When “Bob’s Burgers” came out in 2011, animated family comedies were already all the rage, with “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Futurama” and “American Dad” raking in regular viewership and building strong fanbases.
H. Jon Benjamin, previously known for “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Not Another Teen Movie” and his stand-up comedy, voices Bob Belcher, the owner of a small and unpopular titular restaurant. His employees are his wife, Linda (voiced by John Roberts), his two daughters, Tina (voiced by Dan Mintz) and Louise (voiced by Kristen Schaal) and his son Gene (voiced by Eugene Mirman). Regular characters showcase some familiar faces including Tammy Larsen (voiced by Jenny Slate) and Mr. Frond (voiced by David Herman of “Office Space” and “Futurama”).
The Belcher family came onto the scene with a strong 9.39 million total viewers for their first episode, “Human Flesh,” and the show went on to spark a huge fandom that would lead to the cast touring across the country, as well as merchandise opportunities with bobbleheads, vinyl records of the original music, mugs and clothing. “Bob’s Burgers” is still going strong after hitting its 10th season milestone last fall.
To celebrate the upcoming 11th season, Variety has ranked the top 30 episodes of the animated family comedy.