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…

Mike and Tandy search for new life while the gang discovers old ones on The Last Man On Earth

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There’s some nice parallel storytelling in this week’s Last Man On Earth: Mike and Tandy embark on a journey to examine the enormous blob on Mike’s thermal imaging system in the hopes of finding new life, while the rest of the gang discover numerous murdered corpses in the walls of their Zihuatanejo mansion. Though…

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…

The Last Man On Earth has baby fever in one of the best episodes of the season

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Last week, The Last Man On Earth returned to the status quo by burying Karl and re-introducing Todd’s baby fever. After seeing how Melissa bonds so well with Jasper, Todd feels guilty that he can’t connect with the nine-to-eleven-year-old boy in their midst, but he’s more depressed because he believes he’ll never be a…

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…

The Last Man On Earth repeatedly hits one morbid note in its winter finale

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After being off the air for a month, The Last Man On Earth returned last week with a POV episode about Karl Cowperthwaite, a dorky cannibalistic serial killer played by Fred Armisen. The episode illustrates how Karl’s social awkwardness and mundane lifestyle disarms his victims who naturally don’t believe he’s capable…

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…

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