Bob's Burgers Review: New Fox Animated Series
Foxís ďAnimation DominationĒ was turning into Seth MacFarlane domination as the animator and voice to that pompous, opinionated baby Stewie held three of the four series in Foxís Sunday night primetime block, however thatís about to change as Fox premieres the new animated comedy series Bobís Burgers.
Brought to you by Loren Bouchard, Bobís Burgers centers on a family that owns and runs a struggling burger joint. The pilot episode introduces us to Bob and his family, which is typically dysfunctional. Bobís wife, Linda (voiced by John Roberts), believes her husband has a surprise up his sleeve for their anniversary but Bob ( H. Jon Benjamin) is too busy trying to deal with Bobís Burgerís grand re-re-re-opening. Thereís also the pesky health inspector whoís poking around to see if the rumors are true that Bobís Burgers serves human flesh. Rounding out the family are Bob and Lindaís kids Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal), each of whom play their part in the business operation (for better or worse).
Those familiar with Bouchardís previous work, which includes Comedy Centralís Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and Adult Swimís Home Movies, will recognize the animation style. As for the humor, itís somewhat fitting that the series airs between The Simpsons and Family Guy as the humor falls somewhere between both shows, with jokes ranging from a fart-noise-making bullhorn to naming a burger ďthe child molesterĒ (I wonít spoil the reason behind that). Linda being voiced by a man (sounding like heís doing an impersonation of a woman) makes her nagging particularly funny, as does the awkward daughter Tina, who is also voiced by a man.
Bobís Burgers may not be entirely family friendly (although, I suppose that would depend on the family) nor is the premise entirely original but much like Foxís other animated series on Sunday night, this is a show that celebrates the humor and the messiness of the typical American family. I expect that those already set to tune in to Fox on Sunday nights for their other popular animated series will find Bobís Burgers to be a tasty treat and a great fit for the time slot and the network.
Bobís Burgers premieres Sunday, Jan. 9 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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