I review a whole season rather than individual episodes, so there is a chance of spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole season yet, stop reading now!
It is difficult to continue to review a series which doesn’t change massively but continues to be so great. Bob’s Burgers is still fundamentally the same show it was six seasons ago but there is a confidence to the series which seems to shine through with each episode, culminating in a fantastic series finale which equates to the best yet.
This season did seem to be the one where the show found more heart. The characters always cared for each other but in this season there seems to be more moments where they go out of their way and the show finds some real moments which will pull at the heart strings. This could be Bob giving some awkward advice to Tina about “kissing” or Louise feeling guilt for getting her father stuck to a toilet on potentially the biggest day of his career. Even when Bob gets the chance to finally put Jimmy Pesto in his place, he opts for the better path, letting his rival have his moment.
Luckily, it is also as funny as it has ever been as well. The episodes are as creative as ever, from a great Halloween episode which spirals brilliantly out-of-control to a quarantine episode involving a crazy school nurse and “super-lice.” There is even a fantastic “quest” episode reminiscent of Stand By Me as Gene and the extended characters try to find a goat with two butts.
The extended cast is, as ever, a great strength of the show. From the stalwarts like Teddy to random but welcome characters like Marshmallow, the cast grows as the ambitions of the show does. It also means we get more cameo appearances, including Paul Rudd who has a small part as Tina’s imaginary horse Jericho.
All of this is overshadowed in the end by the great finale. The ambition of the six season old show is on display, managing to include almost all the extended characters, as well as give the main family it’s own self-contained story. It even has the best song of the series, which is an achievement as most episodes have a great song or two. The fact that it also ends on a happy, sweet note manages to perfectly capture season six of the quality animated series.
Overall, Bob’s Burger’s sixth season is a show still at the top of it’s game. It is as funny as ever but now with added heart and ambition. The stories are as varied and creative as ever and the cast seems to widen with more interesting people every episode. Sign me up for season seven.
Best Episode – Glued, Where’s my Bob?: The season finale manages to capture everything great about the series.
Best performance – H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher
Should there be another season? – Of course. This is still one of the best comedies on TV.
Season Rating – 5!
(1 – Awful, 2 – Average, 3 – Good, 4 – Great, 5! – Must See)