You can trace the history of television comedy through its families: The Cleavers, the Kramdens, the Bunkers, the Evans, the Keatons, the Huxtables, the Tanners, the Bundys, the Winslows, the Simpsons, the Griffiths. And the Belchers of Bob’s Burgers have stealthily become one of those iconic clans.
Over its four and a half seasons, the show has evolved into a true product of today, combining the heartwarming moments that were a hallmark of ABC’s TGIF lineup 20 years ago with the eccentricity and deadpan tone that’s more at home on Adult Swim (where the show fittingly re-airs). The Belchers—restaurant owners Bob and Linda and their three kids Tina, Gene and Louise—are real, comfortable oddballs, and the laughs come from a group just being themselves. No recycled, vulgar, referential, or cheap gags necessary.
They picked one of my favorite eps as a “can’t skip” pick. No, I won’t tell you which one it is. ^_^