Bob's Burgers

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Satirical, sometimes naughty humor on animated comedy.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 65 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 177 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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. 

What 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. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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.
Adult Written byHailo C. May 31, 2020

Bob's Burgers review

This review is in regards to the uncut DVD version.

Violence (3/5): Slapstick frequent.

Sexual Content (3/5): The mom character in the show is known for being... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMemd21 December 28, 2015

It's all about your child's maturity level

In a situation of allowing your child to watch a certain show or movie, maturity matters more rather than age. The average age of which the content of Bob'... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byRedRiver2011 April 3, 2011

Funny show with a great plot! Good for tweens

Its very funny, but also here and here on the inappropriate meter. What do you expect? It's from fox and they are more of an ADULT channel, so dont complai... Continue reading

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 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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

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