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TV Series Review

It's hard to find good help these days.

Take Bob Belcher, proprietor of the greasy little spoon known as Bob's Burgers. His fry cook scratches herself in unfortunate places. His marketing whiz thinks savvy advertising is a bullhorn that makes disgusting noises. His counter help spreads rumors that Bob's using "beef" from the crematorium next door.

"I'd fire all of you if I could," Bob says.

But because they're his children—and because they presumably work cheap—Bob and his meat-grinding wife, Linda, make do. I mean, you get what you pay for, right?

In the case of Bob's Burgers, which (thanks to Fox) is piped into your television free of charge each and every week, that's ever so true. Network execs consider this to be savory dinnertime entertainment. But that's only because Fox defines a "family show" only by whether it has a family in it, not by whether families should watch it. And this cartoon's take on the modern nuclear family is purely Grade D Beef—lean on lessons, loaded with questionable additives and likely to give you indigestion.

It's not completely without merit. Bob, our longsuffering restaurateur, digs his family in a mumbling, exasperated sort of way. Linda is devoted to her hubby in spite of his many faults, and she encourages him to pursue his short-order dreams no matter how many times he gets splashed with metaphorical fry oil. The Belcher children, for all their oddities, show flashes of near humanity. And episodes often conclude with a touchy-feely moment.

But Bob's Burgers lacks The Simpsons' warmth and—I never thought I'd be writing this—tact. If The Simpsons is that college roommate who ate all your ramen without permission, Bob's Burgers is the guy who stole your refrigerator and set fire to your mother's quilt.

Though it sometimes aims for the heart, its gags hit somewhere south of there. In other words, cleanly funny moments are as rare as tofu on Bob's lunch menu, never mind that the series was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. And while it's less objectionable than any one of Seth MacFarlane's slew of comedies (see: Family Guy), episodes are still filled with quips that give noxious nods to cannibalism, talking feces, bestiality and pedophilia, among other things.

Bob once asked Gene, his son, if he could please stop using his bullhorn to make farting noises at folks passing by the diner.

"There's a line between entertaining and annoying," Bob tells him.

"No!" Gene hollers. "That's a myth!"

Which neatly sums up the philosophy, it would seem, of Bob's Burgers.

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