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Trivia / Bob's Burgers

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  • As Himself:
    • Andre Royo (Bubbles) in "Nude Beach".
    • Carly Simon in "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl".
  • Channel Hop: After [adult swim] lost the rights to the series, this show along with Family Guy will start airing reruns on FXX and Freeform.
  • Creator Backlash: In this AV Club retrospective of season 3, Loren Bouchard did not like the ending "Family Fracas" (though it was because he felt the episode could have been written better, not because he felt the Belchers should have gotten their revenge on the Pestos) and wished the show went with the original ending of the Belchers dumping silly foam on Jimmy Pesto's car, which he won by cheating, though he also added that the original ending would have made fans complain that the Belchers were being petty, meaning that there would have been irate fans no matter which ending was used.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • One of the show's writers, Wendy Molyneux, voices Jen the babysitter.
    • That's Loren Bouchard playing the ukulele for the opening theme.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: About 95% of the female characters on this show are voiced by men (John Roberts as Linda, Dan Mintz as Tina, David Herman as Marshmallow note , etc). Only a handful of female characters are actually voiced by women (Louisenote , Gaylenote  and Tammynote  are notable examples of female characters voiced by women). Meanwhile, male characters Ollie and Andy Pesto are voiced by Sarah and Laura Silverman. This is also enforced in many foreign dubs, like the Argentinian Spanish dub and possibly others.
  • The Danza:
    • Gene, who is voiced by Eugene Mirman.
    • In the original proof of concept, Tina was originally a boy named Daniel, after Dan Mintz.
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    • Health inspector Ron is voiced by Ronald Lynch.
  • Dawson Casting: Born in 1981, Dan Mintz, the voice of eldest child Tina, is actually the youngest of the main cast; Eugene Mirman (middle child Gene) and Kristen Schaal (youngest child Louise) are both older, born in 1974 and 1978, respectively.
  • Defictionalization:
    • To promote the show, several Fatburger restaurants were re-branded as "Bob's Burgers".
    • A fan of the show, one Cole Bowden, dedicated himself to making and documenting and recreating every burger special featured on the show's chalkboard note , something acknowledged by the show's writers on their own blog. This eventually resulted in Bowden and Loren Bouchard collaborating on an official recipe book.
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    • An indirect example, but a Working Girl musical adaptation was announced two years after "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl" aired. Someone apparently thought it was Crazy Enough to Work.
  • Development Gag: The original pitch had the Belchers as cannibals who served ground human meat in their burgers. That got thrown out, but the pilot is still about the Belchers being suspected cannibals who serve human burgers.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Gene bears some resemblance to Eugene Mirman. Both have similar hairdos, builds and even complexion. And names.
    • As well, Tina looks sort of like a gender-flipped version of Dan Mintz, including the same shape of their glasses.
  • Lighterand Softer: Many of the earlier episodes had episode plots such as animal anuses and transvestite prostitutes, many of the later episodes are more PG.
  • Old Shame: Loren Bouchard admitted that he found the "Child Molester" burger, as well as some of the other audacious jokes from the first episode, to be in poor taste.
  • The Other Darrin: Big Bob (Bob's father) was voiced by H. Jon Benjamin in "Bob Fires the Kids" via flashback as he slowly realizes that he's putting his kids through the same conditions his father put him through. In "Father of the Bob," the actual character was voiced by Bill Hader (who already does voice work on the show as Mickey the bank robber).
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  • Recast as a Regular: Zack Galafanakis voices the one-off character Chet in the season 3 episode "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mannequins". One season later, he would return as the recurring character of Felix.
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: There's a video showing the cast and crew's reactions to hearing about the Bob's Burgers porno spoof, "Bob's Boners" here. Highlights include John Roberts befriending the actress playing Linda on Twitter and Larry Murphy wishing the producers asked him to reprise his role as Teddy.
  • Screwed by the Network: During season 5 and until season 9, Fox moved the show from 8:30 PM to 7:30 so they can try out new shows in that timeslot. This meant during fall, the show was usually pre-empted by football.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • H. Jon Benjamin voices Jimmy, Jr. and Peter Pescadero in addition to Bob.
    • John Roberts voices both Linda and Jocelyn (from school). If you didn't know that before, it would have become pretty obvious when you hear them speak to one another in "Gene It On".
  • Throw It In!: Many of the songs Linda sings are improvised on the spot by John Roberts.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the original pitch of the show, Bob and his family were cannibals who served ground-up human meat to unwitting customers, while trying to keep the authorities off their trail. Naturally, something that disgusting got rejected as a series premise for network TV (it'd be a different story if it were on cable — either basic or pay-premium), but it didn't stop the first episode from alluding to it.
    • Tina was also supposed to be a boy named Daniel, which explains why Dan Mintz (a boy) is voicing a girl.
    • John Roberts originally auditioned to be a cast member for Saturday Night Live during the 2008-2009 season (when Amy Poehler left to have her baby and do other projects, so Lorne Michaels hired Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins). Had he been chosen, not only would John Roberts be the second male homosexual cast member (and the first one hired since 1985), but he wouldn't have been the voice for Linda.
    • Louise changing Bob's chalkboard and writing her own burger of the day was going to be a Running Gag, but the writers soon realized that coming up with one punny burger recipe per episode was hard enough and that Louise was already so troublesome that to give her another naughty thing to do seemed like overkill.
  • The Wiki Rule: Bob's Burger Wiki.
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