and Android.This table is one of four tables featured in the "Balls of Glory" pinball pack produced as a result of Zen's partnership with Fox Digital Entertainment, and features 3D animated figures of the Belcher family.
"Human Flesh" is the first episode and the series premiere of the animated television series Bob's Burgers. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 9, 2011.
The first season of the American animated sitcom Bob's Burgers began airing on Fox in the United States on January 9, 2011, and concluded on May 22, 2011. Thirteen episodes long, the season was produced by Bento Box Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series follows the family—father Bob, mother Linda, daughters Louise and Tina Belcher, and son Gene. The show features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal in their roles of the Belcher family.
The second season of the animated sitcom Bob's Burgers began airing on Fox in the United States on March 11, 2012, and concluded on May 20, 2012. The season was produced by Wilo Productions and Buck & Millie Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television, and is distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, along with its other seasons. Actors H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal reprised their roles as Bob Belcher, Linda Belcher, Tina Belcher, Gene Belcher and Louise Belcher. These characters are all a part of the Belcher family, a nuclear family that runs a hamburger restaurant titled Bob's Burgers.
"Bed & Breakfast" is the seventh episode of the first season of the animated television series Bob's Burgers. The episode originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 13, 2011.
"Burger War" is the tenth episode of the first season of the animated television series Bob's Burgers. The episode originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 10, 2011.
"Beefsquatch" is the ninth and final episode of the second season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. The episode premiered on May 20, 2012 in the United States on Fox. In the episode, Bob appears in a cooking segment for a talk show. He appears alongside Gene, and they become rivals when Gene makes fun of Bob around other people.
The third season of the animated sitcom Bob's Burgers began airing on Fox in the United States on September 30, 2012, and concluded on May 12, 2013.
"Bob Fires the Kids" is the third episode of the third season of the American animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. Written by Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux, the episode sees Bob Belcher firing his children Tina, Gene, and Louise from the family restaurant for the summer, not wanting to deprive them of normal childhood experiences as his own father did. However, when the children grow bored of summer activities, they seek employment at a local farm, which unbeknownst to them grows marijuana.
"An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal" is the fifth episode of the third season of the American animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. Written by Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux, the episode sees Bob Belcher reluctantly agree to rent out his wife Linda and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise to the family's landlord Calvin Fischoeder, who wants them to pose as his own family to impress a former flame named Shelby at Thanksgiving dinner. As Thanksgiving goes by, Bob, who has also been hired to pose as Fischoeder's cook, begins to feel increasingly ignored by his family and ends up talking to the dinner turkey as his only companion.
"The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene" is the eighth episode of the third season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. The episode originally aired on Fox in the United States on December 9, 2012. The episode centers around Gene Belcher as he attempts to end an undesirable relationship with his irritating female classmate Courtney. However, when he learns that Courtney's father Doug is a jingle writer who owns several electronic musical instruments, he decides to stay in the relationship, hoping that Doug will be able to start Gene a music career of his own. A subplot involves Linda Belcher attempting to lose weight by following a diet consisting solely of fruit and vegetable peels.
"Topsy" is the 16th episode of the third season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 38th episode, and is written by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith and directed by Tyree Dillihay. It aired on Fox in the United States on March 10, 2013. The episode is notable for repeating the false claim that Thomas Edison electrocuted Topsy the elephant.
"It Snakes a Village" is the 18th episode of the third season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 40th episode. The episode was written by Kit Boss and directed by Jennifer Coyle. It aired on Fox in the United States on March 24, 2013.
"Boyz 4 Now" is the 21st episode of the third season of the American animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. Written by Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux, the episode features guest appearances from actors Max Greenfield and Jack McBrayer and comedian Tig Notaro. Its main plot sees Louise Belcher becoming aghast to find herself developing a crush on a member of the boy band Boyz 4 Now (Greenfield), after she reluctantly attends one of their concerts with her sister Tina. In a subplot, Gene Belcher qualifies for a regional competition in tablescaping, an activity involving the setting of dining tables based on a selected theme.
"A River Runs Through Bob" is the first episode of the fourth season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 46th episode, and is written by Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi and directed by Jennifer Coyle. It aired on Fox in the United States on September 29, 2013.
"Fort Night" is the second episode of the fourth season of the American animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. The episode, written by Mike Olsen, is the series' second Halloween special, and features guest appearances from comedians Aziz Ansari and Molly Shannon. Its plot centers around the Belcher siblings – Tina, Gene, and Louise – getting trapped in their makeshift fort on Halloween with their friends Darryl (Ansari), Andy, and Ollie, all the while being tormented by Millie (Shannon), a psychotic classmate of Louise's who refuses to send any help. The children must try to escape the fort before trick-or-treating commences at night.
"Presto Tina-o" is the tenth episode of the fourth season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 55th episode, and is written by Kit Boss and directed by Chris Song. It aired on Fox in the United States on January 12, 2014.
"The Frond Files" is the 12th episode of the fourth season of the American animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. Written by Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux, the episode sees Bob and Linda Belcher visiting a Wagstaff School exhibition entitled "Why I Love Wagstaff." Noticing that their children's reports are missing from the exhibition, they confront school guidance counselor Phillip Frond, who gives them the discarded reports to read for themselves.
"Uncle Teddy" is the 14th episode of the fourth season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 59th episode, and is written by Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi and directed by Don MacKinnon. It aired on Fox in the United States on March 23, 2014.
"Speakeasy Rider" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 76th episode, and is written by Rich Rinaldi and directed by Jennifer Coyle. It aired on Fox in the United States on January 11, 2015.
"Glued, Where's My Bob?" is the 19th episode of sixth season of the American animated comedy series Bob's Burgers. Written by Steven Davis and Kelvin Yu, the episode features guest appearances from actors Rob Huebel, Kumail Nanjiani, and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as appearances by recurring guest stars Pamela Adlon, Ken Jeong, Tim Meadows, and Jenny Slate. Its main plot sees Gene Belcher, Louise Belcher, and Tina getting into a prank war which causes Bob to end up in a sticky situation, where he learns that a journalist is coming to the restaurant to do a story on it, and the whole town ends up getting involved.
Bob’s Burgers has always been a good show, but its third season has placed it in the rarified air of TV’s best, a near constant assault of humor, heart, and old-fashioned showmanship.