Spend some more time with the Belchers
The Story So Far...
Though the show is ostensibly about Bob (after all, his name is in the title), it's clear by this point that the true stars of the show are the Belcher kids, who are a large part of every episode, but who also get a number of spotlight episodes of their own. No one on the show gets more from his delivery than Gene, who is given exuberant life by Eugene Mirman. Mirman screams his outbursts and nonsensical responses, earning guffaws again and again, especially during the ridiculous "O.T.: The Outside Toilet," where Gene becomes friends with a talking commode. His sisters, Louise (Kristen Schaal) and Tina (Dan Mintz), are often just as funny, in different ways, with Schaal somehow topping Mirman's vivacity, in a more psychotic manner, while Mintz gives Tina an odd, awkward energy that's frequently hilarious (like when she's addicted to and then withdrawing from caffeine in "The Unnatural".) The trio works together brilliantly, with the kind of give-and-take seen in the great comedy teams.
Though the kids are the top dogs in season three, headlining some of the best storylines of the run, including their money-making initiative in "Nude Beach" and their adventures on the high seas in "Mutiny on the Windbreaker," Bob and Linda get plenty of screentime of their own, with their own foibles and interactions serving as the core of pretty much every episode, particularly when they are caught up in a murder investigation at their friend Teddy's party, in the Halloween episode "Full Bars," on during "Lindapendent Women," where Linda gets a job at a local grocery store, leaving both of them on their own. Both of them are unusual, yet loving people with obsessive, self-important streaks that guide them away from their general good natures, which results in their best miadventures. No matter how messed up they appear, and they are frequently a disaster this season, it's obvious that the Belchers are a tight-knit family.
Like in previous seasons, the comedic star-power on Bob's Burgers is not limited to the main cast, with a guest roster filled to overflowing. The regular supporting cast includes greats like Larry Murphy, Andy Kindler, Dave Herman, Sarah and Laura Silverman and Jay Johnston, not to mention the improbable presence of Kevin Kline as Mr. Fischoeder. Add to that a host of great special guests from the world of alt comedy, like Paul F. Tompkins, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Huebel, Brian Huskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Tig Notaro, Thomas Lennon, Samantha Bee, Matt Besser, Todd Barry, David Wain, Bob Odenkirk, Doug Benson, Paul Rust, Joe Lo Truglio, Eddie Pepitone and Kulap Vilaysack, as well as big names like Bill Hader, Jim Gaffigan, Max Greenfield, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jack McBrayer, Renee Taylor, Ben Schwartz, Billy Eichner, Tim Meadows, Gary Cole, Will Forte, Jenny Slate, Aziz Ansari, Fred Armisen, Zach Galifianakis, John Michael Higgins, Jeffrey Tambor, Linda Lavin and Jon Hamm (in his most unlikely role to date.) If one of your favorite comedy stars isn't a part of this show's cast at some point in season three, you have terrible, terrible taste.
These episodes are presented with Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks (a step down from the first season.) The center-balanced tracks aren't dynamic in anyway, but they are rather clear, which makes an audio joke in the first episode work rather well. Overall, a fine, but limited presentation in comparison to how the show airs.
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