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A sweet, sometimes frustrating Bob's Burgers asks Tina to grow up A sweet, sometimes frustrating Bob's Burgers asks Tina to grow up

“Yes Without My Zeke” tells us all we will ever need to know about the titular character and his best friend in this or any other world, Jimmy Jr. Those two love each other, and much of the fun of tonight’s episode comes from the steady escalation in just how explicitly the pair are able to communicate their true…

A throwaway Bob's Burgers is unsure what to do with Linda's PTA dreams A throwaway Bob's Burgers is unsure what to do with Linda's PTA dreams

Linda Belcher is a ridiculous human. This is true of all the Belchers, to varying extents, including her theoretically more sensible spouse—you know, the one who spends his entire B plot trying to win over a hardware store owner he doesn’t know—but Linda has the same non-existent impulse control as her kids without…

Gene Belcher goes the distance in a delightful Bob's Burgers Gene Belcher goes the distance in a delightful Bob's Burgers

“The Gene Mile” has a beautiful starting point in the rite of passage that is the mile fitness test. The episode keys in on the two natural stories it provides for Tina and Gene. For the former, this is a tale of competition gone awry, with Jimmy Jr. talking a big game about running a nine-minute mile only to prove…

Louise fights for childhood and weird puppets on a touching Bob’s Burgers Louise fights for childhood and weird puppets on a touching Bob’s Burgers

Bob’s Burgers isn’t nearly as cynical about adulthood as it could be. As “If You Love It So Much, Why Don’t You Marionette?” argues, people might give up on their youthful dreams and enthusiasm, but nothing is ever gone forever. In Esther, the episode’s Edith Cranwinkle-looking puppet theater owner, the show gives us…

Bob's Burgers offers the one thing more annoying than Gene: Yacht people! Bob's Burgers offers the one thing more annoying than Gene: Yacht people!

Gene Belcher is annoying. He’s loud, self-obsessed, and not especially bright. That isn’t a problem when he’s a supporting player to Tina or Louise’s antics, content to make alternately hilarious and bizarre observations off on the side of a story. But the task gets tougher when he’s the focus of the story, which …

A familiar Bob's Burgers can't rule out Bob being a bread pervert A familiar Bob's Burgers can't rule out Bob being a bread pervert

Bob’s Burgers got me good with last sequence of Bob coming home. After an episode’s worth of burnout and generally manic behavior, the Belcher patriarch has a well-earned moment of clarity, as he walks home singing about how he may love to work, but he loves his family more. The moment where he turns the corner to see…

"Bob's Burgers" proves that absolute power is pretty great when Louise has it "Bob's Burgers" proves that absolute power is pretty great when Louise has it

Wagstaff sits squarely in the rich tradition of cartoon schools where no one, students or teachers, wants to be there—well, with one crucial exception, but we’ll get there. Teachers like Ms. LaBonz have a deeply adult kind of world-weariness and cynicism that recalls the likes of Edna Krabappel. The one big difference …

Bob's Burgers reminds us there is no greater love than a girl and her goose Bob's Burgers reminds us there is no greater love than a girl and her goose

Since returning to the Bob’s Burgers beat earlier this season, my general sense of the show is that it’s, well, pleasant. That already connotes a criticism, and that’s not my intention. It’s just that the show has figured out a reliable formula not just its jokes or its stories, but also for each of its characters.…

Bob's Burgers reminds us there's nothing better than love, except broken beds Bob's Burgers reminds us there's nothing better than love, except broken beds

“Bed, Bob, And Beyond” takes us into some of the scariest, most unsettling possible territory for a Bob’s Burgers episode, let alone a Valentine’s Day story: It throws the whole show off its axis to have Bob and Linda fighting for an entire episode. That’s an intriguing risk for the show to take, especially when this…

Star Trek: Discovery looks for something good in all its misdirections Star Trek: Discovery looks for something good in all its misdirections

Between tonight’s episode and the season premiere, we have definitive proof of Michael Burnham’s greatest flaw: She is absolutely rubbish at guessing who is about to beam aboard the Discovery. So far this season, every time she thinks one of her Vulcan family members is about to materialize, she gets someone else.…

Bob's Burgers goes on a delightfully silly treasure hunt Bob's Burgers goes on a delightfully silly treasure hunt

The Belchers are at their best when they are totally committed to whatever it is they are doing. It doesn’t take much to get them there, either. It’s really only Bob who need any convincing to throw his entire person into something silly or inconsequential. “The Helen Hunt” is an offbeat episode conceptually, but it…

Doctor Who’s latest season is the show at its most revolutionary—and its most traditional Doctor Who’s latest season is the show at its most revolutionary—and its most traditional

From the moment Jodie Whittaker was revealed as the 13th Doctor in July 2017, incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall began building a Doctor Who unlike any before it. More than a year later, with Whittaker and Chibnall’s first season in the books and a New Year’s special—rather than the more traditional Christmas…

Bob's Burgers doesn't let Christmas get in the way of snowball warfare Bob's Burgers doesn't let Christmas get in the way of snowball warfare

This is the least Christmas-themed Christmas episode Bob’s Burgers has done. Like most American shows heading into their mid-season hiatus, it’s always a bit tricky getting into the holiday spirit when Christmas is still more than a fortnight away. But whereas previous episodes like “God Rest Ye Gentle Mannequins,”…

Bob's Burgers considers the hidden dangers of flirting with aliens Bob's Burgers considers the hidden dangers of flirting with aliens

It was never going to be aliens. A lot of Bob’s Burgers’ animated siblings have an elastic enough continuity that it would be at least possible for actual aliens to pick up the kids’ signal—even The Simpsons did kind of canonize Kang and Kodos, to say nothing of still more off-the-wall shows like South Park or Family…

Bob's Burgers has Gene confront a terrifying, roller dancing stage parent Bob's Burgers has Gene confront a terrifying, roller dancing stage parent

Let’s start at the restaurant. The Bob, Linda, and Teddy subplots tend to follow a straightforward formula: Linda and Teddy get worked up over something, Bob grumbles over them getting worked up over what is, in fact, nothing. This week’s example of the form is clever in giving us some actual mystery—just what is …

Bob's Burgers has familiar fun with its latest Thanksgiving episode Bob's Burgers has familiar fun with its latest Thanksgiving episode

Thanksgiving is about families coming together, so it’s always appropriate when Bob’s Burgers treats us to a holiday episode featuring all five Belchers in the same story. This year’s entry takes aim at one of America’s most daffily nonsensical traditions, the annual presidential pardon of a turkey. As both Bob and…

Bob's Burgers asks, "What if Collateral were about quilts?" Bob's Burgers asks, "What if Collateral were about quilts?"

Bob’s Burgers has a hell of a track record with episodes built around birthday parties and Bob driving around. The first season’s “Sheesh! Cab, Bob?”, a solid contender for the most over-punctuated title in television history, was the episode where the show truly snapped into focus, as Bob driving an unlicensed taxi…

Bob's Burgers weaves together two seemingly random stories into a satisfying whole Bob's Burgers weaves together two seemingly random stories into a satisfying whole

Tonight’s Bob’s Burgers has no business hanging together as well as it does. The episode begins with Mr. Frond press-ganging the Belcher children into appearing in his empathy music video. Instead, of say, exploring what the Belchers must do to live down this indignity and earn back the respect—well, probably not…

Tina learns the dangers of disruption in an all-business Bob's Burgers Tina learns the dangers of disruption in an all-business Bob's Burgers

No good deed goes unpunished on Bob’s Burgers. Then again, no bad deed goes unpunished either. And come to think of it, the good deeds do ultimately get rewarded, while the bad deeds get rewarded far longer than they really ought to. Eventually everything settles somewhere in the middle, a murky melange of B- grades…

The new Doctor is in—and so are our first impressions The new Doctor is in—and so are our first impressions

Doctor Who season 11 hit the ground running with a new Doctor—Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to ever step into on the role—new companions, and new showrunner Chris Chibnall. Here, in addition to a full review of the premiere, The A.V. Club weighs in on Whittaker’s (and the season’s) auspicious debut.

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