Bob’s Burgers: Where does the show fit in the animation world?

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Photo Credit: Bob's Burgers/Fox Image Acquired from Fox Flash /

Bob’s Burgers is one of the most unique animated shows for adults. Even with such a wide audience, the show is usually left out. Why is that?

When thinking of memorable animated shows from the 2010s, a lot of series get brought up including Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Bojack Horseman, and many others. But there is one series that seems to be left out of most end-of-the-decade lists, Bob’s Burgers. Maybe it’s because it’s a cable network show, but it doesn’t seem to get nearly as much love as others in the genre. Whether it be with those types of list, media coverage, or general animation discussion, it can be a bit frustrating for fans of the series.

While those lists and people’s choices are subjective, it begs an even deeper question. Bob’s Burgers is a relatively popular show as noted by the outrage on it being removed from both the US and International Netflix accounts. With how outraged people were and the somewhat large fandom the series has, where does Bob’s Burgers fit among the rest of the animated realm and how can it become part of the larger conversation?

It would only be right to start off with a simple statement and it’s that Bob’s Burgers isn’t for everyone. While that seems like an obvious point, the show is sandwiched between two other wildly popular animated series. Between them though, Bob’s Burgers seems to get the most heat despite being the newest of the three aside from Bless the Harts. Regardless, it’s clear that the show isn’t for every demographic.

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As for why the show doesn’t really fit everyone, there are a few reasons why. First, Bob’s Burgers has different humor than The Simpsons or Family Guy. Some people don’t jive with it as the humor isn’t really edgy or timely. Rather, the humor comes from the family and the way that the actors deliver their line. Additionally, the animation style isn’t for everyone nor is the voice acting.

There are a lot of concrete reasons why Bob’s Burgers isn’t as beloved, but the major reason why it doesn’t get included in larger conversations is that the series has a broader appeal. It can be marketed to adults, teens and sometimes, kids. Unlike Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers doesn’t really target itself at one certain demographic, so it’s hard to nail down where it stands. Rather, each episode tailors itself to the viewers thus making it tough to figure out where to place it.

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Additionally, Bob’s Burgers didn’t really experience a huge influx of fans such as its predecessor. The show is more quiet and wholesome so it didn’t attract a big crowd. Rather, the show gained a decent following by those who liked the show and shared it. Additionally, it became part of meme culture and became a show that people could turn to when they wanted something funny yet heartwarming.


It’s hard to pinpoint where Bob’s Burgers fits in the animated realm. While it’s not as beloved as some shows, it still has a significant following and is on its 10th season so clearly people are still enjoying it. Personally, I think Bob’s Burgers is in a realm with other shows such as We Bare Bears, Home Movies and Bless The Harts. Rather than focusing on negativity, these shows are meant to make people happy, relax and have a laugh or two.

As for how Bob’s Burgers can become a larger part of the animated conversation, there isn’t really much to say or do. Bob’s Burgers is a very polarizing show for a lot of people and some won’t even give it a chance. However, there is always going to be someone talking about the series and lifting it up so that’s really what matters. While it might not be as popular as its Fox counterparts, Bob’s Burgers is easily one of the best-animated shows of the last decade.

Overall, there is no answer as to why Bob’s Burgers is left out. Ten seasons in though, the show remains one of the best-animated shows airing. While it might not be everyone’s favorite, Bob’s Burgers has its audience and it’s clear that we aren’t going anywhere.

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Bob’s Burgers airs Sundays on Fox at 9/8c. 

Where do you think Bob’s Burgers fits in the animation realm? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!