TV Review: Bob's Burgers


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Fans of FX'sArchermay have trouble hearing star H. Jon Benjamin playing such a wildly different character on Fox's new cartoonBob's Burgers, but they should stick around for the whole episode;Bob's Burgersturns out to be equally as loony as that hilarious FX show, albeit in a very different way.


In keeping with the rest of Fox's Sunday animation line-up,Bob's Burgersfocuses on a ragtag family. But unlike all those Seth MacFarlane shows, which rely on non sequiturs for their comedy,Bob's Burgersactually features a clever script and plot. The pilot finds the struggling titular eatery further threatened by a lovelorn health inspector, who was jilted by Bob's wife Linda years before, and who has caught wind of a rumor started by Bob's youngest child that they use human remains from the crematorium next door in their patties.The Flintstones, this is not.


The voice acting is almost on a par with the still-much-missedDaria, particularly from Benjamin and Dan Mintz as oldest daughter Tina, who serves as the family fry cook when she's not busy scratchingdown there. And there's something refreshing about a network cartoon that doesn't strain to push boundaries or buttons. Created by Loren Bouchard, creator ofDr. Katz, Professional Therapist, the show has an off-kilter sensibility that feels happily organic, just the brainchild of one deliciously weirdo man.





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