Bob's Burgers: Human Flesh
December 11, 2022 8:09 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Bob rallies the team to cook up some business for the grand re-re-re-opening. The day takes an unexpected turn when the health inspector pays a visit because of a rumour.
posted by bunderful (7 comments total)
The poem that Linda’s old flame, Hugo (now the health inspector) reads:

Inspector of health
Inspector of pain
I came in search of human remains
And I found a piece of human flesh
I thought I’d never see again:
My heart
posted by bunderful at 8:12 PM on December 11, 2022

I love all of this show deeply, but the first season, and specifically the first few episodes, is weird enough to just be so amazing.
posted by Carillon at 11:28 PM on December 11, 2022

Yeah this, as the first episode of the first season, just knocks it out of the park. The show never had to find its footing, just BAM!
posted by Literaryhero at 3:35 AM on December 12, 2022

See, I thought the first few episodes were reaching to be overly weird: cannibalism, getting stuck in the walls, etc. Too over-the-top. When it settled down to the more human-scale problems (with the bigger weirder stuff showing up only from time to time), it started feeling more natural (and more watchable) to me.

Since Bob's Burgers is really all about the characters, the first few episodes are always going to be a little awkward as you're getting to know who they are, but I think the extreme situations make it a little more awkward than it had to be. Reading about the development of the show, though, it seems clear that BB grew out of a much edgier pitch, and you can see the remnants of that in the early show.
posted by rikschell at 5:37 AM on December 12, 2022 [1 favorite]

Being an 'Archer' fan, H. Jon Benjamin's voice really threw me for a loop.

Of course, I was delighted when the crossover happened.
posted by porpoise at 12:11 PM on December 12, 2022

The show never had to find its footing, just BAM!

Luckily, a very smart Fox executive was there in the early days to make sure this episode was all about a misunderstanding.
posted by Etrigan at 12:36 PM on December 12, 2022 [2 favorites]

My spouse started a rewatch recently and I was struck by how much less pleasant the show was at first. It definitely felt like it was going to be more of the dark edgelord unpleasantness that "grown-up" animation trends toward. I'm so pleased that it found its way to being just a nice show about occasionally foolish or frustrated people who express their creativity when and how they can manage it.
posted by Scattercat at 12:57 AM on December 17, 2022 [1 favorite]

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