Bob's Burgers: 5 Reasons Tina Is The Show's Best Character (& Her 5 Closest Contenders)
Although it wasn’t appreciated in its initial couple of seasons, Bob’s Burgers has come to be appreciated as the masterpiece of animated TV comedy that it is in more recent years. From its refreshingly wholesome sense of humor to its colorful cast of characters, Bob’s Burgers is one of the smartest and funniest shows on the air.
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The series' breakout character has been Tina Belcher, the eldest child of the family and one of the 21st century’s most beloved animated icons. But while Tina is undeniably the best character on Bob's Burgers, she has plenty of stiff competition from her cartoon co-stars.
10 Why Tina Is The Best: She’s Universally Relatable
You don’t have to be a teenage girl who’s obsessed with butts and horses to relate to Tina. There’s a universally identifiable quality about her. Everyone’s been in her shoes at some point or another.
Everyone has their own insecurities. They might not be the exact same insecurities that Tina has, but the fact that she’s insecure at all makes her easy to relate to.
9 Closest Contender: Bob
Homer Simpson set the benchmark for animated TV dads. Since Homer became an icon, characters like Peter Griffin have emulated his limited intellect, terrible parenting, and hard drinking.
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Bob Belcher is an interesting contrast to his contemporaries. He’s a great father, heavily involved in raising his kids and taking care of the household, and indulges in niche interests like gardening and talking to food. He’s the voice of reason amid the unbridled craziness of the rest of his family, and H. Jon Benjamin’s deadpan line delivery does wonders.
8 Why Tina Is The Best: She’s An Outsider
Everybody feels like an outsider in some capacity, and Tina is the quintessential outsider. The fact that she writes “friend fiction” and has sex dreams about zombies makes fans of the show feel better about their own quirks.
No character in Bob’s Burgers is particularly normal — that’s what makes them so lovable — but Tina’s desperate attempts to fit in with popular kids like Tammy, paired with her niche interests, make her the biggest outsider of them all.
7 Closest Contender: Louise
Played hilariously by Kristen Schaal, the Belchers’ youngest child is delightfully reckless. Despite her age, she constantly manages to outsmart her parents and she can always be counted on for a biting insult.
Louise is encased in a hard shell, which makes storylines where she opens up — like when she developed a crush on Boyz 4 Now’s Boo Boo, or when she worried she and Bob would drift apart — even more heartwarming.
6 Why Tina Is The Best: Dan Mintz’s Vocal Performance Pairs Perfectly With The Character
The voice of every cast member in Bob’s Burgers is perfectly matched to the character they play — particularly H. Jon Benjamin as Bob — but there’s something special about Dan Mintz’s vocal performance as Tina.
The character was originally male in the pilot, and Mintz did nothing to change his voice from the male character when he began playing Tina. For whatever reason, that deep, monotonous voice works beautifully.
5 Closest Contender: Gene
Gene may be the middle child of the Belcher family, but he hasn’t lost an ounce of confidence as a result. He’s enthusiastic about everything and embraces his creative side at every turn; he’s a kid we can all look up to.
Gene’s spirit is encapsulated in the episode in which he tries to take piano lessons and finds the theory and the need to learn scales to be soul-crushing. Instead, he returns to doing music on his fart keyboard purely for fun.
4 Why Tina Is The Best: She’s A Feminist Icon
In the male-dominated television industry, it’s tough to find female characters who are genuinely empowered and inspirational. Rare examples include The Simpsons’ Lisa, Broad City’s Abbi and Ilana, Parks and Rec’s Leslie Knope, and Better Call Saul’s Kim Wexler.
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Another strong addition to that list is Tina Belcher, who has the perfect combination of optimism, confidence, courage, intelligence, and independence to make her a feminist icon.
3 Closest Contender: Linda
“Mommy doesn’t get drunk, she just has fun.” Linda Belcher is recognizable as everybody’s mom. Her optimism is often misplaced, but it’s always infectious.
The thick New Jersey accent that John Roberts brings to the character makes every line hysterical, while her undying support for her kids, no matter how ambitious they are or how much they ask for, is inspiring.
2 Why Tina Is The Best: She’s Totally Lovable
Tina’s adorkableness makes her the most lovable character on the show. Her obsession with boys’ butts occasionally borders on the creepy, but she’s never anything less than lovable.
Lovability is a key component of any TV show’s breakout character, from Family Guy’s Stewie Griffin to South Park’s Butters Stotch, and Tina certainly fits the bill.
1 Closest Contender: Teddy
Bob doesn’t have a lot of regular customers, and his most regular one has become a close family friend over the years. It’s always great to see Teddy, especially if he’s involved in a storyline like helping out Bob at the restaurant or starting a cell phone repair business.
Sometimes, Teddy loses his cool (like throwing Jonas’ moped in the ocean: “Tell you what, instant regret...”), but he has a heart of gold. A lot of Teddy’s greatest moments seem improvised — or at least semi-improvised — by voice actor Larry Murphy, like when he thought Bob’s last name was “Burgers.”
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'Bob's Burgers': The Best Tina Episodes Specifically About Being a Teenager
Bob’s Burgers, created by Loren Bouchard (Home Movies), follows the everyday lives of the Belcher family, owners of a third-generation burger joint. Tina Belcher, perfectly voiced by the monotone Dan Mintz, has become a cultural symbol for teenage girls’ eccentric and awkward nature. Tina is what happens when you demystify the sexualized American depiction of teenage girls. As she mumbles her way through life, Tina Belcher is grounded in her honest portrayal of complicated adolescence.
As the eldest of three siblings, Tina, at first glance, appears to be the most practical. Her quiet demeanor and sensible practicality hide a teenage girl coming to terms with her sexuality and purpose in life. However, compared to Mena Suvari’s Angela Hayes from American Beauty, Tina is closer to reality for most teenage girls: she's insecure, severely confused by every new bodily development, and breaks out in a sweat when the cutest guy in school makes eye contact.
Even more unique to this particular portrayal of an adolescent in the throes of hormones is Tina’s respect and love for her family. Her characterization is not based on rebelling against her family but against societal norms imposed on young women. It’s her family who encourages her along the way. There’s a level of trust and understanding between Tina and her mom Linda, voiced by John Roberts (Paint it Black), and surprisingly, with her dad, Bob, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin (Archer). Tina is comfortable enough with her own family to share some of her most intimate hopes and fears.
Here are some of the best Tina-centric episodes of Bob's Burgers that also explore what it means to be a teenage girl.
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“Sexy Dance Fighting” (Season 1, Episode 4)
As a jumping point, this particular episode finds Bob Belcher reconciling with Tina’s developing emotional growth. It also becomes a learning experience for both Tina and Bob. Tina develops a crush on the new martial arts instructor next door and begins taking lessons. When Tina starts to ignore her responsibilities at the restaurant, Bob is concerned for Tina’s work ethic and sense of obligation. In response, Tina decides to keep going with her lessons despite Bob’s threats.
It is also about reconnecting with Tina. Bob feels like he’s losing her to time and others as she develops these emotional, romantic connections with boys. He knows it’s irrational, so it’s why he antagonizes the martial arts instructor and vice versa. This leads to Bob initially refusing to see Tina pass her qualifying yellow belt test. However, upon realizing his love for Tina is stronger than the uncomfortable feeling of losing his daughter, he goes.
Tina, in turn, recognizes that fear in Bob. Bob stands up for his daughter when the martial arts instructor refuses to pass Tina because he dislikes Bob. Tina’s pride in her father becomes the rekindling of their relationship, ending with Tina staying with her dad to man the grill while the rest of the family goes out. She calls it “dad and daughter time.” It’s a distinctive portrayal of Tina’s uncontrollable evolution into womanhood and grounds it to maturity.
“Mazel-Tina” (Season 4, Episode 13)
Some episodes featuring Tina Belcher are just outright fun. The episode titled “Mazel-Tina” is quintessential Tina Belcher. It has the right combination of Tina’s desire to fit in and be included, along with her intense level of self-confidence that she can’t help but have.
After not being invited to her classmate Tammy’s bat mitzvah, Tina offers to have her family cater the event. No matter how rude or inconsiderate Tammy is to Tina throughout the evening, Tina still has a good time. Left in charge of running the party’s schedule when Tammy’s planner quits, Tina fulfills the role with a lot of enthusiasm. Tammy ends up stuck in a paper mache head of herself, which leaves Tina to fulfill Tammy’s role in all the activities.
While the scenario itself makes for a good laugh, Tammy is physically stuck in her own head; it’s Tina’s own commitment to her newly assigned role that gets the ultimate laugh. In trying to stick to the schedule of the party, Tina ends up being the party. It shows that despite Tina’s insecurities and sometimes glum attitude, she remains quite optimistic and happy. A lot of teenage portrayals determine that it’s all or nothing, that somehow life has to harden young kids in order for “maturity” to be gained. Tina Belcher proves that it doesn’t have to be that way. She took a situation that could’ve turned her into a vindictive character and made the most of it.
“Food Truckin” (Season 2, Episode 5)
Sometimes Tina's story being the subplot of the episode makes it that much more special. This particular episode is mainly about Bob getting a food truck to compete with the arrival of another food truck luring his customers away.
Tina’s identity crisis right in the middle of the episode throws the viewer into a jarring spin. After being in charge of taking orders in the food truck, a customer accidentally calls Tina “Dina.” This prompts a visual look into Tina’s mind, where a lit-up “Tina” is suddenly replaced with “Dina,” therefore spurring Tina into this identity/alter ego journey throughout the episode. On the outside, all she “changes” is the placement of her hair clip and her tone of voice (which pretty much remains the same). But on the inside, Tina feels like an entirely new person.
The commentary here is that Tina does not put too much stock into her physical appearance. That’s not to say she doesn’t care; it just isn’t a priority. It’s both funny and heartwarming to see a young female character understand the nuances of how growth and change needs to be interior for anything to change on the outside. In most depictions of coming-of-age moments in teenage girls,the internal begins to shift after the character changes her appearance. For Tina, change comes from the inside.
"Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks" (Season 3, Episode 7)
Bob’s Burgers isn’t afraid to lend the voice of reason to its young female character. Tina Belcher is often the Belchers' moral compass, which regularly makes her the foil for the other members of her family.
“Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks” becomes a lesson on ethics for both Tina and her dad Bob. However, it’s not Tina who has a problem with owning up to her mistakes. When Tina crashes her dad’s car in one of the funniest slo-mo scenes in the entire series, Bob makes a terrible choice after finding out it was his arch-nemesis Jimmy Pesto’s car. He tells Tina to lie and say he was the one driving to get their insurance claim. This only triggers the moral question within Tina: is it okay to lie? Is she a jinx because she put her father in this position?
In the end, it’s Tina who ends up saving the family from the fraudulent insurance agent who wants to blackmail the Belchers into helping him commit insurance fraud. It is also Tina who helps her dad regain a sense of morality when it comes to lying. Bob understands that a parent's job is to set an example, even when they risk losing their car insurance. However, Tina also sees her father in a new light. She acknowledges Bob’s flaws and accepts him. In this frame of mind, Tina exhibits a level of maturity that perhaps is a little exaggerated but necessary in the nuances of understanding teen girls. They are more than their teen angst.
"Bad Tina" (Season 2, Episode 8)
A fan favorite amongst many, “Bad Tina” is the mandatory teenage girl episode every show needs. It’s about adolescent sexuality. It’s about rebelling. It’s also about understanding and acceptance.
Amid her first teenage acting-out phase, Tina finds herself under the influence of the new girl, Tammy. At first glance, Tina is acting out to fulfill those inner desires she’s developing, like touching her crush Jimmy Jr’s butt. She is also trying to understand where she fits as a teenager while still feeling like a child.
When Tammy comes over to her house while her parents are away, Tina begins to realize that maybe Tammy isn’t as genuine in her newfound sense of independence. In exploring the many caveats of being a teenage girl, Tina gets swept up by the pressures of being something she is not. Tammy threatens to reveal her dirty “fanfiction” to Jimmy Jr. if she doesn’t do everything Tammy says. Tammy doesn’t foresee Tina’s strong moral center being more vital than the need to fit in.
This episode puts a new spin on the “rebellious” teen narrative by emphasizing the paradox of being a teen. Tina’s internal battle of being between child and adult is the true source of tension. It allows viewers to understand the struggles of teenage girls at that particular age. It’s also a powerful depiction of family support needed in these times of transition for teen girls, as her brother and sister rally behind Tina to stop Tammy from going through with her threat.
Linda helps Tina overcome her insecurities in true Linda Belcher fashion. She tells Tina that she doesn’t have to pretend to be anyone else for someone to like her. Despite the last few days of Tina acting out, Linda finally understands that the problem comes from an actual place of hurt. This development in their mother and daughter relationship illustrates that tensions between parents and their children only grow when there’s no open communication between them.
Bob’s Burgers manages to walk the line between parody and genuine moments of connection when it comes to its young protagonist. Tina Belcher is not just the butt of a joke. Her experiences and emotions are taken into consideration as a vital part of the show’s overarching narrative.
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American animated sitcom
Bob's Burgers is an American animated television sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belcher family—parents Bob and Linda and their three children, Tina, Gene, and Louise—who run a hamburger restaurant. The show was conceived by Bouchard after he developed Home Movies. Bob's Burgers is a production by Bento Box Entertainment and 20th Television.
While reviews for the first season were mixed, feedback for subsequent seasons has been much more positive. The series premiere, "Human Flesh", drew in 9.39 million viewers, making it the highest-rated series premiere of the season and finishing ninth in the ratings for the week it aired. Reruns began airing on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim on June 23, 2013, and its sister channel TBS in 2016 and began airing in syndication on local stations in September 2015.
A comic book series based on the show, published by Dynamite Entertainment, began in September 2014. A soundtrack album was released on Sub Pop Records on May 12, 2017, with a second volume announced on June 8, 2021.
In 2013, TV Guide ranked Bob's Burgers as one of the 60 Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time. The series has been nominated for several awards, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program seven consecutive times, winning in 2014 and 2017.
The show has been renewed for a twelfth and thirteenth season. In addition, an upcoming feature film is set to be released on May 27, 2022.
The show centers on the Belcher family—which consists of Bob, his wife Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise. The family runs a burger restaurant on Ocean Avenue in an unnamed seaside community (informally known as "Seymour's Bay" among the show's writing staff). Bob is seen reading a newspaper titled "Seymour's Bay Times" in the season 11 episode "Y Tu Tina También". Series creator Loren Bouchard said early on that the show's location was an indeterminate Northeastern United States shore town (calling the setting a "semi-Springfield"), saying he drew inspiration from several areas (including San Francisco, whose Victorian architecture is mimicked on some of the buildings) for the town's physical appearance. As the show has proceeded, viewers and critics alike have come to a conclusion that the unnamed town is actually in southernNew Jersey. The first such episode where the connection is at least attempted is the season three episode "It Snakes a Village", and as the years have gone on, the show has largely dropped the New Jersey references. For example, character Tammy Larsen has a phone number with the area code 201, which belongs to the state (although not to the Jersey Shore area). An episode of Archer that featured a crossover between the two series has also furthered the narrative: in the episode "Fugue and Riffs", Sterling Archer is discovered to have been "flipping burgers at the Shore" for several weeks due to a case of amnesia where he believes he is Bob Belcher (Archer and Belcher are both voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).
Bob's Burgers is located in a green two-story building which features an apartment on the second floor where the Belcher family lives. The restaurant is sandwiched between two other commercial buildings, one of which houses "It's Your Funeral Home and Crematorium". As a running gag, the other building is shown in the opening credits to be a new business each week, often with names which are elaborate puns.
Bob's Burgers has a few regulars—most frequently Mort from the neighboring crematorium and handyman Teddy. The restaurant has to compete with several other local eateries for business. His biggest rival is Jimmy Pesto, who owns an Italian restaurant called "Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria", which is located directly across the street and is generally more successful, creating tension between the two owners.
As well as assisting in the restaurant, the Belcher children all attend Wagstaff School. Several episode plot lines involve the children's escapades in and out of school. Thirteen-year-old Tina, at the beginning of adolescence, struggles with her attraction to boys. The most common target for her affections is Pesto's eldest son, Jimmy Junior. Eleven-year-old Gene strives to be a musician, very often carrying a keyboard and noodling with it. Louise is the scheming troublemaker, seeking revenge, riches, or adventure, often dragging her siblings along; she puts on a face of fearlessness but is still afraid of some things (such as the dentist).
Episodes will sometimes involve a single storyline involving all of the Belchers, or will have two simultaneous stories for different groups of the family. The family members interact with many recurring characters who are also residents of the town.
Bob's Burgers makes occasional use of musical numbers. The closing sequence uses different soundtracks each episode, and, from season two, a different animation played alongside the credits.
Main article: List of Bob's Burgers episodes
Main article: List of Bob's Burgers characters
The Belcher family runs a hamburger restaurant.
- Bob Belcher (H. Jon Benjamin) is the titular protagonist of the show and owner of "Bob's Burgers". He is the husband to Linda and father to Tina, Gene, and Louise. He is a second generation restaurateur and is 44 years old. Bob was born to an unnamed mother and Big Bob, who ran a diner called "Big Bob's Diner". Bob had a relatively unhappy childhood as his mother died when he was young and his father was an alcoholic who forced Bob to constantly work. His father is also known to never smile, and holds resentment for Bob leaving and starting his own business. Bob is the more sensible one of his family, though he is not afraid to get petty and is often stubborn and exasperated. Despite his somewhat pessimistic personality, he loves and cares for his family very much, as well as for his restaurant and Burgers of the Day. Like the rest of his family, Bob has black hair, tanned skin, and dark eyes.
- Linda Belcher (John Roberts) is one of the main protagonists of the show, wife to Bob and mother to Tina, Gene, and Louise. She is 44 years old, always wears signature red glasses, and speaks with a thick, heavily pronounced New Jersey / New York Area accent. Linda is fun-loving and happy-go-lucky, a positive contrast to her husband's pessimism. She is generally laid back and extra enthusiastic in whatever she does, often bursting into made-up songs about everyday things. Linda is shown to be very supportive, such as encouraging Tina to write "erotic friend-fiction" or supporting her sister Gayle in her many questionable business ideas and hobbies. However, Linda can be strict as well, showing less leniency when Louise does not listen to her.
- Tina Belcher (Dan Mintz) is the eldest of the three Belcher children. She is socially awkward, insecure, and tends to freeze up and produce a long groaning sound when faced with decisions or conflict. However, there are moments when she gathers courage and acts impulsively too. Like a lot of 13-year-old girls, she fantasizes about boys and has many crushes, also obsessing over boy bands like "Boyz 4 Now". She likes horses, rainbows, buttocks, zombies, writing erotic fiction, and writing in her journal about everything. Throughout the series, Tina has a constant crush on Jimmy Jr. – the son of Bob's rival Jimmy Pesto – who vacillates between reciprocating and rejecting Tina's affections. She is a hopeless romantic and writes various fanfiction about Jimmy Jr. and her life. Out of the three siblings, Tina is arguably the most responsible, although Gene and Louise take advantage of her innocence and naivety. Like everyone else in her family, Tina has black hair and tanned skin. She always wears thick black glasses that magnify her eyes, and a yellow barrette in her hair.
- Gene Belcher (Eugene Mirman) is the middle child and the only son. Like his mother, Gene is carefree and friendly, but strikes a close resemblance to his father, especially when Bob was his age. Gene enjoys pestering everyone around him by using sound effects with either his Casio SK-5 keyboard or his megaphone. He frequently records fart sounds and uses them as sound effects and additions to his music. He is close to everyone in his family, especially Louise, often helping her with schemes and relating to her on a mature level, as well as Linda whom he has an affectionate relationship with. Gene is shown to have a passion for music, he writes songs and fantasizes about his future in the industry, but as he is 11, he has also shown to have trouble committing to putting the work into learning techniques and taking it seriously. Despite this, he has written at least one full musical as well as many other songs with topics ranging from farts to Thanksgiving.
- Louise Belcher (Kristen Schaal), the youngest Belcher at 9 years old, is a schemer with a mischievous and cynical personality. She often yells in excitement or anger, and she knows how to manipulate people in order to get her way. Though her intentions in the series consistently appear to be dubious, she is often portrayed as a reluctant antihero. She is also narcissistic in nature and will go to drastic lengths to achieve her aims. Louise is fiercely protective of, and has a deep affection for, her family, though she displays her feelings towards each in different fashion. She looks up to her father and enjoys bonding with him over games and movies; she has been revealed to see her future in the restaurant. Still, she will take advantage of her family when it suits her. Her relationship with her mother is more complex; she has a close resemblance to Linda but is more likely to disobey her than Bob. Louise always wears a pink hat with long bunny ears, never showing her uncovered head even as a baby.
There are various recurring characters in the series, including Jimmy Pesto Sr. (Jay Johnston), Bob's primary business rival who owns an Italian-themed restaurant across the street with his friend Trev, and his three sons: Jimmy Jr. (Benjamin), Tina's somewhat oblivious love interest who just wants to dance; and hyperactive and childish twins Andy (Laura Silverman) and Ollie (Sarah Silverman), who are friends of Louise. Other friends, and frenemies, of the Belcher kids include the rebellious yet soft-hearted Zeke (Bobby Tisdale); valley girl Tammy (Jenny Slate) and her sidekick Jocelyn (Roberts); anxious nerd Darryl (Aziz Ansari); and the timid Regular-Sized Rudy (Brian Huskey). Mr. Frond (David Herman) is the always-stressed guidance counselor at their school. The kids often have run-ins with him.
Other recurring characters include customers Teddy (Larry Murphy), a bumbling but kind handyman who is often considered a main character and wishes to be referred to as “Uncle Teddy;” Mort (Andy Kindler), the mortician who lives next door; the Belcher family's taciturn mailman Mike Wobbles (Tim Meadows); Linda's flighty sister Gayle (Megan Mullally); and the Belchers' wealthy, meddling and odd landlord, Calvin Fischoeder (Kevin Kline) and his bratty brother Felix (Zach Galifianakis). Sgt Bosco (Gary Cole) is a caustic and cantankerous police officer who helps and hinders the Belchers in their adventures. Bob is frequently antagonized by health inspector Hugo (Sam Seder), Linda's ex-fiancé who holds a grudge against Bob and constantly schemes to get the restaurant shut down, though his plans are often revealed to the Belchers by his easy-going assistant, Ron (Ron Lynch). Other characters include Linda's troubled friend Gretchen; Linda's insufferable parents; several recurring teachers and classmates of the Belcher children; Nat Kinkle, a family friend who helps them with odd jobs; and Marshmallow, a local who comes and goes as she pleases, answers to no one and is truly free.
The series' initial look of the characters, including discontinued character Daniel Belcher
The first season look of the characters, including Tina Belcher, who replaced Daniel Belcher
Creator Loren Bouchard said Bob's Burgers came about because Fox's animation brand centers mostly on family, but he also wanted to dabble in workplace comedy. In his original concept, the family were cannibals, but Fox executives convinced him to drop that aspect of the show. However, the idea was referenced in the pilot episode when Louise spreads a rumor that the burgers were made of humans. The show has generally been viewed as a spiritual successor to King of the Hill, which carried less emphasis on shock comedy and focused more on character-driven humor; Bob's Burgers executive producer Jim Dauterive worked on King of the Hill for nearly its entire run.
Proof of concept
Before the show was aired, the team created a proof of concept so Fox Broadcasting Company knew what to expect if they bought the show. Bouchard, who was living in the Mission District of San Francisco at the time, hired some local artists to work on the pilot. These included Jay Howell, the character designer, and Sirron Norris, the background designer. The test animation featured Bob forgetting about his and Linda's wedding anniversary. This proof of concept eventually turned into the pilot episode. It had the same synopsis as the official pilot (aired in 2011) but had both cosmetic and substantial differences.
The original pilot can be seen on the DVD release of the first season, released on April 17, 2012.
Bob's Burgers first appeared on the development slate at Fox on August 6, 2009. On December 1, 2009, Fox ordered 13 episodes for the first season. On May 17, 2010, Fox placed the series on the primetime slate for the 2010–11 television season. A special preview aired on Thanksgiving on November 25, 2010.
Creator Loren Bouchard serves as the executive producer, alongside developer Jim Dauterive. They have served as executive producers since the first season. Dan Fybel and Rich Rinaldi were promoted to executive producers during season 6. Jim Dauterive later retired after the 9th production cycle and Norah Smith replaced him as co-showrunner in the 10th production cycle.
The current team of writers include Loren Bouchard, Scott Jacobson, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, Wendy Molyneux, Holly Schlesinger, Nora Smith, Steven Davis, Kelvin Yu, Dan Fybel, Rich Rinaldi, Jon Schroeder, Greg Thompson, and Katie Crown. Past writers on the show include Jim Dauterive, Kit Boss, Aron Abrams, and Mike Benner. H. Jon Benjamin, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hook, Dan Mintz, and Mike Olsen have also written or co-written episodes. After the writing has been completed, the voice actors read the script as written, but later are allowed to improvise lines. The editors and writer decide what improvised lines make the final cut.
The designing of the characters was provided by Dave Creek.
Main article: List of Bob's Burgers characters
Bob's Burgers has six main cast members: H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher, John Roberts as Linda Belcher, Dan Mintz as Tina Belcher, Eugene Mirman as Gene Belcher, Kristen Schaal as Louise Belcher, and Larry Murphy as Teddy.
At the Bob's BurgersComic-Con 2018 panel, show creator Loren Bouchard stated they were aware of the predominantly male gender imbalance amongst the voice actors, saying they would "strive to do better...to have balance." He stated one of the driving factors behind this was voice actor Kristen Schaal "reprimanding" them on the issue.
The ingredients of a hamburger fall into place on a white screen, and Bob's hands appear underneath to hold it. The other family members appear around him one at a time, beginning with Linda and ending with Louise. Linda puts her arm around Bob, Tina stands expressionless, Gene plays a sound effect on his keyboard, and Louise poses for the camera. The restaurant then materializes behind them and the neighboring businesses slide into place, with a funeral parlor at screen left, and the street slides into view in front. A "Grand Opening" banner is placed over the door, followed by a series of mishaps: a fire, an infestation of vermin, and a car knocking down a utility pole so that it smashes the front window of the restaurant. A new banner is hung up after each event: "Grand Re-Opening," "Grand Re-Re-Opening," and finally "Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening." The camera then zooms in on the cheese on the burger Bob is holding (and the restaurant sign during Seasons 1–2), and the view fades in to the start of the episode.
As with other Fox animated series such as The Simpsons, the show employs the "changing element" running gag in its opening credits. The gag present on Bob's Burgers involves the store located to the right of the restaurant, which has a new, humorously named occupant in every episode (such as "Betty's Machetes" in "Purple Rain-Union"). Additionally, beginning with Season 2, the pest control van in the sequence has the name of a different company on each episode; the van read "Rat's all Folks! Exterminators" on all episodes of Season 1. On certain episodes, an element is changed for a special night (a flash frame saying "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" was shown during the title sequence of "Fort Night").
In an article where the writers of the show rank the best 10 musical numbers of the first three seasons, show creator and theme composer Loren Bouchard explains that the ukulele track in the theme is an edited version of the first recording he did, as well as the first take in 2008. According to Bouchard, if the EQ filter is taken off the original track, there is noise audible from the nightclub below the apartment he was living in when he recorded the theme.
The credits sequence of Bob's Burgers often features the Belcher family at work. The scene is the kitchen of Bob's Burgers drawn with a black outline over a white background and the characters in full color, with the credits off to the right hand side. The sequence consists of Bob cooking a burger and Louise and Tina doing prep. Bob places the burger on the plate for Louise to give to Linda, who takes it from the window, and a few seconds later Gene walks through the kitchen wearing his burger costume.
Although the kitchen scene is still the main closing sequence the show uses, beginning in season two the producers began to use different elements from the show in the credits. Other times, the scene will play out as usual, but with something from the episode going on in the background.
Every episode features one or more "Today's Special" burgers on a chalk board on the wall behind the counter. The name of the special is usually a play on words that indicates what comes on the burger (ex.: "It's Fun to Eat at the rYe M C A Burger": Comes with Rye, Mustard, Cheese, and Avocado). Other "Special" burgers are also mentioned by the family without being written on their chalkboard. The joke is often that the play on words is overly complex or obscure, or simply a bad pun.
Adult Swim acquired the cable syndication rights to air Bob's Burgers in 2013. Episodes generally air six nights a week on the network, sometimes seven. Adult Swim currently has rights to the first eight seasons of Bob's Burgers and recently began airing the episodes on Sundays.
20th Century Fox Television began distributing Bob's Burgers to local stations in 2015. The local stations had rights to the first eight seasons and also had rights to the ninth when the tenth season debuted on Fox. The series also premiered on September 26, 2016, on TBS and airs Mondays afternoons (along with American Dad!) and on Friday nights. As both are sister channels, TBS has the same rights as Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, and is airing the first eight seasons.
The series joined the FXX lineup on September 24, 2019, starting with the ninth season. In 2023, it will become the exclusive cable network for reruns, which means it will leave the Adult Swim and TBS lineups. This will not affect local syndication stations' rights to rerun the series.
It aired on E4 and later Comedy Central in the United Kingdom. It has also started airing on ITV2 since 19 April 2021 airing an edited version of the show at 8pm but broadcasting the unedited versions of the episodes after midnight.
In Canada, in addition to Global (2011-2015) and Citytv (2015-2021), the series airs on FXX Canada and Adult Swim Canada.
The first season through the current season of the show are available on the iTunes Store for download & Hulu. The first 8 seasons are available from Amazon Video, and all eleven seasons are available on Disney+ outside of the US.
|Region||Set title||Episode count||Discs||Time length||Release date||Notes|
|1||Bob's Burgers: The Complete 1st Season||13||2||286 minutes||April 17, 2012|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 2nd Season||9||198 minutes||May 7, 2013||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 3rd Season||23||3||506 minutes||May 13, 2014||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 4th Season||22||484 minutes||May 12, 2015||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 5th Season||21||July 20, 2016||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 6th Season||19||October 2, 2018||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 7th Season||22||October 2, 2018||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 8th Season||21||October 2, 2018||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 9th Season||22||September 3, 2019||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
|Bob's Burgers: The Complete 10th Season||22||479 minutes||June 23, 2020||Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R|
Bob's Burgers initially received mixed reviews for season 1, with a Metacritic score of 60 out of 100. However, by season 2 the ratings had reached a score of 78 out of 100, proving a rise in popularity with praises about its "daffy comedic momentum" and how it is "new and fresh."Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 73% score based on 41 reviews with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site's critical consensus states "A modestly immature workplace cartoon, not without potential, that needs to work on finding its rhythm."The Washington Post described the show as "pointlessly vulgar and derivatively dull," while Reuters stated that "It's unwise – and unnecessary – to launch an animated sitcom on Fox that appears intent to ape the vulgarity quotient of Family Guy."USA Today stated that "Bob's Burgers isn't very tasty," describing the comedy as just "lop[ing] along, stumbling from one tasteless moment to the next."The New York Times described the show as having "a lackadaisical vibe; its humor, no matter how anarchic, slides by in a deadpan monotone."
However, as the first season progressed and concluded and the second began, critics began giving the series praise. Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club has recalled, "...the show was amusing, yes, and there was certainly potential, but it took half a dozen episodes before it really began to meet that potential."Season 2 has a Metacritic score of 78 out 100, and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% based on 8 reviews.
Season 3 has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88% based on 8 reviews, Season 4 has a score of 89% based on 9 reviews, season 5 has a score of 100% based on 12 reviews, and season 6 has 100% based on 10 reviews.
Entertainment Weekly gave the show an A− grade in its review, remarking that "a comedy this well done is very rare indeed."Ain't It Cool News called Bob's Burgers "perhaps the funniest half-hour currently airing on broadcast TV" in 2011. In its review, CNN called the show "wickedly funny" and said there are "too many highlights to list here." Speaking about the show during its second season, The A.V. Club reviewer Rowan Kaiser said: "After an uneven start, Bob's Burgers is becoming one of television's best comedies!" Since the debut of season two of the series, the show's positive reception has increased.
The A.V. Club voted Bob's Burgers as the 10th best TV show of 2012, the 3rd best show of 2013, the 20th best show of 2014, and the 35th best show of 2015.
After airing, the show became the highest-rated series premiere of the season and also finished 9th in the ratings for the week it aired. Despite this, the ratings went on a slide with ratings expert Bill Gorman of TV by the Numbers calling it a "toss up" for renewal before the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on March 11, 2012.
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Bob's Burgers
On January 6, 2011, some Fatburger locations were re-branded as Bob's Burgers for the day as a promotion. It also offered limited-time offers, such as a free burger giveaway, and a special, "The Thanks a Brunch Burger", on the menu until February 2011. There were also "Bob's Burgers" coupons offered for a free medium Fatburger special. Across the US, four locations were re-branded as Bob's Burgers: in California, New Jersey, Nevada, and Illinois. Two restaurants location in California continued to use the Bob's Burgers appellation into 2016 which are located in La Puente, and Westminster, California.
The season 4 premiere episode of Archer features a crossover where the Belcher family is shown, but Bob is revealed to be Sterling Archer (also voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) in a fugue state. Archer has taken the place of Bob Belcher, with Bob inexplicably missing. The menu board touts the "Thomas Elphinstone Hambledurger, with Manning Coleslaw", a play on amnesiac secret agent Tommy Hambledon, a character in a series of novels by Manning Coles.
"Homerland", the season 25 premiere episode of The Simpsons, features a couch gag in which the Belcher family (skinned yellow according to the standard character coloring of the series) attend a 25th anniversary party in the Simpson family living room with the main characters of their fellow Animation Domination series. Bob made another cameo in the episode "The Girl Code", where a picture of him is shown, and explaining that the restaurant was boycotted by short people due to an offensive Burger of the Day. The show has also been referenced in season 30 of The Simpsons in a couch gag in the episode "My Way or the Highway to Heaven". Homer is stuck in the restaurant and the Belcher family doesn't understand what he wants. The original five cast members guest starred for the couch gag.
In the Family Guy episode "Space Cadet", the principal shows Peter and Lois a picture of Bob Belcher as a sign that Chris is doing poorly in his Advanced Art class. Peter mutters "I'm very embarrassed", and the principal replies "Well, someone should be". In "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee", Louise is one of many characters Stewie is turned into by Peter using a remote control. Bob's Burgers is also mentioned on "He's Bla-ack!" as one of the reasons why The Cleveland Show did not succeed. Bob makes a cameo appearance in the hour-long The Simpsons-Family Guy crossover "The Simpsons Guy". He appears on the same airplane as Homer and Peter in a cutaway about them being a greater team than the Air Force. Peter remarks to Homer that they have to carry Bob, and then Peter points to Cleveland's plane and says "We let that other guy try and look what happened". Cleveland, repeatedly saying "no", crashes in flames. This is a reference to the poor ratings of Bob's Burgers and the cancellation of The Cleveland Show.Bob's Burgers has been referenced two times in season 17 of Family Guy. In "Trump Guy", when Peter and Lois find out that Donald Trump (a caricature) is about to sexually harass Meg, Chris says that Bob's Burgers is on the TV. In "Trans-Fat", the Belcher family makes a cameo appearance in the Griffin family home, but only Bob has lines. In this cameo, H. Jon Benjamin voiced Bob, as he works on Family Guy.
In Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a character previously known as Dr. Eugene Mirman (obviously played by himself) was renamed "Dr. Gene Belcher" in the episode "Hospice". The character's name was revealed on Aqua Teen Hunger Force's creator Dave Willis' Twitter account two hours before the episode. The character had been introduced in 2006, which was five years before Bob's Burgers aired.
Seattle rock band Sleater-Kinney collaborated with Bob's Burgers and its crew for their 2015 single "A New Wave", from the album No Cities to Love. The resultant music video featured the band, animated in the cartoon's style, performing for the Belcher children in Tina's bedroom.
In 2016, The Bob's Burgers Burger Book, edited by series creator Bouchard, was released. There are 75 burger recipes pulled from the fan-based blog "The Bob's Burger Experiment" based on the Specials of the Day that appear on the chalkboard menu in the show.
A sketch from the Robot Chicken episode "Boogie Bardstown in: No Need, I Have Coupons" has Bob Belcher compete on MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, along with SpongeBob SquarePants, Alfredo Linguini, and Jerome "Chef" McElroy. Bob has to cook with what he fears most: pigeons.
In other media
Main article: The Bob's Burgers Movie
On October 4, 2017, Fox announced that a Bob's BurgersMovie was in the works to be released on July 17, 2020. Creator Bouchard has said the movie will "scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had," while being appealing to new audiences.
On July 18, 2018, Loren Bouchard said that the script has been submitted and accepted by the studio. The movie will be a musical comedy and will involve Louise and her night light Kuchi Kopi inside her fantasy world as a minor subplot.
On November 17, 2019, the movie was briefly pulled from Fox's release schedule, but the following day it was back on the schedule.
On April 3, 2020, Disney announced that the film would be delayed to April 9, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On January 22, 2021, the film was delayed indefinitely, along with a few other 20th Century films.
In September 2021, the film got a new release date of May 27, 2022.
A comic book series based on the show, published by Dynamite Entertainment, began its run in September 2014.
A virtualpinball adaptation of the series was developed and released by Zen Studios in 2015, available as an add-on for the games Zen Pinball 2, Pinball FX 2 and Pinball FX 3, as well as a standalone, paid app on iOS and Android. This table is one of four tables featured in the "Balls of Glory" pinball pack produced as a result of Zen's partnership with Fox Digital Entertainment, and features 3D animated figures of the Belcher family.
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Tina Ruth Belcher[note 1] is one of the two deuteragonists (alongside Gene) of Bob's Burgers.
She is the oldest daughter of Bob Belcher and Linda Belcher and the older sister of Gene Belcher and Louise Belcher. She is in eighth grade. She is a hopeless romantic yet easily influenced person with a powerful sex drive and minimal social skills. In Crawl Space, she likes horses, butts, zombies, boys and writing erotic fiction about movies and her life. She attends Wagstaff School with her siblings.
Just like the rest of the Belcher Family, Tina has tan skin, blue eyes, and a black bowl-hair cut that has a yellow barrette on the right side, except when she operates as her alter ego Dina (Food Truckin'). Like Linda Belcher, Tina's eyesight is impaired and she wears glasses to correct the problem. Her height is 4'9".
Her usual attire is a light blue t-shirt, a navy blue skirt, white tube socks with a red stripe and black high-top sneakers that resemble Chuck Taylor All-Stars. In more formal situations, Tina wears a purple dress and black shoes. She sleeps in a light purple top with grey bottoms and occasionally slippers.
Her winter attire usually is simply a purple sweatshirt and scarf over her usual blue skirt, but in "Dr. Yap", when they are skiing, she wears a magenta coat and ski pants. When out at night in "The Land Ship", while playing Cupid in "The Gene and Courtney Show", and while at horse camp in "The Horse Rider-er", she wears long blue pants instead of her skirt.
Tina's personality is a quirky "every-girl" transitioning from childhood to adolescence. The child in her still clings onto her love for horses, rainbows, and zombies while her inner teenager calls her to fantasize about zombies making out (which she claims is caused by seeing "Night of the Living Dead" at too young an age), and writing her feelings/activities in her diary. She also writes erotic fiction about her friends, acquaintances, and other people's works, and constantly thinks about her primary crush, Jimmy Pesto, Jr.. She develops fleeting crushes anyone she deems cute - including an entire baseball team of twenty-five, for example.
A defining aspect of Tina's personality is her intense, precocious interest in sex and relationships. However, this is shown to be an innocent, age-appropriate interest. The extent of her precociousness is being a boy crazy teen with a love of butts.
Tina's undoubted boy-craziness is a plot element in many episodes, often getting her into zany situations chasing unrequited or even oblivious crushes. The issue is addressed directly in Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now, wherein at first Tina denies being boy-crazy, she eventually accepts it as nothing to be ashamed of.
Tina is very well intention, but socially awkward. When voting who would serve a customer they thought was a child molester in "Human Flesh," Bob says they shouldn't let Tina serve him because she is bad with customers. Louise says that it isn't her fault because she's autistic, but Bob quickly says Tina isn't autistic. She displays poor social skills like prolonged groaning when under pressure, hiding under tables, naivety, muted emotional expression, speaking in a monotone, believing everything she hears, having a very small range of interests and topics and taking things too literally.
Also, Tina doesn't express emotions very clearly. Even when times are rough and she's under tremendous amounts of (often self-induced) pressure, her voice is always flat and without inflection. Even her groans sound disinterested.
Tina has a strong conscience and sense of right and wrong. She believes in following rules and is conscious of how her actions affect others. When she crashes a car and helps Bob lie to an insurance company and then accidentally burns down a man's house in "Tinarannosaurus Wrecks", she is consumed with guilt until she convinces Bob to tell the truth.
Despite this, Tina is shown to have moments of extreme selfishness, often the result of getting swept up in something. Prioritizing her wants at the expense at of others feelings, and will even display a cognitive dissonance when her selfish behavior is pointed out to her. However, she is at heart a good person who eventually recognizes her bad behavior and makes amends.
Tina sometimes displays quite a bit of confidence and self-worth, and often learns lessons about self-esteem during the family's adventures. For example, she initially conforms to the peer-pressure of shaving her legs, but regrets it when she reflects on how she did it for the wrong reasons. As she is discussing self-confidence with her dad, she says that she believed that she was beautiful and became so and that he should do the same. She considers herself to be a "smart, strong, sensual woman" and embraces her transition into adulthood.
Despite having trouble with Math in "Can't Buy Me Math", Tina is shown as a good student and a "Star Hall Monitor" ("Midday Run"). She loves to write, often in her diary, and has written so much fan-fiction that she now writes "erotic friend-fiction", which stars her friends, and erotic holiday stories. According to Louise in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?", Tina is "better on the page."
Tina is featured in every episode of season one. She is the center of her own story first in "Sexy Dance Fighting" in which she argues with Bob over growing up and working in the restaurant. In "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?," she wants an expensive, romantic 13th birthday party that Bob must work very hard to fund. The general themes of these two episodes, like many throughout the entire series, focus on Tina growing into a teenager and the joys and pains that come with it.
In season 2 Tina lies to vegetarians, lusts after her dentist, saves Louise from dying in a crumbling pit, and goes to extreme lengths to get out of gym class. She is the titular character of the episode "Bad Tina" in which she meets recurring frienemy Tammy and is blackmailed into breaking rules. The episode shows Tina struggle with her desire to be popular and her conscience, and also introduced the idea of Tina writing "erotic friend fiction", which she quickly became known for.
Tina meets her first non-Jimmy Jr. romantic interest of the show, Nathan, in the season 2 finale, Beefsquatch. Nathan becomes Tina's boyfriend in order to get closer to famous TV hostess Pam, ultimately going so far as to dress up as Tina and assaulting the celebrity.
Tina plays a more prominent role in season 3. She is seen delivering blueberries that are really drugs, saving kids from pranksters on Halloween, sympathizing with a mechanical shark, hitting on a masseur, judging Gene's girlfriend with Louise, becoming too competitive at a game show, and getting addicted to coffee. In "Topsy", Tina is almost electrocuted while helping Louise with a school project.
Tina is the main character of "Tinarannosaurus Wrecks", wherein she accidentally wrecks the car and worries that she's a "jinx." The episode is one of the first to establish Tina as a moral compass in the family, showing how uncomfortable she is with lying. More to this effect, Tina starts her own school news show to "uncover the truth" behind mysterious school vandalism in "Broadcast Wagstaff School News", only to be framed for the crimes she is investigating. Once she proves her innocence, Tina ends the episode with her own show on the official school network, The Tina Table, which has not been mentioned since.
"Lindapendent Woman" features Tina searching all over to find a romantic missed-connection with only a bandaid to go off of. When she meets him at last, they kiss and exchange phone numbers. Josh then reappears in a love triangle between Tina and Jimmy Jr. in "Two for Tina". Tina enjoys and encourages the two boys to fight over her in the episode, which climaxes in a dance-off. Ultimately Tina loses both by proposing that they share, which the boys decline.
In one of the last episodes of the season, we are introduced to Tina's favorite band, Boyz 4 Now. She attends a concert with Louise and afterwards the two sneak onto the band's tour bus, where Tina hides in a dirty laundry basket and steals 5 sweatbands. In the episode, also named "Boyz 4 Now", Tina calmly walks Louise through her embarrassing first crush. Another episode introduces her future romantic interest Henry
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"Mazel Tina" is the thirteenth episode in Season 4, being the fifty-eighth episode overall. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 2014.
Tina ends up not being invited to Tammy's Bat Mitzvah, but is required to go when Bob's Burgers is hired to cater the event. When Tammy and Louise go in Tammy's head with the guacamole, Tina takes the center stage.
Tina Is On A Mad Hunt For Some BFOs Season 4 Ep. 13 BOB'S BURGERS
The Belchers Are Hired To Cater Tammy's Bat Mitzvah Season 4 Ep. 13 BOB'S BURGERS
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