A celebratory scheme goes too far on a Mother's Day Bob's Burgers

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Despite some appearances, the Belcher family is a matriarchy. Yes, Bob runs the restaurant and is part of making the decisions, but at the end of the day, what Linda says usually goes. So when she decides in “Mo Mommy Mo Problems” that her Mother’s Day gift will be a day of everyone saying “yes” to what she wants to…

Bob's Burgers pits Louise against a new enemy while she faces a new fear

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At this point it’s fairly well-known that no one should get on Louise’s bad side. So when “As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow Ramps” starts out with a new neighbor pushing her buttons and threatening her reputation by calling her “tricycle girl,” it’s a given that things are about to get ugly. What’s surprising…

The Belchers face horrors both real and imagined on a fear-filled Bob's Burgers

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Fear is a complicated emotion. It can be caused by real threats, anticipation of the horrible, fictional scenarios, or potential of emotional distress. This week Bob’s Burgers skillfully tackled all those aspects of terror from the perspective of not only the Belchers but some much-welcomed guest characters, old and…

Richard weighs transplanting Silicon Valley's most vital organs

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All the way back in the third episode of Silicon Valley, I made the observation that a central lesson to take from the show was the message “Look before you leap.” Multiple seasons later, that message hasn’t become any less relevant. Putting the “neg” in “negotiations,” spilling evidence of a conspiracy onto the…

A sporty Bob's Burgers reveals the Belchers' passions and gives a nod to Home Movies 

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It finally happened. The Bob’s Burgers/Home Movies crossover fans have been waiting for aired tonight (sort of). While the characters aren’t explicitly from the late 90s series created by Loren Bouchard starring H. Jon Benjamin, some familiar faces and voices found their way into “The Hurt Soccer.” Melissa Bardin…

The Belcher kids show off their sleuthing skills on a secret-filled Bob's Burgers

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Louise Belcher’s ability to not only turn the most menial tasks into an adventure, but also to create ten times more work for herself to get out of something just to prove a point is admirable. On this week’s Bob’s Burgers, she does both with aplomb when the kids are asked to create handmade birthday gifts for their…

Bob's Burgers returns from a weeks-long hiatus with a schoolyard sensation

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When the last episode of Bob’s Burgers aired, the Minnesota Vikings still had a chance at the Super Bowl, Hope Hicks was still the White House Communications Director, and no one knew what Vero was. Maybe that’s why Fox decided to re-air the season premiere before this week’s new episode: to remind us in a…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Louise channels Clarice in a The Silence of the Lambs-inspired Bob's Burgers

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When I first saw the title of this episode, “Silence of the Louise,” I assumed that it would be Louise herself taking on the Hannibal Lecter role in some capacity. She is, after all, an evil mastermind in her own right, but with more than enough charm to manipulate those around her. Who other than Louise would have…

Cue the ukulele: a Bob’s Burgers music album is on the way

It’s about time someone compiled the many weird, charming songs of Bob’s Burgers for a full album release, which is just what Sub Pop’s done. Pitchfork reports the label will put out the The Bob’s Burgers Music Album on May 12. The LP features 112 songs as performed by the core cast—H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal,…