Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Bob's Burgers" doesn't go down easy

Of all roughly nine zillion new shows premiering on Sunday (actually, it's four, but who's counting?), "Bob's Burgers" is the one about which I have the least to say. The series, debuting at 8:30 p.m. on Fox, is part of the network's "Animation Domination" cartoon block, and centers on a wacky family that runs a burger shop.

The show's creators have been involved with such projects as "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" and "King of the Hill," and features such voice talents as H. Jon Benjamin ("Archer") and Kristen Schaal ("Flight of the Conchords"). Given that, I expected to laugh a bit more. But I found the premiere a little flat. Bob (Benjamin) is a hapless restaurant owner who employs his goofy family. Wackiness, supposedly, ensues. Yet, the show's jokes about cannibalism, a little's genital rash, and the like feel a bit forced and uninspired. I didn't really hate "Bob's Burgers" and, given the talent involved, it has the possibility to improve. But, right now, I'm not buying what "Bob's" is selling.

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