First Impressions

Bob's Burgers

Aired on: FOX

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            After hearing numerous comedic excerpts from the new animated television series airing on FOX network on local radio stations, I decided to check out Bobís Burgers.  Airing on Sundays after The Simpsons, I thought the show held a great deal of promise.

            Bobís Burgers features H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher, a burger joint owner with a problem.  His sales are down and his business is basically broke.  Forced to rely on his family to serve, cook, run the counter and promote the restaurant, Bob sees no end in sight to his financial problems

            In the premiere episode of the series, itís Labor Day weekend, the best time of the year for a restaurant right next door to an amusement park.  However, Bobís family somehow finds a way to sabotage even the best times for business.  Bobís youngest daughter, Louise, has told her classmates that Bobís Burgers are made from human remains from the funeral home next door.  This prompts a visit from the health inspector who just happens to be the ex-fiancťe of Bobís wife, Linda.  Will this mean financial ruin for Bob on what is supposed to be the best day of the year for his restaurant?

            Bobís Burgers seems to be a low budget Simpsons or Family Guy.  The art is lackluster but not much different from what you would find on either of those shows.  The voices of most of the female characters are actually performed by male comedians and the vocal delivery is very flat with little emotion from any of the characters.  The storyline is also somewhat flat, but then, it is only a half hour premiere episode - not exactly a long enough time period to flesh out the characters and their back stories.

            And yet, with all that being said, I found the show to be rather funny most of the time.  This is exactly the style of adult cartoon one would expect to find in the Sunday FOX line-up and should do well in its slot.  Would I watch Bobís Burgers on a regular basis?  Probably not, but I might tune in if nothing else were on that night.  However, fans of The Simpsons and Family Guy will find Bobís Burgers to be just the right addition to their Sunday nights in front of the television.  Bobís Burgers, where business goes to die and laughs are aplenty.


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