The Third Season of Bob's Burgers refers to the third broadcast season. It aired both produced season 2 and season 3 episodes. The staff announced that it would begin in October 2012, although the FOX statement announced that it would begin on September 30, 2012. Season 3 was announced on May 14, 2012, alongside the cancellation of Napoleon Dynamite.
While ratings were on a coined term of "on the bubble" during the second season (meaning that they could be renewed or cancelled easily), Fox announced that the show would return for the fall season at its regular time slot. This season has aired the highest number of episodes in a season so far (23), and was the first season to air in the fall. It also aired the first Halloween-themed episode, Thanksgiving-themed episode, Christmas-themed episode and Valentine's Day-themed episode.
The staff announced that they were given a thirteen episode pickup, similar to the original order of season 2 episodes. They mentioned that they have potential to be ordered for nine additional episodes. With twenty-six episodes to air, they will have a fourth broadcast season to air any remaining episodes, plus the fourth production season episodes.
In this season, Mr. Fischoeder buys a mechanical shark that puts the town in jeopardy, Louise has an identity crisis when a bully steals her hat, and the kids are hired by a married pot-farming couple, voiced by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Other guest voices have Zach Galifianakas and Jeffrey Tambor, with some voices returning, such as Aziz Ansari and Bill Hader, who debuted their voice talent in Season 2.
On August 23, 2012, the third production season received six additional scripts, bringing the original order of thirteen episodes to nineteen, three episodes less than the full order of the second season. These first thirteen episodes will begin to air in February, 2013. On October 16, 2012, the show was renewed for a fourth production season. The six additional scripts have been ordered to episodes, with an addition three to round it off to a total of twenty-two episodes, and the remainder aired in season 4.
Currently, the most watched episode of the season is Mother Daughter Laser Razor with 6.40 million viewers, making it the second most watched episode of the series, behind Human Flesh with 9.38 million viewers. The least watched episode is God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins with a low 3.09 million viewers.
Critical reception has been positive, along with some of the higher ratings in the season.
List of Episodes
|Screenshot||Title||Original airdate||Production code||Season Episode #||Total Episodes #||Viewers in Millions #|
|"Ear-sy Rider"||September 30, 2012||2ASA13||1||23||5.46|
|Louise gets her bunny ears stolen by a high school bully, and Bob meets the One Eyed Snakes, a motorcycle gang, when they visit to honor their fallen leader.|
|"Full Bars"||October 7, 2012||2ASA17||2||24||4.89|
|The kids skip their normal trick-or-treat route for Halloween and decide to go to a posh neighborhood, Kingshead Island, as they distribute full-sized candy bars. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda attend Teddy's annual "Black and Orange" party.|
|"Bob Fires the Kids"||November 4, 2012||2ASA12||3||25||3.92|
|When Bob feels that he is depriving the kids of any summer vacation, he decides to relieve them of duty from working the restaurant. After they get bored of their summer break, they are hired by a hippie couple to be "weed pickers". Meanwhile, Bob hires Mickey, the bank robber, to work at his restaurant.|
|"Mutiny on the Windbreaker"||November 11, 2012||2ASA08||4||26||4.89|
|The Belchers are shanghaied on a cruise ship when the captain requests Bob to be his personal chef.|
|"An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal"||November 18, 2012||2ASA19||5||27||3.94|
|The Belchers pretend to be Mr. Fischoeder's family when he tries to have sex with a woman who was his old flame.|
|"The Deepening"||November 25, 2012||2ASA11||6||28||4.66|
|Mr. Fischoeder buys a mechanical shark that was used in a movie shot at Wonder Wharf. Teddy, who worked on the movie when he was young, has to battle the shark when it threatens the town's safety.|
|"Tinarannosaurus Wrecks"||December 2, 2012||2ASA14||7||29||3.97|
|When Tina accidentally totals the family car, she believes that she is jinxed when she and Bob decide to lie to the insurance agent and end up in insurance fraud.|
|"The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene"||December 9, 2012||2ASA16||8||30||4.55|
|Gene tries to break up with his new girlfriend, Courtney, after the family finds her annoying. When he tries to, however, he finds out that her dad writes jingles and he could possibly launch his own career.|
|"God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins"||December 16, 2012||2ASA18||9||31||3.09|
|When Bob inherits a storage unit, his family is imagining that they will be receiving treasure that has been passed down. They soon discover that instead of treasure, they inherit Chet, a man who believes he used to be a mannequin.|
|"Mother Daughter Laser Razor"||January 6, 2013||2ASA15||10||32||6.40|
|Linda fears that her bond with Louise isn't as strong as hers with Tina, so she forces Louise to attend a mother-daughter seminar. Meanwhile, Tina tries asking Bob to teach her how to shave her legs.|
|"Nude Beach"||January 13, 2012||2ASA20||11||33||4.44|
|Darryl and the Belcher kids setup a business for kids to pay to see a good view of the nearby nude beach. Meanwhile, a new health inspector replaces Hugo and Bob disagrees with him.|
|"Broadcast Wagstaff School News"||January 27, 2013||2ASA21||12||34||4.12|
|Tina goes on a mission to solve the "Mad Pooper" at Wagstaff School.|
|"My Fuzzy Valentine"||February 10, 2013||3ASA01||13||35||3.45|
|Linda sets up speed dating in the restaurant.|
|"Lindapendent Woman"||February 17, 2013||2ASA22||14||36||3.93|
|When Linda decides to leave the restaurant to work at a grocery store, Bob has to manage the restaurant without her help.|
|"O.T. The Outside Toilet"||March 3, 2013||3ASA02||15||37||3.67|
|When Gene finds an expensive talking toilet out in the woods, he and his friends decide to protect it as much as they can while an evil toilet hunter is looking for the toilet.|
|"Topsy"||March 10, 2013||3ASA03||16||38||3.85|
|When Wagstaff Middle School has their fourth-grade science fair coming up, Louise comes up with the idea of a musical, and Gene writes it about the execution and electrocution of Topsy, an elephant that was executed in 1903. Mr. Fischoeder and Gayle sing a duet called Electric Love.|
|"Two for Tina"||March 17, 2013||3ASA04||17||39||3.62|
|Tina finds a new boy to love over Jimmy Jr.|
|"It Snakes a Village"||March 24, 2013||3ASA05||18||40||3.76|
|The Belcher family goes down to Florida to see Linda's parents in their senior home. To their surprise, they find that the home is full of swingers. Meanwhile, the kids go to find a snake that allegedly ate one of the residents' dogs.|
|"Family Fracas"||April 14, 2013||3ASA06||19||41||3.45|
|The Belcher family competes against the Pesto family in a game show to win a new minivan after the family car breaks down.|
|"The Kids Run the Restaurant"||April 21, 2013||3ASA07||20||42||3.74|
|Bob accidentally slices his finger and Linda rushes him to the hospital, leaving the kids in charge of keeping the restaurant running.|
|"Boyz 4 Now"||April 28, 2013||3ASA08||21||43||3.50|
|When Tina and Louise go to a concert, Louise grows a crush on the lead singer of the "Boyz 4 Now" band while Gene enters a table "scaping" contest.|
|"Carpe Museum"||May 5, 2013||3ASA09||22||44||3.96|
|When Bob acts as a parent chaperone to a museum, he bonds with Louise. Gene and his friends go to look for exhibits based on the female anatomy, Tina questions how dorky she is, and Linda helps the museum workers by chanting in a strike with them.|
|"The Unnatural"||May 12, 2013||3ASA10||23||45||3.38|
|Gene joins the baseball team and Linda wants to send him to baseball camp, but Bob is unsure if they can afford it. Meanwhile, Tina gets an addiction to espressos.|
- On the DVD cover, Bob has the snake from "It Snakes a Village" wrapped around his neck, Tina is in her elephant costume from "Topsy", Gene wears his Cutie Patooties outfit from "The Kids Run the Restaurant", and Louise wears a Family Fracas uniform from "Family Fracas". Linda is wearing Bob's green vest and is covered in mud and leaves, foreshadowing the season 4 episode "A River Runs Through Bob".
- All episodes aired at 8:30PM apart from "O.T. The Outside Toilet", "Topsy" and "Two for Tina" which aired at 9:30PM.