I feel like one of the things that sets Bobs Burgers apart from its counterparts in shows like Family Guy is its penchant for love and sincerity in its characters. Tina doesn’t get relentlessly mocked by her family members for being awkward and homely for laughs like Meg Griffin would be, the comedy is instead in how they defend her from people giving her crap. The parents and the kids and the siblings all have moments where they assess how close they are often and it’s something not seen much in these sort of family-based animated comedies (besides early Simpsons). BB may not be a perfect show by any means, but I feel like its sense of heart definitely makes it more fun to watch than a lot of its peers in primetime animated comedies.
^ This is exactly why I love it. I don’t like a lot of modern comedies, particularly “adult” animated shows because it seems like a lot of the time the humor is based on meanness, cruelty, and stereotypes. By contrast the humor in Bob’s Burgers is based on puns and wordplay and the outrageousness of the characters, and the warmth and tangible affection the Belchers have for each other-even when they’re driving each other nuts-is just lovely.
I agree, and I’ve noticed when watching Family Guy or American Dad re-runs that in early episodes, they didn’t treat Meg or any of the Smith kids badly at all. The humor in early episodes wasn’t based on being mean to the underdogs of the show, and throughout each season and year of the show, it progressively got that way. Worse and worse with every new episode. I hope that doesn’t happen to BB, because I absolutely adore this show.