What parents need to know
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?
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 happens, everyone 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?