Bob's Burgers (season 2)

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Bob's Burgers (season 2)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes9
Original networkFox
Original releaseMarch 11 (2012-03-11) –
May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)
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List of Bob's Burgers episodes

The second season of the animated sitcom Bob's Burgers began airing on Fox in the United States on March 11, 2012 (2012-03-11), and concluded on May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20). The season was produced by Wilo Productions and Buck & Millie Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television, and is distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, along with its other seasons. Actors H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal reprised their roles as Bob Belcher, Linda Belcher, Tina Belcher, Gene Belcher and Louise Belcher. These characters are all a part of the Belcher family, a nuclear family that run a hamburger restaurant, entitled Bob's Burgers.


FOX renewed the show for a second production cycle consisting of thirteen episodes on April 7, 2011,[1] and picked up the back nine on October 31, 2011, bringing the cycle to a total of 22 episodes.[2] Only nine of the episodes aired during the second season, with the remaining 13 episodes being held for the third season of the show.

Like the previous season, the second season aired in the competitive timeslot at 8:30 p.m. on Sundays. The season premiere, "The Belchies", obtained 4.04 million viewers in the United States. The season finale, "Beefsquatch", obtained 3.57 million viewers in the United States, slightly down from the season premiere. All of these ratings are measured by Nielsen ratings.

Bob's Burgers ended its second season with a per episode average of 4.18 million total viewers and a 2.3 ratings share in the 18–49 demographic. The season was generally well received by television critics. Most agreed that the second season was a considerable improvement over the first season of the series, particularly "Moody Foodie", "Burgerboss", and "Bob Day Afternoon".[3][4][5] Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club claimed that "after an uneven start, Bob's Burgers is becoming one of television’s best comedies!"

On May 7, 2013,[6] released the season for purchase on "Burn-On-Demand DVD-R. The sole bonus feature is a table read of the season 3 episode An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal.[6]

Broadcast and reception[edit]


The second season of Bob's Burgers originally premiered on March 11, 2012 in the United States on the Fox network between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., with "The Belchies", and obtained 4.04 million viewers in the United States.[7] They are all of episodes which are part of Fox's Animation Domination television block. It was preceded by The Simpsons at 8:00 p.m., and was followed by Family Guy at 9:00 p.m. Most of the episodes that are part of this season are rated TV-14 on television in the United States. The season finale, "Beefsquatch", obtained 3.57 million viewers in the United States.[8]

Despite its middling ratings, Bob's Burgers was renewed for a third season, on May 14, 2012, alongside the cancellation of Napoleon Dynamite.[9]

Critical response[edit]

The second season of Bob's Burgers was well received by television critics, particularly "Moody Foodie", "Burgerboss", and "Bob Day Afternoon".[3][4][5] It received a "78 out of 100" on aggregate site Metacritic. Rowan Kaiser of The A.V. Club claimed that "after an uneven start, Bob's Burgers is becoming one of television's best comedies!".[3] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix claimed that "the season's first two episodes aren't as consistently funny as last spring's best outings, but they do a good job of showcasing both the style of Bob's Burgers and the deep roster of characters the show has already assembled".[10] Sepinwall claimed that it was "strange, and I often like strange in my comedy, but at least initially, I didn't find it funny. But it was compelling in its weirdness — one early episode had the family becoming obsessed with the cow a protest filmmaker had parked outside their restaurant — and that kept me watching until the rest of the show clicked for me".[10] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post stated that "an animated comedy that is propelled by a very strong voice cast and by its own daffy comedic momentum", and compared it to Breaking In.[11] Chris Cabin of The Slant Magazine called the season "improbably poignant".[12] Cabin also claimed that it "possesses an unmistakable love for underdogs and odd ducks".[12] Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekly noted that "While the show's attempt to please different generations is sometimes more jarring than jocular, this episode does feature the best non sequitur gag you're ever likely to hear about the Parliament song "Aqua Boogie"".[13]

International broadcast[edit]

The season was first broadcast on the Global Television Network in Canada on March 11, 2012, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., as part of the Animation Rules comedy television block.[14] It has the same schedule as the Fox network for the season. In the United Kingdom, the season premiered on May 1, 2012, at 10:30 p.m., on E4, (it is shown after the other FOX animated series, The Cleveland Show).[15]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
141"The Belchies"Boohwan Lim & Kyounghee LimJon SchroederMarch 11, 2012 (2012-03-11)2ASA014.04[16]
The kids explore an abandoned taffy factory on the day of its demolition, while Bob and Linda try to find them before time runs out.
152"Bob Day Afternoon"Wes ArcherDan Fybel & Rich RinaldiMarch 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)2ASA024.40[17]
Bob and Linda decide to take an opportunity to promote their restaurant when a bank robbery/hostage situation explodes across the street, but the robber, a low-level criminal named Mickey (voiced by Bill Hader) ends up taking Bob as a hostage.
163"Synchronized Swimming"Anthony ChunHolly SchlesingerMarch 25, 2012 (2012-03-25)2ASA033.97[18]
The kids find a way to escape gym class by doing a bogus independent study of synchronized swimming, but things get complicated when Linda becomes their synchronized swimming instructor and Mr. Frond wants the kids to show off their routine in front of the school board. Meanwhile, Bob welcomes a new ice cream machine into the restaurant.
174"Burgerboss"Jennifer CoyleScott JacobsonApril 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)2ASA043.66[19]
Bob becomes obsessed with an old-school burger-flipping video game after Jimmy Pesto gets the high score and writes "BOB SUX" on the leader board.
Guest Star: Aziz Ansari as DRL ("Darryl")
185"Food Truckin'"Bernard DerrimanLizzie Molyneux & Wendy MolyneuxApril 15, 2012 (2012-04-15)2ASA053.90[20]
The Belchers beg Bob to buy a food truck to compete against the ones that are stealing his customers. When the "Lolla-Pa-Foods-A-Festival" comes up, the Belchers bring the truck and the kids decide to cause mischief. Unfortunately, this causes a riot among the other food truckers.
196"Dr. Yap"Anthony ChunSteven Davis & Kelvin YuApril 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)2ASA073.92[21]
While Bob is medicated, he mistakes Linda's sister, Gayle, for his wife and kisses her. After she falls for him, Bob seeks help from Dr. Yap.
207"Moody Foodie"Boohwan Lim & Kyounghee LimSteven Davis & Kelvin YuMay 6, 2012 (2012-05-06)2ASA063.72[22]
The restaurant receives a negative review from a vicious food critic (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and it begins to affect Bob's cooking.
218"Bad Tina"Jennifer CoyleHolly SchlesingerMay 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)2ASA103.69[23]
Tina starts hanging out with bad girl, Tammy (voiced by Jenny Slate), in an effort to get closer to Jimmy Junior.
229"Beefsquatch"Wes ArcherNora SmithMay 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)2ASA093.57[24]
Bob appears in a cooking segment on a local news morning program, but Gene steals the show when he crashes the set with a Sasquatch mask.


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