AFTERBUZZ TV — Bob’s Burgers edition, is a weekly “after show” for fans of Adult Swim’s Bob’s Burgers. In this episode hosts Alexis Torres, Emma Fyffe, and Andrew Mena discuss episode 1.
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The show centers on the Belcher family—Bob, Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise—who run a hamburger restaurant on Ocean Avenue in an unnamed seaside community (informally known as “Seymour’s Bay” among the show’s writing staff). Series creator Loren Bouchard commented in a 2012 interview that the show’s location was an indeterminate Northeastern United States shore town. Entertainment writers have later described the show as being set in New Jersey, citing the season three episode “It Snakes a Village”. The restaurant is located in a two-floor building sandwiched between a funeral home and a building where tenants come and go on a regular basis, and the Belcher family lives in the apartment directly above the restaurant. Bob’s Burgers is a struggling restaurant situated on a commercial street that relies heavily on traffic from the local amusement park, Wonder Wharf, which is located on a pier at the end of Ocean Avenue and owned by Calvin Fischoeder, an eccentric millionaire who also owns many buildings in the town.
Success is not easy, as Bob must compete with several other eateries for business. His biggest rival is Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria, which is located right across the street and whose owner Bob particularly dislikes. Bob’s restaurant also has seen its fair share of bad luck. For example, in the show’s opening, the property falls victim to a fire, an infestation of vermin, and a utility pole that collapses when a car runs into it. In spite of all this, Bob does have a loyal but small group of regular customers including Mort, the owner of the funeral home, and Teddy, the local handyman.