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Five Reasons to Start Watching Bob's Burgers

When Bob's Burgers debuted last spring, the show not only surprised me with how good it was, but also went on to become one of my favorite shows of 2011. I was initially curious about Bob's because I love Archer, and the two shows share a lead voice actor: H. Jon Benjamin. But once I tuned in, Bob's hooked me with its sharply written humor and characters who felt new and original. Though it flew under the radar and could easily have disappeared, Fox renewed the show for a full second season, which premieres this weekend—hooray!

Bob's Burgers follows the Belchers, a family that basically has the same structure as the titular clan of The Simpsons and the Griffins of Family Guy—mom, dad, and three kids—so it's a perfect fit for the Sundays at 8:30pm timeslot between the two. And it gives us a break from watching three Seth MacFarlane shows in a row. Still not convinced to tune in? Here are five more reasons why you should pick it up with Season 2.


1. It stars the voice of Archer

H. Jon Benjamin supplies the voice of Bob, and he's just as funny here as he is on Archer, even though Bob Belcher and Sterling Archer are complete opposites. Here, he's a thoughtful, stern father who works hard to provide for his family and never talks down to his kids. But there's also John Roberts as Bob's wife Linda, who was also the voice from one of the funniest sketches on YouTube, "The Christmas Tree". It's a joy to know he got a chance to put his perfect female impersonation to work.


2. Like Happy Endings and Suburgatory, it's a young, relatively unknown comedy with a loyal, if small, fanbase

Bob's Burgers amassed dozens of fans in its first season, and with any luck, Season 2 will be even better. Discover it now, and then hope everybody else does, too.


3. The kids: Tina, Gene, and Louise

The Belcher kids are among the best TV new characters to come out of 2011. First there's Louise, the loud, shit-stirring ringleader voiced by TV.com favorite Kristen Schaal; she's the the youngest but also the smartest. Then there's Tina (Dan Mintz), the eldest, whose sexual awakening and love for zombies makes for a sincerely awkward portrayal of a young girl hitting puberty. And finally there's middle-child Gene (Eugene Mirman), a budding musician and fun-loving attention-getter.


4. It features edgy but wholesome family humor

The jokes and storylines are reminiscent of early Simpsons and Family Guy episodes, when both shows were new and focused on authentic family interactions., when neither one was particularly self-aware and before Family Guy got so mean. But Bob's delivers just enough edge to keep it real without feeling treacly.


5. It woos excellent surprise guest-stars

Top-notch actors have quietly voiced some of the supporting cast, like Kevin Kline as the Belchers' landlord, Mr. Fischoeder (as in fish-odor), and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock's Kenneth Parcell) as a tranny hooker.


Bob's Burgers returns for Season 2 this Sunday, March 11, at 8:30pm on Fox.

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The season premiere was amazing; it was the funniest episode they've done and the animation has gotten a lot better.
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I will have to check this out
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Not a single mention of Dr. Katz or Home Movies (Bouchard's other big sucesses) in this review, yet multiple references to Seth McFarlene. I have always been a fan of Family Guy, American Dad, etc., but there are some other great animted shows out there. Another one of the most underrated adult cartoons out there is The Life and Times of Tim which I don't think I've ever seen on TV.com, but hey at least you are getting people to rally around Bob's Burgers which is good.



That always annoys me about TV.com though, like when they have Tim Surrette reviewing Torchwood: Miracle Day and in the review he says something like, 'by the way I have never seen Dr. Who." If it is your job to review TV shows maybe netflix past seasons/shows so you don't drive off new fans with your own misconceptions of the show (not as prevelant in this article as much as the example I gave above).



P.S. In my mind H. Jon Benjamin is first and foremost McGirk.
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It's a Loren Bouchard show with a fantastic cast. That's all I needed to know to get on board. Loved the first season, can't wait for tonight's episode.
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I loved this show from the beginning. Moolisa XD.
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I just found another reason to watch it:



IT'S AWESOME!!!!
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Nah will give this a pass. Totally detest badly drawn cartoon characters, yuck.
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There's a difference between "badly drawn" being done unintentionally and and animation/art that is of a particular, intended style. It's not bad, it's drawn that way on purpose. Whether you like it or not is another matter.



Personally, I am not a fan of the show. I am kind of put off by the characters, voices and personalities, and Bob always sounds like droning Dylan McDermott to me.



And no, I don't watch Archer either.
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If it's like early family guy then I'm in. Family guy now is stupid at best (not funny stupid just stupid) and like he said, mean at the best. However when it started it was stupid but funny. Anyway I might start watching it, but I have to watch frisky dingo first. Like whoever wrote this I'm a big fan of archer and just learnered about frisky dingo which is made by the same people and has teh same find of humor so naturally I have to check it out.
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I hope we see Bob's Burgers last a good and long run on FOX. I was hooked on the show since episode two, as I was too new for the humor in episode one.
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Last year I didn't think much of Bob's Burgers from the commercials, so I was really surprised how funny it was when I watched it. The art episode is my favorite one.
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Same here, I thought it would be terrible, but it's such a funny show.
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One reason to watch Bob's Burger : it's awesome.
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The real number 1: It doesn't have Seth McFarlene in it.
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This show just is too slow for my taste, and i hate the animation-style. It isn't as good at making me laugh as Allen Gregory was, so don't waste your time watching it.
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I sort of liked Allen Gregory too after a few episodes, it was weird and original.
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I kinda liked Allen Gregory too. It was mostly hated because a lot of people would just follow on what others would say. The show wasn't great, but it was neat as it had its own originality. I kinda wished another network would pick it up for a bit longer, same with Sit Down Shut Up.
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It looks like it was animated by a drunk blind man.



How much does TV.com get paid to advertise TV shows?
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In the words of Malory Archer, "Not as much as you'd think." And by that I mean $0
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Fox animated comedies, meh.
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Don't lump it in with the others. I promise it's very different. It doesn't have the frenetic, poorly-timed and/or nonsensical jokes of shows like Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. The plot actually makes sense in each episode, with the disparate strands connecting in very smart ways by show's end. And it isn't mean-spirited as the aforementioned shows tend to be. Plus, no Seth McFarland.
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You should watch it because its a breath of fresh air and it has fantastic characters
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I am not a big fan of the show. I know all kids are weird but every takes it a bit too far. The oldest daughter reminds me of Meg from Family Guy that went through sex change but stopped mid way. And the two other kids are just weird, nothing normal about them.
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This show is the Best.
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Hearing this character with Archer's voice is jarring. I don't think I could watch the show, because then it would ruin Archer for me, lol.
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My first introduction to H. Jon Benjamin was Dr. Katz way back in '95. Since then he's done so much voicework when I hear him there's like 10 different characters floating around in my head. If you dig him as Archer, check him out in something different. He's a great talent.
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It was difficult for me to but by the second episode I got over it and now enjoy 2 amazing shows
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He'll always be Coach McGuirk, but he still works as Archer and Bob.
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I love this show, especially the kids. It's got this quirky family-centric thing going on and it's just such a breath of fresh air from all the usual McFarlane stuff.
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So happy this got renewed! "Oi! Brazil! Capoeira!" (sexy dance fighting), Crawl Space and "Bob becoming a cab driver" were the highlights from season. And love Mr.Fischoeder ("what are we doing standing here in the fog?"). Also, Tina! :D
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I have been waiting, i've been waiting for this moment all my life!- silversun pickups
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I haven't read the article (and I'm quite drunk) but you should watch it 'cos it's fantastic - and the younger sister is one of the best characters on TV. I'll read it tomorrow and comment properly! (I think!)
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I think Bob would appreciate a drunk comment made without actually reading the article.
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Well, I'm back (with a bit of a headache) and I've read the article - it's spot-on by the way.
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I love this show. It's witty, quick, and doesn't just go for jabs that are completely inconsequential to the plot (here's looking at you, Family Guy). Certainly makes me laugh far more than Family Guy or the Simpsons do nowadays.
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I could've listed "doesn't just go for jabs that are completely inconsequential to the plot..." as reason #6.
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I second that. Hate when sitcoms do that continuously.
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