Emmys: Bob’s Burgers actors overlooked by Academy once again


Despite an excellent season with stellar performances, the Emmys snubbed the main Bob’s Burgers cast but none more than Eugene Mirman.

Most Emmy viewers aren’t looking forward to the animated categories. Despite its lack of publicity, it’s a huge achievement and one a lot of shows have already taken home. Usually, the Academy does a good job with animated programs including multiple different shows and actors.

This year, it’s the exact opposite. The Outstanding Animated Program was perfect as it included a mix of old and new shows. Nothing wrong there, but then the nominees for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance were released. It was laughable, to say the least.

Seth MacFarlane received multiple nods for American Dad and Family Guy. His co-star, Alex Borstein received one for Family Guy as did Dan Castellaneta for The Simpsons. The newcomer to the group was Russi Taylor but one show was missing and that’s Bob’s Burgers.

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Since premiering in 2011, an actor from the show has been nominated twice but have yet to win. Regardless, season 8 was one of the best overall seasons and most of the credit goes to the cast. They work so brilliantly together and play off each other so flawlessly.

Bob’s Burgers is still an underrated show, but this snub feels incredibly annoying. It wouldn’t be so bad if Seth MacFarlane wasn’t nominated twice. One of those spots could have gone to an actor from Bob’s Burgers or another deserving show such as Rick and Morty or Big Mouth.

Deciding on one of the main cast members is hard. Each plays a pivotal role in the series and earned their spot there. The one who was snubbed most is Eugene Mirman in “Cheer Up, Sleepy Gene.” Easily the best Gene-centric episode, Mirman played Gene to perfection.

It was no doubt Mirman’s best performance of the season. Everything about the episode feels authentic and real. It’s a testament to Mirman’s abilities as he can portray such a well of emotions. Throughout the episode, Gene feels happy, anxious, excited, scared and irritated without Mirman missing a beat.

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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: Actors Larry Murphy, H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Dan Mintz attend ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Press Line during Comic-Con International 2016 at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /

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There’s no shortage of talent on Bob’s Burgers but Gene Mirman’s performance in “Cheer Up, Sleepy Gene” was a huge snub. Considering it would have been his first nomination, it’s a bit frustrating. Sadly, none of the actors on Bob’s Burgers have won an Emmy for their performances.

As the saying goes, there’s always next year. It doesn’t make the snub feel any better, though. Hopefully, in 2019, the Academy will nominate a Bob’s Burgers cast member or two!