Animation Domination Finales: Bob's Burgers Kills And American Dad Says Goodbye
Fox’s Sunday night Animation Domination, by name or by sheer existence, is one of the most familiar schedules on television. Though we don’t often break down the shows on a weekly basis, we thought it’d be good to pay our respects, since Animation Domination will be no more by next fall. (For the most part, anyway.) Beyond that, it was also a night of milestones, as The Simpsons finished its 25th season, Family Guy ended its Season 12, and American Dad said goodbye to Fox audiences altogether, as it will be moving to TBS next season.
And so without further aD’oh, let’s dive right in.
Bob’s BurgersThe Episode: While its fellow A.D. compadres have all been on the air longer, Bob’s Burgers has consistently been a stronger show than the others, and there’s no exception to be found in the Season 4-ending “World Wharf II: The Wharfening (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town – Part II.” Not only was this the rare two-parter, but the episode also utilized a more suspenseful storyline than usual, keeping Bob and the hilarious Mr. Fischoeder (Kevin Kline) tied beneath a pier while they awaited either rescue from Linda and the kids, or their bullet-ridden doom from Felix Fischoeder (Zach Galifianakis) and his aspiring vocalist girlfriend Fanny (Jordan Peele). Bob’s impending horror is balanced by Louise’s drive to figure out what Bob’s haphazard text messages stand for. With additional guest voices from Paul F. Tomkins, Gary Cole and Jenny Slate, this was a solid “event-sized” ending to a pretty excellent season.
Best line:: Mr. Fischoeder – “I hope you got my best side. I’m talking about my weiner bulge.”
The Season in a Sentence: Like a turtle paddle boat that is inexplicably faster than the rest, Bob’s Burgers remains the freshest pack of faces in Fox animation, and it continues to shine the brightest, even as it’s been continually shoehorned into the positively awful early Sunday evening time slot.
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