Girl power heals a broken heart on an empowering Bob's Burgers

Tina’s obsessive on-again-off-again relationship with Jimmy Junior is one of the most nuanced portrayals of young, modern love on television. Tina’s a strong independent woman who just happens to be obsessed with boy’s butts and sick dance moves—her heart wants what it wants and she isn’t ashamed to go after it. So…

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What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV shows?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The National are back for another beautifully mournful cover of a Bob's Burgers Thanksgiving song

If there’s one thing capable of dragging us out of our food hangovers and back into the world of rapidly fading Thanksgiving nostalgia, it’s Bob’s Burgers’ consistently great holiday episodes. Not only does the Belcher clan offer up the perfect mix of comedy and heart, year-in and year-out, but we can usually count on…

The Belchers save the day in a well done Thanksgiving episode

Bob’s Burgers does incredibly well with holiday episodes. When your regular reviewer, Brianna Wellen, asked my to fill in this episode, I was happy to do so. Bob’s Burgers routinely weaves sentimentality and the mediocre reality of the holiday season. Last year’s “The Quirkducers” wasn’t just memorable for its…

Tina and Tammy enter into a babysitting showdown in a competitive Bob's Burgers 

Tina is the character who has grown the most over the course of Bob’s Burgers’s 8 seasons, despite the cartoon rules of arrested development. And in “Sit Me Baby One More Time” we see her grow beyond horse and zombie-loving nerd into a woman so confident she’s a full blown bully. Tina gets nasty when Tammy (Jenny…

Female animators release an open letter denouncing the industry's culture of silence and harassment

A number of prominent women and gender non-conforming people in the animation industry—including Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust, and Bob’s Burgers writer and producer Wendy Molyneux—have just signed and released an open letter calling for an end to a…

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The 22 best minor characters on TV right now

To the protagonists go the TV spoils: The spotlight scenes, the attention of award-giving bodies, the premium paychecks. And while a well-realized main character might hook you in to a TV show, that show isn’t worth sticking with unless its world is also populated by equally well-realized characters who support,…