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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: In "Mazel-Tina", there's a brief joke in which Tammy's father mentions being wearing a "bisexual" cologne and he is corrected about it being "unisex". While an old term, the term bisexual was used interchangeably with the term unisex during the late 20th century, before the word bisexual became exclusively used to describe the sexuality.
  • Channel Hop: For syndication, Adult Swim had held cable rights to the series since June 2013, and has shared them with sister network TBS since 2016. For season 9 onward, Disney-owned channel FXX took over syndication duties. Adult Swim and TBS are set to lose rights to previous seasons in 2023.
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  • Character-Specific Pages: Bob Belcher
  • Character Outlives Actor: A minor example, but in Season 12's "Stuck in the Kitchen with You", Tina mentions that Meryl Winters from "Secret Admiral-irer" has moved out of the Elegant Doily retirement home but is still alive. Meryl's voice actress, Cloris Leachman, died eleven months before "Stuck in the Kitchen with You" originally aired.
  • Creator Backlash: In this AV Club retrospective of season 3, Loren Bouchard did not like "Family Fracas" because he felt the episode could have been written better 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.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: About 95% of the female characters on this show are voiced by men (John Roberts as Linda and Jocelyn, Dan Mintz as Tinanote , David Herman as Marshmallownote , 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 most foreign dubs, except Brazilian Portuguese.
  • The Danza:
    • Gene Belcher is voiced by Eugene Mirman.
    • In the original proof of concept, Tina Belcher was originally a boy named Daniel, after Dan Mintz (who was cast as both Daniel and Tina).
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    • Health inspector Ron is voiced by Ronald Lynch.
    • Tina's Spear Counterpart Nathan from "Beefsquatch" is voiced by Nathan Fielder.
  • 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.
  • Died During Production:
    • Character designer Dave Creek died in a skydiving accident over New Year's weekend in 2021.
    • Dale Baer, who was working on the show's movie, passed away as it was in post-production.
  • Distanced from Current Events: The episode "Flu-ouise", whose A-plot involves Louise getting a flu, was pulled from Adult Swim's rerun rotation in 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. In October of that year, however, the episode returned to the regular rerun rotation.
  • Edited for Syndication: The already short intro for Bob's Burgers was shortened to barely 5 seconds when it airs on free TV syndication.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: From Season 5-8, Fox gave it the 7:30 PM Sunday time slot which meant it would be pre-empted if Sunday Night Football games ran long.
  • 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.
  • 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," Big Bob debuts in-person, and is instead voiced by Bill Hader (who already does voice work on the show as Mickey the bank robber). Similarly, Al (Linda's father) was voiced by H. Jon Benjamin in "Crawl Space", but from "It Snakes a Village" onwards Al was voiced by Sam Seder (Hugo's voice actor).
    • Josh's friend Douglas was voiced by Gabe Liedman in "Two for Tina" but replaced by Daveed Diggs in "Tappy Tappy Tappy Tap Tap Tap."
    • Series creator Loren Bouchard announced on Twitter that David Herman and Katie Crown will no longer play the black characters, the transgender sex worker Marshmallow and the student Harley in the future after replying to a tweet about recasting Marshmallow and Harley with "Yes. On it." The replacements have not yet been found.
    • While not specifically mentioned, another black character, Ms. Jacobson, was recast for Season 12 (voiced originally by Melissa Bardin Galsky; recast as Ashley Nicole Black)—likely for similar reasons.
    • Gene's Best Friend Alex Papasian was played by Thomas Middleditch in Seasons 8 and 9, but starting in Season 12's "Seven-tween Again", he is voiced by Paul Rust (who previously played Milo in "Full Bars" and Jonas in "Uncle Teddy" and "Adventures in Chinchilla-Sitting", and also has a starring role as Ham Tobin on sister series The Great North). While not confirmed, the recast was likely due to sexual harassment allegations regarding Middleditch.
    • Mickey was played since debut by Bill Hader, but was voiced by Loren Bouchard himself in "Beach, Please". Bouchard would confirm on Twitter a day after the episode aired that Hader was meant to reprise his role as Mickey, but was unavailable to record; Mickey could not be scrapped from the episode due to his scenes already being animated, and rather than recast the role using another voice actor Bouchard was left as a stand-in. Bouchard also confirmed that the recast is not intended as permanent, and that Hader is planned to return to the show.
    • After Jay Johnston was discovered to have partaken in the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, it was announced that he has been barred from returning as Jimmy Pesto Sr.note . A replacement is yet to be confirmed, with Jimmy Pesto having not made any appearances in Season 12 so far.
  • Playing Against Type: Gayle is a whole different kind of crazy than Megan Mullally usually plays.
  • Playing Gertrude: 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Welsh animator Simon Chong made a Bob's Burgers/Archer crossover video using audio clips from the two shows. In addition to garnering the approval of several Archer cast members, it attracted the interest of Loren Bouchard himself and eventually got Chong a job on ''Bob's Burgers'' as a storyboard artist.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor:
    • In "Turkey in a Can", the openly gay butcher who flirts with Bob is voiced by the openly gay Tuc Watkins.
    • Dalton Crespin, a semi-recurring character in Season 8, is voiced by the openly gay John Early.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Real-life sisters Sarah and Laura Silverman voice the Pesto twins (Laura as Andy; Sarah as Ollie).
  • Recast as a Regular: Zach Galifianakis voices the one-off character Chet in the season 3 episode "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mannequins". At the tail-end of Season 4, he would return to the show as the voice actor for Felix Fischoeder.
  • Recycled Script:
    • The plot of the Season 5 episode "Best Burger" is extremely similar to that of the Season 3 episode "Family Fracas" in that they both involve Bob and Jimmy Pesto competing against each other in a competition run by Chuck Charles, which Bob ultimately loses. However, "Best Burger" differs from "Family Fracas" by ending on a much better note for Bob; while "Family Fracas" had a full-on Downer Ending involving the Belchers being cheated off the show with neither the Pestos nor the producers facing any consequences for doing so, "Best Burger" has Bob just barely lose to a Nice Guy who won fair and square, Jimmy gets dead last in a humiliating fashion, and Bob's restaurant gets more business by the end so he doesn't leave empty-handed.
    • The plot of the Season 9 episode "If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?" is strikingly similar to Season 3's "Carpe Museum", featuring Louise as she sneaks off during a boring field trip and discovers a closed-off area of the building that features something she finds much more fun, also showcasing an adult who helps her. It also features aspects of Season 5's "Hawk & Chick", with Louise wondering if growing up means losing who she is after meeting a female performer who changed for the worse with age. The key differences come from how the episodes use their plotlines—both "Carpe Museum" and "Hawk & Chick" used their respective plots to highlight Louise's close bond with Bob; meanwhile, "If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?" doesn't really explore any character dynamics, since the primary people involved in Louise's plotline are all one-off characters.
    • Fitting for a Milestone Celebration, the general plot of the Season 11 episode "Bob Belcher and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Kids" is a Call-Back to "Human Flesh", the very first episode of the series: both episodes revolve around the restaurant being in danger of getting shut down due to a combination of the Belcher kids' antics and Hugo's Jerkass attitude, Bob gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the kids at one point and Ron gets Hugo to help reopen the restaurant again by the end.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: In December 2021, Jay Johnston (Jimmy Pesto) was fired from the show after it was discovered that he participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier that January.
  • 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.
  • Same Voice Their Entire Life: The flashbacks of the Belchers in their younger years (teenage Bob, baby Louise and Tina) have them still played by their usual voice actors. Perhaps most jarringly, episodes like "Turkey in a Can", "Hamburger Dinner Theater", and "The Trouble with Doubles" show that Tina had a deep voice even as a toddler (while H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal at least make an attempt to make their voices sound higher-pitched, Dan Mintz keeps his usual low monotone).
  • 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 that during fall, the show was usually pre-empted by football.
  • Spin-Off Cookbook: The show has a cookery book The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • H. Jon Benjamin voices Jimmy Jr. and several background characters (from Speedo Guy to 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, especially Linda's, are improvised by the actors, then handed off to the show's composers to be arranged into real-sounding songs.
    • Many of the show's lines are improvised (in Season 1, one can even slightly hear voice actors corpsing in the background), allowing the humor and conversation to feel much more natural. The second half of Season 11 had to largely forego this due to several voice actors recording from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • 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.
    • According to the show's panel at Comic-Con@Home 2020, Gene was originally named Leo, but this was changed because of the abundance of "L" names in the Belcher family.
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