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Bobs Burgers - Season 5 UPD

There is competition for that too. Season 5 sees a return of many of the usual supporting characters. It comes to a head in a perfect season-closer, a Hunger Games style tournament involving water balloons and rising rent. It is an effective way to demonstrate how far the series has come in 5 seasons and how clever the writing can still be, especially when 5 seasons usually sees the end of the quality of a show.

Bobs Burgers - Season 5

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With the Season 11 premiere just days away (September 27) and to celebrate the two-season renewal it just received from Fox, we rounded up every season opener from the show so far and ranked them, starting with our favorite. Check out the gallery below to see where your favorites ended up.

For both its 1st and 2nd season, "Bob's Burgers" received a truncated episode order. Season 2 was given a 22 episode order, but only nine aired under the Season 2 umbrella, with the remaining 13, per Deadline, airing as part of the show's 2rd season. As such, Season 2, while great, is still emblematic of a show finding its footing. That's unfortunate, because the episodes culled for Season 3 are considerably better than the batch assembled for Season 2, although it does give "Bob's Burgers" a respectable rise to critical acclaim.

Episodes such as "Bob Day Afternoon" are standouts, grounding the show's proclivity for dynamite guest stars (in this case, Bill Hader) and increasingly chaotic scenarios. When the bank across the street is robbed, Bob is taken hostage, and the different perspectives his family members have on the event leads to non-stop laughs. In addition, Season 2 introduced several recurring characters, including mean girl Tammy, voiced by the inimitable Jenny Slate, who is the perfect foil to Tina. It's a great season, but it's just a sampling of what "Bob's Burgers" really has to offer.

Season 10 of "Bob's Burgers" is still sensational television, but during it the show did begin to show its age. Although "Bob's Burgers" was officially welcomed into Fox's "Animation Domination" slate with Season 10, its episodes, though hilarious, don't quite balance poignancy with hijinks as successfully as earlier installments. The season starts promisingly with "The Ring (But Not Scary)," which follows the Belcher clan and their efforts to recover a missing anniversary ring at the local water park, with help from one of the show's best recurring players, Nat the limo driver (voiced by Jillian Bell).

The season loses its propulsive energy as it moves on, though, and ends with more of a whimper than a bang. In the season finale "Prank You For Being a Friend," agent of chaos Louise's mission to help a student get expelled is overshadowed by one of the weakest B-plots ever. Bob is roped into delivering medicine to nemesis Jimmy Pesto (voiced by Jay Johnston) and is soon enamored with Jimmy's bachelor apartment. It's loosey-goosey in the same way the later seasons of "Seinfeld" were, and feels like a plot for plot's sake. The humor is too broad, creating a disappointing end to one of the show's rougher years.

Moreover, it's great to see returning stars such as Helen (voiced by the sensational Kaitlin Olson), even if their brief appearances lack the same sparkle they had in their inaugural outings. Season 9, while a weaker season of "Bob's Burgers," is still sensational when measured against current animated sitcoms. It's consistently funny, heartfelt, and, in Season 9, stranger than it ever was before.

"Bob's Burgers" is incredibly reliable. Over a decade in, Season 11 emerged as not just a fantastic season of television, but also one of the show's best. With a firm understanding of who these characters are, what motivates them, and both how much they've grown and how they're poised to grow still, the show can take even mundane setups and create something spectacular.

Season 11 is considerably less high-concept than the preceding few seasons, even if episodes such as "Dream a Little Bob of Bob" involve Bob falling asleep in his car and imagining himself shrunken down "Fantastic Voyage"-style, consulting with the detritus on his car floor.

Season 3 is very good, but the second-best run wouldn't arrive until four seasons later. Season 7, while less emotional than both the preceding and forthcoming seasons, is nonetheless the show's funniest. Seriously, Season 7 practically never misses. There's not a single joke that doesn't land among its slate of absolutely incredible episodes.

"Teen-a Witch," the season's Halloween episode ("Bob's Burgers" does Halloween really, really well) is one of the show's best. Tina is cursed by the school crossing guard and seeks out the help of librarian Mr. Ambrose (voiced by Billy Eichner) to remove the curse. It's high in concept and high in laugh count, all while propelling Tina further into young adulthood. In fact, Tina dominates Season 7. "Ain't Miss Debatin'" sees her joining the debate team alongside her rival Henry (voiced by Jim Gaffigan), only to fall in love with rival team member Duncan (voiced by Rhys Darby), a New Zealand immigrant who is hilariously dense and dull.

The other seasons are close to perfect. Season 5 simply is. There are no blemishes. No weak links. No ebbs and flows in terms of quality, laughs, or heart. It all delivers. It is the apotheosis of "Bob's Burgers," a showcase for just how incredible this show is, and how privileged audiences are to have it.

"Best Burger" and "Tina Tailor Soldier Spy" are among the show's funniest episodes ever, using old guest stars and ramping up the chaos to maximum effect. The season premiere, "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl," about Gene's effort to stage a "Working Girl" musical at school, genuinely freaking rocks.

"Housetrap," the nineteenth episode of Season 5, is the show's best. Kaitlin Olson's Helen is introduced here as a widow who may or may not have murdered her husband. Linda is obsessed with solving the crime, egged on by the chaotic Louise, while Bob is high on painkillers. The season finale, "The Oeder Games," is a "The Hunger Games" homage. "Hawk & Chick," an episode centered around Bob and Louise's interest in martial arts films, will choke up even the grinchiest viewers. Funny, eccentric, and thoroughly, deeply felt, Season 5 inspires tears of joy as often as it does laughs.

Halloween 2021 has been a spooky season of uncertainty, with COVID-19 keeping celebrations small and manufacturing shortages making costumes hard to come by. So thank the Belchers for delivering the ghoulish goods with a brand new holiday-themed episode you're sure to love. 041b061a72


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