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Bob's Burgers

Satirical, sometimes naughty humor on animated comedy.
Popular with kidsParents recommend
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Family members love, support one another; iffy messages about family, child labor, and other issues. Sexual abuse, the disabled a source of humor. 

Positive role models

Bob works hard to support his family, his wife is supportive. Some cast members lie, spread rumors, and engage in other inappropriate behaviors.

Violence

Fantasy violence (shoving, strangling, and so on). Cannibalism, murder discussed. Jokes about child molestation.

Sex

Innuendo; bathroom humor.  

Language

 "Crap," "hell," "bastard," etc. Crude references to body parts, bodily fluids, and bodily functions.

Consumerism

Brands, celebrities like Justin Bieber, and TV shows like Kitchen Nightmares,The Human Centipede referenced

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to alcohol, some scenes take place in bars. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bob's Burgers is an animated show about a family that runs a burger restaurant. The vibe of the show is edgy and absurd, but the family is loving and supportive of one another. This being said, some cast members behave negatively (mock each other, spreading rumors, etc.). There's some sexual innuendo, bathroom references and crass humor that includes jokes about sexual abuse, disabilities, and other sensitive topics. The language can get strong ("crap," "bastard"), and alcohol is sometimes referenced. Teens should be able to handle it, but younger viewers may not fully grasp the irreverent humor. 

What's the story?

The animated comedy BOB’S BURGERS centers on Bob Belcher (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), who owns and operates a struggling burger joint with the help of his wife, Linda (John Roberts). Running the restaurant isn't easy, especially when kids Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schaal) can’t seem to take the business seriously. The family gets into scrapes individually or together, involving ghosts, talking toilets, boy band members living in exile, and rigged gingerbread house building competitions. But the days they spend together working at the restaurant are the glue that holds this unconventional family together. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The irreverent series combines a likable, loving family, edgy gags, and occasional bad behavior to create some fun. The humor is similar to that of The Simpsons, and despite what happenseveryone learns and hugs by the end. But even though it's not as dirty or mean-spirited as comedies like South Park or Futurama can be, it contains plenty of eyebrow-raising jokes.

It features a talented cast of voices, but Kristen Schaal offers the only feminine voice in a cast that contains three female characters. Meanwhile, her performance as the show's anti-heroine is often what drives the episodes' plot lines. This only adds to the ripe humor, even if the quips are sometimes pretty coarse. Families who enjoy animated comedies may enjoy watching Bob's Burgers together -- if they're not easily offended. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about animated comedies. What kinds of things can an animated series offer viewers that a live-action series can't? Do you think animated comedies rely on more risqué behavior to please their audiences? 

  • How does Bob's Burgers use humor? Do you find it funny? What makes sensitive topics, such as disability or abuse, ripe for comedy? Can it ever go too far?

TV details

Premiere date:January 9, 2011
Cast:Eugene Mirman, H. John Benjamin, John Roberts
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming
Award:Emmy

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Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written bypboyal January 17, 2011

Perfect for family members of any ages.

This show is hilarious and a great family sitcom.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byKjellzer May 23, 2012

We like this

Think you guys are coming off a bit humorless here. We find it very funny, and confirming of kids' darker feelings and fears of being different. The Belchers are loving and honest with each other and the kids learn to live as themselves without being threatened by social forces of conformity. Certainly more affirming than South Park or Family Guy. The Belcher family is more self aware, less sexist, and more healthy than the Simpsons.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bypugfreak13 January 27, 2011

It's perfectly okay for teens.

It's a good show! I really love to watch it. If you have seen family guy, not even half as bad as that. Bob's Burgers does have some negative comments on mental illnesses. But thats all. Some language. Not all that bad.
What other families should know
Too much swearing