Of all my favorite memories of growing-up, nothing beats a Saturday morning complete with a bowl of cereal and great cartoons. There were tons of shows that my sisters and I would watch while huddled around our TV, but one that really stands out was Bob’s Burgers.
When the show debuted in 2011, my younger sister begged me to watch it with her, and I obliged. I immediately became a huge fan.
I related to Bob’s Burgers for a few reasons. Firstly, I was the only son in a house with two sisters–one older and one younger.
My younger sister, was crazy, off-the-handle, outspoken, and slightly psychotic, making her the “scary” one, and my older sister was the quiet, anxious one who had one foot planted in embarrassment and the other planted in the world of a struggling pre-teen. Meanwhile, much like Gene on the show, I was into music, and getting into trouble while trying to make my way as an independent boy in a house run by my sisters.
My parents owned and operated a local convenient store, where we all frequently worked. Anyone growing up in an immigrant family who owns a small business understands the struggle; trying to explain it to other kids was impossible.
My father was a hardworking man trying to make ends meet for his family–while simultaneously trying not to have a mental breakdown courtesy of his wonderful kids–and my mother was an eccentric, loud, proud woman with basically no filter.
So, essentially we were the cast of Bob’s Burgers. It isn’t hard to understand why this show appealed to me.
Bob’s Burgers, takes place in New Jersey, where the Belcher family owns and operates a burger restaurant directly below their apartment.
Bob and Linda, heads of the Belcher household, have three very peculiar children. Tina, the oldest, Gene–the middle and only boy–and Louise, the youngest. Tina is a love-struck pre-teen with an overwhelming obsession with Jimmy Jr., the son of Bob’s mortal enemy, successful rival restaurateur Jimmy Pesto. Gene, is a free-spirited musician who specializes in “fart music,” and acts as the mascot for the restaurant. Louise, the leader of the three, is a bunny-ear wearing rebel, who plays by her own rules, and pushes the family into bizarre adventures.
Hilarity ensues while this family struggles to pay rent, run a business, and aid their children’s growing up as “normally’ as possible.
The supporting cast of misfits and other random characters serve as a perfect complement to the fantastic core characters in this show. Bobs’ Burgers, does not have to be watched serially, however, the reoccurring characters, and the little gems from previous episodes make fantastic additions to the series. From the very first episode, throughout the show, it is non-stop laughs.
Why You Should Watch It
Well, frankly, because it’s good TV, and a breath of fresh air as far as television today is concerned.
Bob’s Burgers is a show that does not take itself too seriously, and makes fun of itself regularly. There are so many adventures and mishaps that happen throughout the series that are guaranteed to make you smile.
The characters are likable and relatable, the adventures outlandish, and the writing superb. The struggles of teenage angst, the need to fit in, the search for love, the finding of one’s own individuality, and connecting with family–these are situations dealt with week to week with a comedic twist, and certainly situations that everyone can relate to.
Overall, Bob’s Burgers is, and continues to be a great comedy that reminds all of us not to take life to seriously–just relax, laugh it off, touch butts, and, most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy life–no matter how crazy it gets.