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If your preferred metric for animated TV is “absurd but endearing,” last night’s ninth-season premiere of Bob’s Burgers may have broken your dial. After Tina Belcher’s family accuses her of being preoccupied with boys—“I’m not boy crazy, I’m boy-focused,” she tells them—she decides to dress up as a boy to follow another boy into a boy-band audition. (Hang on, we’re only about halfway through the “boy”s.) The rest of the episode involves Tina meeting and fantasizing about other would-be boybanders, leading to a variety of musical sequences in which she portrays a) an astronaut caught in a outer-space love triangle with two boys who compete for her love, b) a high-powered executive on a work trip with an colleague boy in an opposites-attract rom-com, and c) an ’80s aerobics student who catches the eye of the boy leading the class. It’s all exactly as ridiculous as you might imagine. And exactly as enjoyable.
Since South Park emerged 21 years ago, the vast majority of adult-geared animated TV has followed its irreverent example, skewing either toward dorm-room surrealism (various Adult Swim series) or off-color edge-pushing (various Seth McFarlane series). But in recent years, the kind of animated content being produced for adult audiences has begun to shift and grow—and Bob’s Burgers, which manages to capture that boundless delight and joy like few others, has been instrumental in that change.