Fast food, jokes served with a smile at ‘Bob’s’
By Paige Wiser TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org January 6, 2011 5:30PM
‘BOB’S BURGERS’ ★★★
7:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays on WFLD-Channel 32
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
In deciding whether to watch the new Fox cartoon “Bob’s Burgers,” the question you should be asking yourself is: Will I find the humor to be tasteless?
Since the show is set in a family-run burger joint, it’s surprising how often jokes about child molestation, autism and cannibalism come up.
It’s not as offensive as it sounds. The writers give some of the best lines to an adorable girl wearing bunny ears (Kristen Schaal), which softens the blow quite a bit.
H. Jon Benjamin (“Archer”) voices the father of this underachieving clan, with a deadpan, despairing acceptance that’s occasionally betrayed by a ray of hope. In the first episode, his restaurant is shut down and plastered with a poster that reads, “Food may contain human flesh.” That’s the kind of thing that’s difficult to bounce back from, especially when there’s a crematorium next door.
“Bob’s Burgers” follows “The Simpsons,” but feels like it would fit right in with the Cartoon Network’s snarky Adult Swim offerings. In fact, you’ve probably heard Benjamin voicing “Home Movies” there.
As with any fast food, the bulk of “Bob’s Burgers” is pleasant filler. You’ll probably be too tired to switch the channel after “The Simpsons,” so you might as well lay there and enjoy it.