Western Animation / Bob and Margaret

Bob and Margaret is a British/Canadian cartoon by Nelvana, Channel 4, and Global Television, based on the short Bob's Birthday. It focuses on Bob and Margaret Fish, a middle-aged couple living in Balham in South London (later in Toronto). In the U.S., it aired on Comedy Central.

Oddly, no one really seems to remember this show, even in England, its home country.

Provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The burglars.
  • All Just a Dream: The plane hijacking in "Holiday".
  • Black Comedy Rape: Dr. Stanway in "A Tale of Two Dentists", who set up a bogus dental practice for the purpose of molesting patients.
  • Canada, Eh?: The third and fourth seasons.
  • Culture Clash: Happens in a third season episode when Bob tries to get a driver's license in Canada.
  • Depraved Dentist: Averted with Bob. Played straight with Dr. Stanway.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Margaret gets her teeth cleaned at Dr. Stanway's in "A Tale of Two Dentists" because Bob can't fit her in for an appointment at his own practice. When Bob confronts her about it when she gets home, the conversation definitely is similar to one spouse having an affair. The scene even ends with Margaret accusing Bob of driving her to Stanway's and running upstairs crying.
  • Four-Fingered Hands
  • Gallows Humor: At the end of "A Tale of Two Dentists", the radio broadcaster who reports on the depraved Dr. Stanway manages to work in a dentistry-related zinger, despite the seriousness of the story:
    Reporter: The so-called Dr. Stanway had previously set up a bogus orthodontic surgery. A spokesman for the police said that he'll be cleaning plaque off the inside of a toilet for the next few years now. (chuckles) That's a good one, I like that. (chuckles) Oh gosh... let's have a look at the weather.
  • Here We Go Again: "Bob's Burglary", which ends with the two burglars busting into Bob and Margaret's house again.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Beany and Boney the burglars.
  • Line Boil: For the first season and most of the second.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: A recurring theme of the series; Bob and Margaret don't want kids but people think they should.
  • Mood Whiplash: The above-mentioned hijacking scene, though thankfully imaginary, is a surprisingly morbid and violent spurt of Black Comedy from a show whose humor is otherwise fairly grounded and focused on the mundane.
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Friends For Dinner", Bob and Margaret play a board game with a couple. The object of the game is to guess whether the player would do the moral or immoral thing in an ethical dilemma. On Margaret's turn, her dilemma is that she borrowed some can openers from a neighbor and forgot to return them. Margaret, already cranky from not eating dinner (despite assuming that this couple would feed them), and now being accused of hypothetically not returning the can openers by said couple, lets an F-bomb loose, despite not cursing normally. The couple and even Bob are just a bit unnerved by this:
    Margaret: I wouldn't keep the fucking can openers.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Margaret gives one to the couple that had them over for a board game in "Friends For Dinner".
  • Rousing Speech: Averted in "The Dental Convention". Bob is asked by a fellow dentist to give a speech at a dentist's convention; he has severe writer's block and decides to throw out his speech and just wing it on stage. Instead of spouting a lot of "positive" buzz words and phrases, he mostly gripes and make wisecracks about the modern dentist industry. Surprisingly, it ends up winning over the crowd, which was sick of the kinds of speeches that all the other dentists gave.
  • Running Gag: The Canadians keep wanting to take showers in "The Discomfort of Strangers".
  • Suburbia: Bob's cousin Melvin and his wife Cookie live in Mississauga, just west of Toronto.