The First Season of Bob's Burgers aired on January 9, 2011, and ended on May 22, 2011. It consists of thirteen episodes. The season was released on DVD on April 17, 2012.


The season was ordered for seven episodes, later to be extended for six more. On Thanksgiving 2010, Fox released a teaser trailer for the first season. Two episodes have known working titles. "Sexy Dance Fighting" was originally titled "Capoeira", and "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" had the working title of "Bob After Dark". Throughout January 2011, Fox promoted the series by temporarily rebranding Fat Burger Restaurants throughout the United States. The theme song used in the intro of the first six episodes began with just a simple ukulele tune, along with a few sound effects. Beginning from "Bed & Breakfast", the theme was given a small upgrade with newer instruments heard in the background, giving it a more upbeat theme.


The first season received mixed to positive reviews from critics, but received high ratings each episode. "Human Flesh" received 9.38 million viewers, making it the highest rated season premiere of the season. The season received an average of 5.07 million viewers. The first season had negative reviews from the Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today. More positive reviews were received from Entertainment Weekly, CNN, and the AV Club. Although the first season received mixed reviews, the second season grew with many more positive reviews. The most watched episode was "Human Flesh" with 9.38 million viewers and the least watched episode was "Burger War" with a low 4.00 million viewers.

List of Episodes

Screenshot Title Original airdate Production code Season Episode # Viewers in Millions #
1ASA01 Sh104 tk01 0035 "Human Flesh" January 9, 2011 1ASA01 1 9.38
Bob rallies the team to cook up some business, so he sends middle child Gene to push samples in the streets, eldest daughter Tina to work the grill and youngest daughter Louise to staff the counter. The day takes an unexpected turn when the health inspector pays a visit because of a little rumor Louise started during "show and tell" at school.
1ASA02 Sh023 tk02 0148 "Crawl Space" January 16, 2011 1ASA02 2 5.07
When Bob learns that Linda's mother is coming for a visit, he wants nothing to do with it. Linda has been cracking the whip at home, making sure every shelf has been dusted and every bed has been made. When she discovers a leak in the roof, she sends Bob to fix it, but he gets stuck in a wall, leaving Linda and the kids to entertain their guests and run the restaurant.
Sacred Cow "Sacred Cow" January 23, 2011 1ASA04 3 4.81
When a controversial documentary filmmaker places a live cow outside of the family restaurant to make a statement, Bob is livid when it starts to scare away customers. However, to everyone's surprise, Bob treats the cow like a member of the family.
Sdfighting "Sexy Dance Fighting" February 13, 2011 1ASA06 4 4.19
When Tina develops a crush on the new martial arts instructor in town, she joins the class and ends up shirking her responsibilities at the restaurant. Bob finds out what's going on and decides to take matters into his own hands.
1asa05 sh163 tk02 0007 "Hamburger Dinner Theater" February 20, 2011 1ASA05 5 4.87
Bob reluctantly lets Linda and the kids stage a musical murder mystery dinner theater in the restaurant. On opening night, an abrupt interruption changes the play's creative direction.
1asa09 sh107 tk02 0281f "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" March 6, 2011 1ASA09 6 4.91
Tina is desperate to get her first kiss at her 13th birthday party. But after Louise breaks the deep fryer, Bob takes a second job as a late-night cab driver to pay for Tina's party. Things keep getting worse for Bob when the parents of Tina's crush refuse to let their son attend the party, and Bob has to do everything in his power to save his daughter's big day.
1ASA08 Sh051 tk01 0032 "Bed & Breakfast" March 13, 2011 1ASA08 7 4.10
With a long weekend approaching, Linda sees an opportunity to capitalize on the tourist traffic by starting a bed and breakfast. But when the reservations are filled by some shady character, Louise plants listening devices all over the house to keep an ear on what's happening.
Art Crawl "Art Crawl" March 20, 2011 1ASA07 8 4.43
When Linda asks Bob to let her sister hang her paintings in the restaurant for Art Week, Bob finds he's forced to contend with the city's Art Council, a shady troop of intimidating old ladies who control the art exhibited around town. Meanwhile, Louise, Gene and Tina are thrilled by all the attention their own art receives in the restaurant.
1asa10 sh372 tk01 0045 "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs" March 27, 2011 1ASA10 9 4.65
Bob and Gene bond over spaghetti western movies, which makes Louise jealous.
Burger Wars "Burger War" April 10, 2011 1ASA03 10 4.00
When Bob's eccentric landlord, Mr. Fischoeder, pays the family a visit, he informs Bob that his rival across the street, Jimmy Pesto of Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria, wants to take over Bob's lease so that he can expand his gift Shop. With little time and not enough money, the Belcher family must cook up some business or luck to save the restaurant.
WeekendAtMorts "Weekend at Mort's" May 8, 2011 1ASA11 11 4.26
Mold drives the Belchers to Mort's mortuary for the weekend. Louise tries to frighten Gene and babysitter Tina while Bob and Linda go out on a double date with Mort and an online mortician acquaintance.
Lobsterfest "Lobsterfest" May 15, 2011 1ASA13 12 4.66
The town shuns Bob after he feeds a crowd from the Lobsterfest that was closed by a storm.
1ASA12 Sh072 tk01 bento0048 "Torpedo" May 22, 2011 1ASA12 13 4.31
Bob's baseball hero winds up dragging the Belchers into the seedy side of minor league baseball.

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