Bob's Burgers has aired some crazy episodes over its run, and the holiday specials are no exception. While the first two seasons aired earlier in the year, the show started to embrace yearly Halloween specials as soon as it was picked up for longer seasons.
With Halloween so closely associated with mischief and candy, it's no surprise that many of these episodes focus primarily on the kids. Combining nostalgia trips back to our own trick-or-treating days with the show's trademark zaniness and the natural "anything can happen" vibe of any animated Halloween special, Bob's Burgers cooks up a recipe for some of the most memorable episodes ever aired.
Every long-running sitcom, however, occasionally falls a little flat. Some of these stories feel like raw concepts that needed a little more time on the grill, while others rely on jokes so overdone the flavor's been entirely cooked out of them.
Any proper trick-or-treater knows it only takes about twenty minutes to stuff your face with the night's candy haul. Trying to figure out which Bob's Burgers Halloween episode to enjoy during your binge-fest? Hopefully these rankings will help you out.
10. The Wolf Of Wharf Street (Season 8, Episode 3)
When the local news circulates an urban myth about a deadly wolf stalking the park at Wonder Wharf, Linda tries to prove she's a cool mom by leading the kids on a search for the mysterious animal. Meanwhile, Bob medicates a leg injury with pain pills that cause hallucinations and paranoia while Teddy looks after him in a sexy nurse outfit.
That sounds like the pitch for a crazy episode full of lycanthropic adventure and bizarre hallucinations, but "The Wolf of Wharf Street" never really gives us either. In fact, it never really does much at all. Linda and the kids spend most of the episode trudging through boring, grey settings while Bob and Terry spend the first half on the couch watching TV. Even the kids' costumes are atypically uninspired.
Things do improve a bit in the episode's back half. After three seasons without a speaking cameo, Randy pops up midway through on his own search for the Wonder Wolf. In a fairly slogging episode with few decent one-liners and a little too much Linda, Paul F. Tompkins' voice is a welcome presence. Sure, most of the episode still feels like it was made by someone with a crippling fear of animation costs, but at least it provides some genuine laughs in the closing scenes.