Probably my favorite thing about Bob’s Burgers is that they don’t do that thing where the characters try to one-up each other with an endless barrage of jokes? No, the characters react like actual people instead. They actually laugh or chuckle when somebody says something actually funny and/or weird. They stop mid-sentence. They do double-takes. And it all feels so very natural, because that is exactly what common people do. And that is such a refreshing change of pace, when you consider the fact that the norm in these things is to have jokes relentlessly thrown at you at break-necking speed.
Bob’s Burgers perfectly highlights how the writing in TV shows is making a huge shift from idealized, clearly scripted call and response to less streamlined, more realistic dialogue. It’s probably the biggest change to comedy recently, and it’s a HUGE shift.
and of course, the puns
If I am not mistaken they actually do a lot of improv with the voice actors which leads to a more natural sounding dialogue, because there is no set script.
Bob’s Burgers is a perfect show
Women who served in Iraq were more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.
23-28% of women serving in the military will be sexually assaulted over the course of their service. And those numbers are rising.
Let that sink in.
You wear your prom dress
like a hospital gown
and when your date says
you look beautiful, you laugh
like you’re waiting for the punchline.
Loneliness is what your friends joke about:
ha ha, Saturday night-in watching Law & Order
with my cat,
and you laugh along but you don’t dare
talk about the emptiness that settles like an anvil
in your stomach, that every night you weave your stitches
only to break them,
that everyone treats your heart
like a fucking ash tray.
That you take up drama
so when you’re Maria
crying over Tony’s corpse,
you can pretend like the tears
aren’t your own.
That your biology textbook tells you people
spend almost half of their lives asleep
but it doesn’t tell you about the ones
who never wake up.
That in art class, you have to start
your self-portrait over twice
and when your teacher asks what’s wrong
you tell her that there are 52 shades of blue
in this world,
and not a single one
is as deep
"i’m not a feminist i just support equality" is 99% of the time code for "i support everyone shutting the fuck up about oppressive systems for the illusion of peace so i don’t have to feel guilty about my benefit from them and my reluctance to effect changes that begin with me"