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Nancy Basile

Bob's Burgers Is Officially Cool

By January 6, 2013

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Bob's BurgersSuccessful primetime cartoons have a history of taking pot shots at each other, mostly just for fun. South Park made fun of The Simpsons in "The Simpsons Already Did It;" The Simpsons shot back in "Bart of War" when Milhouse and Bart complain about an episode of South Park they're watching; The Simpsons has had more than one go at Family Guy, including a shot of Peter Griffin alongside morbidly obese clones of Homer Simpson in "Treehouse of Horror XIII;" and South Park made Family Guy the main focus of the two-parter "Cartoon Wars" from season 10.

Now a new cartoon will be honored with a quick jab to the face, literally. On tonight's episode of Family Guy, "Space Cadet," Peter and Lois are called into Principal's office, where he shows them the picture Chris tried to pass off as his advanced art project: a picture of Bob Belcher, from Bob's Burgers. Peter says, "I'm very embarrassed." Principal says, "Well, someone should be."

Congratulations for hitting the big time, Bob's Burgers, Loren Bouchard and the rest of the cast and crew!
Picture courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.

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January 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm
(1) Adam says:

This is dumb.

Family Guy’s take on Bob’s Burgers was not at all a gentle poke. It was nasty and pretty ridiculous considering how well Family Guy is drawn.

Your examples are also insane. Simpsons Did It is a super pro-Simpsons episode from the South Park guys. They were very respectful toward what the Simpsons have done and demonstrated it. They didn’t even take any obvious chances to take shots at the Simpsons’ perceived quality drop over the last few years. On the other hand their takedown of Family Guy in the Cartoon Wars two parter was anything but friendly. Trey Parker and Matt Stone hate Family Guy. They’ve said so. The episode was about how much they hate it. The Simpsons guys dumped on Family Guy too, cos they were angry at Family Guy using their characters in jokes. Notably the one where Glenn Quagmire murders the entire Simpson family after sleeping with Marge.

And honestly, the idea that Loren Bouchard, who gave us Home Movies, needs Seth McFarlane of all people to bringing him to the big time is downright insulting to him. He has been hilarious for years. Seth McFarlane was hilarious for one year.

January 11, 2013 at 8:42 am
(2) Nancy Basile says:

Adam, is that your alias? Wait! You ARE Loren Bouchard!

January 12, 2013 at 10:11 am
(3) Mike Brown says:

I think that what this article is saying is that Bob’s burgers is in the big time because it’s being mentioned in the conversation alongside the other big shows. I don’t think that it is taking sides on whether or not these potshots are valid. But I am also glad to see that someone thinks Bob’s burgers is going to be around long enough to make a joke about it. I think they make those animated shows a year in advance. Bob’s burgers rules!

January 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(4) Cheeb says:

I agree with Adam. This is dumb. While I realize what you are trying to say, the fact that Family Guy’s writers acknowledge Bob’s Burgers’ existence is saying something, they’re not being “honored” as you say. Bob’s Burgers hit the big time the moment that they aired on network television. They don’t need the acknowledgment of the Family Guy crew to be considered a successful show. They’re already on their 3rd season, and if they don’t get cancelled before their 4th, they’re already doing better than Family Guy.

January 25, 2013 at 12:32 am
(5) Persona says:

Hello? Does anybody here remember that Jon Benjamin had a cameo in McFarlane’s American Dad? I don’t think it’s a matter of aknowledgement here but winks between comedians?

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