The beauty of a show with classic comedy and longevity is that it can have running jokes that onlyget funnier as the show progresses through many seasons.
Bob's Burgers,which follows the Belcher family as they try to make it as a burger joint,is a show that fans can watch again and again and still notice funny puns or jokes throughout the seasons. The lovable cast of characters is always up to different shenanigans, and the puns that inspired an entire cookbookare never-ending.
Updated on May 27th, 2022 by Amanda Suarez:Because of the release of brand-new episodes of the show and the new Bob's Burgers movie, fans of the show have been reminded of just how many callbacks and running gags there are at the seaside restaurant.
With new and familiar shenanigans picking back up and a movie on the close horizon, viewers are getting a ton of new content for the show and enjoying even more top-tier comedy.
The Pest Control Van Is In Every Season 1 Episode
Bob's Burgers is known for having lots of small Easter eggs and jokes in the background of its episodes, and the pest control company Rats All, Folks was one of them. The show is big on puns, so obviously, the punny Porky-Pig-line-turned-slogan isn't surprising at all--and it's just one of many hilarious running puns for the van.
Fans of the show may want to revisit season 1 and see if they can spot the van's appearance in each of the episodes. Starting in season 2, there is still a van appearance in each episode, but the company changes each time to a different rat-themed pun.
The Health Inspector Has It Out For Bob
This is both a pretty entertaining running gag and a reference to the original pitched idea of the show.Die-hard fans of the series may be aware thatBob's Burgers is based on a sketch of the Belcher family opening up a burger shop selling burgers made of human flesh, a laSweeney Todd.
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Not very much is leftover from that original macabre pitch, but the pilot featured Louise lying and telling her class that their burgers were human. This prompts a very suspicious health inspector to spend a lot of time and energy investigating Bob over the course of the show. The writers also paid additional homage to the original pilot by placing a funeral home next to Bob's Burgers, fueling the wildfan theory about the Belchers on Bob's Burgersstill serving human burgers.
Tina Is Obsessed With Boys
Another constant source of comedy on the show is that Tina is forever thinking that she's met her soulmate. Even if it's a random boy in detention that she's never really spoken to before, a simple moment of eye contact can prompt her to launch into one of Tina's best Bob's Burgerssongs about the "briefest of glances" and almost topple her desk over trying to get another glance from him.
It's surprising that Tina, whose anxiety can be triggered by almost anything, is pretty bold when going after a boy. Her preoccupation with spin-the-bottle and a hayride sitting next to a boy routinely gets her into some pretty hilarious situations.
Gene Is Too Close With Linda
Gene is a Momma's Boy through and through, and the show continually reminds fans of Gene's bordering-on-too-much dependency on Linda. But one thing that the show plays on, again and again, is that Gene is a little obsessed with his mom.
Whether it's a quick joke about Gene wishing Linda was his wife and that they'll grow old together, or an entire episode dedicated to Gene following Linda to her women's entrepreneur club meetings and trying to sabotage her time there, Gene is all-in for Linda
Bob Thinks Jimmy Pesto Is Behind Everything
Jimmy Pesto is the foil character to Bob; where Bob runs a struggling business with genuinely good food and a loving family, Jimmy is running a successful business with admittedly bad food and has a broken family. The two are constantly in competition with each other, with Bob going as far as to devote time and energy to beat Jimmy's video game high score.
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Any time something goes wrong, the first place Bob points a finger is Jimmy Pesto and Linda has to convince him that Jimmy isn't trying to pull any stunts. He's not entirely wrong for it, though, as Jimmy did spy on Bob to steal his Super Bowl commercial in "Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial."
If there's one thing that the Belchers always are, it's strapped for cash. Bob's Burgers is constantly under threat of closing its doors and Mr. Fischoeder is well aware of that fact and he makes quite a few running jokes about the matter.
Anytime the odd, rich, building owner comes into contact with Bob or the rest of the family, he always makes a one-liner joke about them not paying rent. And, the few times that he's not there to remind them that they owe him rent, one of the Belchers--usually Bob--will nervously bring up that it's not due or has been paid already.
Louise Violently Loves Boyz 4 Now
One of the most loved fictional boy bands of all time isBob's Burgers' Boyz 4 Now, a play on Boyz II Men. Fans may openly love this band, but Louise is slow to admit that she loves something so trendy and girly--and when Louise loves something, things get violent.
A hilarious running joke with Louise is her hidden love for the band--and more specifically, Boo Boo. She quickly learns everything that she can about him and even sneaks onto their tour bus with Tina. Every time her guilty pleasure enjoyment of the band is brought up, it makes for a really funny gag.
Linda Is Afraid Of Getting Hit In The Face
Linda Belcher has some of the funniest lines and plotlines onBob's Burgers, and fans have noticed that every time the fan-favorite mom character gets into a scuffle or something shoots or splashes near her, she raises her hands up and shouts, "Oh, my face!"
The sheer amount of times makes it a classic running gag, and the varying degree of danger her face is actually in of getting hit is also a good laugh. Even when she's about to be pushed over a rail in"Housetrap," her gut reaction is to shout "Oh, my face!"
The Family Has Musical Interludes
Bob's Burgers definitely isn't the first animated sitcom to feature songs and dances, but there's something about the show's musical numbers that is especially funny. It could be that they're almost always a little off-pitch, or that they're usually accompanied by overly dramatic fantasy sequences, or that they often featured hilarious lyrics with a drawn-out note at the end that goes on much longer than viewers would expect.
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Every character on the show has had some sort of themed musical number every few episodes or so, and the credits usually feature a fun little remix of a song on the show or a brand new one. It's definitely a great running part of the series.
Tina Runs With Her Arms Straight Down
No matter what the situation is, be it gym class or trying to catch up to Jimmy Jr. on his bike, Tina Belcher has only ever run one way on the show: with her arms straight down by her sides. It's especially funny when she's running with her family or friends, and the difference between her and everyone else is stark.
Fans of the show have even made compilations on YouTube of every time Tina has run on Bob's Burger, and watching them in succession really puts the length of the joke into focus. Episodes that focus on Tina and her amazing set of quirks, are some of fans' favorites.
Linda Trying To Be Sexy With Bob
Linda is always trying to keep the romance alive between her and Bob, and the results are pretty hilarious. Linda routinely tries to come on to Bob while they're working--and Bob is almost never on board.
But, regardless, Linda always keeps trying. In a funny turn of events and a great Bob and Linda moment, for an elongated Valentine's Day celebration, Bob finally sheds his nervousness and does a strip tease for Linda. When people across the street see him, he doesn't care and continues his dance on the coffee table.
BobTalksTo Inanimate Objects
Bob Belcher has a hilarious habit of talking to different inanimate objects in his life and making them talk back to him in a falsetto voice. He's had full conversations with burgers on the grill, toy figurines, and even tools at the dentist's office.
It seems to be his coping mechanism and hobby and what makes the entire thing even funnier is that oftentimes, the objects don't agree with what Bob is saying, and he gets into little arguments with them.He comes up with some really funny quips while he's doing it, with a notable one being the Thanksgiving turkey that asks him to leave the oven light on for it before he closes the oven door.
The Store Next Door To Bob's Burgers Changes
Another Easter egg for long-standing fans of the show is the store that's located to the right of the burger shop. If viewers watch carefully, the store changes names in every title sequence but is usually vacant during the actual episodes themselves. The ever-changing ownership is reflected by the often rushed-looking banners displaying their names.
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The businesses are almost always hilarious puns, and some notable names have been "Meth I Can! Methadone Recovery Clinic," "Extra Moist Yoga" (a gag on Hot Yoga), and "Magnum G.I. Coloscopies." Additionally, in the episode "Sacred Cow," the space has a "Rent Reduced" sign right over a sign marking it as an active crime scene, complete with caution tape.
The Burger Of The Day Is A Pun
One of the most well-known and popular gags on the show is that there is always a "Burger of the Day" on the chalkboard behind the counter, and the name of the burger is a movie or pop culture-related pun.
These burger names and recipes are so beloved by fans of the show, that they were even compiled into a cookbook for lovers of the show to finally experienceBob's Burgerscreations, instead of just wishing the fictional chain existed in real life. Some favorites of this ever-changing display are, "Pepper Don't Preach Burger," "Olive and Let Die Burger," and "Bohemian Radishy Burger."
Teddy Thinks He & Bob Are Best Friends
Teddy comes to Bob's Burgers most days of the week and he's definitely gotten Bob and the other Belchers into some wacky situations. From watching Bob while he's injured to hopping behind the counter, there's nothing that Teddy wouldn't do for Bob.
The gag of it is, Bob couldn't feel more differently. Teddy is just a customer to him, and he looks for any reason to put space between them. In one of the current episodes where Teddy gets a fish delivered to the restaurant, Bob asks Linda if Teddy's package being late is enough to not be his friend anymore.
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Bob is also bisexual himself. This is hinted towards several times (like when he is cuddled by Tom Seleck in “Synchronized Swimming”) and confirmed in “Turkey in a Can” where he tells another man that he's “mostly straight” before saying the man is out of his league, then telling him he'd call him as he walks off.)Who is the most popular character in Bob's Burgers? ›
- 8 Ron.
- 7 Tammy & Jocelyn.
- 6 Zeke.
- 5 Regular-Sized Rudy.
- 4 Bob & Linda Belcher.
- 3 Gene Belcher.
- 2 Tina Belcher.
- 1 Louise Belcher.
Fantasy violence (shoving, strangling, and so on). Innuendo; bathroom humor. Parents need to know that Bob's Burgers is an animated show about a family that runs a burger restaurant. The vibe of the show is edgy and absurd, but the family is loving and supportive of one another.Is Louise Belcher autistic? ›
After suffering from mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and severe agoraphobia, which resulted in her dropping out of school before her GCSEs, her autism was finally identified by an Art Therapist.Is Tina Belcher autistic? ›
In the pilot episode, “Human Flesh” Tina is told that she is autistic and should be able to count how many toothpicks are thrown on the ground.Who is Bob's Favourite child? ›
Jon Benjamin, voice of Bob, claims that he believes Louise is Bob's favorite child.Who is the smartest Belcher? ›
Despite being the youngest, Louise is definitely the smartest Belcher in a lot of ways. She's not afraid to take chances, make deals, or exact revenge when necessary. While she might not always be careful, her way usually yields results.Why doesn t Bill Hader voice Mickey anymore? ›
Mickey the former bank robber turned carnie (originally voiced by Bill Hader and briefly by Loren Bouchard) is now played by John Q. Kubin due to availability issues.Is Bobs Burgers LGBTQ? ›
Despite being in a heterosexual relationship, Bob and Linda's marriage is a queer one. They don't conform to the regularly scheduled straight couples shown on other shows.Who is the annoying girl in Bobs Burgers? ›
Courtney Wheeler is a sixth-grade student at Wagstaff School and Gene's on and off girlfriend.
The Bob's Burgers Movie is rated PG-13 for Language|Rude/Suggestive Material. As always, you know your kids best. What is this? If your family has seen this show before (or similar shows like The Simpsons) we think you can take the kids to see this one.What is the funniest episode of Bobs Burger? ›
- “Legends of the Mall” (Season 10, Episode 5) ...
- “The Hurt Soccer” (Season 8, Episode 12) ...
- “The Gene Mile” (Season 9, Episode 20) ...
- “Topsy” (Season 3, Episode 16) ...
- “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl” (Season 5, Episode 1) ...
- “Just The Trip” (Season 10, Episode 17)
They have come a long way since "Carpe Museum" and in "Bob Actually", it's proven that Louise like-likes Rudy and she definitely holds a soft spot in her heart for Rudy; Which he holds for her as well, stepping far out of his comfort zone for her.
In "Bob Day Afternoon", a bank robber across the street takes in hostages and orders burgers from the restaurant as one of his demands. When the robber wants Bob to deliver the burgers himself, Linda and the kids are so terrified that they cling to him and plead with him not to go.What mental disorder does Gayle have? ›
Gayle is extremely socially inept, and often says and does things that are either inappropriate or annoying to those around her. Her emotional fragility and inability to connect with others often leads her to depression.What disability does Tina Belcher have? ›
Take Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers; Tina has certain behaviors that are strongly associated with autism, such as a difficulty communicating her emotions, strong fixations on particular things and panic attacks.What ethnicity are the Belchers supposed to be? ›
The Belcher family is a family who runs the family business called Bob's Burgers. Loren Bouchard described their ethnicity as follows: For better, for worse we gave [the main characters] the name Belcher so at least one of Bob's parents hails from some French or French-Canadian lineage.Why do the belchers have 4 fingers? ›
Maybe they chalk it up to tradition or didn't give it much thought, but the AV Club explains that there's a very good reason for it that goes back to the old days of animation. Before computers, you see, artists drew cartoons by hand. By sketching characters with only four digits, it saved time — and money.Why does Louise wear bunny ears? ›
Early on in the movie, we learn that Bob and Linda gave Louise her bunny ears on her first day of preschool, to help her get through the day because she was so afraid. As we've seen time and time again on the show, Louise is intensely brave.Why doesn t Louise show her hair? ›
"We respect the character's general wishes to not show the top of her head, but we wanted to take her to some places that she hadn't been before and get that 'why' answered for everyone." Smith adds: "To me, it is always going to be more exciting for people to imagine what's under there than to actually see it.
Teddy's best friend is Bob , who Teddy is deeply devoted to, at times he is even shown to idolize Bob and his family. This likely because Teddy himself desperately wishes for a family of his own.What is Tina Belcher's middle name? ›
Notes. ↑ Etymology note: Tina's middle name Ruth is revealed in the episode Presto Tina-o: she is the first character to have their middle name revealed.Why is Tina voiced by a man? ›
Mintz told the Phoenix New Times: I was actually originally cast as a boy, like the second son in the family, and then Fox wanted to change the character to a girl because it was thought to be too similar to Eugene Mirman's character [Gene Belcher] ...Do the Belcher kids ever grow up? ›
Like any episodic cartoon, the characters don't really age, so we've essentially been seeing the Belcher kids live the same year of their life for over a decade.What happened to Jimmy Pesto Bob's Burgers? ›
'Bob's Burgers' Actor Jay Johnston Will No Longer Voice “Jimmy Pesto” After Participating In Capitol Riot. Actor Jay Johnston, who is known for his roles in Better Call Saul, Arrested Development, Anchorman, and voice roles in hit shows such as Rick and Morty, will no longer be voicing Jimmy Pesto Sr.Was Jimmy Pesto cut from the movie? ›
Jimmy Pesto was only seen momentarily in The Bob's Burgers Movie and didn't speak at all. The character was also missing from season twelve. Jimmy owns Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria, a popular Italian joint located across the street from Bob's Burgers, and has long been Bob Belcher's primary rival.Why did Loren Bouchard voice Mickey? ›
Series writer and producer, Loren Bouchard, voices the character of Mickey in this episode. This character is normally voiced by Bill Hader. The show had already animated Mickey into the episode, but Hader was unavailable to voice, so Bouchard stepped in.Is Louise from Bob's Burgers a sociopath? ›
Speaking of unique children, there's the youngest Belcher, Louise. Tina is shy but well-meaning, Gene is goofy, and Louise is, for lack of a better description, a budding sociopath.Do Bobs Burgers ever age? ›
Like most cartoons, the characters on Bob's Burgers do not age at a regular pace. Despite the show having multiple Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving episodes, the children have all remained the same age. Bob's age has jumped around a bit, but generally speaking, he has remained the same age for the show's run.Why is Bobs Burgers not for kids? ›
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, The Bob's Burgers Movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under 5 years. For example, Louise falls into a dark sinkhole. She's scared and is trying desperately to climb out when her foot gets caught.
Bob's Burgers has banned voice actor Jay Johnston from the series amid allegations he was involved in the Jan. 6 riot. The cast of Bob's Burgers is down a voice after Jay Johnston was reportedly fired from the animated series.Who is obsessed with Louise Bobs Burgers? ›
Personality. Millie is possibly the only person Louise is afraid of. For some unknown reason, she is obsessed with Louise's and desperately wants to be Louise's best friend. She stalks Louise and antagonizes her when Louise opposes her advances.Why does Jimmy Pesto hate Bob? ›
With Bob having supportive relationships with his kids and wife, as well as running his business as he wants to, it isn't a surprise that Jimmy's hate for Bob stems from jealousy. Created by Loren Bouchard, Bob's Burgers stars H.Is the 100 ok for 13 year olds? ›
Incredible story, with lots of violence (Season 2 and season 3 finale especially), about 10 sex scenes where nothing is actually revealed, and a reasonable amount of swearing (Mostly S/B words). Overall a great show, perfect for teens, though probably too violent for kids.What grade is Louise in Bob's Burgers? ›
Louise Belcher is the youngest member of the Belcher family and one of the main protagonists of Bob's Burgers. She is nine years old and in the fourth grade.Is the 100 appropriate for 13 year olds? ›
Teenagers below 14 and especially children shouldn't watch this. The story and lore are very engaging but the show doesn't miss shocking scenes like torture, prolonged executions, being burnt alive and surgeries without anesthesia.Does Jimmy Jr like Tina? ›
While he often shows romantic interest in Tina and at times has even considered her his girlfriend, he often tends to forget they are dating in favor for time spent with best friend and wrestling buddy, Zeke, and dancing by himself.Which episode is Bob actually? ›
"Bob Actually" is the ninth episode of the seventh season of the American animated television series Bob's Burgers, and the 116th episode overall.Why is it called Bobs Burgers? ›
Jon Benjamin) is the owner of "Bob's Burgers". He is the husband to Linda and father to Tina, Gene, and Louise. He is a second-generation restaurateur and is 46 years old. Bob was born to Lily and Robert "Big Bob" Belcher Sr., who ran a diner called "Big Bob's Diner".Is Zeke in love with Tina? ›
It is hinted that Zeke has a crush on Tina, but the latter does not reciprocate. In "Midday Run", he is quoted saying, "Damn Tina, now I got a story to tell on our wedding day.
The fan theory states one major reason behind Louise wearing the hat is that she fears she looks too much like her mother, Linda. The likeness between the two in undeniable, with the two having similar hairstyles and facial features.Why does Louise sleep in a closet? ›
Louise needs her own space in which she can scheme and connive in peace and quiet. She couldn't stand sharing a bedroom with her horribly immature and loud older brother, so she requested the hallway closet be transformed into her own private paradise/evil lair.Does anyone in Bob's Burgers have autism? ›
The pinnacle of sensory representation with Gene is the episode “The Laser-inth” in it, Bob and Gene go to a laser rock opera of Bob's favourite childhood band, Zentipede. Although initially excited, Gene gets incredibly overwhelmed and has an autistic meltdown (Fig.What is the lowest rated Bob's Burgers episode? ›
- If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette? (7.2) ...
- Bed, Bob & Beyond (7.2) ...
- Motor, She Boat (7.2) ...
- Flat-Top O' The Morning To Ya (7.2) ...
- Drumforgiven (7.2) ...
- The Hawkening: Look Who's Hawking Now! ...
- Yurty Rotten Scoundrels (6.9)
A long-time daily burger-eater, Teddy displays a sense of sadness and loneliness to everyone who works at the restaurant, and at times even other customers. Living with his since-deceased guinea pig, Frances, Teddy is cheerful but prone to slip into spells of depression.Does Bob Belcher have a crush on marshmallow? ›
(Fox)"In the group, we also talk about how Bob has an obvious crush on Marshmallow, who is one of the glam trans sex workers he met in the episode 'Sheesh!Who is Bob's girlfriend? ›
Linda Belcher. Linda "Lin" Belcher (née Genarro) (voiced by John Roberts) is the happy-go-lucky and supportive wife of Bob and the mother of Tina, Gene, and Louise. Before her marriage to Bob, she was engaged to Hugo, who is now a local health inspector ("Human Flesh").Do you ever see Louise without her hat? ›
Louise, the youngest Belcher sibling, is never without her trademark pink bunny ear hat. Well, she was without it once, for part of one episode, and it was so traumatic for her that it spawned an iconic meme.Is Bobs Burgers OK for a 13 year old? ›
Bob's Burgers Movie: Age Rating
The Bob's Burgers Movie is rated PG-13 for Language|Rude/Suggestive Material. As always, you know your kids best.
Like most cartoons, the characters on Bob's Burgers do not age at a regular pace. Despite the show having multiple Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving episodes, the children have all remained the same age.
200 episodes later, the series is still going strong, but it could have been a lot different. Above is creator Loren Bouchard's original demo for the show, which is very similar to the pilot episode... except that Tina Belcher is actually a boy named Daniel, and Bob apparently cooks shirtless.What mental health does Teddy Bobs Burgers have? ›
He frequents Bob's Burgers in order to have someone to talk to because he is lonely. Teddy has many fears and anxieties, the greatest of which he claims to be costumed characters and their "soulless eyes," after an incident with his ex-wife.What is Bob's full name? ›
Bob: The name Bob is one of the short forms of the name Robert.Were Bob and Charlotte in love? ›
They are neither committed to someone nor emotionally unattached." Coppola said Bob and Charlotte's relationship is "supposed to be romantic but on the edge. ... [A] little bit more than friends but not an actual romance. ... To me, it's pretty un-sexual between them—innocent and romantic, and a friendship."What is Bob Belcher's middle name? ›
Robert Samuel "Bob" Belcher Jr. is the main protagonist of the adult-animated sitcom Bob's Burgers created by Loren Bouchard for FOX.What grade is Gene in? ›
Gene is the Belcher family's middle child, a year and a half younger than his sister Tina, and so is two grades behind her - he's in sixth. He attends Wagstaff School, which somehow manages to have students everywhere from third grade to eighth grade.How old is Linda in Bob's Burgers? ›
Linda Belcher (John Roberts) is one of the main protagonists of the series, wife to Bob and mother to Tina, Gene, and Louise. She is 44 years old, always wears signature red glasses, and speaks with a thick, heavily pronounced New Jersey / New York Area accent.