A Peachy Diary Entry #7: Why I Still Love Bob’s Burgers
I hopped onto “Bob’s Burgers” a lot later than most, this year actually, and I was pleasantly surprised by Loren Bouchard’s quirky, Emmy-winning animated sitcom.
Starting off, I was super intrigued by the show’s art style, vibrant use of color, and the second I heard H. Jon Benjamin’s voice coming out of the main character, I thought to myself, “Oh my god, I get this.”
I binged the 4 seasons available on Netflix (at time of writing), and it wasn’t until very recently that I discovered the secret ingredient (sorry) that kept me coming back and re-watching the Belcher family’s misadventures.
Is it the comedy? Sure!
Is it the animation? Sure!
Is it the song or dance number in the end credits of every episode? I love those.
Actually, above all of those things, and much more, it’s the family dynamic of the Belcher family that makes me the happiest in this show.
Compared to something like Family Guy, where the Griffins are always at each other’s throats for one reason or another, more often than not ending in some sort of violent clash amongst them, Bob loves his family, and they all love him.
As the show progresses and we get an understanding of the Belchers and each one’s distinctive quirks and personality, we see how those all play out in how they interact with each other. You see all three dimensions of each character, their loves, fears, and insecurities, and remarkably, they’re all grounded and completely relate-able to families in the real world.
Then of course, there’s the fact that the jokes come from these clashes in personality, and not, say, random aged references and cut-away gags that have nothing to do with the plot, or violence, or needless swearing. It’s hilarious watching Tina’s hormone-ridded awkwardness clash with Gene’s love of music, or Louise’s pre-pubescent terrorism clash with Linda’s mom-isms. (There’s an entire episode dedicated to the latter, where they attend an 8-hour Mother-Child bonding seminar run by a man.)
When the family bickers amongst themselves, it’s not out of spite or contempt, it’s all pretty level stuff, and whenever they need each other, they always come around at just the right time, and each episode leaves you feeling good as a result. There has never been an episode where I was left feeling unsatisfied, and definitely there hasn’t been one where I wasn’t left smiling.
Every one-liner and gag gives us an insight to who these characters are as people, and oddly enough, their quirks are baseline enough to the point where you could potentially project yourself onto each one of them. Louise’s zaniness and cynicism, Gene’s goofy passion for food and music, Bob’s obsession of puns, and of course, everybody loves quoting Tina’s awkward teenage wit.
There’s an episode where Louise has her first crush, where Gene fumbles into a relationship with a really annoying girl, one where Tina finds herself being asked to a dance by two different boys, these are all hilarious in their own right but only because we’ve spent so much time learning about these characters.
It’s sort of difficult describing how lovable and charming everyone is (including the supporting cast) without spoiling too much, but I seriously can’t recommend this show enough if you haven’t seen it by this point.
Insert food pun here with how Bob’s Burgers are delicious or something.
I don’t know.
Watch the show.