Bob’s Burgers is back tonight! I say this with enthusiasm as the Fox animated comedy grabbed my attention and affection with all its weirdness, burger puns and food humor in its first season. But if you weren’t drawn in by the aroma of Bob’s Burgers last year, perhaps you’ll consider tuning in tonight as Bob and his family find themselves on an adventure that’s somewhat reminiscent of a beloved ’80’s movie. (Spoilers ahead!)
Created by Loren Bouchard, Bob’s Burgers’ is an animated comedy that follows a family that owns and runs a struggling burger restaurant. The second season premiere pays homage to The Goonies as Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schaal) head off to an abandoned taffy factory, which they believe holds a secret treasure. Meanwhile, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John Roberts) are scheduled for some “alone time” that night, but find their romantic plans derailed.
The Goonies nod fits Fox’s movie-themed Sunday night, and it’s great to see the Steven Spielberg/Chris Columbus written adventure film given some love by the show. If there’s one downside, it’s that the episode takes us away from the family-owned restaurant that serves as the backdrop of the series. Bob’s Burgers makes an appearance, but most of the episode takes place off-site. That said, while the restaurant is back-burnered in “The Belchies,” all of the humor and the quirkiness of the characters is still present in the episode.
Those tuning in for the first time should get a good taste of what this family, and this animated comedy series is all about. The second episode brings us back to the restaurant, and just in time for Bob to get himself caught up in a tense situation.
Here’s the trailer for tonight's episode, which includes a new version of a familiar ’80’s movie song...
According to EW, Cyndi Lauper re-recorded “The Goonies R Good Enough” with its modified lyrics for the episode.
Bob’s Burgers Season 2 premieres Sunday, March 11 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.