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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: The Brett Favre of Thunder Girls

December 15th, 2014 9:32am EST
'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 7
Some TV shows justify genre homages with characters who are so pop culture-obsessed that acting out scenarios from their favorite works of fiction is just a natural part of their daily lives. That element is at play somewhat in “Bob’s Burgers” (as in this season’s premiere, “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl”), but what really distinguishes this show when it comes to pastiches is how hard every member of the Belcher family commits to any new obsession. Tina and Louise did not jump into the job of drawing out the Thunder Girl mole because they are devotees of the spy thriller, but because that...
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'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 6, 'Father Of The Bob'

December 8th, 2014 10:01am EST
Bob's Burgers
“Bob’s Burgers” features the healthiest family dynamics on any television show currently airing. Linda and Bob’s devoted and playful relationship sets the tone for the kids’ relationships with each other and their parents. They are all so unapologetically weird, and they are never afraid to let their freak flags when in each other’s company. Their quirks are not identical, but they are not ashamed of them because they all have each other’s back. The kids are actively encouraged by their mother and tolerated, with affection, by their father.

One might surmise that the Belchers come from...
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'Bob's Burgers' Review: 'Best Burger'

December 1st, 2014 9:59am EST
Bob's Burgers
Most sitcoms remain essentially in stasis, their appeal lying in the comfort of familiar situations and familiar characters. Good sitcoms have the promise of potential change, for the sake of providing tension. But the truly great sitcoms actually go through with changes and still manage to maintain their appeal.

With this in mind, Bob Belcher is an ideal sitcom character. His passion for the craftsmanship of buns and meat patties is never going to go away. Furthermore, his lack of ambition and general contentedness with his lower-middle class life mean that he will probably always rem...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'Dawn Of The Peck'

November 24th, 2014 1:33pm EST
Bob's Burgers - Dawn Of The Peck
An episode like “Dawn of the Peck” makes it clear how fully formed the town of “Bob’s Burgers” is. It also serves as a reminder that this town remains unnamed. It is definitely somewhere in the Northeast, probably in the New York-New Jersey area, though even that is rarely mentioned. So considering the area of the country and the Thanksgiving timeliness, it was weird that just about everyone was wearing their typical garb of shorts and short sleeves. Though this town does have a connection to a real area, since it is a cartoon it also has a feel of existing outside of time and space.

T...
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'Bob's Burgers': 'You Technically Are My Best Friend'

November 17th, 2014 8:42am EST
Bob's Burgers
What is a best friend? And how do you know when you have one? When it comes to romance, it is not unheard of for friends to point out to oblivious people how much they are obviously in love with someone. But when it comes to friends, people generally do not need to have it pointed out to them which of their acquaintances qualifies for the next level up. If you spend plenty of time with someone and enjoy doing so, then that person is clearly a friend.

However, for someone like Bob Belcher, who is not too introspective and who does not interact with too many people beyond his family and ...
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'Bob's Burger's' Season 5, Episode 2 Review: Catfished By A Box

November 3rd, 2014 9:39am EST
Bob's Burgers
“Bob’s Burgers” has a knack for going heavily conceptual, often with homages to sci-fi or fantasy films, and then naturally weaving those concepts into the lives of its characters. In that vein, “Tina and the Real Ghost” was not really an exploration of supernatural presences, as of course there was no ghost in the box. But even if there had been, this episode was always going to be about the students of Wagstaff Middle School were affected.

The thing about teenagers, and particularly the teenagers on this show, is that they want know what the deal is with a weird new thing, often for fe...
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'Bob's Burgers' Season 5 Premiere Review: Die Hard The Musical: A One-Gene Show!

October 6th, 2014 1:39pm EDT
Bob's Burgers
“This musical theater stuff is just too dangerous.”

The characters of “Bob’s Burgers” have a tendency to go dangerously overboard. The kicker of it is that they do so in areas of life that typically do not have a high frequency of actual physical harm. While this is not a show that shies away from the serious physical consequences of wild shenanigans, the danger of musical theater and of the overenthusiasm tend to be more of the mental variety. it is only appropriate that guidance counselor Mr. Frond would be the one to express exasperation over it all. He absolutely deserves a Conflic...
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Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.

SUNDAY:

ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On FOX

September 7th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
New Girl
We've reached the end of the 2013 Fall TV Preview.

BONES returns Monday, September 16 at 8PM

Booth and Bones find a friend in the priesthood. The priest will help counsel the couple. Oh, he's an ex-priest now working as a bartender. A wedding's in the works for Bones and Booth. Apparently, the wedding will happen. I've found absolutely nothing about Bones solving murders. The early going of the season seems focused on romance.

NEW GIRL returns Tuesday, September 17 at 9PM

I've heard a few interviews with New Girl creator, Liz Meriweather. I really dig listening to her talking about wri...
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2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...
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Fox Adds Three New Comedies & Drama Starring Kevin Bacon To 2012-13 Lineup

May 14th, 2012 10:25am EDT
Kevin Bacon
FOX has released its primetime schedule for the 2012-2013 television season, adding three new comedies and two dramas to its slate. "Glee" will move this fall to Thursdays, following all-new installments of "The X Factor," which will feature two new judges (Britney Spears and Demi Lovato).

This fall, two new half-hour comedies – "The Mindy Project" and "Ben And Kate" – will join "Raising Hope" and "New Girl" on an all-new Tuesday night comedy block.

"The Mindy Project" features Mindy Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as sh...
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Q&A: You Should Know Who 'Archer's' H. Jon Benjamin Is

January 19th, 2012 1:10pm EST
H. Jon Benjamin
From the moment Archer star H. Jon Benjamin gets on the phone, I know I'm in for it.

He's joining me to talk about the FX comedy's third season, which officially starts tonight after a three-part preview in September, but he wastes no time cracking jokes at the expense of the network representative. "This woman has too many rules," he says, "It's not fair for anybody to have to sit through that." He tries in vain to have her line disconnected.

I stifle my laughter and get to my first question. "You're doing, of course, Archer and Bob's Burgers, and your Comedy Central show..."

"We all ...
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Where Is The Love? 'Bob's Burgers'

March 14th, 2011 11:57am EDT
Bob's Burgers
Traditional North American 'family' sitcoms seem to have at their core misogyny, and either fear, hatred or disinterest in children. Wives are to be eluded and duped by any means possible. The man-child husband dreams of freedom from his wife-mommy, and creates ever more elaborate schemes to elude the horrible captivity of his family. Each week, a quick setup explains why the poor, put upon husband wants, needs, and deserves some toy, alone time, or escape. The wife explains why this is not feasible or possible. Husband decides to do it anyway, despite wife's wishes. Hubby gets hopelessly e...
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