FW TV PICK: BOB’S BURGERS

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Like any other animated show at first glance, I dismissed “Bob’s Burgers” when it first aired on Fox because it looked odd; but unlike my family I eventually decided to binge-watch it (around its eighth season) and got invested immediately! Bob Belcher is a third-generation restaurateur who runs Bob’s Burgers with his loving wife and their three children. Bob believes his burgers speak for themselves and isn’t afraid to offer a variety of off-beat creations. Bob’s wife, Linda, supports his dream but is becoming sick of the slow times, as the restaurant is constantly in danger of going out of business. The main competition to Bob’s Burgers is a busy pasta joint located across the street that is run by Bob’s nemesis, Jimmy Pesto. Despite the challenges, which includes consistent harassment from Linda’s ex – a health inspector – Bob tries to keep the grill sizzling. The show didn’t exactly have a great start with its first season for being mostly tasteless (no pun intended); but as the series went on it started to become one of the greatest animated shows of all time and its not hard to see the appeal. Bob is funny for his deadpan delivery and for being the only sensible member of the family. Oh I love Linda, especially for energetic and happy-go-lucky personality (I don’t even mind her voice actor is gay). Both Gene and Louise are both likable for one being carefree and the other being a troublemaker. But easily the biggest breakout character is the teenage girl Tina. Her socially awkward personality and many weird quirks are always fun to watch. Probably the most unique and distracting thing about the show is that eighty percent of the voice cast is male and about twenty percent is female. Half the women characters on the show; especially Linda and Tina are voiced by dudes. Which for the most part is pretty easy to spot and it definitely sets it apart from other animated shows. One thing’s for sure, I can see why this will be the second Fox Animated Show to get a theatrical movie, instead of the quality declining “Family Guy”!

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